H.D. Thoreau once said “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” These words ring true to this very day and they kindle the entrepreneurial spirit in new generations.


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  • uplifting – inspirational, encouraging
  • naysayers – people who say no to something, deny or oppose it
  • drown out – make another sound inaudible by being much louder
  • ally – a person who cooperates and helps
  • counsel – advice
  • inhibit – prevent, restrain
  • coincide – occur at or during the same time
  • perseverance – persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success

Think about it 

Are the following statements true or false according to the author of the text?

  • The writer’s relatives were great supporters of her entrepreneurial idea.
  • Excuses such as lack of knowledge or experience are the only ones which are justifiable.
  • Your intuitions may sometimes be overpowered by external pressure.
  • Pirate Captain says that if you stop thinking about something it becomes impossible.
  • Advice from experienced individuals is entirely valueless.
  • Purpose and vision are characteristic of play-it-safers.


Practice makes perfect

In the sentences below replace the phrases in bold with the expressions from the original text. Leave your answers in the comments below!

  • It wasn’t easy discovering what we wanted to do, but we noticed that certain things kept preventing us from doing what we wanted to do.
  • Hopes and dreams are what inspire, but without hard work, they never come true.
  • Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions make your own inner voice inaudible.
  • You have to get out there and meet new people.
  • This happened at about the same time as the birth of my first child two weeks earlier!


Choose the correct answer.

1. My husband and I worked to ___ our vision by researching market opportunities and assessing our talents.

  1. increase
  2. refine
  3. assume

2. We ___ have talents suited for running an athletic footwear company, but ___ of us had any actual experience in the industry.

  1. neither … either
  2. two … none
  3. both … neither

3. I really had no idea what was coming our way ___ the next two years.

  1. about
  2. over
  3. with

4. We ___ our homework and our research shows that the majority of women are unhappy with athletic shoes

  1. made
  2. did
  3. performed

5. Don’t ___ the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.

  1. allow
  2. let
  3. enable

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