Yvon Chouinard Quotes.
There’s no difference between a pessimist who says, “Oh it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything.” and an optimist who says, “Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine anyways. Either way, nothing happens.”
Fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all.
Once you educate yourself, you’re left with choices.
The hardest thing in the world is to simplify your life; itвЂ™s so easy to make it complex.
Going back to a simpler life based on living by sufficiency rather than excess is not a step backward. Rather, returning to a simpler way allows us to regain our dignity, puts us in touch with the land, and makes us value human contact again.
To do good, you actually have to do something.
I’m kind of like a samurai. They say if you want to be a samurai, you can’t be afraid of dying, and as soon as you flinch, you get your head cut off. I’m not afraid of losing this business.
It’s not an adventure until something goes wrong.
Mastery… is to work toward simplicity; replace complex technology with knowledge, hard work, and skill.
I think risk is important. I don’t care if it’s a great financial risk or a physical risk. You only get out of something what you put into it and the fact that you are willing to risk something means that you are going to get a lot more out of it.
Profit is what happens when you do everything else right.
Everything we personally own thatвЂ™s made, sold, shipped, stored, cleaned, and ultimately thrown away does some environmental harm every step of the way, harm that weвЂ™re either directly responsible for or is done on our behalf.
Surfing and climbing are both useless sports. You get to be conquistadors of the useless. You climb to the summit and there is nothing there. And you could hike to the top from another direction. How you get there is the important part. It’s the same with surfing.
The secret to happiness is to be working at your passion. If you want to be miserable, lead a desperate life like everybody else where they drag their asses to work everyday because they hate their job.
You ask me about the past, you ask me about the future, the only way to be happy is to be living right now.
The solution may be for a lot of the world’s problems is to turn around and take a forward step. You can’t just keep trying to make a flawed system work.
How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top
If you want to understand the entrepreneur, study the juvenile delinquent. The delinquent is saying with his actions, вЂThis sucks, IвЂ™m going to do my own thing.вЂ™
Who are businesses really responsible to? Their customers? Shareholders? Employees? We would argue that itвЂ™s none of the above. Fundamentally, businesses are responsible to their resource base. Without a healthy environment there are no shareholders, no employees, no customers and no business.
Hiring people with diverse backgrounds brings in a flexibility of thought and openness to new ways of doing things, as opposed to hiring clones from business schools who have been taught a codified way of doing business.
Real adventure is defined best as a journey from which you may not come back alive, and certainly not as the same person.
I believe the accepted model of capitalism that demands endless growth deserves the blame for the destruction of nature, and it should be displaced. Failing that, I try to work with those companies and help them change the way they think about our resources.