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Entrepreneurs

  • It was my idea that if you started any kind of business, you should begin somewhere near where you hoped to end. In other words, if I wanted to make really good clothes to order, I would start out making good, and therefore expensive, clothes to order. If I started making inexpensive clothes, I thought probably I'd die making them.

  • Entrepreneurs are outsiders by nature — outsiders with a work ethic.

  • We are essentially outsiders and that is the best definition of an entrepreneur I have ever come across.

  • Entrepreneurs are all a little crazy. There is a fine line between an entrepreneur and a crazy person. Crazy people see and feel things that others don't. An entrepreneur's dream is often a kind of madness, and it is almost as isolating. What differentiates the entrepreneur from the crazy person is that the former gets other people to believe in his vision.

  • It's a given that if you start your own business, you're going to be (1) in control of your destiny, and (2) real busy.

  • All the talent, training and experience in the world isn't worth a thing without a little something called Soul.

  • How to form your very own Silicon Valley start-up: Step 1: Go to Menlo Park. Find a tree. Step 2: Shake the tree. A venture capitalist will fall out. ... Step 4: The venture capitalist will give you four million dollars. Step 5: In 18 months, go public. Step 6: After you receive your check, go back to Menlo Park. Find a tree.

  • You must — you abosolutely must — possess what can only be called leadership: that rare-as-rubies personal force that can resolve the clash of issues and personalities, pull others along with you, induce them to see things your way, to work their heads off in your young firm's behalf.

  • Going into business for yourself, becoming an entrepreneur, is the modern-day equivalent of pioneering on the old frontier.

  • What I try to do is ... say to the baseball player: 'Have you ever thought about owning your own baseball team?' To the would-be astronaut I ask: 'Have you thought about owning the firm that makes the rockets?' There's not enough attention focused on entrepreneurship as a viable career.

    • Hazel A. King,
    • in Janet Cheatham Bell, The Soul of Success ()
  • Here is where some entrepreneurs fail. They are filled with creative juices and real commitment to their business, but too often they don't understand that they must also be managers, administrators, even gofers — at least for a while.

  • An entrepreneur is someone willing to go out on a limb, having it cut off behind her, and discovering she had wings all the time.

  • I say not only is crazy a compliment, but if you're not called crazy when you start something new, then you're not thinking big enough!