This past week, I had the absolute pleasure of speaking alongside some incredibly talented authors, entrepreneurs, doers, and thinkers at Rethink GNV, a day centered around “rethinking” the Gainesville, FL entrepreneurial ecosystem. Developed by the team at Student Maid, a cleaning and concierge service in the college town that has quickly become a community leader, the event was started to encourage the community to come together for a day of inspiration, connection, and learning.

What was a smashing success for the Gainesville community last week could, and most definitely should, be shared with the entrepreneurial community at large, so I have gathered exceptional quotes shared from the crowd at the event (through #rethinkgnv on Twitter) that will help you rethink your own city, business, and life.

Here you go!


Jon-Gordon1)  Jon Gordon, author of the worldwide mega bestseller “The Energy Bus” and President of The Jon Gordon Companies

“I believe you shouldn’t have a plan B when you’re going after your dreams.”



Jessica Ekstrom2)  Jessica Ekstrom, Founder of Headbands of Hope

“Awareness is only skimming the surface of change.”




Greg Reid3) Greg S. Reid, #1 Bestselling Author (most recently of “Stickability”) and ambassador to the Napoleon Hill Foundation

“Our greatest success usually comes one step after our greatest setbacks.”



James Robilotto4) James T. Robilotta, Leadership Speaker and Coach

“Role models are tangible and transparent. Heroes are not.”



Nick Friedman5) Nick Friedman, Founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk and Author of “Effortless Entrepreneur”

“I tried finding the gap between wanting a job and knowing that ‘work sucks’.”



Tammy Tibbetts6) Tammy Tibbetts, Founder of She’s The First

“Leverage the power of your earlier self. It’s all about confidence over competence.”



Jared Kleinert7) Me! (Jared Kleinert), Co-Author and Co-Founder of 2 Billion Under 20

“There are many things that need fixing. If we all do a small part, we can really change the world.”



Peter Van Stralen8)Peter Van Stralen, CEO of Sunshine Brands

“Life is not a career. It’s a mission.”



Christina Wallace9) Christina Wallace, Program Director at the American Museum of Natural History

“Don’t be afraid to run for the bus.”



Charlie Hoehn10) Charlie Hoehn – Author of “Play It Away” and “Recession-Proof Graduate”

“Life is not something that you tip toe around. Life is something for you to lean into and embrace.” 



Antonio Neves11) Antonio Neves, Founder of THINQACTION and Co-Founder of The Ignition Lab

“If someone has ever asked you, “Hey, when did you get here?”, you don’t have charisma.”



Kristen Hadeed12) Kristen Hadeed, Founder of Student Maid 

“Word of advice: don’t mix ammonia and bleach.”



  1. Wonderful sayings by wonderful and great leaders. I really respect them all with the core of my heart. The quote that i like the most of all is by CHRISTINA WALLACE “Don’t be afraid to run by the bus”. What a nice quote, really.

  2. I could read stuff like this all day long. It’s Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want to Be and Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite by Paul Arden should be a good choice for those of you looking for more. I really digged this!


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