Jessica Jackley didn’t wait for permission to change the world, she just did it. It turns out, you can too.” 
— Seth Godin, bestselling author, What To Do When It’s Your Turn

With only a dream and a lot of determination, Jessica Jackley founded Kiva, an organization that has empowered millions of people around the world. CLAY WATER BRICK is the inspiring story of her own far-flung journeys as an entrepreneur, but it’s also a blueprint for anyone who wants to make the world a better place and find fulfillment in the process, no matter how scarce their resources or how steep the challenge.”
— Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post founder and author, Thrive

“CLAY WATER BRICK is a tremendously inspiring read. Jessica Jackley, the virtuoso cofounder of the revolutionary micro-lending platform Kiva, shares uplifting stories and compelling lessons on entrepreneurship, resilience, and character.”  
— Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author, Give and Take

"Inspiring and insightful, CLAY WATER BRICK is a book that you simply won't be able to put down. Jessica Jackley has created a timeless read for every aspiring entrepreneur."  
— Adam Braun, Pencils of Promise founder and author, The Promise of a Pencil

“CLAY WATER BRICK is a moving account of so many previously untold human stories, inviting the reader to think more universally about entrepreneurship and the role of business in driving positive change in the world. Jessica Jackley captures the spirit and the heart of the entrepreneur by sharing her own journey and shining a spotlight on a remarkable group of entrepreneurs from around the world and the perseverance that defines them. This is a powerful read for all, and whether you have an idea you want to pursue, an entrepreneur you can help support, or purely general interest, you will be inspired.”
— Blake Mycoskie, TOMS founder and Chief Shoe Giver, author of Start Something That Matters

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Quotes from book

"The heart of entrepreneurship is never about what we have. It’s about what we do."

"Always let other people decide for themselves what they need to feel empowered, no matter how surprising their choices."

"What we believe about someone else can literally limit what is possible for them, or it can set them free to achieve greatness."

"Don’t be embarrassed by your first drafts, first steps, or first anythings."

"If it feels like you’re moving just a little bit faster than is comfortable, you’re probably going at a perfect pace."

"Just about anything you can do today is better than doing nothing, and you’ll be able to do even more tomorrow if you begin with something today."

"Get comfortable traveling in unchartered territory."

"Poverty is not just about a lack of having things; it is also about the belief that we cannot or should not use what we have to grow."

"You have to swap the smaller, safer bets for a larger, less certain chance at reaching your greater goals."

"It is always worth getting closer to the people you want to understand, so you can hear their truths from them directly. Sometimes this means going to the other side of the world. Sometimes it means paying attention to someone you encounter every single day."

"We must expect great things from one another. We must insist on hope. Choose the courageous path. Choose to live entrepreneurially, and to take a bet on yourself. Choose to focus your precious time, talents, and energy on the pursuit of your greatest dreams. Chose to hope for more for yourself and for those around you. Dream—and then choose to believe in your own potential and help create the future you’re dreaming of."