Quotes For Entrepreneurs–September 2011

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“When setting out on a journey, do not seek advice from those who have never left home.”

Hat tip to RumiQuotes

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“Get creative. Creativity is the parachute an entrepreneur steers with.”
Griffin Caprio in “How To Find a Developer In Chicago

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“I think that a lot of individual productivity comes from problems avoided by a high level of trust, cooperation, and teamwork.”
Sean Murphy

from “Highly Effective Software Development Teams

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“Successful entrepreneurship is an ongoing self-improvement process.”
Sean Murphy

I have use several slight variations of this same quote, the all begin with “successful entrepreneurship is an ongoing self-improvement…” and end slightly differently see “Successful Entrepreneurship Is Ongoing Self-Improvement.

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“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
Japanese Proverb “Nana-Korobi, Ya-Oki”

I mentioned this in the May 2009 Quotes for Entrepreneurs in connection with a quote by Roxanne Quimby

In the early years, I had some midnight-of-your-soul type of times.
Once, I came home from a fair and found the window in my cabin blown in. Snow was all over. It was 20 below and 3 in the morning. I hadn’t made any money and the car had just barely made it there. I really believe that success is just getting up one more time than you fall. It doesn’t come from one brilliant idea, but from a bunch of small decisions that accumulate over the years. And you shouldn’t underestimate the amount of work that’s involved, the amount of fear that’s involved.
Roxanne Quimby in “How I Did It: Roxanne Quimby” from Inc. Magazine.

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“Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.”
Soren Kierkegaard

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“Courage can’t see around corners, but goes around them anyway.”
Mignon McLaughlin

I used this to open my blog post of 2008 “Hello 2008

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“The long tail is a dead zone for each individual contributor, but a goldmine for the ones who can provide the platform.”
Thomas Baekdal (@baekdal) “The Myth of the 99 Cent Book


“We can always find isolated examples of people or companies making millions selling something at a very low price. It is the age-old problem with the Long tail.

The long tail looks like this. At the top you have a few big successes, followed by a herd of people who are not making a profit. The long tail is a dead zone for each individual contributor, but a goldmine for the ones who can provide the platform.”

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“The path of least resistance is what makes rivers run crooked.”
Elbert Hubbard

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“Do something different or expect the same results.”
Susannah BreslinTen Things I’ve Learned About Work

A clever riff on

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”
Rita Mae BrownSudden Death

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“The moment somebody says to me, ‘This is very risky,’ is the moment it becomes attractive to me. ”
Kate Capshaw

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“The only surprises are the history you don’t know.”
Harry Truman

I used this as the opening quote in my review of Steve Blank’s “Secret History of Silicon Valley”

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“Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.”
Ambrose Bierce “The Devil’s Dictionary”

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“Some people never learn anything because they understand everything too soon.”
Alexander Pope

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“Advanced technology is indistinguishable from a sufficiently rigged demo.”
Andy Finkel

a riff on Arthur C. Clarke’s Three Laws from his essay collection “Profiles of the Future

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

other variations on “sufficiently advanced”

“Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.”
Gehm’s Corollary to Clarke’s Third Law

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from Nature.”
Karl Schroeder in “I am the very model of a Singularitarian

Not too late to register for the October 12 Great Demo Workshop in San Jose if you want to make some magic of your own–or embrace Nature if that’s your preference.

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