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A Quote by Banksy on capitalism, corporations, business, freedom, and economy

You owe the companies nothing. You especially don't owe them any courtesy. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission; don't even start asking for theirs.

Banksy

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A Quote by Pirke Avot /Ethics of the Fathers on sin, ignorance, piety, bashfulness, temper, business, and to be a man

He would also say: A boor cannot be sin-fearing, an ignoramus cannot be pious, a bashful one cannot learn, a short-tempered person cannot teach, nor does anyone who does much business grow wise. In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man

Pirke Avot /Ethics of the Fathers

Source: Rabbi Hillel - Pirke Avot 2:5

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A Quote by Tara Hunt on happiness and business

To me it seems pretty obvious that it would be simple to build a business around helping people achieve autonomy, a feeling of competence and relatedness. In fact, every web company that has been successful thusfar has their business build solidly on one or all of these. And I believe that as people discover that these things are within their reach, they will gravitate more and more towards companies that offer tools to helping them achieve happiness.

Tara Hunt

Source: Happiness as Core to Your Business Model: http://www.horsepigcow.com/2008/02/03/happiness-as-core-to-your-business-model/

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A Quote by Umair Haque on business and corporations

Yes, business really does change. 400 years ago, corporations were formed by royal decree. 300 years ago, many countries were powered by slave labour, or its closest moral equivalent. 200 years ago, debtors didn't go bankrupt, they went to prison. 100 years ago - well, business is largely the same as it was a century ago. And that's exactly the problem. Business hasn't changed, but today's array of tectonic global shocks demands a different, radically better kind of business. Yesterday's corporations visibly cannot meet today's economic challenges.

Umair Haque

Source: Four Challenges for Tomorrow's CEOs: http://discussionleader.hbsp.com/haque/2008/08/four_challenges_for_tomorrows.html

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on business

While in Asia, I heard a great expression, “Before You Can Multiply, You Must First Learn to Divide.”  I now find myself using this saying nearly every day.

The idea is that if you want to grow your business, you must learn to partner with others - and give them a slice.  This means you take a smaller slice of a bigger pie.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Before You Can Multiply, You Must First Learn to Divide: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/07/30/before-you-can-multiply-you-must-first-learn-to-divide/

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A Quote by Seth Godin on business, books, and reading

So, how to read a business book:

1. Decide, before you start, that you’re going to change three things about what you do all day at work. Then, as you’re reading, find the three things and do it. The goal of the reading, then, isn’t to persuade you to change, it’s to help you choose what to change.

2. If you’re going to invest a valuable asset (like time), go ahead and make it productive. Use a postit or two, or some index cards or a highlighter. Not to write down stuff so you can forget it later, but to create marching orders. It’s simple: if three weeks go by and you haven’t taken action on what you’ve written down, you wasted your time.

3. It’s not about you, it’s about the next person. The single best use of a business book is to help someone else. Sharing what you read, handing the book to a person who needs it... pushing those around you to get in sync and to take action--that’s the main reason it’s a book, not a video or a seminar. A book is a souvenir and a container and a motivator and an easily leveraged tool. Hoarding books makes them worth less, not more.

Seth Godin

Source: How to read a business book: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2008/05/how-to-read-a-b.html

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A Quote by Warren Buffett on money, wealth, and business

Making money isn’t the backbone of our guiding purpose; making money is the by-product of our guiding purpose. "If you’re doing something you love, you’re more likely to put your all into it, and that generally equates to making money.

Warren Buffett (1930 -)

Source: Warren Buffet on Simplicity and Happinesss: http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/israel-vicars/israel-vicars-cinemichigan-bizdom-and-other-entrepreneurial-endevors/warren-buffe#

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A Quote by John Mackey on business and corporate social responsibility

Business social responsibility should not be coerced; it is a voluntary decision that the entrepreneurial leadership of every company must make on its own.

John Mackey

Source: Rethinking the Social Responsibility of Business: http://www.reason.com/news/show/32239.html

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A Quote by Umair Haque on business, invisible hand, and wealth

The invisible hand is crippled. What’s going on here? Wasn’t the invisible hand supposed to raise everyone into prosperity and well-being?

Yes – but it’s not. The world is getting phenomenally richer – but the costs of that wealth seem to be endemic poverty for vast swathes of the world’s population, the poisoning of the water we drink, the pollution of the air we breathe, and the fraying of the social and cultural fabric that binds us together.

We’re richer, but that wealth doesn’t reflect durable, authentic economic value – which is hitting fast diminishing returns. The growth that we’re pursuing is neither sustainable – nor is it, in many ways, real growth at all. Boardrooms from finance to autos to energy to pharma to fashion have learned that the hard way.

Umair Haque

Source: A Manifesto for the Next Industrial Revolution: http://discussionleader.hbsp.com/haque/2008/06/a_manifesto_for_the_next_indus_1.html

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on intellectual property, business, and free

What if you gave away your intellectual property? What if you gave away your “tell me” content and used it as marketing material? What if your greatest assets were converted into “enable me” products? How would you need to re-invent YOUR business?

Stephen Shapiro

Source: What Can You Give Away for Free?: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/07/02/what-can-you-give-away-for-free/

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