Inspirational Quotes from Andy Dunn

Passion provides purpose, but data drives decisions.

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Tolerance, diversity, and inclusion are not political opinions. They are non-negotiable human rights – hard fought and secured in America.

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Why should men be constrained by antiquated stereotypes of masculinity? What does it even mean to ‘Be a Real Man’ anymore? Shouldn’t we all be celebrating a wide range of definitions of manhood?

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Taking risks and being focused, sometimes, are at odds. Both are required to build a great company.

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From Nike, we buy victory. From Under Armour, we buy protection. From Lululemon, we buy zen. From Patagonia, we buy conservation. From BMW, we buy performance.

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The history of innovation is the story of ideas that seemed dumb at the time.

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Leadership is inspiring people. Management is keeping the trains running on time.

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Not all Millennials think alike. A demographic is not a psychographic.

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I have always loved the Day of the Dead – a chance to celebrate death rather than to treat it like that awful scene in the cemetery.

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Tenacity is not about avoiding being overwhelmed but being indomitable in the face of the overwhelming odds of your venture’s failure.

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Honesty is love.

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Being a founder is about being so driven to distraction by the world that you want to put something new in it. It’s an act of creation, of irreverence, of defiance, of hope, and arguably one of narcissism.

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Money talks, and when it starts to say goodbye, humans listen and act accordingly.

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A great merchant delivers both joy and profit. Then profit gets reinvested in more joy.

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The loudest voice in the room, sometimes, is the absent voice of the silenced.

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To an entrepreneur, closing a financing often feels like the end of a marathon. It’s actually the starting gun.

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A protective self-narrative during conflict and duress sometimes obscures us from seeing the worst in ourselves. When the self-sustaining haze lifts after that conflict has subsided, we may recognize in ourselves the flaws the other saw in us at the time that we didn’t have the emotional bandwidth to examine in the moment.

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Too many entrepreneurs think their valuation is the real economic price of their company. It’s not. It’s not a real economic price unless you are selling 100%.

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I’m sorry, honey. I was wrong.’ Are there six more magical words you can say to your wife?

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The story of the merchant is told by the marketer. They need each other, and if they get along, it’s peanut butter and jelly. If they don’t, it’s oil and water.

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A little narcissism is good. At least that’s what I am telling myself.

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Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) cannot be medicated. It is treatable only through therapy. The problem is therapy is rarely sought by the afflicted. It cannot be cured.

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Empathy is the bridge to understand those who you may be lucky to one day lead, and it is – in my opinion – the most under-appreciated human skill in business.

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As a society, we must not allow human rights abuses to go unnoticed and undocumented; it is a vital mission to fight ignorance of these tragic events.

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Culture is an output of a bunch of inputs that have to come together the right way. Specifically, it is the collision of people and their context, how they interact with each other in that context, and then how that context evolves based on those interactions as they multiply.

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I’ve been in thousands of conversations dripping with misogyny. I’ve initiated many of those conversations myself. From my fraternity roots to my bachelor days in New York, I know I have not always shown up in ways that I am proud of.

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Bonobos are not monkeys! Bonobos are apes.

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Only by being obsessed with little things do amazing things emerge.

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The American lionization of the entrepreneur is to ignore its foibles – the narcissism, the workaholism, the neglect of family, the imbalance, the obsession. These are not universally good things, though they are frequently universal to building great companies.

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When the forces of liberalism and capitalism converge, change happens.

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The digitally-native vertical brand drives a lot more customer intimacy than its competition. The data is better because every transaction and interaction is captured.

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Sometimes, to move into the future, you must go back the past.

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Everyone knows robots write the best books and make the best music. Just look at Daft Punk.

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There are five kinds of great apes: bonobos, chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas, and the one which people always think of last: Humans!

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It’s easy to be cynical about American politics. It’s more important not to be.

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The life of an entrepreneur is the life of a human. Some days are amazing. Some days are a struggle. A lot are in between. It’s the same for all of us.

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The more defensive and angry I get, the more I later discover those feelings are usually just projections of feelings I am having towards myself.

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A founder is the emotional energy aorta of a company. The energy that emanates from a founder attracts people and capital to the endeavor. When that energy goes away, it can feel impossible to do the job.

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Oddly, I believe that emotional proximity we feel to close loved ones makes it hard to be honest with them about feelings of depression.

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It’s now arguably over-written about and over-discussed how hard it is to be an entrepreneur. Of course it’s hard. So is being a parent. Let’s stop over-congratulating ourselves and let’s just do our work.

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The act of founding a company is its own act of narcissism: ‘I alone can do this.’

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Maybe everyone lives forever. Or maybe, like in the animated movie ‘Coco,’ only those whose stories get told by the living definitely do. It takes a story worth telling.

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Marc Lore has been a mentor of mine for a long time. He taught me how to hire people and how to do the hardest thing in business, which is to make a great culture. I believe Marc is the most innovative and ambitious e-commerce entrepreneur on the planet.

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‘Hamilton’ is not just the best musical I’ve ever seen. It may be the best thing I’ve ever seen.

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I don’t feel I’m better than any man out there or that I have anything to teach, and the more I learn about myself, the less comfortable I feel saying anything at all.

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In a conversation with a male executive, he tells me that he doesn’t hire women because ‘it’s not worth the trouble.’ I mentally blacklist him.

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My definition of gender expands beyond just two genders.

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Good parents are always on time. So are good CEOs.

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What Americans do is we come to each other’s aid.

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Entrepreneurs are not that special. If you are one, stop drinking the Kool Aid, and if you aren’t, definitely don’t drink it.

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We all have an entrepreneur in us; it’s just whether we choose the tradeoffs to become one.

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The youngest boy in an Indian family has a good life. Growing up in a matriarchal family where my Indian mom’s culture was dominant, I experienced this first hand.

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