"On Starting Up From Three Veteran Entrepreneurs" -
You may think you know what tough is, but these three vets can tell you a few stories.
I was 1 of 3 Veterans featured by Entreprenuer.com about our experiences in pursuing entrepreneurship. I’m so grateful for this piece and other coverage of the story of me building my first startup (StartupLi.st) in my tent in Afghanistan. Whew, it was quite an adventure.
Thank you so much Entrepreneur.com for featuring me and Susan Johnston for the great interview. My goal is that telling some of my story will inspire someone to work hard and pursue their passions.
Thank you all for your support!
I’ve somehow built a collection of around 120 domain names over the past 3 years, and I’m looking to start selling some of them. Some of the domains, like MobileCustomerSupport.com, could be used for SEO traffic for a relevant company, or something like Appuisition.com could be the name of a new startup. The buyer can choose what to do with it.
Here’s the list of domains that I’m selling:
The prices are negotiable. If you, or someone you know, may be interested in buying any of these domains or would like a price quote, send me a message.
Also, just for fun, what are some of the best domain names you own? And what are your favorites from this list?
Thanks for reading!
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Yesterday, on HackerNews, I asked “What quote most inspires you?”, and below are the 30 responses I’ve gotten, so far.
Arjuna | link
"On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit, and you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, ‘OK, this is the limit.’ As soon as you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high." - Ayrton Senna
6thSigma | link
“It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because… All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.” - Mark Cuban
GFischer | link
We have one of those “quotes of the day” at the company intranet, so I see a lot of interesting ones. Some good ones are:
"I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it" - Thomas Jefferson
One that resonates with me is this one by Cato:
"I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right."
(I used not to know when to shut up or stop defying authority, and my career paid for it)
Avalaxy | link
"I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.” (I used not to know when to shut up or stop defying authority, and my career paid for it)
Oh, that is one problem I have… I ALWAYS tell people the truth. If I think what they’re saying is bullshit, I tell them that, without sugarcoating it. It has got me into trouble a few times, but it surprises me that people have accepted it for so long :) It’s something that I have to work on though… Restraint is very difficult when you’re in the right.
xauronx | link
We have a guy at my work like that and people don’t mind it. I actually like going to him for advice since he’s going to be blunt. I think it’s a matter of being a dick and being right. If you’re a dick and you’re wrong/opinionated it could quickly turn the tides against you.
chiragdodiya | link
This is on top of my list…
"Give an Entrepreneur a Napkin & An Idea & he’ll turn it into a Million Bucks. Give it to Anyone Else & He’ll wipe his face with it."
And 29 others from the source i compiled..
xijuan | link
The following quote didn’t really inspire me. But I still love it because I think what it says is really true.
“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don’t blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being “in love”, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”― Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
gadders | link
"Aut inveniam viam aut faciam", Latin for "I shall either find a way or make one."
Supposed to have been said by Hannibal, but a good phrase for a project manager.
priyeshnarain | link
One of my favorite :-)
"I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan
ScottWhigham | link
“Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.” - Doug Larson
gesman | link
"The past is created from the present, not the other way around."
"The measure of change is not whether the outside is changed, the measure of change is whether you respond differently to the outside even if its still looks the same. That’s how you know you’ve changed" -Bashar
sourc3 | link
This is my favorite:
"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable." - Seneca
rfergie | link
I’ve always liked “if you don’t know where you’re going any road will take you there” which is from Lewis Carroll. Interesting to see that he was predated in his sentiments by such a long time
seanccox | link
That is a brilliant quote. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson arrived at the pen name 'Lewis Carroll' by translating his own name into Latin and then translating it back into English… and then reversing it. So, he was most certainly aware of Seneca when he quipped about the efficacy of planning a trip with no specific definition.
jlengrand | link
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” - Vince Lombardi
seanccox | link
"Please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is’.” - K.Vonnegut Jr.
patatino | link
“There are more people who surrender, than those who fail.” - Henry Ford
sandipagr | link
I really like these two from Randy Pausch.
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”
xijuan | link
"In my stars I am above thee; but be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em." - Twelfth Night.
cafard | link
This is inspiring? It is part of a letter written to lure Malvolio on to impudence and humiliation.
hello_newman | link
"To find bigger seas, we must not be afraid to lose sight of shore."
Avalaxy | link
"Always aim for the Moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars."
RollAHardSix | link
"Stockton, motherfucker. Stockton." - Nick Diaz
GABaracus | link
A couple of my favourites:
If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” - Isaac Newton
“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” - H. G. Wells
adamwong246 | link
"Perhaps today is a good day to die!" - Lieutenant Commander Worf
5555624 | link
“It’s easy to make something ‘Idiot Proof’ because idiots are easily discouraged; but nothing will stop a demented fool with a screwdriver.”
beat | link
"Rest, rest, perturbed spirit!" - Hamlet, Act I, Scene V
baconomatic | link
"Fortune favors the bold"
joshsusser | link
"It’s never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins
gesman | link
That’s super. 99% likely do not understand the depth of this statement.
acc0229 | link
"And just as Steve loved ideas, and loved making stuff, he treated the process of creativity with a rare and a wonderful reverence. You see, I think he better than anyone understood that while ideas ultimately can be so powerful, they begin as fragile, barely formed thoughts, so easily missed, so easily compromised, so easily just squished."
pcmonk | link
“If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music … Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
seanccox | link
I believe Bertrand Russel would have replied:
"Modern technique has made it possible for leisure, within limits, to be not the prerogative of small privileged classes, but a right evenly distributed throughout the community. The morality of work is the morality of slaves, and the modern world has no need of slavery.”
Which quote is your favorite? Do any of them inspire you? Also, leave a comment with your favorite inspiring quote.
One of mine is:
“We’re here to put a dent in the universe. - Steve Jobs”
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STOP THE EXCUSES AND TRY.
This is my new motivation for starting to jot down notes about my experiences in the startup world and publishing them here.
I keep thinking, “If I started blogging when I first discovered startups, I’d be so good by now!”, which sucks because it’s true. It was always my feeling of not being knowledgable or not having enough experience that kept me from even trying to blog. Well, now it’s been nearly 2.5 years since I discovered startups (I’ll write about that sometime), and I feel a bit more knowledgable and have more experiences to share than ever before.
So, I’ll stop the excuses and try.
I love feedback, so please share. My daily blog is my Twitter. I’ll aim for a few lengthier blog posts per month, to start.
Anywho, if you read this, thanks! Hope you’re doing well with everything.
If you know me, you know that I’m passionate about encouraging people to live life to the fullest, and to do what you love. It made sense to me to create a hoodie to support the innocent victims and families of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
All of the proceeds from the sales of this hoodie will be donated to the Sandy Hook Family Relief Fund. I would be honored if you would buy one to support the survivors and to empower people with the simple motivating message to “Do What You Love”.
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