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Motivation from Experienced Leaders


1. 99 Business Quotations Motivation from Experienced Leaders

2. Henry Ford Founder of Ford Motor Company “Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich.”

3. Steve Jobs Co-Founder of Apple “Innovation is not about saying yes to everything. It’s about saying NO to all but the most crucial features.”

4. Jeff Bezos Founder and CEO of Amazon “If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.”

5. Larry Ellison Co-Founder and CEO of Oracle “When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.”

6. Tony Hsieh Co-Founder of Zappos “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.”

7. Thomas Edison Inventor “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety- nine percent perspiration.”

8. Bill Gates Co-Founder, Microsoft “Your most unhappy customer is your greatest source of learning.”

9. Sir Winston Churchill British Prime Minister “Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

10. Nolan Bushnell Founder of Atari “Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it who makes a difference.”

11. Ronald Reagan President of the United States “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere.”

12. Mark Cuban Co-Founder of HDNET “Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find customers buying from them, not you.”

13. Bill Bernbach DDB Advertising “You cannot sell a man who isn’t listening; word of mouth is the best medium of all; and dullness won’t sell your product, but neither will irrelevant brilliance.”

14. Rupert Murdoch Chairman/CEO of News Corp “The buck stops with the guy who signs the checks.”

15. Coco Chanel Founder of Chanel “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”

16. Donald Trump President of the United States “What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.”

17. Jack Welch Chairman and CEO of GE “Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.”

18. Andrew Carnegie Founder Carnegie Steel “There is little success where there is little laughter.”

19. Steve Ballmer CEO of Microsoft “One capability every business is expected to have is the capability to make money. It requires a certain kind of discipline, a certain kind of mindset.”

20. Thomas J. Watson CEO of IBM “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.”

21. Walt Disney Founder of Disney “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

22. Conrad Hilton Founder of Hilton Hotels “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

23. Vidal Sassoon Founder of Sassoon “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

24. Charles F. Kettering Founder of Delco “There exists limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.”

25. Michael Dell Founder of Dell “Anything that can be measured, can be improved.”

26. Florence Nightingale Graham Founder of Elizabeth Arden “Repetition makes reputation, and reputation makes customers.”

27. Dave Thomas Founder of Wendy’s “What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.”

28. Sara Blakely Founder of Spanx “Don't be intimidated by what you don't know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”

29. Sir Richard Branson Founder of Virgin “One thing is certain in business. You and everyone around you will make mistakes.”

30. Drew Houston Co-Founder of Dropbox “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”

31. Charles Wilson CEO of General Motors “There is no royal road; you’ve got to work a good deal harder than most people want to work.”

32. Cher Wang Co-Founder of HTC Corporation “It takes humility to realize that we don’t know everything, not to rest on our laurels and know that we must keep learning and observing.”

33. Aristotle Onassis Shipping Magnate “To succeed in business it is necessary to make others see things as you see them.”

34. Colonel Sanders Founder of KFC “No hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me.”

35. Dr. Dre Founder of Aftermath Ent. & Beats “When the ideas are coming, I don’t stop until the ideas stop because that train doesn’t come along all the time.”

36. Forrest Mars, Sr. Director of Mars, Inc. “Quality means guaranteeing consumers that our brands will live up to their expectations – time after time, without deviation.”

37. Fred Smith Founder of FedEx “A manager is not a person who can do the work better than his men; he is a person who can get his men to do the work better than he can.”

38. George Lucas Founder of LucasFilm Ltd. “If you want to be successful in a particular field, perseverance is one of the key qualities.”

39. Gianni Versace Founder of Versace “In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do.”

40. Gordon Ramsay Chef and Restauranteur “The minute you start compromising for the sake of massaging somebody’s ego, that’s it, game over.”

41. Henry J. Heinz Founder of Heinz Foods “To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success.”

42. Howard Schultz Chairman & CEO of Starbucks “Grow with discipline. Balance intuition with rigor. Innovate around the core. Don't embrace the status quo. Find new ways to see. Never expect a silver bullet. Get your hands dirty.”

43. J.P. Morgan Founder of J.P. Morgan & Co. “The first thing is character...before money or anything else. Money cannot buy it...because a man I do not trust could not get money from me on all the bonds in Christendom.”

44. John D. Rockefeller Founder of Standard Oil “If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.”

45. Kevin Systrom Founder of Instagram “Focusing on one thing and doing it really, really well can get you very far.”

46. Kōnosuke Matsushita Founder of Panasonic “It is during the bad times that the skilled manager lays firm foundations for future growth.”

47. Larry Page Co-Founder of Google “If you're changing the world, you're working on important things. You're excited to get up in the morning.”

48. Mark Zuckerberg Founder of Facebook “Building a mission and building a business go hand in hand.”

49. Milton Friedman Economist “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.”

50. Peter Thiel Co-Founder of PayPal “If you do something new, it will always look a little bit strange.”

51. Phil Knight Co-Founder of Nike “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”

52. Ray Kroc Founder of McDonald’s “The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it.”

53. Reid Hoffman Co-Founder of LinkedIn “Everything in life has some risk, and what you have to actually learn to do is how to navigate it.”

54. Ruth Handler Co-Founder of Mattel “We didn’t know how to run a business, but we had dreams and talent.”

55. Soichiro Honda Founder of Honda “Success represents the one percent of your work which results from the ninety-nine percent that is called failure.”

56. W.K. Kellogg Founder of Kellogg Company “Dollars have never been known to produce character, and character will never be produced by money. I’ll invest my money in people.”

57. William Harley Co-Founder of Harley Davidson “Life offers few guarantees, but generally the harder and longer you work, the more likely you will succeed.”

58. Steve Wozniak Co-Founder of Apple “I learned not to worry so much about the outcome, but to concentrate on the step I was on and try to do it as perfectly as I could when I was doing it.”

59. Milton Hershey Founder of Hershey “I didn’t follow the policies of those already in the business. If I had, I would never have made a go of it.”

60. Danny Meyer Founder and CEO of USHG “Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It’s that simple, and it’s that hard.”

61. Scott Cook Founder of Intuit “A brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is. It is what consumers tell each other it is.”

62. Max Levchin Co-Founder of PayPal “You can’t get married to any one plan.”

63. Susan Cain Co-Founder of Quiet Revolution “There's zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”

64. Debbie Millman Host of Design Matters “I think market research is extremely valuable when it is used properly. But you must not use it to tell you what to do.”

65. Naval Ravikant Co-Founder/CEO of AngelList “Entrepreneurship is really hard and painful. I’m not sure I’d recommend it for anyone who can’t handle extreme stress.”

66. Marcus Aurelius Emperor of Rome “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”

67. Sam Walton Founder of Walmart “You can make a positive out of the most negative if you work at it hard enough.”

68. Graham Duncan Co-Founder of East Rock Capital “I ask myself ‘what would be the worst thing’ about that outcome not going the way I want?.’” – On feeling overwhelmed (Tribe of Mentors)

69. Dustin Moskovitz Co-Founder of Facebook “The only reason you should be an entrepreneur is because that’s the only way the idea will come into the world.’”

70. Peter Guber CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group “Convincing anyone to do anything at any time requires getting their attention, creating their intention and turning it to action.”

71. B.C. Forbes Founder of Forbes magazine “When it comes to betting on yourself…you’re a chicken-livered coward if you hesitate.”

72. Michael Bloomberg Founder of Bloomberg L.P. “Entrepreneurship is having an idea to do something great and not entirely have a plan on how to do it, but the drive and will power to make it work.”

73. Daniel Ek Co-Founder & CEO of Spotify “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”

74. Strauss Zelnick Founder of Zelnick Media Group “If you have a lot to do, break down tasks into small chunks, set priorities, and focus on one thing at one time.”

75. Ray Dalio Founder of Bridgewater Associates “Remember that people are built very differently and that different ways of seeing and thinking make people suitable for different jobs.”

76. Steve Case Co-Founder of AOL “Don’t try to be something you’re not. Be confident in the skills you have, as they may be make-or-break for the journey you pursue.” (From Tribe of Mentors)

77. Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance Polymath “It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

78. Lee Iacocca CEO of Chrysler “Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen.”

79. Dwight Eisenhower President of the United States “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”

80. Peter F. Drucker Management Consultant “Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed.”

81. Henry J. Kaiser Founder of Kaiser Shipyards “I always have to dream up there against the stars. If I don't dream I will make it, I won't even get close.”

82. Suze Orman Financial Advisor “No one’s ever achieved financial fitness with a January resolution that’s abandoned by February.”

83. Peter Schutz CEO of Porsche “Hire character. Train skill.”

84. Jeffrey Immelt CEO of General Electric “Surviving failure gives you more self-confidence. Failures are great learning tools, but they must be kept to a minimum.”

85. Robert Bosch Founder of Bosch “I would rather lose money than trust.”

86. Mary Kay Ash Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics “People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.”

87. Bob Parsons Founder of GoDaddy “Let’s be honest. There’s not a business anywhere that is without problems. Business is complicated and imperfect.”

88. Charles M. Schwab Founder of Bethlehem Steel “The man who does not work for the love of work, but only for money is not likely to neither make money nor find much fun in life.”

89. J. Paul Getty Founder of Getty Oil Company “To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know al it is possible to know about that business.”

90. George Steinbrenner American Shipbuilding Co. “I only know one way, and that is to work my tail off and demand everybody else do the same.”

91. Seth Godin Marketing Guru “The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing.”

92. Omar Periu Founder of Omar Periu International “Sales success comes after you stretch past your limits on a daily basis.”

93. Orison Swett Marden Founder of SUCCESS Magazine “The golden rule for every business is this: Put yourself in your customer’s position.”

94. Ken Krogue Founder of Inside Sales “When I hit the wall, I go learn something new. That picks me up and gets me going again.”

95. Elon Musk Founder of Tesla “It’s okay to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.”

96. Scott Adams Creator of Dilbert “Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success.”

97. Thomas Jefferson President of the United States “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

98. Albert Einstein Theoretical Physicist “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”

99. Bruce Lee Martial Artist “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”

100. Oscar Wilde Poet and Playwright “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

101. Thank you!

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