Quotes To Entrepreneur By: Human Edition

Joyance Partners
2 min readDec 19, 2023

Traditionally, at this time of year, I (Managing Partner Mike Edelhart) put together a list of “Quotes to Entrepreneur By.” This year, it comes in two parts, human and AI. In this version, I asked our team to share some quotes they felt would be helpful to entrepreneurs. Here is what they came up with:

Jun Deng, Investment Partner
“Be fearless. Take every interaction or rejection as a learning experience. When you pursue bold ideas, you’ll for sure encounter resistance, but the valuable lessons and occasional breakthroughs will propel you towards achieving things you never thought possible.”
— Jean Case

Bradley Welch, Investment Partner
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
― Steve Jobs

Nicole Staudinger, Director of Marketing
“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate.”
― Mary Oliver

Thibault Vanvincq, Investment Partner
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
— Winston Churchill

“All great events hang by a hair. The man of ability takes advantage of everything and neglects nothing that can give him a chance of success; whilst the less able man sometimes loses everything by neglecting a single one of those chances.”
― Napoleon Bonaparte

Sean O’Connor, Investment Associate
“I think risk is important. I don’t care if it’s a great financial risk or a physical risk. You only get out of something what you put into it and the fact that you are willing to risk something means that you are going to get a lot more out of it.”
― Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia)

Nobu Takanuma, Investment Partner
“Games are won by players who focus on the playing field, not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard.”
―Warren Buffet

“It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.”
―Warren Buffet

“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”
―Warren Buffet

Mike Edelhart, Managing Partner
“If it is not right, do not do it. If it is not true, do not say it.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it until you grow into the kind of person who can.”
― Japanese Martial Arts saying

It’s fascinating to see the difference between what GPT determines as inspiring and what the actual humans on our team find inspiring. To see what GBT came up with when given the same task, read “Quotes to Entrepreneur By: AI Edition.”

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