我父亲会记笔记，给我写信，在信末附上“Ad astra, per aspera”这样的拉丁文箴言，意思是：“穿过苦难才能看见星空”。这是对创业企业的概括。
《英勇之路：二战意大利、纳粹以及激励了整整一个国家的自行车手的真实故事》(Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation)，作者是艾丽和安德斯麦肯农夫妇，记载了1938年环法自行车赛（Tour de France）最年轻冠军车手基诺巴特利的故事。
Fortune's Brainstorm Tech Conference (July 22-24 in Aspen, Colo.) regularly brings together the best and brightest minds in tech innovation. Each week, Fortuneturns the spotlight on a different conference attendee to offer his or her own personal insight into business, tech, and entrepreneurship. This week, we asked former entrepreneur and current Greylock Partners general partner Joseph Ansanelli to answer 10 questions about life outside of work, the company he admires most, and industry advice for young entrepreneurs. His responses follow.
What is the best advice you ever received?
My father would write notes and letters to me and often end with the phrase "Ad astra, per aspera," which translates as: "To the stars, through difficulty." That's the startup narrative in a nutshell.
What was the last book you read?
Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation by Aili and Andres McConnon. It chronicles the story of Gino Bartali, the youngest rider to win the Tour de France in 1938.
Beyond cycling, Bartali sheltered a Jewish family during World War II to protect them from the Nazis. And while on 100-mile training rides during the war, he smuggled counterfeit identity documents past Fascist and Nazi police because they all knew him as a cycling hero and would not arrest him. He was a true hero.
What would you say to a group of young people looking to enter the tough job market?
Figure out what you love to do, and find a way to get paid doing it. Even though it's tough, take chances, and don't get caught up in chasing other people's dreams or going after the latest shiny penny.
What was your biggest missed opportunity?
I interviewed with Jeff Bezos when Amazon (AMZN) had just a couple hundred employees but did not see how an online book seller could eventually become the technology juggernaut it is today. I hope Jeff can forgive me.
What was the most important thing you learned in school?
As Bill Cosby once joked, I did not graduate magna cum laude or summa cum laude. I graduated "thank you, lordy."
Despite not getting good grades, what I did learn was how to think and reason through hard problems, and I learned the importance of people. I met some amazing people that I worked with on several startups, including my first startup, Trio Development, a software company that Apple (AAPL) acquired.