I have been profiling a series of real-life career change stories for Forbes.com, many of whom are entrepreneurship stories. The insights are invaluable, but the direct quotes are the most fun. Here are ten of my favorite quotes from these profiles and other entrepreneurs:
Put it this way, when other girls had their Barbies in wedding dresses my Barbie was in a Hillary Clinton-type of pantsuit with a little briefcase. – Susanne Norwitz on how she always wanted to be an entrepreneur
I wish I knew that everything takes twice as long as you thought it would. My passion sometimes overpowered my patience. Many first-time entrepreneurs think they can bite off more than they can chew. – Otto Cedeno on what he wished he knew when he started his entrepreneurial journey
My courage comes from wanting to live a fulfilled life and being able to have a legacy, something tangible for my family and provide inspiration for others that may feel stuck. – Tiannia Barnes on how she persists when things get tough
I view entrepreneurship as a state of mind not defined by the organizational size or industry. – Mark Prygocki on the entrepreneurial benefits of his longtime big corporate experience
You’ve got to lose your ego. No matter how naturally smart you are or how successful you were in a previous career, there is a tremendous learning curve involved in major career transitions and you have to be strong enough to risk looking foolish and inexperienced.. – Susanne Rhow on the realities of career change
I am the entrepreneur who comes up with the wild and crazy idea and then dumps it on people to let them figure it out – Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia
Have you asked for help in your venture?
If you’re not doing something crazy, you’re doing the wrong things – Larry Page, Co-Founder of Google
Where can you get crazier in your business?
Adaptability and execution are what matter, not timing – Tim Westergren, Co-Founder of Pandora
If there is no perfect time anyway, what will you launch today?
I used to think the Corcoran Group was my golden goose. Once I sold it, I realized I was the golden goose – Barbara Corcoran, Founder of Corcoran Group Real Estate
Are you taking care of yourself?
Too often, a vast collection of possessions ends up possessing its owner. The asset I most value, aside from health, is interesting, diverse, and long-standing friends. – Warren Buffett, Founder of Berkshire Hathaway
Are you taking care of your relationships?
Do you have a favorite quote I missed? Please share it!