entrepreneurship

A Quote by Robert T. Kiyosaki on failure, success, business, entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurs

After one of my demoralizing business failures, I went to rich dad and asked, "So what did I do wrong? I thought I designed it well." "Obviously you didn't," rich dad said with a smirk.

"How many times do I have to do this? I'm the biggest failure I know." Rich dad said, "Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed." Shuffling the papers at his desk for a moment, he then looked up at me and said, "The world is filled with want-to-be entrepreneurs. They sit behind desks, have important sounding titles like vice-president, branch manager, or supervisor, and some even take home a decent paycheck. These want-to-be entrepreneurs dream of someday starting their own business empire and maybe someday some of them will. Yet I believe most will never make the leap. Most will have some excuse, some rationalization, such as, 'When the kids are grown.' Or, 'I'll go back to school first.' Or, 'When I have enough money saved.'"

"But they never jump from the plane," I said, finishing his thoughts. Rich dad nodded.

Robert Kiyosaki

Source: Rich Dad's Before You Quit Your Job : 10 Real-Life Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Building a Multimillion-Dollar Business (Rich Dad's (Paperback)), Pages: Chapter 1

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A Quote by Robert T. Kiyosaki on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, and business

Rich dad went on to explain that the world was filled with different types of entrepreneurs. There are entrepreneurs who are big and small, rich and poor, honest and crooked, for-profit and not-for-profit, saint and sinner, small town and international, and successes and failures. He said, "The word entrepreneur is a big word and it means different things to different people."

Robert Kiyosaki

Source: Rich Dad's Before You Quit Your Job : 10 Real-Life Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Building a Multimillion-Dollar Business (Rich Dad's (Paperback)), Pages: Chapter 1

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A Quote by Robert T. Kiyosaki on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, business, innovators, innovation, and risk

Even though I took a pounding, rich dad was happy that I was learning to be a creative entrepreneur, rather than a competitive one. He said, "Some entrepreneurs win by creating. Other entrepreneurs win by copying and competing." He also said, "The riskiest of all types of entrepreneur is the creative entrepreneur, also known as an innovator."

"Why is the creative entrepreneur the riskiest type to be?" I asked. "Because being creative means you are often a pioneer. It is easy to copy a successful and proven product. It is also less risky. If you learn to innovate, create, or invent your way to success, you are an entrepreneur creating new value rather than an entrepreneur who wins by copying."

Robert Kiyosaki

Source: Rich Dad's Before You Quit Your Job : 10 Real-Life Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Building a Multimillion-Dollar Business (Rich Dad's (Paperback)), Pages: Chapter 1

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on social entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, and business

The core psychology of a social entrepreneur is someone who cannot come to rest, in a very deep sense, until he or she has changed the pattern in an area of social concern all across society. Social entrepreneurs are married to a vision of, for example, a better way of helping young people grow up or of delivering global healthcare. They simply will not stop because they cannot be happy until their vision becomes the new pattern. They will persist for decades. And they are as realistic as they are visionary. As a result, they are very good listeners. They have to hear if something isn’t working; and, whenever they do, they just keep changing the idea and/or the environment until their idea works. They are intensely concerned with the how-to’s: How do I get from here to there? How do I solve this problem? How do these pieces fit together?

Bill Drayton

Source: Massive Change: Bill Drayton Interview: http://www.massivechange.com/2006/07/24/bill-drayton-interview-june-3-2004/

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

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: U.S. News: America's Best Leaders: Q&A with Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/051022/22drayton_2.htm

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

What is the most powerful lever you can imagine? A big idea, but only if it’s in the hands of a truly outstanding entrepreneur. It starts with the person and the idea, and then grows to the institution. All three are intertwined.

Bill Drayton

Source: The Stanford Daily: Interview with Bill Drayton: http://daily.stanford.edu/article/2005/2/8/findingTheNextSocialEntrepreneurInterviewWithBillDrayton

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on problems, entrepreneurship, solution, and social entrepreneurship

The biggest problem is getting beyond the “you can’t” syndrome. The moment you figure that out, you’re on your way to flying. Anyone who cannot see problems around him or herself is utterly blind. All the problems sitting there are an invitation for you to be creative, make use of your skills and resources and find a solution.

Of course you can do it. It doesn’t require brilliance. It’s just giving yourself permission and then being persistent. Persistent in seeing the problem or opportunity and persistent in thinking about it until you have come up with some interesting ideas that might change the pattern. It’s really a mindset, not anything in the objective world — that is the problem.

Bill Drayton

Source: The Stanford Daily: Interview with Bill Drayton: http://daily.stanford.edu/article/2005/2/8/findingTheNextSocialEntrepreneurInterviewWithBillDrayton

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

What does an entrepreneur do? The first thing is they've given themselves permission to see a problem. Most people don't want to see problems ... Once you see a problem and you keep looking at it you'll find an answer.

Bill Drayton

Source: PBS: Bill Drayton on Social Entrepreneurs: http://www.pbs.org/now/news/321.html

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A Quote by John Naisbitt on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, capitalism, and economy

...countries don't create economies. It is entrepreneurs and companies that create and revitalize economies. The role of the governments should be to create a nourishing environment for entrepreneurs and companies to flourish, not to get in the way of economic development.

John Naisbitt

Source: Mind Set!: Reset Your Thinking and See the Future, Pages: 159

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A Quote by John Mackey on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, and conscious capitalism

Entrepreneurs create their businesses for a diversity of reasons. However, I believe that most of the greatest companies in the world also have great purposes which were discovered and/or created by their original founders and which still remain at the core of their business models. Having a deeper, more transcendent purpose is highly energizing for all of the various interdependent stakeholders, including the customers, employees, investors, suppliers, and the larger communities in which the business participates. While these deeper, more transcendent purposes have unique expressions at each business they also can be grouped into certain well known and timeless categories. Philosophy dates back to Plato the timeless ideals of “The Good”, “The True”, and “The Beautiful” that humanity has been seeking to create, discover, and express for thousands of years. If we add the ideal of “The Heroic” to the above three we have the framework of higher ideals which most great businesses seek to express in some form or fashion.

John Mackey

Source: Conscious Capitalism: Creating a New Paradigm for Business: http://www.wholefoods.com/blogs/jm/archives/2006/11/conscious_capit.html

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