80 Inspirational Quotes by Jacqueline Novogratz, Author of Tribe of Mentors [2021]

80 Inspirational Quotes by Jacqueline Novogratz, Author of Tribe of Mentors [2021]

Jacqueline Novogratz is an American entrepreneur and author. She is the founder and CEO of Acumen, a non-profit global venture capital fund.

Jacqueline is the New York Times best-selling author. She has been named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, one of the 25 Smartest People of the Decade by the Daily Beast, and one of the world’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds by Forbes, which also honored her with the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

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List of Inspiring Jacqueline Novogratz Quotes

“The time for change is now.”

“Just start Don’t wait for perfection. Just start and let the work teach you.”

“We need moral leadership and courage in our world.”

“We are connected to each other not only as humans, but to every living thing on the planet.”

“May each of you live lives of immersion. They won’t necessarily be easy lives. But in the end, it is all that will sustain us.”

“My dream is to find individuals who take financial resources and convert them into changing the world in the most positive ways.”

“Dignity is more important to the human spirit than wealth.”

“The only way we really create change is to enter any situation with the humility to listen and to recognize the world as it is, and then the audacity to dream what it could be.”

“Our lives are so short. And our time on this planet is so precious. All we have is each other.”

“Honour what is most beautiful about the past and build it into the promise of the future.”

“What is the cost of not daring? What is the cost of not trying?”

“Nothing important happens in life without a cost.”

“We don’t see profit as a blind instrument.”

“What would the world look like if we asked ourselves the following more often; are our actions helping others find a way to feel more freer, more dignified and more beautiful?”

“Our actions- and inaction- touch people every day, people we may never know and never meet.”

“People need to believe that they can participate fully in the decisions that affect their lives and have a stake in the societies in which they live.”

“I think I still have a great sense of adventure and trust, and am surprisingly idealistic given all the horrible things I’ve seen since I was 25. I think how I have changed is that I have a much deeper understanding of the dark forces in the world, of power.”

“Listening is not only about waiting, but it’s also learning how better to ask questions.”

“For too much of history, we’ve viewed the world’s precious resources – both environmental and human – as things to extract, to make the most of in order to maximize their potential.”

“Monsters will always exist. There’s one inside each of us. But an angel lives there, too. There is no more important agenda than figuring out how to slay one and nurture the other.”

“When we deny the poor and the vulnerable their own human dignity and capacity for freedom and choice, it becomes self-denial. It becomes a denial of both our collective and individual dignity, at all levels of society.”

“Being poor doesn’t mean being ordinary.”

“You should focus on being more interested than interesting.”

“Each of us can work to change a small portion of events. And it’s in the total of all those acts that the history of this generation will be written.”

“Why do some people stop growing at age 30, just going from work to the couch and television, when others stay vibrant, curious, almost childlike into their nineties?”

“Philanthropy is no longer about writing a check for $10,000 to the opera.”

“I’ve heard it said that the most dangerous animal on the planet is the adolescent male.”

“Poverty is not only about income levels, but for lack of freedom that comes from physical insecurity.”

“Your job is not to be perfect, your job is only to be human.”

“We need leaders, we ourselves need to lead from a place that has the audacity to believe that we ourselves can extend the fundamental assumption that all men are created equal to every, man woman and child on this planet. And we need the humility to recognize that we cannot do it alone.”

“I wrote ‘The Blue Sweater’ to inspire more people to become engaged in working to solve the problems of global poverty.”

“The only way to end poverty, to make it history, is to build viable systems on the ground that deliver critical and affordable goods and services to the poor, in ways that are financially sustainable and scaleable. If we do that, we really can make poverty history.”

“Sometimes the most important things that we do are things we cannot measure.”

“Failure can be an incredibly motivating force.”

“Girls and women are most victimised in societies where boys and men are disempowered.”

“To be part of building a movement, you have to keep moving.”

“As a young woman, I dreamed of changing the world. In my twenties, I went to Africa to try and save the continent, only to learn that Africans neither wanted nor needed saving. Indeed, when I was there, I saw some of the worst that good intentions, traditional charity, and aid can produce...”

“Things are always harder than you think they’re going to be.”

“I have also been touched by the dark side of power and leadership.”

“The time for us to begin innovating and looking for new solutions is now.”

“Acumen Fund’s patient capital investment in Western Seed is intended to enhance the food security and economic independence of Kenya’s smallholder farmers.”

“Freedom ultimately is dignity. And dignity, not income, is the opposite of poverty.”

“Africa can stun you in an instant. It can throw floods and drought and disease at you, sometimes all at the same time. In the next moment, it will tease you with its magnificent beauty, so even if you don’t forget, you can find a way to forgive. Ultimately, it keeps you coming back for more.”

“People really don’t want handouts, that they want to make their own decisions.”

“When systems are broken, it’s an opportunity for invention and innovation.”

“What we really yearn for as human beings is to be visible.”

“Freedom is what beauty feels like when it can most express itself.”

“It’s about all of us, and the kind of world that we, together, want to live in and share.”

“Poverty is too complex to be answered with a one-size-fits-all approach, and if there is any place that illustrates that complexity, as well as a better way forward, it is Rwanda.”

“Traditional charity and aid are never going to solve the problems of poverty.”

“There are cases where government-to-government aid actually has worked. Look at the eradication of smallpox and the near eradication of polio. But these are really top down solutions that require government-to-government support and aid.”

“Africans didn’t want saving, thank you very much, least of all not by me.”

“I was going to save the world, and I thought I would start with the African continent.”

“Human beings tend not to spend money on health preventionally. We tend to spend it on top treatment.”

“When people gain income, they gain choice, and that is fundamental to dignity.”

“All people deserve access to health at prices they can afford.”

“Don’t let people tell you to do it this way. You are on the verge of figuring out hybrid models – with companies and nonprofits, markets, government, crowd-sourced philanthropy. The capitalist system as we know it is not working.”

“Human beings want to see each other. We want to be heard by each other.”

“The poor also are willing to make, and do make, smart decisions, if you give them that opportunity.”

“So many low income people have seen so many failed promises broken and seen so many quacks and sporadic medicines offered to them that building trust takes a lot of time, takes a lot of patience.”

“After all this atrocity, this is how human beings really pray.”

“There are probably no more market-oriented individuals on the planet, than low income people.”

“Very small investments can release the infinite potential that lies in all of us.”

“I believe the government should ensure all children are provided with a good education.”

“People have to understand that unless social enterprise is experimental, it will not succeed in making a difference.”

“How you see where you are always depends on where you’ve been.”

“What we call people so often distances us from them, and makes them little.”

“There is power in creating a small model, and then you can create an alliance of other small models.”

“I have seen that traditional approaches to charity and aid don’t solve problems of poverty. In fact, too often they create dependence.”

“We have to remember that the girls and the women are most isolated and violated and victimized and made invisible in those very societies where our men and our boys feel disempowered, unable to provide.”

“Four billion people on Earth make less than four dollars a day.”

“I think we so often equate leadership with being experts – the leader is supposed to come in and fix things. But in this interconnected world we live in now, it’s almost impossible for just one person to do that.”

“Our actions, and inaction, touch people we may never know and never meet across the globe.”

“If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.” – Marian Wright Edelman.”

“Though either choice was good, one was truer to myself... Ultimately, I reflected on Geothe’s invocation to ‘make a commitment and the forces of the universe will conspire to make it happen’ and chose the uncharted path.”

“I’ve learned that there is no currency like trust and no catalyst like hope. There is nothing worse for building relationships than pandering, on one hand, and preaching, on the other. And the most important quality we must all strengthen in ourselves is that of a deep human empathy, for that will provide the most hope of all – and the foundation for our collective survival.”

"Dignity is more important than wealth.”

"Our actions - and inaction - touch people every day, people we may never know and never meet."

"Entrepreneurs are the seekers of solutions, and that they will go into these places where both market and traditional aid has failed or traditional charity has failed."

"A sustainable world means working together to create prosperity for all."

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