Startup Quotes

Some really good startup quotes.

“The challenge with most startups is just dealing with the emotional ups and downs, which can be huge.”

500 Startups’s Dave McClure

“You worry all of the time.”

Zendesk founder Mikkel Svane

“I hit this wall of fear when we were about 30 people.”

Julia Hartz of EventBrite

“I’ve had my share of failures. That’s kinda what makes a person ready for success.”

Scott Kveton of Urban Airship, who pitched VCs unsuccessfully 30 times before hitting pay dirt

“You’re gonna screw up.”

Dan Levin, COO of Box

“Not all of us can lead. But this is a special type of sport.”

Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger Network

“If we don’t allow ourselves to make mistakes, we will never invest in things that are radical.”

Jeff Clavier, VC, Soft Tech

“Be brazen, but don’t be arrogant.”

Kate Rutter, cofounder of LUXr


Out of these quotes, which ones connect with you?


Balancing fear and confidence to pursue big ass ideas

Do you have a big ass idea that scares the livin’ shit our of you? Good. That’s a start. If your idea doesn’t scare the shit out of you then it probably sucks or it’s not worth pursuing. The fear is normal.

Any entrepreneur that says he’s not afraid is a liar.

Now, if you have a passion for a big idea, it scares the shit out of you, and you’ve been impregnated with it, you should give yourself the permission to pursue it. That is, if you are ok with failure. If you’re not, then you should let someone else who’s ok with failure go after it. You, you should sit on the sideline and watch.

Pursuing big ideas is scary business. It’s terrifying. And it should be. That’s what makes it fun. Anything not terrifying is just a walk in the park. Anyone can walk in the park.

One of the keys to pursuing big ass ideas is balancing complete fear of jumping of a cliff with complete confidence that you will land safely. The fear allows you to be in touch with it, and the confidence allows you to take it on. You need both to succeed.

This was a big turning point for me as an entrepreneur. Once I found that balance – and I was able to admit my fear, it became much easier to go after big ideas over and over again.


How about you? 

How are you doing with balancing fear and confidence?



You know what I love about video games? They have a reset button. It doesn’t matter where you’re at in the game, or what you’ve done, all you have to do push that little button on the controller and whalla! The game resets and you are off to a whole new start. Now how cool is that?

I’m not a big gamer or anything, but I do love Super Mario Brothers. A few years ago when one of the new versions came out, I literally sat there and played until I beat the whole game. I had blisters on my hands, and my eyes were bulging out of my head!

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Mental toughness has nothing to do with killer instinct, ruthless play, or talent. Instead, it has everything to do with the art and science of increasing our ability to handle all kinds of stress-physical, mental, and emotional – so that we can be more effective in our everyday lives and in our ability to lead.

Do you think you’re mentally tough? I was asked this question by one of my trainers when I use to race professionally. My initial reaction was, “Yeah I’m mentally tough, why”.

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Recently, my parents after 27 years of marriage decided they would file for a divorce. It was heart breaking for everyone in my family. It wasn’t that we didn’t see it coming, it’s just hard once it actually happens. For us it was like watching someone hang on the monkey bars knowing eventually they would have to let go. They just couldn’t hang on anymore. Well, at least that is what they think.

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Fear. What a interesting thing we all face. We all fear things. Some people fear heights, some people fear spiders, and some people fear pretty much everything that lives, eats, and breathes! The truth? We all fear something. Fear is to be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about something. What do you fear?

Do we really have anything to fear, if we only fear the Lord? Deuteronomy 6:13 says, Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. What if we began to live by this verse? What if we only feared the Lord our God? What if we all agreed that it was unacceptable to fear one another? That being judged was just not ok. Everyone was accepted and I mean everyone. We cut the crap and started loving one another as Christ loved us. I think we can we agree that we should not fear each other? This is ridiculously. Think of the fear that impacts our daily lives; what people wear, what they do to their bodies, the dreams they give up on. To me this is unacceptable.

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The working title of the book I am writing is Bankrupt for Jesus. What does this title make you think? How does it make you feel? I thought what better way to get feedback and challenge my thinking, than from the community?

Here are some of my initial working thoughts. When you think of bankruptcy you probably don’t think of Jesus. You think of something terrible, a debt that can’t be repaid, a life changing experience. The definition, “The state, condition, or quality of being or becoming bankrupt.” Maybe you have been through a bankruptcy before. Maybe you know someone that has. Either way, you know what I am talking about when I say the word. Just the word makes you want to cringe. It’s like when your child says his or her first swear word in school. I hope this has never happened to you!

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