Short articles - quotes for your success and personal development!
You want to be an entrepreneur? You know something about the lean methodology? Then you probably heard about one of the masters, Steve Blank!
Steve Blank knows his lean startup methodology. After more than 20 years in the tech business and a lot of successful startups, Blank is the guy to learn from. Considered one of the most influential people on the planet by Forbes, he founded E.piphany, Zilog and many others. So, let’s see some tips from him in the collection below. Click and note!
And don’t forget tip number 1: “Startups Demand Comfort with Chaos and Uncertainty.”
“Startups are painful, stressful and at times demoralizing. You need to be a true believer in the vision of what you are doing. You need to be passionate about it and love what you’re doing.”
“At the end of the day, you can decide whether you want to be an employee with a great attendance record, getting promoted to ever better titles and working on interesting projects – or whether you want to attempt to do something spectacular – this be or do should be a question you never stop asking yourself — for the next 20 years, and beyond.”
“Don’t confuse “raising money” with “building a sustainable business.” In a perfect world, you would never need investors and would fund the company from customer revenue. But to achieve scale, startups need risk capital. Raise as much money as you can after you have tangible evidence you have product/market fit, not before.”
“You need to ask yourself, ‘Where do you want to work: startups, mid-size or large companies?’ …If you find yourself debating the ‘startup versus large company’ choice you’ve already chosen the big company. Entrepreneurship isn’t a career choice it’s a passion and obsession.”
“Building a successful business model isn’t about changing your company based on every bit of feedback: It’s about understanding whom to listen to and why.”
“Disruption on the first day always looks like a toy…”
”My position is fairly radical… that says, ‘No.’ Most of the things you learn on how to execute (at) a company are actually destructive in the first year or two at a startup; eventually they converge. But you need a different body of knowledge that you will not get as a business school professor consulting for large corporations. This is why entrepreneurship (programs) in universities… are helped when they are taught by adjuncts with startup entrepreneurial experience either as venture capitalists or as retired entrepreneurs.”
“After you’ve raised money, shut up, put your slides away, stop selling, and start listening to your customers.”
“Success is predicated on too many factors for one methodology to guarantee that any single startup will be a winner. But on the basis of what I’ve seen at hundreds of startups, at programs that teach lean principles, and at established companies that practice them, I can make a more important claim: Using lean methods across a portfolio of startups will result in fewer failures than using traditional methods.”
“In a startup no facts exist inside the building, only opinions.”
“My advice was to start a policy of making reversible decisions before anyone left the meeting or the office. In a startup, it doesn’t matter if you’re 100 percent right 100 percent of the time. What matters is having forward momentum and a tight fact-based data/metrics feedback loop to help you quickly recognize and reverse any incorrect decisions. That’s why startups are agile.”
“More often than not, the DNA strand that makes entrepreneurs great is the one that’s their undoing when confronted with “flatlining” user adoption, growth, referrals, or frequency. These entrepreneurs need to switch smartly out of “do” mode and return to the earliest “discovery” steps to find a distinctive, exciting solution to a seriously painful customer need or problem. It’s the only way to make a startup not suck.”
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Creativity has become a sought asset nowadays, even more than before. Whether pragmatic, fun or absurd, creativity has its own world. But rest assured, you can access it! And what better inspiration than the best of Hollywood to help you?
Hollywood has a long line of successful and creative people to get your mood from. Film directors, producers, screenwriters or actors, your pick! So check out these 30 creativity quotes from those amazing people to get you going!
Daily words of wisdom
Sometimes you just need that exact quote or saying to get you out of bed, right? When you feel down or you lack energy, when there’s a block or a crossroads ahead, these can make a difference. So how about a collection of motivational words of wisdom to give you confidence? No matter where you are or what you want to do, here are some of the best daily doses of inspiration. For sure you will recognize yourself in some of them…maybe in all of them!
Without much ado, pick one for every day of the week and put a smile on your face!
Fuji Mountain in Japan
When it comes to innovation, leadership and quality practices, the Japanese take the lead, from KAIZEN methodologies to creating new, futuristic technologies which people consume on a daily basis. With great experience and knowledge come great advice and words to remember, in concise Japanese philosophy quotes. Keep them in mind.
From proverbs to practical thoughts by amazing business leaders at Sony, Honda and other major Japanese corporations to motivational bits by activists, Zen monks and various artists, let’s see what they have in store for us!
1 “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra
2 “Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” - Will Smith
1 Success, to me, is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you’re capable. – John Wooden
2 Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours. – Les Brown
3 The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world. – Orison Swett Marden
4 The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the staircase. One step at a time. – Unknown
5 There are no shortcuts to any place worth going – Helen Keller
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So you want to be wealthy? Live large? Be happy and content with the quality of your life? You need to study these quotes from 20 of the most influential businessmen of all time. Don’t be surprised to see Jesus Christ on the list also. He was a business and marketing genius. Don’t be fooled. From Rockefeller to King Tut and Imhotep, these were all entrepreneurs.
The world’s wisdom is easily condensed within these quotes. You need only apply them.
Let’s do an exercise which implies your imagination and empathy. Let’s say you were born in the beginning stages of the 20th century, in a strict Roman Catholic Austrian Nazy family. Not only that, but your nazy father, who favored your brother because he thought you weren’t his biological child, thought it would be funny to name you Arnold Alois. With no knowledge of the English language, with a nazy father and a name too hard to spell for even the brightest grammar teacher, you would think growing up to be a:
The chinese people are a great source of wisdom. A bunch of people who were faced with so much adversity through their history was bound to generate a tough, wise nation. Let’s take a look at their proverbs. There is great information here for any entrepreneurial spirit.
Here’s a great lyric battle between Diddy and Jay-Z. Each takes turn spitting a quote at the other.
“You should do what we do, stack chips like Hebrews.” – Puff Daddy, It’s All About The Benjamins
1 Carlos Slim Helu – 69 B
You cannot have people in your organization who are pessimists. They take you to mediocrity.
General Grant was the leader of the Union Army in the second part of the civil war, between the north and the south. After defeating the Confederacy, he went on to become the 18th President of the United States of America.
This guy is the real deal. You can see it only by looking at his photos. After the civil war, he fought against the Ku Klux Klan, gave voting rights to african americans, and used the army and the support of the black community to rebuild the South. A true friend of former President Abraham Lincoln, Grant has an incredible lifestory.
Michael Jordan is one of the modern legends, probably the best basketball player that has ever lived. I used to wake up at 3 AM in the morning just to catch his games live (time difference here in Romania). How did Mike accomplish everything? Let’s hear it from him!
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”
Denzel is one of the best actors of our era. What are some of his thoughts on success? Is he applying some of the same principles as other successful people?
What’s that you say? You don’t know who Alexander the Great was? Well, let me just give you some of his other aliases: Lord of Asia, King of Macedon, Pharaoh of Egypt, Shahanshah of Persia, Hegemon of the Hellenic League, and King of Kings.
He conquered through war and without losing a single battle this area right here:
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