All-Time Best Quotes and Sayings
I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.
It’s very easy to be different, but very difficult to be better.
Spend a lot of time talking to customers face to face. You’d be amazed how many companies don’t listen to their customers.
The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.
There’s no luck in business. There’s only drive, determination, and more drive.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.Peter Drucker
Solve a real problem. You don’t start a company because you want to be an entrepreneur or the fame and glory that comes along with it. You become an entrepreneur to solve a real problem.
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.
If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative. David Ogilvy
Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
Startups don’t win by attacking. They win by transcending. There are exceptions of course, but usually the way to win is to race ahead, not to stop and fight.
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
Make something people want includes making a company that people want to work for.
If you believe in something, work nights and weekends. It won’t feel like work.
Focus on the long term, and always do what’s right to grow the company and not make short-term decisions. And outlast everyone one.
Every problem has a solution. You just have to be creative enough to find it.
Business is a combination of war and sport.
I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.
Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can’t miss.
Great companies are built on great products.
Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well.
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.
Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.
Any time is a good time to start a company.
There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.
The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
Technology is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.
Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.
If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.
Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.
Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.
Do it now. Sometimes ‘later’ becomes ‘never.
When you face difficult times, know that challenges are not sent to destroy you. They’re sent to promote, increase and strengthen you.
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
The best revenge is massive success.
Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.
It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.
Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.
If your business is not on the Internet, then your business will be out of business.
When you are young, work to learn, not to earn.
We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.
To succeed in business it is necessary to make others see things as you see them.
The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.
The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows. Aristotle Onassis
Markets change, tastes change, so the companies and the individuals who choose to compete in those markets must change.
If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful. Pierre Omidyar
If you are truly innovating, you don’t have a prototype you can refer to. Jony Ive
I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.
Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. Jack Welch
Don’t be afraid of new arenas. Elon Musk
Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering, and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationships. Ross Perot
Business has only two functions marketing and innovation.
A savvy entrepreneur will not always look for investment money, first. Daymond John
A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader.
Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace. Mike Ditka
Test fast, fail fast, adjust fast. Tom Peters
The life purpose of the true social entrepreneur is to change the world.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell
There is no success without hardship.
This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.
Professionalism is a frame of mind, not a paycheck.
Running a start-up is like eating glass. You just start to like the taste of your own blood. Sean Parker
Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman – not the attitude of the prospect.
Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people.
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.
If you don’t have trust inside your company, then you can’t transfer it to your customers.
If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.
Impatience never commanded success.
In a start-up company, you basically throw out all assumptions every three weeks.
Launching a start-up, you need to get a lot done quickly. Every day is different. Everyone pitches in with everything.
More business is lost every year through neglect than through any other cause.
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. Lucius Annaeus Seneca.
Everyone is your best friend when you are successful. Make sure that the people that you surround yourself with are also the people that you are not afraid of failing with.
Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.
Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.
Honesty and integrity are by far the most important assets of an entrepreneur.
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean
I don’t create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.
I think if you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve got to dream big and then dream bigger.Howard Schultz
I’d rather invest in an entrepreneur who has failed before than one who assumes success from day one.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.
9 out of 10 businesses fail; so I came up with a foolproof plan, create ten businesses.
A consultant is someone who saves his client almost enough to pay his fee.
An entrepreneur assumes the risk and is dedicated and committed to the success of whatever he or she undertakes.
An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it.
Business is a money game with few rules and a lot of risk.
Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.
Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed there’s so little competition.
Every entrepreneur talks about the passion you have for your work, and I think that’s what’s missing with a lot of women in business. Martha Stewart
‘Entrepreneur ‘just denotes that you recognize that you’re doing things across disciplines and that you’re blazing your own path.
A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. Richard Branson
Advice to big business Don’t buy the patent; hire the guy who got it.
An eye on the vision is more important than an I on the vision.
Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
Don’t try to follow trends. Create them.
Entrepreneur, noun, someone who takes calculated risks to add value to wider society with the hope of making money and building wealth.
Entrepreneurs see what others can’t, do what others won’t, and accomplish what others dream.
Ideas are meaningless without a masterful execution.
If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit. Never quit!!!
If you think your boss is stupid, remember you wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter.
In business, sir, one has no friends, only correspondents.
In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
Life’s too short to build something nobody wants.
Never fear starting. Fear never starting.
No secrecy, no business.
What interests me is starting businesses on our own, finding ideas that we can support, and simply investing in invention. Barry Diller
What I’ve learned over the years is that focus and singular purpose is the best approach for businesses. Barry Diller
Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise. Frank Ocean.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well. Jeff Bezos
A creative idea plus a fresh network is the best way to go from zero to millions. Jonah Peretti
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. David Brinkley
Business owners should think of designers as architects, not decorators. … Jeffrey Zeldman
Cable is a niche business. If you can own a niche, that can be a very strong business. David Zaslav
Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. David Frost
First, find the best people you can in the world. And second, let them do their work. Just get out of their way. Matt Mullenweg
I am placed in situations with opportunities in those situations that others are not. I don’t believe that that is happenstance. I believe that there is a God that has a plan for me. Ronald Perelman
I don’t care how someone lives or how good their spoken English is. I do all of my interviews on Skype text chat – all that matters is their work. Matt Mullenweg
I’m not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money. Lord Acton
Paying good wages is not in opposition to good productivity. James Sinegal
People don’t do good work when they feel like losers and are second-class citizens within their own company. Jonah Peretti
Retiring is getting ready to die. Rodger Ward
Standing alone doesn’t mean I am alone, it means I’m strong enough to handle things all by myself.
Tech is a funny industry; I don’t think there is any other industry on the planet that reinvents itself every 10-12 years. Edward Zander
The best customer service is if the customer doesn’t need to call you, doesn’t need to talk to you. It just works. Jeff Bezos
The goal is to do things that are exciting and respectable. Jared Kushner
When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful. Eric Thomas
You have to understand the separation between what exists in the print media and what exists in reality. It’s important to never lose track of reality. Jared Kushner
Any entrepreneur worth their salt knows that their brand is worthless if it doesn’t somehow contribute to society or the overall good of the planet. Lynda Resnick
Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets. Henry Ford
I design my start-up ventures around my own personal beliefs and values. Cindy Gallop
I’m rarely invited to start-up parties, but who cares about their trinkets and apps anyway? Evgeny Morozov
In a balanced organization, working towards a common objective, there is success. Arthur Helps
In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn’t know what he is doing. William Wordsworth
It’s not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts. Will Rogers
Past success is no guarantee of future success, so I have learned to be an entrepreneur. I began to produce and direct my own projects. Ian Ziering
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. Arthur Ashe
Start-up teams are always in flux, so, like all start-ups, we’re always talking to candidates for various key roles. Sean Parker
Success – keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep. Walter Scott
Success has a simple formula, do your best, and people may like it. Sam Ewing
Successful entrepreneurs develop products that inspire their passion. They have to. It’s that passion that gets them through the long, arduous, uncertain and frightening early days of a start-up. Mitch Kapor
The heart of the entrepreneur can beat freely in anyone. Ciputra
The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. Colin R. Davis
They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown. Ross Perot
To be successful you have to be lucky, or a little mad, or very talented, or find yourself in a rapid growth field. Edward de Bono
When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge. Robert Kiyosaki
You can never be satisfied as an entrepreneur, and the basis of any successful, growing business is new clients. Robert Herjavec
As a company grows, communication becomes its biggest challenge.
As an entrepreneur, get used to the life of kind of growing against the grain.
First learn, then remove L.
Handle your business without people knowing your business.
I want to be known as one of the most accurate investors that ever lived. Kevin Rose
If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.
Manage your spending by creating and sticking to a budget. Alexa Von Tobel
The best startups today don’t change people’s needs, they just get to the essence of them. Aaron Levie