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Ins and Outs of Entrepreneurship

Make sure that the best thing to happen to your customer today is you.
Christopher Chanski
VP Sales & Marketing, Illes Foods
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To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
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A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.
Vinod Khosla
Venture Capital Investor
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You’ll see it when you believe it.
Wayne Dyer
American Philosopher, Author and Motivational Speaker
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It’s not a good strategy until it costs you something to pursue.
Bob Goldstein
CEO of Sonen Capital
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I’m sure that you’re trying to challenge yourself to invent something new. That’s impossible.
Virgil Abloh
American Fashion Designer
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Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
Bill Gates
American Businessman, Microsoft Founder
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I look for businesses in which I think I can predict what they’re going to look like in ten to fifteen years’ time.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
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An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
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If you have no idea how something is supposed to be done, I guarantee you’ll be disruptive. Let what you don’t know become your greatest asset.
Sara Blakely
Founder of Spanx
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There’s only one boss: the customer. He can fire everybody from the chairman on down simply by spending his money elsewhere.
Sam Walton
Retailer/Founder of Walmart
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I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented.
Buckminster Fuller
American Architect, Systems Theorist, Author, Designer, Investor and Futurist
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Be careful – a little success can create a whole lot of overhead.
Charles (Red) Scott
American CEO and Business Coach
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The customer of my customer is my customer.
Author Unknown
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One can learn to cook, but a restaurateur is born.
The New Larousse Gastronomique
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Being early and being wrong are sometimes not that different.
David ibnAle
Investment Banker
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All of Wendy’s spins off one fresh word – FRESH
Dave Thomas
Founder of Wendy’s
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Innovation is seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi
Discoverer of Vitamin C
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If I can’t make money in the $5 trillion U.S. market, it may be a little bit of wishful thinking to think that all I have to do is get a few thousand miles offshore and I’ll start showing my stuff.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
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To understand a company, spend time with its customers.
Charles (Red) Scott
American CEO and Business Coach
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Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves it’s amazing what they can accomplish.
Sam Walton
Retailer/Founder of Walmart
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Customers don’t want 1/4 drills, they want 1/4 holes.
Ted Levitt
Professor, Harvard Business School
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Entrepreneurship exists in the tiny space between madness and genius; and, its journey requires a few cross border violations across both madness and genius to get to the final destination.
The Herd Instinct
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Partners don’t pay each other, they help each other get paid.
Tech Coast Angels
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It’s so much easier to do something new than to do something well.
Author Unknown
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Take my factories and my money but leave me my salesmen and I’ll be back where I was in two years.
Andrew Carnegie
American Industrialist
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We’re not trying to entertain the critics… I’ll take my chances with the public.
Walt Disney
Co-Founder, The Walt Disney Company
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With Early Stage companies, it’s never one thing. It’s always one thing after another.
Tim Cartwright
CEO, Tamiami Angels
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The power of compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world.
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
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If you don’t listen to your customers, someone else will.
Sam Walton
Retailer/Founder of Walmart
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In economics, things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then happen faster than you thought they could.
Rüdiger Dornbusch
German Economist
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The biggest thing about negotiating: You’ve got to make sure you’re trying to construct a good deal for them.
Al Hoffman, Jr.
Real Estate Developer, Former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal
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Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
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A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
American Baptist Minister and Activist
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You can’t innovate once.
Tracey Riese
Early Stage Investor
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Solving big problems is easier than solving little problems.
Sergey Brin
Co-Founder, Google
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We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.
Warren Buffet
American Investor
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When you need money, go ask for advice. When you need advice, go ask for money.
Author Unknown
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More startups die of indigestion than starvation.
Bill Garley
Venture Capitalist: Benchmark
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Done equals good.
David Silverman
American Animator
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I don’t try to reinvent the wheel. I just try to change the spokes.
Brian Granger
Associate Professor California Polytechnic
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You can’t make a good deal with a bad person.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
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The best audience is intelligent, well-educated and a little drunk.
Alben W. Barkley
35th U.S. Vice President
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If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits.
Don Ward
The Comedy Store Founder
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Our company is guided by three deeply held beliefs: That brands with purpose grow, companies with purpose last and people with purpose thrive.
Alan Jope
CEO, Unilever
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Make no little plans.
Daniel H. Burnham
American Architect and Urban Designer
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If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
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No nationwas ever ruined by trade.
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
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If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
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Better salesperson always beats better product.
Cem Erdem
Founder, Entrepreneurs Rally
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It’s not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
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Being a great entrepreneur is doing all the things you love to do on the days you don’t feel like doing them.
Adapted from Julius Erving
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The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the entrepreneur adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward
Often Quoted Writer of Inspirational Maxims
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An entrepreneur is someone who shoots an arrow and then runs to move the target, so the arrow hits it.
Dick Rennick
CEO of American Leak Detection
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The public wants what it can’t get.
Diana Vreeland
Fashion Columnist and Editor
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I often tell would-be entrepreneurs that you have to be a little crazy or even masochistic to choose this life. The energy, endurance, optimism and just plain thick skin required aren’t for the faint of heart.
Don Smithmier
Small Business Owner, Entrepreneur, Songwriter
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I believe that smart people working hard will eventually get lucky.
Erwin Kelen
Veteran Minneapolis Investor
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Typos in your presentation tell your investors how carefully you plan to manage their money.
Anonymous
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Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
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Nothing is easy. If you want to do nothing, that’s easy.
Author Unknown
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A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination.
A.W. Pinero
English Actor, Dramatist and Stage Director
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If you watch entrepreneurs long enough, you observe that innovation is typically a ground game, not a Hail Mary pass.
Eric Schurenberg
Inc, - December 2015/January 2016
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Good enough never is.
Debbi Fields
Founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries
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It’s not success you want to be remembered for, but significance.
David Mas Masumoto
Author, “Wisdom of the Last Farmer”
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Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.
Edward H. Harriman
American Businessman
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You can’t really run the company by pissing off the scientists who do the work.
Erwin Kelen
Veteran Minneapolis Investor
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Content is king but context is the kingdom.
Amy Ferris
Head of Global Marketing, Apple Media Sales
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The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
Edward John Phelps, Esq.
Founder of American Bar Association
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Price is what you pay, value is what you get.
Peter Drucker
American Management Consultant, Educator and Author
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For some entrepreneurs it’s better to be never than late.
John O. Huston
Legendary Angel Investor