Your work – regardless of industry -- can be a force for growth and meaningful change. This slideshow collects quotes from founders, CEOs and change-makers to give a special perspective into the thinking and empathy required to make big shifts happen. Let these words inspire and motivate you.
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“Empathy is one of our greatest tools of business that is most underused.” – KIND Founder and CEO Daniel Lubetzky
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"Have true passion for the project that you're about to do. You need to be obsessed with it. I think that entrepreneurs need to live and breathe it." – Debbie Sterling, Founder of GoldieBlox
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“Innovation doesn’t happen in isolation." – Neil Blumenthal, Co-founder of Warby Parker
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"There’s no more powerful lesson than knowing that your setbacks will one day help you succeed." - Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code
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“It kind of drives me crazy when people are constantly saying, ‘Oh do this for your grandchildren, your children.’ I think, ‘Who are you talking about? Do this for yourself! Your own personal self!’” – Robin Chase, the founder and former CEO of Zipcar, on climate change.
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“Having impact can’t feel transactional. It has to come from an authentic place where there is real connection.” - Kiva co-founder Jessica Jackley
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10. Change lives
"But humanity’s greatest advances are not in its discoveries – but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity. Whether through democracy, strong public education, quality health care, or broad economic opportunity – reducing inequity is the highest human achievement." - Bill Gates, Co-founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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