Quotes For Entrepreneurs–September 2012

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Quotes, skmurphy

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“Life has not taught me to expect nothing, but she has taught me not to expect success to be the inevitable result of my endeavors.
Alan Paton

More context:

“What has life taught me after all? She has taught me not to expect too much, though not in the sense of the cynical beatitude, ‘Blessed is he who expecteth nothing, for he shall not become disappointed.’ Life has not taught me to expect nothing, but she has taught me not to expect success to be the inevitable result of my endeavors. She has taught me to seek sustenance from the endeavor itself, but leave the result to God.”
Alan Paton

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“A demo is not training. It’s a conversation with prospects that explores their needs and your software as a potential solution.”
Sean Murphy

An off the cuff remark I made in the “Lessons Learned implementing the Great Demo!” webinar that I thought was worth saving when heard it on the audio track.

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“If you don’t understand what you are losing, as well as what you are gaining when making a decision, you don’t understand the decision.”
Jabe Bloom @cyetain

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“Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing, and conveys much.”
Erastus Wiman

h/t  @QuoteDaily

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“Every time I read an About or Team page I think, ‘Why do they need so many people?’ Oh right, they have to. They took funding.”
Ed Weissman @edw519

Added as a closing quote to “The Venture Lifestyle Business

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“It is one thing to study war and another to live the warrior’s life.”
Telamon of Arcadia

I think this is also true of entrepreneurship. I saw this quote in “The War of Art” a great book by Steve Pressfield on the challenges of pursuing a career as a writer or artist. I suspect that Telamon is fictional as the only references I can find are to Pressfield’s novel “Tides of War.”

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“Uncovering a business model that works starts with wading through lots of things that don’t. Don’t stop at failure. Ask Why.”
Ash Maurya

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“Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.”
Benjamin Disraeli

Used as closing quote for De Tocqueville on Concept of “Self Interest Rightly Understood”

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“Innovation is all about people.”
Hans Haringa Shell Game Changer Team

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“The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.”
Antony Jay

h/t Gerald Weinberg (@JerryWeinberg)

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“The $60 billion bullet train they’re proposing in California would be the slowest bullet train in the world at the highest cost per mile. They’re going for records in all the wrong ways.”
Elon Musk quoted in “Elon Musk, 21st Century Industrialist

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“Deep learning doesn’t shine.”
Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

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“Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.”
Stephen V. Benet

h/t @QuoteDaily

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Emmett’s Law: “The dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself.”
Rita Emmett

h/t Esther Derby (@EstherDerby)

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“We disagree well together. That’s what makes us great.”
Lisa Stone, CEO of BlogHer, speaking about her co-founders: Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins.

h/t Lisa Kay Solomon (@LisaKaySolomon)

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“Good surveys spark conversations. They show commitment to exploring and solving a problem. Poor ones exhaust prospects’ patience. ”
Sean Murphy

Used as title for Good Surveys Spark Conversations, Poor Ones Exhaust Prospects’ Patience

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“Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.”
Samuel Johnson

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“Turn insecurity into curiosity.”
Deb Mills-Scofield @dscofield

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“Seek not proud riches, but such as thou mayest get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly.”
Francis Bacon “Of Riches

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