Favorite Quoted Quotes from ‘An Unimaginable Journey’

My friend, business partner and client, Aviad Meitar, just published a very interesting book about our experience in building the exclusive Pepsi-Cola bottler in the country of Romania. We made the first trip to Romania together in January 1991, just 13 months after the revolution that overthrew Ceausescu. Since that incredible first encounter, Aviad always said one day he would write a book about it. Now the book, An Unimaginable Journey: How Pepsi Beat the Odds in Romania, is out, published by Amazon’s subsidiary, BookSurge.

Here’s the independent review from ForeWord Clarion Reviews:

“The journey described by Aviad Meitar is nothing if not intriguing. This well-written and concise eyewitness account of building an American brand in an Eastern European country offers rare insight into how a business can succeed even in the face of the most daunting challenges.”

At the beginning of each chapter, Aviad presents a voyage-themed quote that relates to the story in that chapter. Most of these quotes were new to me, and many seemed both insightful and of general applicability to emerging companies and entrepreneurs. In this first post about this book, I present my favorite quoted quotes:

“A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

Grace Murray Hopper

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

William Arthur Ward

“Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying.”

J. Paul Getty

“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.”

William James

In my next post, I will write about legal lessons learned from our unimaginable journey.