Jim Jindrick, Curator

Welcome to 5Ktips.com ... 5000+ tips for innovators and entrepreneurs racing to create their something(s) new and better!

The tips were collected from variety of experts, wise sages, and a few folks that might well have had second thoughts about sharing their unique (if embarrassing) experiences.

Some of the tips are fun and fluffy ... a few quick words of encouragement, humor, and whimsy. Others are more insightful ... slices of wisdom, informative checklists, and solid tidbits of knowledge.

Relax! You don't have to read all 5000+ tips at once! It's not a 5K race! Start and stop most anywhere, anytime.

Jump around! Read a little, read a lot. This is a "come-back" book ... when you need a little chuckle, a bit of inspiration, or a little break from what you're doing, come back here for more!

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5917) The future starts today, not tomorrow. [Thank you, Kim D Snyder]

5916) Get rid of the frivolous frills.

5915) If we fall in love with the imagination, we understand that it is a free spirit ... it will go anywhere, and it can do anything. [Thank you, Alice Malsenior Tallulah-Kate Walker]

5914) Everything, at first, is an idea, a special creation. [Thank you, Mukunda Lal Ghosh]

5913) Fight for the things that we care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join us. (Thank you, Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg)

5912) What makes us great is that we can all innovate. [Thank you, William Sanford Nye]

5911) We don't make mistakes, only happy accidents. [Thank you, Robert Norman Ross]

5910) Do not trust atoms ... they make up everything. [Thank you, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne]

5909) Let's not cling to that mistake just because we spent so much time making it. [Thank you, Aubrey David Nicholas Jasper de Grey]

5908) Nothing will so effectively stop us from being creative as the fear of making a mistake. [Thank you, John Marwood Cleese]

5907) Bez práce nejsou koláče. {Without work, there are no koláče.} [Thank you, Sophie Novy]

5906) The universe is really, really warped! [Thank you, Albert Einstein]

5905) Be responsible.

5904) Talk low, talk slow, and don't talk too much. [Thank you, Marion Michael Morrison]

5903) Look at us ... everything is possible! [Thank you, Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelensky]

5902) All creative people want to do the unexpected. [Thank you, Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler]

5901) Be first or be better. [Thank you, Koushik Ghosh]

5900) As long as algebra is taught in schools, there will be prayer in schools. [Thank you, Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Roberts]

5899) How many lightbulbs does it take to change a person? [Thank you, Robert H Owen]

5898) I don't need an inspirational tip, I just need coffee. [Thank you, Howard D Schultz]

5897) Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand. [Thank you, Vincent Leonard Price Jr]

5896) I give myself very good advice but I very seldom follow it and that explains the trouble I'm always in. [Thank you, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson]

5895) For new ideas and technologies to reach impact and transform the world, the developers should have a fundamental knowledge of the core business elements that need to be addressed to successfully move their concepts into the marketplace. [Thank you, Vladimir Bulović]

5894) Creativity can survive in a vacuum, innovation cannot. [Thank you, Francis James Arnold]

5893) The whole of life, from birth to death, is a process of learning. [Thank you, Jiddu Krishnamurti]

5892) Don't miss your life. [Thank you, Valerie Kathryn Harper]

5891) The six best doctors: sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise, and diet ... and they'll charge you not a shilling. [Thank you, Wayne Fields]

5890) Hope is not a plan, strategy, or tactic. [Thank you, Grant A Rowe]

5889) Don't quit your day dream. [Thank you, Alicia Augello Cook]

5888) If not now, when?

5887) Life is a game of boomerangs ... our thoughts, deeds, and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy. [Thank you, Florence Scovel Shinn]

5886) High achievers are magnets for work.

5885) It ain’t work if we like it.

5884) Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim ... we attain unity through variety: differences are integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed. [Thank you, Mary Parker Follett]

5883) The only really important thing leaders do is create and manage culture. [Thank you, Edgar Henry Schein]

5882) Don't work at being ordinary. [Thank you, James Paul McCartney]

5881) If we surrendered to the air, we could ride it. [Thank you, Chloe Anthony Wofford Morrison]

5880) Existing's exhausting. [Thank you, Robert Spedding]

5879) A mind is like a parachute ... it doesn't work if it's not open. [Thank you, Frank Vincent Zappa]

5878) Primum non nocere. {First, do no harm.} [Thank you, Auguste François Chomel]

5877) Call it ‘dating before dancing’ ... putting money into a new venture concept as an experiment, then acquiring the venture if it succeeds, cutting losses if it doesn't. [Thank you, David M Gordon]

5876) Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust. [Thank you, Hilary Hinton Ziglar]

5875) Don't lend money ... it causes amnesia! [Thank you, Annetta Mae Gibson]

5874) The way to make a friend is to be one. [Thank you, Dale Harbison Carnegie]

5873) Let us be guided by the vision of what our venture can become.

5872) Doubt is the key to knowledge.

5871) Mistakes are opportunities to learn.

5870) Reflection is a critical skill for innovators and entrepreneurs. [Thank you, Heidi Marie Neck]

5869) Pay close attention to details. [Thank you, Walter Elias Disney]

5868) Attitudes are caught, they are not taught. [Thank you, Fred McFeely Rogers]

5867) A business that looks orderly says to our customers that we know what we're doing. [Thank you, Michael Edward Gerber]

5866) Manage things, lead people. [Thank you, Grace Brewster Murray Hopper]

5865) Praise every improvement, even the small ones.

5864) Dream it, see it, do it ... go!

5863) Al mal tiempo, buena cara. {Put on a good face to face bad times.} [Thank you, Gustavo Ramos Rivera]

5862) Listen to what our customers tell us ... they are our boss.

5861) Life is a bowl of statistics.

5860) Miracles do happen. [Thank you, Kathleen Butler]

5859) Stand tall and proud; go out on a limb; remember your roots; drink plenty of water; be content with your natural beauty; enjoy the view. [Thank you, Giant Oak Tree]

5858) Better to turn back and start over than to lose our way forever.

5857) Compounding interest is the most powerful force in the universe. [Thank you, Albert Einstein]

5856) A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. [Thank you, Walter Winchell]

5855) Life is too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs. [Thank you, Charlotte Brontë]

5854) To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. [Thank you, Alfred Tennyson]

5853) It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be. [Thank you, Joanne Rowling]

5852) All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. [Thank you, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien]

5851) Lay out all our options ... failure is not one of them. [Thank you, Gene Francis Kranz]

5850) Thank you for all you do. [Thank you, Gary Don Libecap]

5849) Energy is contagious.

5848) Never let the fear win. [Thank you, Caroline Graham]

5847) The future is embedded in the present ... the challenge is finding it! [Thank you, John Naisbitt]

5846) We cannot grow with "buts".

5845) Successful teams have members who challenge each other in positive ways.

5844) We may have lost a battle, but we have not lost the war. [Thank you, Charles de Gaulle]

5843) Every truth has two sides; it is well to look at both before we commit ourselves to either. [Thank you, Aesop]

5842) Act quick on good ideas.

5841) Failure is the condiment that gives flavor to Success. [Thank you, Truman Garcia Capote]

5840) Let Freedom Ring!

5839) Choose the right heroes. [Thank you, Warren Edward Buffett]

5838) If they would zig, we should zag.

5837) Let us build a culture that cares about quality.

5836) One day the people who never believed in us will talk about when they met us. (Thank you, Sara Blakely)

5835) Be consistent and persistent in our vision.

5834) Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. (Thank you, Norman Vincent Peale)

5833) Sometimes we just have to let go.

5832) Execution is what makes the difference. [Thank you, Vijay Anand] (Q: How many ventures fail because they didn't adequately address the operational issues? A: A lot ... a whole lot! -Jim)

5831) No rule of thumb will work if we don’t.

5830) We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand. [Thank you, Randy Pausch]

5829) The question isn't who's going to let us, it's who's going to stop us. (Thank you, Ayn Rand)

5819) Let us not quietly whimper, let us make a really big bang! [Thank you, James Joseph Parsons]

5818) We all have our own superpowers.

5817) They may gladly pay us Tuesday for a hamburger today. [Thank you, Wimpy] (Should we include customer financing options as part of our overall solution? -Jim)

5816) He was a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a prophet, a poet, a pawn and a king; He was up and down and over and out and he always knew one thing; Each time he found himself flat on his face, he'd pick himself up and get back in the race. [Thank you, D Kay & K Gordon]

5815) Common cause of venture death: lost focus.

5814) Once we're sure it's a plan to keep, let's plan our roots very way down deep. [Thank you, Francis James Arnold]

5813) Yesterday we said tomorrow.

5812) We better start swimming or we'll sink like a stone. [Thank you, Robert Alan Zimmerman]

5811) Let us fail faster so we can succeed sooner.

5810) Get our feet up off the ground, live a little, get around. [Thank you, James Paul McCartney]

5809) Keep our customers close and our competitors closer.

5808) If we start with nothing, we'll end with nothing, unless there's something in the middle in-between. [Francis James Arnold]

5807) Work for knowledge.

5806) People who change the world don't wait for permission. {Also, see 5805}

5805) Don't wait for the bell to ring to get up and go. {Also, see 5806}

5804) Maybe we can't lift a thousand pounds all at once, but we can lift one pound a thousand times ... repeated efforts will get us there. [Thank you, M & A & OV]

5803) Make our first response our best response. [Thank you, National Fire Protection Association]

5802) Entrepreneurship is like cooking ... the end result depends on the complexity of the recipe, the tools in the kitchen, the quality of the ingredients, and the skills of the chef to blend it all together just right. [Jim Jindrick]

5801) Familiarity breeds contempt. (Overexposure can put some folks a bit too close to little things that may have no significant bearing on big things. -Jim)

5800) It really doesn’t matter where we are, the life of aspiring entrepreneurs leads us to work wherever, whenever. ⁣⁣ [Thank you, Matthew Eaton]

5799) Never wrestle with pigs ... we'll all get dirty, but the pigs will like it.

5798) My worst skill is ____________.

5797) Don't major in minors. [Thank you, Rex Biberston] (The minor work might be easy, but the major work gets things done. -Jim)

5796) Change our view and awaken our creative side. [Thank you, Brice Phebus] {Also, see 1588}

5795) Familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth ... people become entrapped by falsehoods through frequent repetition. [Thank you, Daniel Kahneman] (Just think about all the "true rumors" spread on the internet! -Jim)

5794) Good marketing makes our venture look smart ... great marketing makes our customers feel smart! [Thank you, Joe Chernov]

5793) Add a new habit to a customer's life by attaching it to an existing habit moment. [Thank you, P&G] (Brushing our teeth with Crest isn't enough ... we also need an Oral-B toothbrush as well as Scope mouthwash before we shave with a Gillette razor and wash up with Ivory soap ... our deodorant is Secret!, but with Old Spice, we'll smell like a man, man! -Jim)

5792) Every situation in life, good or bad, is temporary.

5791) A report points our customers there, a story puts our customers there.

5790) Don't reinvent the wheel, or any other standard part that we can buy rather than build. (Focus on creating the new, not replicating the old. -Jim)

5789) Hire an experienced coach to help us win the game.

5788) Reverse engineer what is already working.

5787) Stay open even longer.

5786) The best listeners hear between the lines. [Thank you, Nina Malkin] {Also, see 3343}

5785) Change costs.

5784) When in doubt, don't.

5783) No matter how much we push the envelope, it will still be stationery.

5782) Forgive.

5781) Every winner has scars.

5780) Where there is money there is mischief.

5779) Innovators are often subjective thinkers.

5778) This website is dedicated to my parents, Oprah Winfrey and Groucho Marx. (Save Swing Jazz, Pelicans, and Oxford Commas. -Jim)

5777) A User Interface is like a joke ... if you have to explain it, it's not that good.

5776) Next time we're afraid to share ideas, remember someone once said in a meeting, "Let's make a film with a tornado full of sharks!"

5775) Enjoying a fine meal can be time consuming, especially if we go back for seconds.

5774) Action: the process of doing something.

5773) Imitate the successes of the wise, not the mistakes of the fools.

5772) Don't use a big word with a singularly unloquacious and diminutive linguistic expression will satisfactorily accomplish the contemporary necessity.

5771) A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it ... the truth is the truth even if nobody believes it. [Thank you, David Stevens] {Also, see 5801}

5770) We are braver than we believe, stronger than we seem, smarter than we think. [Thank you, A A Milne]

5769) There is always a way to make something better.

5768) The sky is no longer the limit!

5767) Those who move a mountain begin by carrying away small stones. [Thank you, Kong Qiu]

5766) There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind. [Thank you, C S Lewis]

5765) Imagination ... the elixir of life, the seed of greatness.

5764) Being busy doesn’t mean we are accomplishing anything.

5763) Productivity is never an accident ... it is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. [Thank you, Paul J Meyer]

5762) The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. [Thank you, James William Johnson]

5761) We can fail at what we don’t want, so we might as well take a chance on doing what we love. [Thank you, Jim Carrey]

5760) Our passion will lead to our purpose.

5759) Before we hire someone, we should make them use a computer with slow internet service to see who they really are. [Thank you, Will Ferrell]

5758) We must do the things we think we cannot do.

5757) Exhale the past, inhale the future.

5756) Let us try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. [Thank you, Maya Angelou]

5755) Nothing is impossible ... the word itself says 'I'm possible'! [Thank you, Audrey Hepburn]

5754) Exercise ... body, mind, ethics.

5753) Always remember that we are absolutely unique, just like everyone else. [Thank you, Margaret Mead]

5752) A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. [Thank you, John C Maxwell]

5751) Not all those who wander are lost. [Thank you, J R R Tolkien]

5750) The best preparation for tomorrow is doing our best today. [Thank you, H Jackson Brown Jr)

5749) Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. [Thank you, Thomas Jefferson]

5748) The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. [Thank you, Sun Tzu]

5747) No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. [Thank you, Aesop]

5746) Learning never exhausts the mind. [Thank you, L da Vinci]

5745) Do not mind anything that anyone tells us about anyone else. [Thank you, Henry James]

5744) There is a difference between connections and relationships ... relationships are earned. [Thank you, Nina Ossanna]

5743) If we want to be writers, we've got to write ... if we want to be innovators, we've got to create ... if we want to be entrepreneurs, we've got to get down to business!

5742) Our bucket list should be something we're fulfilling now and not holding for some future time. [Thank you, Brad Cook]

5741) To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded. [Thank you, R W Emerson]

5740) Innovation, by its very nature, is disruptive.

5739) Never underestimate our power to change.

5738) Keep our competitors focused on us while we stay focused on our customers. [Thank you, Jeff Bezos]

5737) Mind over matter, or it doesn't matter.

5736) We don't need to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. [Thank you, Anne Frank]

5735) Encourage experimentation. [Thank you, Scott Duffy]

5734) Share.

5733) Pasteurize: too far to see.

5732) Think of delegating as a chance to teach.

5731) Don't promise when we're happy, don't reply when we're angry, don't decide when we're sad.

5730) Create opportunities. (Start with good problems. -Jim)

5729) There is a place for every piece of our puzzle.

5728) Don't ask if, ask which. [Thank you, Elmer Wheeler] (Good selling tip! Don't ask if they want to by, ask which one they want. -Jim)

5727) Innovation is inefficient but incumbent.

5726) Mindless habits are enemies of innovation. [Thank you, Rosabeth Moss Kanter]

5725) Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. [Thank you, Edith Widder]

5724) Hire the best, then delegate ... let them do what they were hired to do!

5723) Innovative companies continuously transform into something new and better.

5722) Persist, persevere, prevail. [Thank you, Bill Murphy Jr]

5721) Have an attention-grabbing introduction.

5720) Learn to thrive on chaos! [Thank you, Tom Peters]

5719) There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience. [Thank you, Archibald McLeish]

5718) We are never too important to say "thank you".

5717) Workers who are allowed to have a voice in the hours and location of their work are more efficient, more productive on the job, and less conflicted about their work-to-family balance. [Thank you, Erin Kelly]

5716) Don't fake answers ... best to say we don't know when we don't know. [Thank you, Kristy Bonner]

5715) Just for kicks, try being one of our own customers. (Incognito, buy something from us. How'd it go? If we were one of our regular customers, would we continue to be one of our regular customers? -Jim)

5714) Complete what we begin.

5713) A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous. [Thank you, Alfred Adler]

5712) Key question for our venture: what's the worst thing that could happen to us? (What will we do if it does? Doesn't hurt to have a contingency plan in the desk drawer! -Jim)

5711) There are three "buckets of expenses" in a business venture ... 1) the cost of goods sold (COGS), 2) operating expenses (marketing, product development, administration, et alia), and 3) EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization). Good product engineering and operational management is needed to control #1, good general management is needed to control #2, and good financial management is needed to control #3.

5710) Nothing beats a great smile. [Thank you, Karl Urban] {Also, see 1946}

5709) Focus on high value activities. [Thank you, Shannon Hennig]

5708) Don't settle.

5707) The safe way to double our money is to fold it over once and put it in our pocket. [Thank you, Frank Hubbard]

5706) Stay healthy! [Thank you, Akira Hirai]

5705) Easy to start, hard to sustain.

5704) Take it one day at a time.

5703) Move first, move fast ... move second, move faster.

5702) Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance. [Thank you, Verna Myers]

5701) Better to go slow on the right road than fast on the wrong one.

5700) Acquisition: an asset or object bought or obtained.

5699) Seek to understand.

5698) When in doubt, mumble.

5697) Believe in dreams.

5696) Be as good as it gets. [Thank you, Bart Starr]

5695) It's never too late to learn new things.

5694) Practice persistent passion.

5693) Be led by reason.

5692) Prevention is the best cure.

5691) Here is the place where dreams come true. [Thank you, John Kinsella]

5690) We can be excellent without being perfect.

5689) Good relationships keep us healthier and happier. [Thank you, Harvard]

5688) Don't take the easy way out. [Thank you, Amanda Eller]

5687) If we build it, they will come. [Thank you, Shoeless Joe Jackson: "If you build it, he will come."]

5686) Time works wonders.

5685) What are the key rules of thumb for our venture? What are the exceptions?

5684) Successful people find opportunities to help others. [Thank you, Brian Tracy]

5683) Never drink at work (including lunch). [Thank you, William Howard Hughes]

5682) Don't mix business and pleasure.

5681) We who laugh, last.

5680) Only the mediocre are always at their best. [Thank you, Jean Giraudoux]

5679) Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. [Thank you, Muhammad Ali]

5678) Opposites attract, similarities last. [Thank you, Yahia Lababidi]

5677) Expect the best, prepare for the worst, capitalize on what comes. [Thank you, Zig Ziglar]

5676) Stopping advertising to save money is like stopping a clock to save time. [Thank you, H Ford]

5675) If our ship doesn't come in, let's swim out to meet it. [Thank you, Jona Winters]

5674) Make happy those who are near and those who are far will come.

5673) Defeat isn't bitter if you don't swallow it.

5672) All cats love fish but fear to wet their paws.

5671) The best time to start a business was 20 years ago ... the second best time is now.

5670) To kill creativity, just say: "Our customers wouldn't like it ..."

5669) Let us learn, we don't always know.

5668) Hang loose ... surf on ... catch a big wave!

5667) Keep iterating.

5666) We can and should discover new things every day.

5665) Take a sad song and make it better. [Thank you, John Lennon]

5664) Skilled innovators and entrepreneurs are always alert for problems to solve.

5663) Try to avoid the speed bumps and potholes in the road to success. {Also, see 814}

5662) Keep accurate records.

5661) We've got to cannibalize our own technology or someone else will. [Thank you, Jim Lauria]

5660) We must expect great things of ourselves before we can do them. [Thank you, Michael Jeffrey Jordan]

5659) Don't let our yesterday take up our today. [Thank you, Christy Jindrick-Tholl]

5658) Stuff happens ... sometimes good, sometimes not.

5657) This or That ... what should we focus on today?

5656) Those who also dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who only dream by night. [Thank you, E A Poe]

5655) It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. [Thank you, Herman Melville]

5654) Hire character, train skill. [Thank you, Peter Schutz]

5653) Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games. [Thank you, George Herman Ruth Jr]

5652) There is a better way ... find it ... do it ... (repeat) [Thank you, Francis James Arnold]

5651) Luck is preparation meeting opportunity.

5650) Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success. [Thank you, Arianna Huffington]

5649) Expect the unexpected.

5648) Children, gardens, and ventures need the sames things: patience, love, and someone who will never give up on them. [Thank you, Nicolette Sowder]

5647) We're not the only fish in the pond, but are we the biggest, or littlest, or something in-between?

5646) Put others first.

5645) Never tell us the odds. [Thank you, Hans Solo]

5644) We don't have to be original, but we do have to be good.

5643) If we're not embarrassed by the first version of our product, we've launched too late. [Thank you, Reid Hoffman]

5642) Entrepreneurship is like playing the piano ... it gets better with practice.

5641) We shouldn't be embarrassed by failure, unless we did something bad on purpose.

5640) Be innovative, trusted, and ethical as we make a big difference in the world. [Thank you, Sergey Brin]

5639) It's not about ideas, it's about making ideas happen. [Thank you, Scott Belsky]

5638) Let the stormy clouds chase everyone from the place, come on with the rain, put a smile on our face, let's walk down the lane with a happy refrain, just singin' in the rain! [Thank you, A Freed & N H Brown]

5637) Don't be a one-trick pony, don't be a 10-trick pony ... be a whole field of ponies running to get the job done. [Thank you, Stuart Baggs]

5636) Two banks with different rates have a conflict of interest.

5635) It could be very logical but still not make any cents. [Jim Jindrick]

5634) Don’t contact any newspaper/magazine/website editor to write about our venture until we've looked at their publication and understand what they cover. [Thank you, Joan Oleck]

5633) Now that there are cameras most everywhere, what happened to all the flying saucers?

5632) Success begins always.

5631) If we can't do great things, let's do small things in a great way. [Thank you, Napoleon Hill]

5630) Easy to tear down, not so easy to build up. [Thank you, Thomas H Kelly]

5629) Stay calm and have a cuppa.

5628) Venture creation is an holistic experience.

5627) Tick-tock, watch that clock, the time could be a wastin'.

5626) Innovators and entrepreneurs don't follow scripts very well ... they make up their own lines as they go.

5625) Save our pennies, save our dimes, so we can buy a 409. [Thank you, B Wilson]

5624) The earth without art is just eh.

5623) For maximum attention, nothing beats a good misteak.

5622) Practice, understand, improve.

5621) To run a fast marathon, pay a top athlete to run it with us [Thank you, Bloomberg.com via Randy Accetta]

5620) Change is difficult and often unwelcome, even for the better.

5619) Trust and be trusted.

5618) Venture: an enterprise involving risk but with a significant reward for success ... a venture could be a company, a business, an organization, a not-for-profit enterprise, a vacation trip, or ???

5617) Just do it. [Thank you, Nike]

5616) Stressed? Stressed is just desserts spelled backwards. A little Mousse au Chocolat could help! Here's a simple recipe designed by Nestle for their chocolate chips but can be used with any sweetened chocolate chopped into chip-size pieces ... 1] Place in a blender: 2 cups chocolate pieces, 1/2 cup sugar, 3 eggs, 3 tablespoons brandy, and 1 cup boiling milk ... 2] Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds ... 3] Pour into 8 dessert dishes and chill until ready to serve, at least 1 hour ... 4] If you like, top with whipped cream. [Thank you, Jenifer Harvey] (Only 3 tablespoons of brandy? Yeah, right! -Jim)

5615) Keep constant customer communication channels.

5614) Criticism is easy, contribution is not.

5613) Visualization is a very powerful tool for thinking and communicating thoughts.

5612) Keep costs variable wherever we can.

5611) Cooking isn't complicated, but it is complex. [Thank you, America's Test Kitchen]

5610) How far is it? Do we measure in miles or minutes?

5609) I only cook when I want to meet a couple of handsome firemen! [Thank you, Fran 94 (as in her age!) via Lori Sullivan]

5608) It's impossible to be a good leader without being a good person. [Thank you, Jessica Abo]

5607) It does not do to leave a live dragon out of our calculations if s/he lives near us. [Thank you, J. R. R. Tolkien]

5606) There is nothing that does so much harm as good intentions. [Thank you, Milton Friedman via Michael James]

5605) Always be selling. Always. [Thank you, Mark Cuban]

5604) If we don't have the time to do it right, when will we find the time to do it over? [Thank you, Sherry Hoskinson]

5603) Contribute more than just our product ... provide our customers with industry news updates, creative ideas, and business advice as part of the services we offer ... become a valued friend indeed.

5602) Go to sleep with a dream, wake up with a passion.

5601) The best team wins. [Thank you, Adam Robinson]

5600) Good people make good places. [Thank you, Anna Sewell]

5599) How to attract new customers: offer a sample of our product or service.

5598) To the optimist, the glass is half-full ... to the pessimist, the glass is half-empty ... to the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

5597) Whoever delivers better benefits at a lower price wins the business.

5596) The web's most serious problems: 1) Deliberate, malicious intent, such as state-sponsored hacking and attacks, criminal behavior, and online harassment. 2) System design that creates perverse incentives where users’ value and well-being is sacrificed, such as ad-based revenue models that commercially reward clickbait and the viral spread of misinformation. 3) The unintended negative consequences of benevolent design, such as the outraged and polarized tone and quality of online discourse. [Thank you, Tim Berners-Lee and FastCompany.com]

5595) Snap out of it! [Thank you, J P Shanley]

5594) A martini. Shaken, not stirred. (Give the customer what s/he wants!) [Thank you, James Bond]

5593) Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet! [Thank you, Al Jolson]

5592) Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air. [Thank you, Ralph Waldo Emerson]

5592) Develop a succinct tagline for the venture. ("We rob banks." -Bonnie and Clyde)

5591) Never let the fear of striking out keep us from playing the game. [Thank you, Babe Ruth]

5591) Handle the truth. [Thank you, Nathan Jessup]

5590) The best and most beautiful things in the world must be felt with the heart. [Thank you, Helen Keller]

5590) Show me the money! [Thank you, Jerry Maguire]

5589) Let no one ever come to us without leaving happier. [Thank you, Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu]

5589) Dreaming is a form of planning. [Thank you, Gloria Steinem]

5588) Use a dot of nail polish to "lock" a calibration potentiometer in place ... it also gives a visual indication that the instrument has been properly adjusted ... different colors of polish for each lab technician so we know who calibrated what.

5588) Rather die of passion than of boredom. [Thank you, Vincent van Gogh]

5587) Only drink the water upstream from the herd. [Thank you, Riders in the Sky]

5587) Fear is diminished when our minds are made up. [Thank you, Rosa Parks]

5586) We don't need to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. [Thank you, Anne Frank]

5586) Companies aren't creative, people are.

5585) Key question for our venture: What now are our primary opportunities for success?

5585) Don't wish it were easier, wish we were better. [Thank you, Jim Rohn]

5584) The best organizations don't always have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.

5584) Life is trying things to see if they work. [Thank you, Ray Bradbury]

5583) If all we have are lemons, let's make lemonade.

5583) Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life. [Thank you, John Wooden]

5582) Listen well. {Also, see 1267}

5581) Some of us fell hard, figured it out, came back way stronger and confidently humbled. [Thank you, Grant Rowe]

5580) We need incredible amounts of drive and determination to get the job done. [Thank you, Lori Greiner]

5579) Rather die on our feet than live on our knees. [Thank you, Emiliano Zapata]

5578) Sell the sizzle, not the steak. [Thank you, Elmer Wheeler]

5577) Make the fuzzy firm.

5576) A real unicorn must have real good parents.

5575) So many venture plans paint beautiful pictures of what the venture is going to look like far in the future but gloss over the work it will take to get there.

5574) Our future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Our future is whatever we make it. So let's make it a good one. [Thank you, Doc Brown]

5573) A burger is better with cheese. [Thank you, McDonald's]

5572) Everything in the desert pricks, bites, or stings, but it's beautiful when it blooms!

5571) Develop many different algorithms that all have different assumptions built into them ... if they all show pretty much the same thing, that will build our confidence. [Thank you, Katie Bouman]

5570) Failure is an event, not a person. [Thank you, Adi Sai Preetham Reddy]

5569) Ideas won't work unless we do.

5568) Smile! You're on candid camera! (These days, more so than ever! -Jim)

5567) Talk the talk, walk the walk, write the right way to fit our target audience ... if it's a techie audience, talk techie; if it's a financial audience, talk money; if it's a customer audience, talk benefits.

5566) Don't beat around the bush.

5565) Build rapid prototypes, measure customer satisfaction, learn what does and does not work, and have successes and failures as we go ... we'll know more about what we're doing as we're doing it, instead of guessing before we do it.

5564) Hi, everybody! [Thank you, Jim Click]

5563) Buyers are certainly much more educated these days, and the role of the salesperson has to change. [Thank you, Jill Konrath]

5562) Innovators and entrepreneurs need a daily dose of passion to survive.

5561) Sometimes big companies buy little companies because they want what they got, but sometimes big companies buy little companies because they want what they got gone! [Thank you, Snap-on Tools]

5560) Those who succeed are the efficient few. [Thank you, Herbert N Casson]

5559) Why accuse us of lolly gagging when we're quite clearly dilly dallying?

5558) There is never an open road, except the short road that leads to failure.

5557) People are critical to the success of our venture ... building our team is key, key, key! [Thank you, Barry Glick]

5556) Let us make it our business to know what what our competition does not.

5555) I do all my own stunts, but never intentionally. [Thank you, Sandy DeCesaro]

5554) Use customer interviews to gather primary research data.

5553) Divide and conquer. [Thank you, Julius Caesar]

5552) Buck up, never say die, and we'll get along! [Thank you, Charlie Chaplin]

5551) The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable. [Thank you, Martin Buber]

5550) Don't be annoying like a little gnat, be a purring comfort like a little cat.

5549) Investing in people has the best return. [Thank you, Theodor McGuire]

5548) Can we promote our venture with window signs?

5547) Forward! [Thank you, University of Wisconsin colleagues]

5546) The best ideas must win out! [Thank you, Raymond Dalio]

5545) Enclose our business card with every letter and note we send.

5544) Have some wild and crazy ideas! (The more the merrier ... some might actually lead to something new and better! -Jim)

5543) Products are our platforms for delivering our services to our customers.

5542) When people are genuinely happy at the successes of others, the pie gets larger. [Thank you, Stephen Covey]

5541) Someday is not a day of the week. [Thank you, Janet Dailey]

5540) A year from now we may wish we had started today. [Thank you, Karen Lamb]

5539) Don’t count the days, make the days count. [Thank you, Muhammad Ali]

5538) It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great. [Thank you, Jimmy Dugan]

5537) Everyone dies, but not everyone really lives.

5536) Life moves pretty fast. If we don’t stop and look around once in a while, we could miss it. [Thank you, Ferris Bueller]

5535) The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces. [Thank you, Will Rogers]

5534) Do not be embarrassed by our failures, let us learn from them and start again. [Thank you, Richard Branson]

5533) Believe you can and you’re halfway there. [Thank you, Teddy Roosevelt]

5532) Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. [Thank you, John D Rockefeller]

5531) If we can’t fly, then run. If we can’t run, then walk. And if we can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever we do, we have to keep moving forward. [Thank you, Martin Luther King, Junior]

5530) Profit ... you can bank on it.

5529) Data beats emotions. [Thank you, Sean Rad]

5528) Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them. [Thank you, Tony Hsieh] (Why I stay far away from the poker tables in Lost Wages! -Jim)

5527) Ideas are easy, it's the implementation that's hard. [Thank you, Guy Kawasaki] {Also, see 1871}

5526] Funding for our venture is like gasoline during a road trip ... we don’t want to run out of gas on our trip, but we're not doing a tour of gas stations. [Thank you, Tim O’Reilly]

5525] Wonder what our customers really want? Ask, don’t tell. [Thank you, Lisa Stone]

5524] Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect. [Thank you, Jack Dorsey]

5523] If people like us they’ll listen to us, but if they trust us they’ll do business with us. [Thank you, Zig Ziglar]

5522) People love to talk but hate to listen. [Thank you, Alice Duer Miller]

5521) Crank it out ... that's what we do!

5520) Ensure accessibility, enhance usability.

5519) People don't leave jobs, they leave toxic work cultures. [Thank you, Amina Aitsi-Selmi]

5518) Remember, the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of us.

5517) The difference between what we are and what we want to be is what we do.

5516) Fall seven times, stand up eight.

5515) Do one thing every day that scares you, and one thing that scares your significant other. ("Your days are now numbered," says your significant other.)

5514) Take the bitter with the sweet.

5513) What's good for the goose is good for the gander. [Thank you, Fox and Hounds Restaurant and Tavern, Hubertus, Wisconsin] (Once upon a time, I had the best goose dinner ever there! -Jim]

5512) Out of sight, out of mind.

5511) One head cannot hold all wisdom.

5510) In bad things be fast, in good things be slow.

5509) Begin each day as if it were on purpose. [Thank you, Mary Anne Radmacher]

5508) Just imagine ... we can, you know, just imagine.

5507) Adversity is like death and taxes ... it happens to us all.

5506) To imagine is everything. [Thank you, Anatole France] {Also, see: 4944}

5505) Thoughts precede actions ... let us make them good thoughts. [Thank you, Bryan Schachter]

5504) I will, I shall; I chill, I shant. [Thank you, Francis James Arnold]

5503) Sources of inspiration: previous experiences; personal interests; someone else's idea; systematic research; an "aha" moment. [Thank you, Rhonda Abrams]

5502) Leaders do not create followers, they create other leaders, by self-less example, by highest integrity, by how they treat others. [Thank you, Oleg Vishnepolsky]

5501) Our programmer went data way. (Do we follow, or not? -Jim)

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