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1There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.Colin Powell
2There 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.Sam Walton
3If 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
4It 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.Adam Smith
5A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.Jeff Bezos
6An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it.Dee Hock
7If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.Lucius Annaeus Seneca
8Happiness 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
9Details create the big picture.Sanford I. Weill
10Most 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.Dale Carnegie
11Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.Mark Twain
12Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.Andy Warhol
13If you’re trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.Elon Musk
14Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.Paul Tournier
15It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.Tom Brokaw
16The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.J. Paul Getty
17Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.Ambrose Bierce
18It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.Elon Musk
19Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.Howard Aiken
20The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind ahead even more than teamwork.Igor Sikorsky
21The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.Walter Lippmann
22When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder.James H. Boren
23Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.Edward Gibbon
24Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.Don Marquis
25In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.Harold S. Geneen
26First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people.Leo Rosten
27An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.Laurence J. Peter
28Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing… layout, processes, and procedures.Tom Peters
29Economic 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.Herbert Hoover
30The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.Peter Drucker
31To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.Andre Malraux
32An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.Jack Welch
33I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill.Edward Appleton
34The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.Aristotle Onassis
35Definition of Statistics: The science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures.Evan Esar
36Being 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.Andy Warhol
37We’re all working together; that’s the secret.Sam Walton
38Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time. Sometimes it will be ahead, other times it will be behind. But brand is simply a collective impression some have about a product.Elon Musk
39The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.Benjamin Jowett
40Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.Bill Gates
41Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.Robert H. Schuller
42One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.Arnold H. Glasow
43People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.Peter Drucker
44When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars people said, ‘Nah, what’s wrong with a horse?’ That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.Elon Musk
45Do 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
46Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.Tim Berners-Lee
47Ask five economists and you’ll get five different answers – six if one went to Harvard.Edgar Fiedler
48Great companies are built on great products.Elon Musk
49I want to put a ding in the universe.Steve Jobs
50Everyone 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.Paula Abdul
51Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.John Kenneth Galbraith
52Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.Thomas A. Edison
53I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.Jeff Bezos
54Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.Steve Jobs
55The opportunity is often lost by deliberating.Publilius Syrus
56If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.B. C. Forbes
57Carpe per diem – seize the check.Robin Williams
58The 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
59If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.Robert H. Schuller
60There are two kinds of companies, those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second.Jeff Bezos

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