Twelve Quotes on Entrepreneurship from Kevin O’Leary

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Last week the folks at Inc. brought GrowCo back to New Orleans. The two day conference offered over twenty informative and interactive sessions focused on four themes: Kick-Start Growth, Keep Growing, Grow Smarter, and Grow Profits. Attendees also heard from headliners like Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of Lean In and Option B, Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and founder of Revolution, and investor and Shark Tank host Kevin O’Leary, to name a few.

We heard from Mr. Wonderful himself who shared some good nuggets with us on his long spanning entrepreneurial journey. He kept it real with the audience on how hard entrepreneurship really is, so we rounded up some of our favorite quotes for a little Friday inspiration for all you entrepreneurs out there working hard to make it happen. Here you go!

“I would rather invest in an entrepreneur who has felt the sting of failure, because they can appreciate how hard it is to start a company.”

“Time is the essence of an entrepreneur. It’s how you use it properly.”

“In the ebb and flow of entrepreneurship, there is always something great happening in someone’s life, and something bad in someone else’s life.” 

“I tell entrepreneurs if you’re going to take this road, there’s a huge personal sacrifice that people don’t think about. A lot of times, there is no soccer game on Saturday, or Sunday dinner with the family. Man or woman, you have to understand that it’s a huge lifestyle change.”

“I like to work with eclectic, different people who don’t fit the mold. I don’t care what sector they’re in. You show me a great entrepreneur, and I’ll work with them.”

“There’s no way to build the equity of experience without experience.

“I think if you’re going to take a risk, it is wise to take it in your early 20’s.” 

“You have to execute. Forget about the peripheral noise, put your nose to the ground and execute.”

“Business is war. There are winners and there are losers.”

“The bird that is dead under the nest never learned how to fly.”

“An entrepreneur always takes capital and repurposes it.”

“Don’t do it if you don’t have the stamina.”

Summer Suleiman, Editor of The Distillery

Summer Suleiman is the Editor of The Distillery. She writes about the real experience of entrepreneurs in New Orleans.

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