Quotes For Entrepreneurs–February 2013

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Quotes, skmurphy

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“Don’t explain why it works; explain how you use it.”
Steven Brust

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“Before strongly desiring anything, we should examine the happiness of those who already possess it.”
Francois duc de La Rochefoucauld

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“Design is thinking made visual.”
Saul Bass

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“Make it a point to keep on the lookout for novel and interesting ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaptation to the problem you are currently working on.”
Thomas Edison

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“The ability to learn faster than competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.”
Arie P. de Geus in “Planning as Learning” from Harvard Business Review March-April 1988

Used as opening quote for Startups Where “We Are All In This Together” Learn Faster

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“It is not so hard to be original, what is hard, is to be original with continuity.”
Andres Segovia

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“We are all part of interlocking partially overlapping groups, networks and communities. We can really only prosper if other folks in our group, network, or community also prosper. Not that there isn’t competition, and fierce competition in a downturn, but few other firms are your direct competitor, and many can be partners of varying levels of engagement.”
Sean Murphy

This is the concluding paragraph to my blog post “Daniel Pink’s Free Agent Nation Worth Revisiting” from Nov-18-2008

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“If your prospects repeatedly show interest in something unrelated to what you are validating – swerve & follow what’s really bothering them.”
Asif Khan Mandozai @asifmandozai

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“Thinking is drawing in your head”
Alan Fletcher from “The Art of Looking Sideways

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“Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.”
Eric Hoffer

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“Limiting yourself to one side of a 3×5 card is a good way to craft a message or prioritize your objectives.”
Sean Murphy

See “3×5 Cards” for an elaboration and “Nuts, Bolts, and Jolts by Richard Moran” for some good business rules of thumb that fit on a 3×5 card.

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“Unless ideas are massaged into reality they evaporate.”
George Nelson

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“Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context– a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.”
Eliel Saarinen

See also

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“It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.”
Edgar Allan Poe

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“Every tool carries with it the spirit by which it has been created.”
Werner Heisenberg

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“I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.”
Thomas Carlyle

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“Be wary of relying on a ramjet for early growth.”
Sean Murphy

Used as title for “Be Wary of Relying on a Ramjet for Early Growth.” Included here due to a tweet by Milan Vrekic. A ramjet requires that the plane is already moving at a high fraction of the speed of sound and cannot be used for take-off or the early climb to cruising speed.

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“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”
Epictetus

Used as a closing quote for “Continuing Education in Entrepreneurship

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  • SKMurphy, Inc. » Quotes For Entrepreneurs–September 2013

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    […] as an unsourced quote in Alan Fletcher’s great book“The Art of Looking Sideways. See also February 2013 Quotes for Entrepreneurs. This is also implied in ”The Marriage Between Necessity and Curiosity ” by Michelle […]

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