Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.
J. Paul Getty
There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
If you’re trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.
Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body – the producers and consumers themselves.
An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.
Details create the big picture.
Sanford I. Weill
Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.
Robert H. Schuller
Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.
Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.
Theodore Isaac Rubin
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
Harold S. Geneen
Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.
Thomas A. Edison
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.
Max de Pree
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.
Laurence J. Peter
A company is only as good as the people it keeps.
Mary Kay Ash
Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.
One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
Arnold H. Glasow
It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
Ask five economists and you’ll get five different answers – six if one went to Harvard.
Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.
So little done, so much to do.
An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it.
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.
Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.
Gary Ryan Blair
When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder.
James H. Boren
The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing… layout, processes, and procedures.
To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.
B. C. Forbes
Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.
W. Edwards Deming
And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.
Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.
John Kenneth Galbraith
Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
Definition of Statistics: The science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures.
Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.
The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman – not the attitude of the prospect.
W. Clement Stone
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people.
Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight.
Henry R. Luce
It’s not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts.
It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.
Spend a lot of time talking to customers face to face. You’d be amazed how many companies don’t listen to their customers.
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