entrepreneurship

A Quote by Lewis Schiff on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, investing, investment, and savings

Those entrepreneurs who are successful and manage to build a business and a nest egg often manage to heap on even more risk when they decide how they're going to invest that nest egg. While building a successful business and managing your investment portfolio both require handling risk intelligently, they are very different activities. Entrepreneurs often fare worse than the average investor when it comes to making investments because many of the traits that make one a successful entrepreneur are precisely the traits that make one a disaster as an investor -- starting with an eagerness to put it all on the line.

Lewis Schiff

Source: The Only Guide to Investing an Entrepreneur Will Ever Need: Our Manifesto: http://www.inc.com/articles/2008/06/our-manifesto.html

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on ideas, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, and conscious capitalism

What is the most powerful force in the world? And I think you would agree that is a big idea if it is in the hands of an entrepreneur who is actually going to make the idea not only happen, but spread all across society. And we understand that in business but we have need for entrepreneurship just as much in education, human rights, health, and the environment as we do in hotels and steel.

Bill Drayton

Source: Interview with Bill Drayton: http://www.ashoka.org/node/1027

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, management, and leadership

The worst mistake I have made was to compromise on these core principles. For example, toward the end of our first period of very rapid growth (45 percent a year for five years), we hired several wonderful, spirited managers. However, they were not entrepreneurs; and they never could, partly in consequence, intuitively "get" our vision, our core stakeholders, or our culture. They set to work managing, which ended in failure, uncomprehending frustration, and culture division. Good entrepreneurs can manage, but no one but an entrepreneur can entrepreneur, let alone help build and lead the world's community of leading social entrepreneurs and their top business entrepreneur allies.

Bill Drayton

Source: America's Best Leaders: Q&A with Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/051022/22drayton.htm

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, management, leadership, and focus

How could any entrepreneur, confronted by such amazing opportunities to help transform the world and to do so with such extraordinary colleagues, be tempted to lose focus? Especially since the work involves such breadth that the boredom of routine or specialization does not exist.

Bill Drayton

Source: America's Best Leaders: Q&A with Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/051022/22drayton.htm

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, and conscious capitalism

Entrepreneurs cannot be happy people until they have seen their visions become the new reality across all of society. They learn how to master whatever skills are necessary. I am, for example, modestly an introvert. However, I spent most of my days dealing with people. It helps hugely that my daily interactions are with wonderful, caring, creative entrepreneurs from whom I learn and with whom I connect. My decision to commit to the Ashoka vision turned in part on recognizing how important this balance would be. My escape for long backpack trips in the wilderness also helps. And so, of course, does finding colleagues who are complements–and with whom I and our values-based entrepreneurial community share so much that the fit works.

Bill Drayton

Source: America's Best Leaders: Q&A with Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/051022/22drayton.htm

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship

What is Social Entrepreneurship?
Whenever society is stuck or has an opportunity to seize a new opportunity, it needs an entrepreneur to see the opportunity and then to turn that vision into a realistic idea and then a reality and then, indeed, the new pattern all across society. We need such entrepreneurial leadership at least as much in education and human rights as we do in communications and hotels. This is the work of social entrepreneurs.

Bill Drayton

Source: GOOD Q&A: Bill Drayton: http://www.goodmagazine.com/section/Features/good_qa_bill_drayton

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A Quote by Steve Case on america, entrepreneurship, and risks

I find it interesting that in America, even though most people are more optimistic and most people around the world do view America as the city on the hill and more entrepreneurial and more risk taking and less traditional, still in America most people don't take risks, and most people are pretty traditional. It's actually a relatively small number of people that really are those risk takers, and a relatively small number of people that end up really having an impact on the world, and it doesn't take a lot of people. It just takes a few people who really care and stick with it, and that I think is what America is about.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Steve Case on social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, conscious business, business, and entrepreneurs

You can be entrepreneurial even if you don't want to be in business. You can be a social entrepreneur focused on the not-for-profit sector. You can be an agriculture entrepreneur if you want to change how people think about farming. You can be a policy entrepreneur if you want to go into government. The idea of an entrepreneur is really thinking out of the box and taking risks and stepping up to major challenges. Trying to instill that sense of entrepreneurship in areas other than business is one of the areas I want to focus on in the years ahead.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Martha Stewart on perfectionism, passion, and entrepreneurship

I'm a maniacal perfectionist. And if I weren't, I wouldn't have this company.... I have proven that being a perfectionist can be profitable and admirable when creating content across the board: in television, books, newspapers, radio, videos.

Martha Stewart

Source: OPRAH'S CUT WITH MARTHA STEWART: http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/200008/omag_200008_martha.jhtml

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A Quote by Richard Branson on business, entrepreneurship, money, passion, and purpose

What was the first business idea you came up with?

I set up this magazine called Student when I was 16, and I didn't do it to make money - I did it because I wanted to edit a magazine. There wasn't a national magazine run by students, for students. I didn't like the way I was being taught at school. I didn't like what was going on in the world, and I wanted to put it right.

Of course, a lot of businesses want to reach students, so I funded the magazine by selling advertising. I sold something like $8,000 worth of advertising for the first edition, and that was in 1966. I printed up 50,000 copies, and I didn't even have to charge for them on the newsstand because my costs were already covered.

So I became a publisher by mistake - well, not quite by mistake, because I wanted to be an editor but I had to make sure the magazine would survive. The point is this: Most businesses fail, so if you're going to succeed, it has to be about more than making money.

Richard Branson

Source: Branson's Next Big Bet: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2006/08/01/8382250/

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