Saturday, July 12, 2008

Business of Innovation Quotes I Like Very Much

"Imagination works so quickly, quietly, and effectively that we are insufficiently skeptical of its products."

Daniel Gilbert, Harvard College Professor Psychology at Harvard University. Author, Stumbling on Happiness.

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"No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution."


"And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them. Thus it happens that whenever those who are hostile have the opportunity to attack they do it like partisans, whilst the others defend lukewarmly...."

"Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage."

Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian diplomat, political philospher, musician, poet, and playwright (1469-1527).

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“It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference."
Paul William "Bear" Bryant, American college football coach best known as the longtime head coach of the University of Alabama football team (1913 – 1983).

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"The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced, if the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."

"Don't get so set on your goal that you lose your humanity."

"We must not say every mistake is a foolish one."
Cicero Roman author, orator, & politician (106 BC - 43 BC).

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"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors."
African proverb.

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"As the births of living creatures are at first ill shapen,
so are all innovations, which are the births of time."


"Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable."
Francis Bacon, English philosopher, statesman, spy, Freemason and essayist (1561 – 1626).

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“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood — and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.”

Daniel Hudson Burnham, American architect and urban planner (1846 – 1912).

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"People go from denial to despair stage so quickly that they don't stop right in the middle and do something about it."
Al Gore, an Inconvenient Truth

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"If you cannot do it inside the company - you cannot extend it beyond."

"If you could do it on your own - you would have done it by now."

"Sometime you have to let the monkeys drive."

"Sometimes you have to slow down, in order to speed up."

"Words alone are not an investment."

"Our ambitions will always exceed our ability to execute given the available level of resources."

"The world is finite; we become larger."
Greg J. Olson, writer, thinker, entrepreneur, business catalyst, doer.

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