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" A great merchant delivers both joy and profit. Then profit gets reinvested in more joy. "
" Money talks, and when it starts to say goodbye, humans listen and act accordingly. "
" From Nike, we buy victory. From Under Armour, we buy protection. From Lululemon, we buy zen. From Patagonia, we buy conservation. From BMW, we buy performance. "
" The history of innovation is the story of ideas that seemed dumb at the time. "
" The American lionization of the entrepreneur is to ignore its foibles - the narcissism, the workaholism, the neglect of family, the imbalance, the obsession. These are not universally good things, though they are frequently universal to building great companies. "
" Leadership is inspiring people. Management is keeping the trains running on time. "
" A little narcissism is good. At least that's what I am telling myself. "
" Taking risks and being focused, sometimes, are at odds. Both are required to build a great company. "
" Culture is an output of a bunch of inputs that have to come together the right way. Specifically, it is the collision of people and their context, how they interact with each other in that context, and then how that context evolves based on those interactions as they multiply. "
" Why should men be constrained by antiquated stereotypes of masculinity? What does it even mean to 'Be a Real Man' anymore? Shouldn't we all be celebrating a wide range of definitions of manhood? "
" The loudest voice in the room, sometimes, is the absent voice of the silenced. "
" Tenacity is not about avoiding being overwhelmed but being indomitable in the face of the overwhelming odds of your venture's failure. "
" It's easy to be cynical about American politics. It's more important not to be. "
" People who are great at making decisions in the face of uncertainty have great judgment. "
" When the forces of liberalism and capitalism converge, change happens. "
" Only by being obsessed with little things do amazing things emerge. "
" Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) cannot be medicated. It is treatable only through therapy. The problem is therapy is rarely sought by the afflicted. It cannot be cured. "
" A protective self-narrative during conflict and duress sometimes obscures us from seeing the worst in ourselves. When the self-sustaining haze lifts after that conflict has subsided, we may recognize in ourselves the flaws the other saw in us at the time that we didn't have the emotional bandwidth to examine in the moment. "
" Tolerance, diversity, and inclusion are not political opinions. They are non-negotiable human rights - hard fought and secured in America. "
" Passion provides purpose, but data drives decisions. "
" Bonobos are not monkeys! Bonobos are apes. "
" I've been in thousands of conversations dripping with misogyny. I've initiated many of those conversations myself. From my fraternity roots to my bachelor days in New York, I know I have not always shown up in ways that I am proud of. "
" Empathy is the bridge to understand those who you may be lucky to one day lead, and it is - in my opinion - the most under-appreciated human skill in business. "
" To an entrepreneur, closing a financing often feels like the end of a marathon. It's actually the starting gun. "
" Being a founder is about being so driven to distraction by the world that you want to put something new in it. It's an act of creation, of irreverence, of defiance, of hope, and arguably one of narcissism. "