Quotes For Entrepreneurs–November 2011

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Quotes, skmurphy

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Quotes For Entrepreneurs–November 2011

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”
Donald A. Adams

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“Abbot Zerchi smiled thinly. ‘You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily.'”
Walter M. MillerA Canticle for Leibowitz

hat tip to “My Small Boat” blog.

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“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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“If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it; for it is hard to be sought out and difficult.”
Heraclitus (Fragment 18)

I used this as the opening quote for “Customer Interviews: Allow Yourself to Be Surprised

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“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.
Paulo Coelho “The Alchemist”

I used this as a coda to Customer Interviews: Allow Yourself To Be Surprised

h/t to Johnnie Moore’s “Decisions” where he offers this additional insight:

“People are easily preoccupied with the idea of making a decision as if it’s all about creating certainty. What it’s more about embarking on an adventure? And if it is, are we looking to press gang the crew or are we taking willing volunteers?”
Johnnie Moore

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“I need to get some sleep. People on the Internet will still be wrong tomorrow.”
Jim Treacher

A riff on xkcd’s “Duty Calls” that I used for Late Night Comments and E-Mail” but Treacher offers better advice.

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“The long tail is for organizations that own warehouses.”
Seth Godin in “The Starfish and the Long Tail Have Trouble Getting Along

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“We are responsible for actions performed in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible”
Allan Massie

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“When in doubt, choose to go deeper rather than faster. Accept the idea that reflection and understanding your own nature, including the dark side, is the key to effective action.”
Peter Block in “The Answer to How is Yes

I used this quote to close “Record to Remember, Pause to Reflect

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“Not only should you calculate the Lifetime Value of your customers, but also their perception of the Lifetime Value of your solution.”
Chris Hopf

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“Health is not valued till sickness comes.”
Thomas Fuller

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“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
Thornton Wilder

I used this as the opening quote for my Thanksgiving 2011” post.

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“Without a clear vision of the goal state, I expect movements to devolve into identifying enemies and engaging in wars.”
Jason Yip

I took this to relate to the Lean Software, Lean Startup, Agile Software movements because those are the topics he commonly blogs about.

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“We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.”
Walt Kelly in “Pogo

I used this as inspiration for the title to “In a Wilderness of Free Association Surrounded by Insurmountable Opportunities

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“Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.”
Henri Frederic Amiel

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“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.”
Leonard Bernstein

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