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  • "Entrepreneurs must love what they do to such a degree that doing it is worth sacrifice and, at times, pain. But doing anything else, we think, would be unimaginable."
    Howard Schultz (1953–), US businessman, chairman and CEO of Starbucks
    Source: Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul (with Joanne Gordon, 2011)
  • "In my experience “enterprise” should be put on the same shelf as “recreational heroin use.” Only a few people can handle it, let alone benefit from it. The attrition is appalling."
    Simon Carr, British journalist
    Source: Independent (London) (June 15, 2009)
  • "There are very few self-made millionaires, if any, who have not taken risks which would make the rest of us unable to sleep at night, or keep our food down."
    Dominic Lawson (1956–), British journalist
    Source: Independent (London) (December 16, 2008)
  • "Entrepreneurs constantly confuse what they do with who they are. We’re all certainly responsible for what we do, but failing doesn’t make us bad people and succeeding doesn’t make us omniscient."
    Howard Tullman (1946–), US multimedia entrepreneur
    Source: You Need to Be a Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business (Barry J. Moltz, 2003), Preface
  • "Entrepreneurs start businesses because … they have no choice. Passion and energy drive them on good days and sustain them on bad days"
    Barry J. Moltz, US entrepreneur and author
    Source: You Need to Be a Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business (2003)
  • "Successful entrepreneurs judge correctly the need for change, then do something about it."
    James Edward, Lord Hanson (19222004), British business executive and entrepreneur
    Source: Website (2000)
  • "Money isn't what motivates entrepreneurs; it is acknowledgement—a craving for your ideas to be acknowledged,"
    Reuben Singh (1976–), British entrepreneur and author
    Source: Management Today (September 1999)
  • "The truth is I started my own company because I could not fill out a job application."
    Terri Bowersock (1956–), US furniture company entrepreneur
    Source: Phoenix Business Journal (1999)
  • "Around Britain, thousands of young people are working from bedrooms, workshops and run-down offices, hoping that they will come up with the next Hotmail or Netscape."
    Charles Leadbeater, British government adviser, journalist, and author
    Source: Quoted in the Independent (London) (1999)
  • "You can never be an entrepreneur if you're afraid to lose money. It's like being a pilot who is afraid of bad weather."
    Peter de Savary (1944–), British entrepreneur
    Source: Quoted in The Adventure Capitalists (Jeff Grout and Lynne Curry, 1998)
  • "It sounds boring, but anything is easy to start—starting a novel, starting a business … it's keeping the thing going that is difficult."
    Prue Leith (1940–), British cookbook writer and business executive
    Source: Quoted in The Adventure Capitalists (Jeff Grout and Lynne Curry, 1998)
  • "It's better to be the head of a chicken than the tail of a cow."
    Stan Shih (1945–), Taiwanese cofounder and former CEO of Acer
    Referring to a Taiwanese proverb and the preference of entrepreneurs for running their own small business.
    Source: Quoted in Giant Killers (Geoffrey James, 1996)
  • "If you want to understand entrepreneurs, you have to study the psychology of the juvenile delinquent. They don't have the same anxiety triggers that we have."
    Abraham Zaleznik (1924–), US psychologist
    Source: US News & World Report (October 1992)
  • "Three components make an entrepreneur: the person, the idea and the resources to make it happen."
    Dame Anita Roddick (19422007), British entrepreneur and founder of The Body Shop
    Source: Body and Soul (cowritten with Russell Miller, 1991)
  • "Where would the Rockefellers be today if old John D. had gone on selling short-weight kerosene … to widows and orphans instead of wisely deciding to mulct the whole country."
    S. J. Perelman (19041979), US humorist
    Source: Letter (October 25, 1976)

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