Your job is not to be perfect. Your job is only to be human.

— Jacqueline Novogratz

The most colossal Jacqueline Novogratz quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

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.

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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.

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We can send people to the Moon; we can see if there's life on Mars - why can't we get $5 [mosquito] nets to 500 million people?

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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.

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What we really yearn for as human beings is to be visible to each other.

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When it comes to solving problems of poverty, impact investing can act as a catalyst, but it is not a silver bullet. Successful businesses serving the poor need more than investment capital. They also need infrastructure to enable effective distribution, strong regulatory systems, access to markets, technical assistance as they scale up, and more

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

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Every day we have a choice. We can take the easier road, the more cynical road, which is a road sometimes based on a dream of a past that never was, fear of each other, distancing and blame, or we can take the much more difficult path, the road of transformation, transcendence, compassion, and love, but also accountability and justice.

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The time for change is now.

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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.

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

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If you're looking at distributing alternative energy in Nigeria, for instance, what gets in your way is not people's ability to pay, not people's desire for a clean solar lamps or biomass opportunities. But there is a strong status quo that really depends on selling diesel.

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About Jacqueline Novogratz

Quotes 100 sayings
Profession Entrepreneur
Birthday October 16

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

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

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

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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?

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In today's world, the elites are growing even more comfortable with one another across national lines, yet at the same time, less comfortable with low-income people who share their nationality. How we create those bonds of community that are truly global as well as national is one of our generation's great challenges.

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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.

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1.5 billion people lack proper access to electricity. Many buy kerosene, which can cost 30 percent of their income. It sends millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. And often the lamp will fall over and catch the house on fire. So mothers hate it, but it's their only option.

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At the end of the day, dignity is more important to the human spirit than wealth.

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People really don't want handouts, they want to make their own decisions;

they want to solve their own problems.

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Failure can be an incredibly motivating force.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Dignity is more important than wealth.

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

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

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I finally understood: In order to contribute to Africa, I would have to know myself better and be clearer about my goals. I would have to be ready to take Africa on its own terms, not mine, and to learn my limits and present myself not as a do-gooder with a big heart, but as someone with something to give and gain by being there. Compassion wasn't enough

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We so often don't realize what our action and our inaction does to people we think we will never see and never know.

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I feel like I'm a relentless, pragmatic, determined optimist.

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My whole life has been spent with people who have taken every knock in the world. No advantages. Yet they greet you with a big smile, they give you what they have, and they keep coming back. They are the fighters.

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

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

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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

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The older I get, the more determined I feel to do whatever I can to help release that human potential somehow. Not in a fluffy way nor in a hardcore way. But in that middle ground, that marriage of love and power. I'm not afraid of either.

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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.

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

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

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

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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, to have the patience to start and let the work teach you, to be willing to lead when you need to lead, and to listen. To have a sense of generosity and empathy, but not over-empathy, because accountability is so critical to building solutions that work.

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

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

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You should focus on being more interested than interesting.

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By going from the bottom-up again, we see where successes work, and you can also see where the status quo can be the biggest obstacle or roadblock to success. The kind of entrepreneurs in whom we need to invest are the kind who are willing to fight that status quo, bureaucracy, complacency, and corruption.

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

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