A peep into the world of some Entrepreneurial Terms

There are several jargons used in the world of business and some are peculiar to the universe of entrepreneurs. Terms such as Ability, Achievement, Attitude, Adversity and many more are now frequently used. Dictionary meanings of these terms are always available and they do not give the nuances. Consider these.

Napoleon Bonaparte said  “Ability has nothing to do with opportunity”

Oliver Goldsmith said  “The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity; yet there is still a greater, which is the good man that comes to lighten it”

I will periodically provide a dose of this vocabulary through some fascinating quotes to give you the other side of the same coin. For ease of search they are listed alphabetically.

Caveat lector. That is Latin for – let the reader beware –


* Ability is a poor man’s wealth – Matthew Wren
* It is a great ability to conceal one’s ability – Francois
* Ability is useless unless it’s used – Robert Half
* Ability has nothing to do with opportunity – Napoleon Bonaparte


* The only conquests which are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves – Napoleon Bonaparte
* You cant achieve anything without getting in someone’s way. You can’t be detached and be effective – Abba Eban
* The significance of  man is not what he attains, but rather in what he longs to attain – Kahlil Gibran
* If you think you are tops, you don’t do much climbing – Arnold


* Your attitude determines your altitude – Anonymous
* Coolness and absence pf heat and haste indicate fine qualities –  R.W. Emerson
* Neutrality, as a lasting principle, is an evidence of weakness – Louis


* Adversity introduces a man to himself – Anonymous
*  It is looking downward makes one dizzy – Robert Browning
*  People seldom want to walk over you until you lie down – Elmer Wheeler
* The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity; yet there is still a greater, which is the good man that comes to lighten it. – Oliver Goldsmith
* Trouble brings experience and experience brings wisdom- Proverb
* Advesity makes strange bedfellows – Proverb


*  Ambition and suspicion always go together – G C Lichtenberg
* Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds – Thomas D English
* Ambition having reached the summit, longs to descend – Pierre
*  To be unhappy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition – Samuel Johnson
* He begins to die that quits his desires – Proverb


* Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies – Friedrich
* Believe that you have it and you have it – Anonymous
* Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know – Michael
* Assertion is not argument; to contradict the statement of an opponent is not proof that you are correct – Samuel Johnson
* The persuasion of the fortunate sways the doubtful – Proverb


* Every man is bold when his whole fortune is at stake. -Dionysus of Halicarnassus
* Whatever you do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.   – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
* Put a grain of boldness in everything you do. – Baltasar Gracian
* In great straits and when hope is small, the boldest counsels are the safest. – Livy
* By audacity, great fears are concealed. -Lucan
* Both fortune and love befriend the bold. – Ovid
* Only the bold get to the top.  – Publilius Syrus


* There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. – Winston Churchill
* Change, not habit, is what gets most of us down; habit is the stabilizer of human society, change accounts for its progress. – William Feather
* You have to stop in order to change direction. – Erich Fromm
* There is danger in reckless change, but greater danger in blind conservatism.                                                                                                          – Henry George
* All change is not growth; as all movement is not forward. – Ellen Glasgow
* The path of least resistance is what makes rivers run crooked.  – Elbert Hubbard
* To reform a man, you must begin with his grand-mother.  – Victor Hugo
* If you want to make enemies, try to change something. – Woodrow Wilson


* Behave toward everyone as if receiving a great guest. – Confucius
* History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. – Abba Eban
* If we conducted ourselves as sensibly in good times as we do in hard times, we could have a competence. – William Feather
* Watch your step when you immediately know the one way to do anything. Nine times out of ten, there are several better ways. – William B. Given, Jr.
* Behaviour is like a mirror, in which everyone shows his image. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
* Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and help them to become what they are capable of being. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
* Depend not on fortune, but on conduct. – Publilius Syrus


* Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.  – George Herbert
* Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom. – William Pitt
* Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.  – Channing Pollock
* Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do a bigger thing well, too.  – Joseph Storey
* Confidence is a thing not to be produced by compulsion. Men cannot be forced into trust.  – Daniel Webster


* Courage and perseverance have magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air. – John Quincy Adams
* It is easy to be brave from a safe distance. –Aesop
* Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit. – Baltasar Gracian


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