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 Before embarking on a journey of personal growth, it is important to look to the past for a gauge through which to measure yourself. Go through this process with honesty and humility.  Remove egotism and other crutches of vanity that may impede this important process of self-reflection. This ability to look at oneself from a third party’s perspective is an essential survival skill in our personal and business lives.  Before you are able to grow and evolve- you must have a realistic and “unclouded” perception of yourself. 

The past is an excellent soundboard for self-analysis. Those who go through life blaming all their personal misfortunes and flaws on others are missing the vital point: by changing ourselves we can change the way we are perceived and begin to change those around us.

In a business sense, it is often said that a start-up is a mirror image of the founders, so with gains in personal growth you will also see progress in your entrepreneurial life.  Your personal drive, discipline, values, and ethos will flow through your people, processes, and business culture. It is important to understand this business truth as soon as possible, because “a year from now you may wish you had started today.”

Here are some quotes that may inspire you to get started on your journey of personal evolution:


Be the change you want to see in this world
— Gandhi

There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledges who we are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential
— Rusty Berkus

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There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
— Bruce Lee

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The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
— Martin Luther King

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
— George Eliot

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No pressure, no diamonds.
— Mary Case

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The magic in mentoring happens behind closed doors.  The mentor and mentee relationship is a deeply ‘private’ one, where in a discreet one-to-one session, master shares pearls of wisdom with his or her pupil. Personal stories are shared, picked apart, and put back together again. This ritual allows the pupil to extract the fleeting ‘secrets of success’ that are so hard to capture on one’s own. While the actual process of mentoring is shrouded in privacy, the energy created from these special relationships has tangible ‘public’ benefit.

Boisterous and unruly. Infinitely curious and serially risk-taking. They do first, ask for permission later. They’re always pushing boundaries, have abysmally poor hygiene, and are constantly in need of more and more cash. Children (ha – I had you fooled) are innately entrepreneurial.

My father often talks about an imaginary film reel. It is the private film of his day, only to be watched at bedtime, for his eyes only. He describes a projector that casts a cinema size screening of his entire day on the wall, showcasing his every action from the moment his eyes open, till his final yawn.

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