Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration

 John SteuartKeep sweating — it’s good for your venture, and let us help connect you.

by John Steuart Managing Director

During the holidays, I’ve been listening to the biography of Steve Jobs on my iPhone, and I’m reminded yet again that innovation, brilliance and the power to change the world comes often from the most unlikely sources. It is impressive to me how the guts to challenge the status quo, take risks and not stop until success is achieved came from a young, barefooted, brilliant entrepreneur like Steve Jobs.

As builders, operators and ex-entrepreneurs, the partners of Claremont Creek are looking for the next Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Mark Zuckerberg or Bob Swanson. We want to create a partnership with entrepreneurs like these so we can build great companies together.

The book made me think hard about my new year’s resolutions. Ultimately the most important one for me is this: Honor every entrepreneur with the courage to come through our doors seeking capital and our help in their quest to build a great business, change the world and create the future.

Other resolutions follow:

  1. Live every day like it may be your last (from Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Graduation Address).
  2. Practice regular (daily) random acts of kindness to strangers, anonymously.
  3. Be a good husband and father.
  4. Be true and loyal to your few real, best friends.
  5. Try to make the world, humanity, your neighborhood or workplace better every day, week, month, year, lifetime — a river or ocean is made up of many, many raindrops.

Please take the time to list a couple of your own resolutions below in our comment section.