Monday, May 21, 2007

Best Entrepreneurship Quotes: Week 33

Here's your motivational Quote of the Week, personally selected to get your new week off to an inspirational start.

Since Canada is celebrating Victoria Day today (although in Quebec it’s also called Journée nationale des patriotes, as well as Fete de Dollard by some), we thought we would recognize the Great Lady herself, the longest-reigning monarch of Great Britain (1837-1901).

In the blackest days of the Boer War, in 1899, Queen Victoria showed bullheaded, entrepreneur-like confidence when she said:

"We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist."

The British went on to win the war.

Since Victoria Day really celebrates the birthday of the current monarch, let’s also consider another quote from Victoria’s great-great-granddaughter, Elizabeth II. While not so tinged with bravado - after all, Elizabeth's commonwealth is quite a bit smaller than Victoria' empire - it contains a lesson that's also essential for entrepreneurs: knowing when to walk away from something that's not working.

“We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep.”


George Torok said...

I admit that I am a bigger fan of Queen Vic over Q Lizzy II.

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