A Quote by David Edwards on truth, lies, system, integrity, environment, global, human, power, profit, neurosis, paranoia, communism, extremism, and nonsense

The forbidden truth is that we are living by a set of lies which are necessary for short-term profit, at the expense of human physical and psychological life and global environmental integrity. We are living in a system where power ensures that the requirements of profit take priority over the requirements of living things-including the need to know that this is the case. Consequently our freedom extends as far as, and no further than, the satisfaction of these requirements, with all else being declared neurosis, paranoia, communism, extremism, the work of the devil, or Neptunian nonsense.

David Edwards

Source: Burning All Illusions

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A Quote by Guy Kawasaki on cash flow, cash, and profit

Focus on cash flow. I understand the difference between cash flow and profitability, and I'm not recommending that you strive for a lack of profitability. But cash is what keeps the doors open and pays the bills. Paper profits on an accrual accounting basis is of no more than secondary or tertiary importance for a startup. As my mother used to say, "Sales fixes everything."

Guy Kawasaki

Source: Five most important lessons I've learned as an entrepreneur:

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A Quote by John Mackey on profit


I do not believe maximizing profits for the investors is the only acceptable justification for all corporate actions. The investors are not the only people who matter. Corporations can exist for purposes other than simply maximizing profits.

John Mackey

Source: Rethinking the Social Responsibility of Business:

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A Quote by Steve Pavlina on profit, income, business, and passion

Do what you love, but be damned sure it’s profitable.  If you do work you love, but it doesn’t generate income, your business will fail.  If you do work you hate, but it generates income, your health will fail… and your business along with it.  If you can’t do what you love and make it profitable, you’ve either got a hobby or a headache, not a sustainable business.  Don’t settle for anything less than passion and profit.

Steve Pavlina

Source: 10 Business Lessons From a Snarky Entrepreneur -

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A Quote by Richard Branson on profit and business

...making profits is important because it keeps all our people in jobs and, you know, it keeps what we — what we’ve created going, but, you know, what we’re — what I get my — what I’m proud about doing is creating companies which we’re really proud of, you know, which we can really be proud of and a byproduct of that hopefully will be that they’ll be profitable and be able to pay the bills.

Richard Branson

Source: Transcript of Jane Pauley’s Interview with Sir Richard Branson:

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A Quote by Ray Anderson on business, good business, conscious capitalism, profit, and corporate social responsibility

The status quo is a very powerful opiate and when you have a system that seems to be working and producing profits by the conventional way of accounting for profits. It’s very hard to make yourself change. But we all know that change is an inevitable part of business. Once you have ridden a wave just so far, you have to get another wave. We all know that. For us, becoming restorative has been that new wave and we have been riding it for 13 years now. It’s been incredibly good for business.

Ray Anderson

Source: Ray Anderson on conquering Mount Sustainability:

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A Quote by Ray Anderson on business, profit, and purpose

...there is no more strategic issue for a company, or any organization, than its ultimate purpose. For those who think business exists to make a profit, I suggest they think again. Business makes a profit to exist. Surely it must exist for some higher, nobler purpose than that.

Ray Anderson

Source: GNH 2: Ray Anderson Keynote:

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A Quote by Ray Anderson on sustainability, conscious business, conscious capitalism, business, and profit

During the last five years, those four advantages—costs, products, people, goodwill—have been the salvation of Interface during a recession that saw our primary marketplace shrink by 38% from peak to trough—38%! As a heavily leveraged company with over $400 million in debt, we might not have made it without the sustainability initiative and, especially, the support of our customers. This revised definition of success—this new paradigm—has a name: “Doing well by doing good”. It is a better way to bigger profits.

Ray Anderson

Source: GNH 2: Ray Anderson Keynote:

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A Quote by Yvon Chouinard on business, profit, goal, and process's the same with business. If you focus on the goal and not the process, you inevitably compromise. Businessmen who focus on profits wind up in the hole. For me, profit is what happens when you do everything else right.

Yvon Chouinard

Source: TIME: Reaching the Top by Doing the Right Thing:,2967,chouinard,00.html

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A Quote by Larry Brilliant on philanthropy, google, people, profit, and money

One percent of the equity, 1 percent of the profits, and 1 percent of the people go into The most important asset isn’t money, it’s people. One percent of the people means 60 or 70 of the smartest people in the world trying to solve some of the biggest problems in the world.

Larry Brilliant

Source: Wired: Feeling Lucky:

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