Quotes for Entrepreneurs–December 2014

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Quotes, skmurphy

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“Most people judge men by their success or their good fortune.”
La Rochefoucauld Reflection 212 in Reflections and Moral Maxims

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“A good conscience is a continual Christmas.”
Benjamin Franklin

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“One has to make a decision when a condition is likely to degenerate if nothing is done.”
Peter Drucker in Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, and Practices

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“Entrepreneurs depend entirely on their own abilities for their financial security, because they realize that the only security is the security they create themselves.”
Dan Sullivan in “The Great Crossover

Quoted in “Entrepreneurial Mindset: Create Value For Others

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“One day I shall come back.
Yes, I shall come back.
Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties.
Just go forward in all your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine.”
The Doctor in “The Dalek Invasion of Earth

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“There’s no present.
There’s only the immediate future and the recent past.”
George Carlin

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Scale back your long hopes to a short period.
While we speak, envious time will have already fled:
seize the day, trusting as little as possible in tomorrow.
Horace in “Ode XI: To Leuconoe

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“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”
Charles M. Schulz

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“We are told that talent creates its own opportunities.
But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.”
Eric Hoffer 

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“Pay attention to how a customer describes their problem: they will Google these words looking for a solution.”
Tristan Kromer in “12 Random Customer Development Tips

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“Bootstrappers would rather work for customers than investors, choosing the discipline of the competitive marketplace over the wisdom and caprice of the boardroom.”
Sean Murphy in “Freedom

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“Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it, a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.”
Henry Fielding

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“Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts.”
Soren Kierkegaard

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“FUTURE, n. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.”
Ambrose Bierce in “The Devil’s Dictionary

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“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

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“Entrepreneurs expect opportunity only by creating value for others, because they understand that this is the only unlimited source of economic opportunity.”
Dan Sullivan in “The Great Crossover

Quoted in “Entrepreneurial Mindset: Create Value For Others

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“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and good will,
to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
If we think on these things,
there will be born in us a Savior
and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.”

Calvin Coolidge in written Presidential message December 25,1927

h/t Arthur Brooks “Abundance Without Attachment

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Ask the experienced rather than the learned.”
Arab proverb

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“Words are more powerful than perhaps anyone suspects, and once deeply engraved in a child’s mind, they are not easily eradicated.”
May Sarton

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“No one can truly understand the life of an entrepreneur but another entrepreneur.”
Philadelphia Startup Leaders Manifesto

Quoted in “Federated Entrepreneurship in PSL Manifesto

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“In the middle of the night, things well up from the past that are not always cause for rejoicing–the unsolved, the painful encounters, the mistakes, the reasons for shame or woe. But all, good or bad, give me food for thought, food to grow on.”
May Sarton in At Seventy: A Journal

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“The value of a thing is the amount of laboring or work that its possession will save the possessor.”
Henry George “The Science of Political Economy”

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“Experience is a dear teacher but he delivers the goods.”
Kin Hubbard

h/t “The Best of Kin Hubbard” edited by David S. Hawes

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“We’re all self-made men, but not very many of us have stayed on the job.”
Kin Hubbard in “Short Furrows

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“Overwork tires; underwork wearies.”
Balfour Browne

h/t Geoffrey Madan’s Notebooks

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“The cost of a thing is what I call life which has to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”
F. H. Bradley

h/t Geoffrey Madan’s Notebooks

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“We don’t become mediocre all at once, and we rarely do it on purpose.”
Seth Godin in What IF This Was Your Only Job?”

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“You’re competing against people in a state of flow, people who are truly committed, people who care deeply about the outcome.”
Seth Godin in “Texting While Working

Quoted in Customer Discovery Conversations While Driving Is Not a Good Idea

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“In Ireland we have a very old saying, “When you can see the mountains it’s going to rain and when you can’t see the mountains it’s raining.”
David Allen

If only this were true in California.

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“We must carefully distinguish between the absence of tact and the presence of principle.”
John Davidson

h/t Geoffrey Madan’s Notebooks

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“All things are difficult before they are easy.”
Thomas Fuller

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“I would much rather always look forward to the time when I am going to ride in a carriage, than to look back on the time when I used to.”
Josh Billings in “Complete Works of Josh Billings

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“Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.”
Jose Ortega y Gasset

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“Take a moment to remember those you have lost along the way, and, let them know you thought of them this Christmas Eve day.”
T.R. Threston

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“The answers you get depend upon the questions you ask.”
Thomas Kuhn

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“Courage doesn’t always roar.
Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, “I’ll try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher

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