None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

Henry David Thoreau

This quote is a subtle reminder of the power of enthusiasm. The ability to motivate team members, investors, early evangelists, etc. depends to a large extent on the natural enthusiasm (not the faked type) that founders radiate. It is therefore one of the important signals I look for when working with founders and colleagues. A little spark in your eyes when you talk about your cause!


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