Now is not the time to stop taking big risks

As we round up 2012 and move into the new year, I’d like to encourage people to not stop taking big risks. To not stop believing. We can’t shy away from all the fears and uncertainty. For the first time, we have more people than ever starting companies and some of these companies have the potential to impact billions of people lives.

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This is history in the making and now is not the time to stop.

What’s so incredible about this is that we are not just talking about a better future, but we are building it.

To me, this is an enormous privilege and responsibility, and we must take it seriously.

The speed of thought and innovation is mind-blowing. The costs to start a company have never been lower and the resources out there are rich and plentiful.

We are experiencing an industrial revolution and what I hope is that everyone grabs a hold of it.

The role of us as entrepreneurs is to take the biggest, boldest risks and to look at everything from a long term perspective. It’s not about overnight success, but about cooperation and collaboration. It’s about working together to build a better world.

Come on, let’s commit to using our talents for global impact. Lets focus on the lives of our customers. Lets tend to the seeds that we’ve planted. Let’s think big and empower our nation’s creative entrepreneurs, and attempt to create companies that make a difference.

Who’s with me? Lets ring in another great year!

 

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

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Out of these quotes, which ones connect with you?

 

GO ALL OUT OR DON’T GO AT ALL

If you are going to go, why not go all out? This makes me think of people who say, “I will just run the 5k and that will be good for me. When really in their head they would love to work up to the 25k or the marathon. This is awesome!

Why not go after the marathon? Not that this is going to happen over night either, but you can do it! It can happen! It will take some pretty serious hard work and dedication, but why not? Why not go all out?

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THE WAY TO OVERCOME FEAR IS TO DO IT ANYWAYS

How many of us need to be more like Mother Teresa? Talk about a woman on a mission! She was a Catholic nun of Albanian who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. Ministering to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, she guided the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, all throughout India and into other countries.

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She was as tough as nails and never turned away from doing things anyways. She said, “Feel the fear and do it anyways”.

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