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20 Great Tweetable Quotes About Ideas (Updated Easy Retweet Links)

20 Great Tweetable Quotes About Ideas (Updated Easy Retweet Links)

Today we operate in what Peter Drucker, a great business philosopher, called the “knowledge economy.”   We have shifted from an agricultural economy, to an industrial economy to one that is now driven by education and knowledge.  Technological, pharmaceutical and nano innovation comes from ideas as they didn’t exist in any “natural form” on this Earth 30 years ago.  These segments of the economy stem from people’s education and their ability to think, create and then share their ideas with others. With that in mind I thought I would share some great quotes about ideas I’ve shared on Twitter over the last year as well as a few that couldn’t “fit” under 120 characters 

You will find that the quotes come from a wide array of reading/topics/authors.

  • No man was ever wise by chance-Seneca
  • Ideas must work through the brains and arms of men, or they are no better than dreams-Ralph Waldo Emerson (poet)
  • The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible-David M. Ogilvy (advertising)
  • Any ideas, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought-Napoleon Hill (personal development pioneer)
  • You can dramatize your ideas in business or in any other aspect of your life. It’s easy-Dale Carnegie (personal development)
  • The best ideas are common property-Seneca (philosopher)
  • Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people-Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962)
  • Only the wise possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them-Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834)
  • It is useless to send armies against ideas-George Brandes
  • No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come-Victor Hugo
  • A mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions- Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on-John F. Kennedy (former U.S. President)
  • There’s no good idea that can’t be improved on-Michael Eisner (former CEO of Disney)
  • Some of the best ideas come out of the blue- @RichardBranson (Chairman of Virgin Group)
  • You can have brilliant ideas but if you can not get them across, your ideas will go nowhere-Lee Iacocca (former CEO of Chrysler)
  • There are not that many original ideas out there-Steve Wynn (CEO of Wynn Resorts)
  • You can kill a man but you can’t kill an idea-Meg Whitman (former CEO of E-Bay)
  • I think that it’s always possible to have a great company if you have great ideas-Jerry Yang (former CEO/co-founder of Yahoo)
  • We bring together the best ideas-turning the meetings of our top managers into intellectual orgies- @Jack Welch (former CEO of GE)
  • A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go farther than a great idea that inspires no one-Mary Kay Ash (businesswoman)
  • Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game-Goethe
  • Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen-John Steinbeck (author)
  • Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost-Thomas J. Watson (inventor/businessman)
  • The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds-John Maynard Keynes (famous economist)

Did the above quotes intrigue you?  If so, I would greatly appreciate it if you would re-tweet the post or comment below.  Have some other great quotes about ideas/thoughts to share with everyone?  Please post them below, send them to me at dan {at}

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Great TV shows for Entrepreneurs and SMB owners

Great TV shows for Entrepreneurs and SMB owners

I am a recovering CNBC addict.  There, I said it!

In 1996, the last semester of my undergraduate accounting program at UT Dallas, I worked for two Merrill Lynch retail sales offices as an intern / co-op. At that time I was very interested in the financial markets and wanted to learn more about being a broker as a career path.  What did it entail, what were the job requirements and what did it take to be successful in that industry?  I had already applied for and been accepted to a few MBA programs and I was going to focus on finance.  By this time I had already two years of experience in multinational companies that were generating billions in revenue and I had a career plan I was going to pursue.  I watched business programs and talked to business leaders all the time.  I was a SPONGE regarding business-related material, reading business magazines, watching TV shows and talking to my father about business (President of a large multi-national company at the time).  It is safe to say that I did (and still do) see the world through a different lens than others do.

Fast forward 15 years.

  1. I have worked for two regional investment banks in research.  I saw the dot com bubble up close and personal having followed telecommunication service companies.  With the job came some press.  I’ve been on CNBC (back in early 2001).  I’ve done the local nightly news a few times as well (Fox 4 in Dallas back in 1999 if my recollection is correct).  I’ve been quoted in Barrons, the Wall Street Journal, Dallas Business News and other publications.
  2. I have worked in the mortgage banking and closing service industries.  I’ve seen the impact of the housing bubble up close and personal. Who hasn’t been impacted the credit cycle bubble?

Here is a list of shows I watch regularly that I feel could help SMB owners and Entrepreneurs. I suggest these TV shows because they help me improve my business acumen and overall knowledge about what is going on in the business world.

  1. Bloomberg Game Changers on Bloomberg – Great ideas & lots of old fashioned hard work leads to enormous success.  Great profiles of people like Marc Andreesen – Netscape Fame for a start, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, Jon Stewart of the Daily Show, Twitter founders & Anna Wintour of Vogue fame just to name a few episodes.
  2. American Greed on CNBC – To remind myself that the world has lots of SCUM suckers in this world.  We don’t want to turn into these people!
  3. Shark Tank on NBC – Great to see idea creation by the entrepreneurs and valuation calculations by the “sharks” like Mark Cuban – I think most of these sharks would say that most entrepreneurs think their businesses are worth too much pre-revenue.  Ideas are cheap & execution isn’t easy!
  4. Modern Marvels on The History Channel or International History Channel – How technology impacts us. Basic ideas can have a profound impact on the world.
  5. History Channel – History has a way of repeating itself.  While times change people and behaviors don’t.
  6. America: The History of Us – special on The History Channel and available as a DVD set on Amazon or at your local Best Buy.  Loved watching this series.
  7. Suze Ormann Show – Suze isn’t afraid about telling people the truth and giving them the tough love they need in financial planning.  Similar message to #7 below.
  8. The Dave Ramsey Show – His conservative financial advice (personal finance) is well worth listening to.  Trying to take his advice to heart more and more these days. Spend less and save more!
  9. Charlie Rose – Great Interviewer – I don’t watch all of them (DVR but delete most political stuff) but he gets great information out of people!  He asks the RIGHT questions at the right time!
  10. Strategy Session with David Faber on CNBC – Faber has earned awards for a reason – he is sharp and his show is great!
  11. Squawk Box and Squawk on the Street – I watch both in the mornings to learn what is going on in business since most business news breaks before and after the bell rings on Wall Street.  I’ll typically listen to the 2nd show on the way into work via XM Radio
  12. CNBC specials – especially the CNBC Original Production shows.  These are great because they provide great insight into various industries. You get to hear first hand from industry executives about the positives & negatives impacting the industry, how they are addressing them, etc.
  13. CNBC Titans – Similar to Bloomberg’s GameChangers mentioned above but produced by a different financial news channel.  These are great for learning about the history various industries and the leaders behind many of the top companies.
  14. with Andrew Warner as the Host – Great interviews with entrepreneurs and leading thinkers
  15. hosted by David Siteman Garland via the web (previous link) or via your ROKU box / ROKU 1080P box where you can watch the interviews via TV if you have one – Great interviews with entrepreneurs and leading thinkers. The bonus here is that David shows you what is happening with websites.  With over 280 episodes of his show (many computer-based interviews done via Skype and recorded on ScreenFlow) David has taken his content and pushed it through to a new source.

Do I watch all of the above shows?  Absolutely not as I have a life and don’t intend on being a couch potato!  The bottom line is that I tune into the above shows from time to time and my DVR is my best friend (I store up to 10 of each of the above).  I catch up on the shows whenever I can depending on what I feel like learning more about.

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How To: Maximize SEO Results From a WordPress Blog – A WordCamp San Francisco Presentation

How To: Maximize SEO Results From a WordPress Blog – A WordCamp San Francisco Presentation

WordPress is known for its SEO benefits when compared to other CMS platforms.  Practically every internet marketer utilizes WordPress for this very reason. That is why I was pleased to see a scheduled SEO presentation at WordCamp San Francisco 2011.

SEO WordCamp San Francisco 2011 Takeaways

Below are a few takeaways I had from Sujan Patel’s presentation at WordCamp San Francisco 2011.

  • The top four positions in the search engines only accounted for 40% of the click-through rates. I recall a few years ago seeing up 55% to 65% of the results coming from the top four positions. Now, this was based on a Slingshot study so the niche or which search engine was tested may have skewed the results.
  • SEO Friendly Images Plugins – He discussed lots of SEO plug-ins but I think this one, of all of them, is utilized the least. Images can direct traffic to a blog so SEO optimize the heck out of videos and images.
  • Google Panda Update is now penalizing websites for the usage of tags when not marked “No Follow”?
  • Social Signals – He showed some great examples of how search results vary depending on how he is logged in and how Google is adjusting rankings based on your social circles. I would also point out that Google ALSO showed in his slides those people in his Google Circles that had marked “+1″ to an article in his results. This is HUGE in my opinion and it shows the direction that Google is going.

The below presentation can definitely help anyone new to SEO. Obviously my above comments are more indicative of recent SEO changes. 

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