Most popular entrepreneurship quotes
"First-hand knowledge is critical" is the sort of advice that would have prevented Steve Jobs from creating Apple, prevented me from creating Dilbert, and prevented Musk from creating any of his businesses. Better: "First-hand knowledge can be a mental prison."
Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.
Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.
Security is not the meaning of life. Great opportunities are worth the risk.
Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
Everyone has talent; what is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
The classic sign of a shitty startup idea is that it requires at least two (or more!) miracles to succeed.
When confronted with any startup idea, ask yourself one simple question: How many miracles have to happen for this to succeed?
Ideas without implementation, or without an exceptional team to implement them, are like assholes and opinions: everyone's got one.
Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it's a feather bed.
The problem with the Internet startup craze isn't that too many people are starting companies; it's that too many people aren't sticking with it. That's somewhat understandable, because there are many moments that are filled with despair and agony, when you have to fire people and cancel things and deal with- very difficult situations. That's when you find out who you are and what your values are. So when these people sell out, even though they get fabulously rich, they're gypping themselves out of one of the potentially most rewarding experiences of their unfolding lives. Without it, they may never know their values or how to keep their newfound wealth in perspective.