A Quote by Seth Goldman on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism, business, and passion

As the year draws to an end, I face a question that annually lurks in the back of my mind, (and I suspect in the minds of most entrepreneurs), "Do I have the energy and passion for another year?" Though someone from the outside might assume the answer is always, "Yes," people on the outside tend to glamorize the real work of leading a mission-driven company. I encounter so many job applicants drawn to Honest Tea because they want to change the way business is done -- organics, Fair Trade, healthier products, bikes for employees -- but then when they find out the way to make that all real is by walking in the rain lugging 50 pounds of heavy bottles or standing in the hot sun giving out samples, they find out they aren't quite as entrepreneurial as they thought they were. (Internally we say their "Kumbaya factor" isn't as big as their "Get it Done" factor.)

Seth Goldman

Source: The Mission Driven Business: Are We Willing to Give Up Growth for Mission?: http://blog.inc.com/the-mission-driven-business/2007/12/as_the_year_draws_to.html

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A Quote by Elon Musk on u s and entrepreneurship

I would have come here from any country. The U.S. is where great things are possible.

Elon Musk

Source: Entrepreneur of the Year: Elon Musk: http://www.inc.com/magazine/20071201/entrepreneur-of-the-year-elon-musk.html

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

An entrepreneur plows the field and it weakens the idea that change isn't possible. He seeds with some very user-friendly idea. The next entrepreneur comes, and there's more plowing, more seeding. Then hundreds. As we wire the world together, ideas flow from Bangladesh to the United States and Brazil, and back. This becomes multiplicative. The network becomes a distribution channel.

Bill Drayton

Source: Fast Company: A Lever Long Enough to Move the World: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/90/open_ashoka.html

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A Quote by Addie Swartz on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship

One thing about entrepreneurs is that when they see something – an opportunity or a problem – they act on it quickly.

Addie Swartz

Source: Women's Business: Addie Swartz Is a Positive Beacon for Girls Twixt and B*tween: http://www.bostonherald.com/business/womens/general/view.bg?articleid=1045592

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, and business

Anybody who is an entrepreneur is a person who essentially has impaired judgment. The odds of success are zilch. This valley is loaded to the gills with a whole lot of totally insane people who honest to God believe that they can be the next Bill Gates or the next [Sun Microsystems CEO] Scott McNealy. And that is genuinely stupid. In the great city of San Francisco, where I used to live, at 2 in the morning every other Victorian [house] has somebody who is writing the great American novel. And the city is not loaded with James Joyces or Virginia Woolfs. But entrepreneurship is about distorted views of reality.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: Reason Magazine: The Peters Principle: http://www.reason.com/news/show/30404.html

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on business and entrepreneurship

My half-baked reading of history is that we continue to go through these waves of entrepreneurial explosion followed by merger mania and consolidation. Out of that come big sluggish companies that eventually collapse under the weight of what they've created, and are killed off by the next wave of entrepreneurs.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: Reason Magazine: The Peters Principle: http://www.reason.com/news/show/30404.html

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A Quote by Jim Collins on company, entrepreneurship, and team

First figure out your partners, then figure out what ideas to pursue. The most important thing isn't the market you target, the product you develop or the financing, but the founding team.

Jim Collins

Source: Q&A with management guru Jim Collins: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2007/02/19/8400260/index.htm

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A Quote by Frederick Neitzsche on entrepreneurship, work, and leisure

Whoever has not two-thirds of his time to himself, is a slave.

Frederick Neitzsche

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A Quote by Andrea Jung on women, business, employment, and entrepreneurship

The company was actually founded on creating earnings opportunities for women, even before it went into skincare, lipstick, and fragrance. The founding Avon principle, before women could vote and when basically only men were working, was to allow women to get out of their homes and to create an entrepreneurship opportunity for them.

That was very much ahead of its time back in the 1880s and, not surprisingly, it was met with some resistance. [I]f you fast forward to today and the fact that we're the single largest source of employment for women (broadly speaking, as the reps are independent contractors), we've been an important creator of entrepreneurship for women.

Andrea Jung

Source: For Avon, the 21st Century Is Calling: http://finance.yahoo.com/expert/article/leadership/47560

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A Quote by Richard Branson on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship

I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn't really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.

Richard Branson

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