Never quit

Winners never quit, and quitters never win

Vince Lombardi – legendary American football coach (1913-1970)

Certainty

I would rather be certain of a good result than hopeful
of a great one.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in his letter to Berkshire Shareholders (1996)

Keep on task

Games are won by players who focus on the playing field – not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard. If you can enjoy Saturdays and Sundays without looking at stock prices, give it a try on weekday.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in his letter to Berkshire Shareholders (2013)

Know your strength

Figure out what you’re good at and play that game. You don’t have to be good at everything.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

At the summit, it gets harder

Life always gets harder toward the summit – the cold increases, the responsibility increases.

Friedrich Nietzsche – German philosopher (1844-1900), from „The Antichrist“ (1895)

Successful

You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.

Michael S. Dell – American investor and company founder (b. 1965), quoted in “The Entrepreneur” (October 13th, 2012)

Envy

Haters will see you walk on water and say it is because you cannot swim.

Jan-David Golze – German business development expert, booking.com

Three Rules for success

1. Work hard. Life is 80 percent chance, 10 percent brain and 10 percent hard work.
2. Be and stay honest.
3. Be loyal to others.

motto by John H. Slade – born Hans Schlesinger, German born American hockey player and Wallstreet broker (1908-2005)

Learn from mistakes

The difference between a successful person and a failure often lies in the fact that the successful man will profit by his mistakes and try again in a different way.

Dale Carnegie – born Dale Carnagey, American author and personality coach (1888-1955)

Self-trust

Self-trust is the first secret of success.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – American writer (1803-1882), from the essay “Success”, in “Society and Solitude and other Essays” (1871)

Write

Whatever you write:
Write short – and they will read it.
Write clearly – and they will understand it.
Write graphically – and they will keep it in mind.

Joseph Pulitzer – American publisher and benefactor (1847-1911), Quotations book 2003

Lucky

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.

Raymond Albert “Ray” Kroc – American company founder, who was brave enough to switch from a milk shake-machine-agent to a fast food-entreprenaur at the age of 52: McDonald’s Corp. (1902-1984), quoted by Penny Moser in “The McDonald’s Mystique” (Fortune, 4.7.1988), Quotations book 2019

Recepy to success

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

Colin Powell – American general and politician, 2001-05 Secretary of state (b. 1937)

Success

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

wisdom, often attributed to Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965)

Ability and attitude

For success, attitude is as important as ability.

Sir Walter Scott – Scottish historical novelist, playwright, poet and historian (1771-1832), Quotations book 2019

Basis for success

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took an excuse.

Florence Nightingale – English nurse, founder of modern nursing (1820-1910), from a letter to Miss H. Bonham Carter (1861), Quotations book 2019

Never give up

The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.

Wilma Mankiller – American writer, First Woman Principal Chief of Cherokee Nation (1945-2010), Quotations book 2019

Success

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.

proverb, often attributed to Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. – American tennis player (1943-1993)

Success

Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.

attributed to H. Wayne Huizenga Sr. – American businessman and entrepreneur, founder of several companies e.g. Blockbuster Video (1937-2018)

Road to success

The road to success is always under construction.

proverb

Leader

A good leader has a moral integrity that survives both success and failure.

Sir Elton John – British singer, musician and composer (b. 1947), at the Worls Economic Forum in Davos (January 2018), Quotations book 2019

Minimum turnover

The produce of a field stands related to the amount of that mineral ingredient which its soil contains in smallest quantity.

Mineral Theory by Prof. Dr. Justus Freiherr von Liebig – German chemist and agricultural scientist (1803-1873), from “Principles of Agricultural Chemistry: With Special Reference to the Late Researches Made in England” (1855)

You need 3 things for your succes

To make your way in life you need 3 things:
A deep sense of inner purpose and the will to renew it.
A clear vision of where you want to get to and the energy to pursue it.
And courage. Courage to take steps which others might fear to take.

Ralph Coverdale – British psychologist, management consultant and trainer, founder of “The Coverdale Organisation” (1918-1975), Quotations book 2019

Key to success

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

often attributed to Albert Schweitzer – German-born French missionary and doctor, Nobel Peace Prize 1952 (1875-1965), could not be verified by the Albert Schweitzer Centre, Quotations book 2018

Stay ahead

To stay ahead, always have your next idea waiting in the wings.

Prof. Rosabeth Moss Kanter – American sociologist at Harvard Business School (b.1943)

Re-create yourself

The difference between great and average or lousy in any job is, mostly, having the imagination and zeal to re-create yourself daily.

Tom Peters – American author and consultant (b. 1942), from “The Pursuit of Wow! – Every Person’s Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times” (2010), Quotations book 2018
see tompeters.com

Try, try, try

Failure and invention are inseparable twins.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), in his letter to the shareholders (2016), Quotations book 2018

Fondation solide

Trees with deep roots grow tall.

Frédéric Mistral – French writer and lexicographer of the Occitan language, Nobel Prize in literature 1904 (1830-1914), from his poem “La Brassado” in “Lis isclo d’or” (1875), Quotations book 2018

Les arbres aux racines profondes sont ceux qui montent haut.

Lis aubre que van founs soun li que mounton aut.

Frédéric Mistral – écrivain et lexicographe français de langue d’oc provençale, prix Nobel de littérature en 1904 (1830-1914), de poème “La Brassado” à “Lis isclo d’or” (1875), Brochure de citation 2018

Scepticism or pessimism

Scepticism and pessimism aren’t synonymous. Scepticism calls for pessimism when optimism is excessive. But it also calls for optimism when pessimism is excessive.

Howard S. Marks – American investor, Co-Chairman Oaktree Capital Management (b. 1946), from “The Most Important Thing Illuminated: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor” (2012), Quotations book 2018

Come further

One extends one’s limits only by exceeding them.

M. Scott Peck – American psychiatrist, psychotherapist and writer (1936-2005), from “The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth ” (1978), Quotations book 2018

Limits of the possible

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke – American writer and inverntor (1917-2008), from his essay “Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination” in “Profiles of the Future” (1962), Quotations book 2018

Opportunity

Every moment in life, every opportunity is a choice to innovate and have an impact.

Dr. Frances A. Colón – Puerto Rican neuroscientist and political adviser

Grip

You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.

Arnold A. Schwarzenegger – Austrian-born American actor, bodybuilder and politician, 2003-11 Governor of California (b. 1947), in his commencement speech at the University of California (May 15th, 2009), Quotations book 2017

Try

Whoever tries the most stuff wins!

Tom Peters – American author and consultant (b. 1942), Quotations book 2017
see tompeters.com

Pioneers

First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.

Nicholas Klein – American attorney and trade unionist (1884-1951), from his address at the Third Biennial Convention of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers (1918), Quotations book 2017

Six Rules on How to Be Successful

1. Trust yourself.
2. Break some rules.
3. Don’t be afraid to fail.
4. Ignore the naysayers.
5. Work like hell.
6. Give something back.

Arnold A. Schwarzenegger – Austrian-born American actor, bodybuilder and politician, 2003-11 Governor of California (b. 1947), in his commencement speech at the University of California (May 15th, 2009), Quotations book 2017

Concentrate

Multitasking makes you stupid. Doing more than one thing at a time makes you slower and worse at both tasks. Don’t do it. If you think this doesn’t apply to you, you’re wrong – it does.

Dr. Jeff Sutherland – American software engineer and entrepreneur, inventor of the Scrum software development process (b. 1941), in “Scrum: A revolutionary approach to building teams, beating deadlines and boosting productivity” (2014), Quotations book 2017

Swords to ploughshares

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him

David Brinkley – American journalist, news anchor and author (1920-2003), Quotations book 2017

Investment Success

The unfortunate reality is that investment success cannot be captured in a mathematical equation or a computer program.

Seth A. Klarman – American investor, president and CEO: The Baupost Group, LLC (b. 1957), from “Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor” (2000)

Success

Success doesn’t just come and find you,
you have to go out and get it.

Evan Carmichael – Canadian consultant and company founder (b. 1980), Quotations book 2017

Innovation

Innovation is the only way to win.

Business motivation, often attributed to Steve Jobs – American company founder, Apple (1955-2011), Quotations book 2017

Innovative

Be innovative.
Listen to your customers.
Always extend your knowledge.

Johann Vaillant – German entrepreneur, founder of the Vaillant family enterprise (1851-1920), Quotations book 2017

Leadership principles of amazon

a) Customer Obsession
b) Ownership
c) Invent and Simplify
d) Are Right, A Lot
e) Hire and Develop the Best
f) Insist on the Highest Standards
g) Think Big
h) Bias for Action
i) Frugality
j) Learn and Be Curious
k) Earn Trust
l) Dive Deep
m) Have Backbone, Disagree and Commit
n) Deliver Results
o) Vocally Self Critical

With those leadership principles, the company amazon.com from Seattle, Washington (USA), managed to become global market leader in mail-order-selling. – Quotations book 2016

Listening

I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am and listening to them.

attributed to Henry J. Kaiser – American entrepreneur, founder of several companies – now Kaiser Group International (1882-1967), Quotations book 2016

Advertising

Without advertising today I would be a millionaire (instead of billionaire).

attributed to John Paul Getty – American oil industrialist and art mecenate, at his time richest man of the world (1892-1976)

Precaution

Եօթ անգամ չափիր, մէկ անգամ կտրիր.

Masure twice and cut once.

Armenian proverb – Quotations book 2016

Deserve

Remember: You always get what you deserve.

Slogan from sports

Improve

If you are asked to revise, it’s because your message is worth getting right.

Caitlin Muir – American social media manager (b. 1985)

Customer focus

Our culture emphasizes rapid innovation and prioritizes user engagement over short-term financial results.

from the prospectus of facebook, Inc. (2012)

Deserve

To get what you want, you have to deserve what you want. The world is not yet a crazy enough place to reward a whole bunch of undeserving people.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), Quotations book 2016

Good Management

Good management consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.

Jim Low – former speaker of the National Association of Manufacturers, from his address speech “The Human in Public Relations” (1958), Quotations book 2016

Good speech

The key to a good speech is to have a brillant beginning, a brillant ending and keep them as close as possible.

Sir Peter Ustinov – English actor and writer (1921-2004), Quotations book 2016

Persistence

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not – nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not – unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not – the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge – American politician, 1923-1929 30th president (1872-1933), Quotations book 2015

Character

Ability will enable a man to get to the top, but it takes character to keep him there.

Wisdom – Quotations book 2015

Delegate

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.

Ronald W. Reagan – American politician, 1981-89 40th president (1911-2004), in an interview with the “Fortune” magazine (September 15th, 1986), Quotations book 2015

Engagement

It isn’t the number of people employed in a business that makes it successful it is the number working.

Wisdom from business life – Quotations book 2015

Leadership

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.

John Buchan – Scottish writer, publisher and politician, 1935-40 Governor General of Canada (1875-1940), from “Montrose and Leadership” (1930), Quotations book 2015

Winner and loser

The Winner is always part of the answer;
The Loser is always part of the problem.

The Winner always has a program;
The Loser always has an excuse.

The Winner says: “Let me do it for you”;
The Loser says: ” That is not my job.”

The Winner sees an answer for every problem;
The Loser sees a problem for every answer.

The Winner says: “It may be difficult but it is possible”;
The Loser says: “It may be possible but it is too difficult.”

slogan for motivation – Quotations book 2015

Succès

Nous réussissons aux entreprises qui exigent les qualités positives que nous possédons, mais nous excellons dans celles qui peuvent également se servir de nos défauts.

We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.

attribuée à Alexis de Tocqueville zugeschrieben – philosophe politique et homme politique, historien français (1805-1859), Brochure de citation 2015

Mistake

Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.

attributed to Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2015

Continue

There are more people who surrender, than those who fail.

attributed to Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2015

Wind of change

When the wind of change blows, some build walls, while others build windmills.

Chinese proverb – Quotations book 2015

Concentrate

Success arises from the fact that you are focusing on what you really like and you are good at.

attributed to William H. “Bill” Gates – American Software entrepreneur, Microsoft (b. 1955), Quotations book 2014

Fertile working

The best fertilizer is always the footprint of the farmer.

Thomas G. Hardie – American entrepreneur (Caledonia Spirits Inc.) and farmer (1860-1933), Quotations book 2018

Secret of success

The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.

attributed to John D. Rockefeller Jr. – American philanthropist (1874-1960)

Get up

The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell.

Alain Horoit (Mr. Never Give Up) – Belgian entrepreneur and motivational speaker (b. 1969)

External perception

When as a young and unknown man I started to be successful I was referred to as a gambler. My operations increased in scope and volume. Then I was known as a speculator. The sphere of my activities continued to expand and I am presently known as a banker. Actually I have been doing the same thing all the time.

attributed to Sir Ernest Cassel – born in Cologne as Ernst Cassel, British entrepreneur and banker, private financial advisor to king Edward VII. (1852-1921)

Courage

Success is not final, failure not fatal, it’s the courage to continue that counts.

Proverb

Measure of success

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.

attributed to John Foster Dulles – American politician, 1953-59 Secretary of State (1888-1959)

Doing jobs

The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.

Napoleon Hill – American writer, “Think And Grow Rich” (1883-1970)

Try on

You fail if you don’t try. If you try and you fail, yes, you’ll have a few articles saying you’ve failed at something. But if you look at the history of American entrepreneurs, one thing I do know about them: An awful lot of them have tried things and failed in the past and gone on to great things.

Sir Richard Branson – British company founder (Virgin) and adventurer (b. 1950), Quotations book 2016

Secret of success

Many people carefully avoid discovering the secret of success because deep down they suspect the secret may be hard work.

John L. Mason – American clergyman, speaker and author (b. 1955)

Qualitas

Quomodo fabula, sic vita: non quam diu, sed quam bene acta sit, refert.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca – Roman philosopher (4 B.C.-65 A.C.), from “Epistulae morales ad Lucilium”, letter 77 (June 64)

Expert

You ask a baker how he makes bread. You ask a billionaire how he makes money.

Donald J. Trump – American company founder and politician, since 2017 45th president (b. 1946), from “Trump: How To Get Rich” (2004), Quotations book 2016

Reward

The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.

attributed to John Ruskin – English writer, painter and social philosopher (1819-1900)

Values for success

– Done is better than perfect.
– Move fast and break things.
– The riskiest thing is to take no risks.
– Focus on solving the most important problems.
– Focus every day on how to build real value.
– Act – don’t talk!

Mark Zuckerberg – American company founder, facebook (b. 1984), from a letter to his investors about his “Rules for Success” (2012), Quotations book 2016

Success

There is no elevator to success. You’ll have to use the stairs.

Wisdom

Experience

A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.

Wisdom

Habits

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and always put the customer first, success will be yours.

Raymond Albert “Ray” Kroc – American company founder, who was brave enough to switch from a milk shake-machine-agent to a fast food-entreprenaur at the age of 52: McDonald’s Corp. (1902-1984), Quotations book 2016

Andrew Carnegie’s “Formula for Success”

1. Definiteness of purpose: Direct energy towards achieving your goals.

2. Always have a positive mental attitude.

3. Have faith in your own capabilities.

4. Go the extra mile. Give more service than expected.

5. Take initiative to turn desire into action.

6. Use your imagination to seek new and better ways of doing things.

7. Discipline yourself.

8. Organise your thinking.

9. Learn from your defeats or mistakes.

10. Have undying enthusiasm to achieve.

following Andrew Carnegie – Scottish-born American steel magnate (1835-1919), Quotations book 2016

The great

Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for the great.

Wisdom, often attributed to John D. Rockefeller – American oil magnate, sundays school teacher at at his time richest man of the world (1839-1937)

Focus

The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2015

Investment success

Investment success will not be produced by arcane formulae, computer programs or signals flashed by the price behavior of stocks and markets. Rather an investor will succeed by coupling good business judgment with an ability to insulate his thoughts and behavior from the super-contagious emotions that swirl about the marketplace.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2015

Questions

Wise investors recognize that success is a process of continually seeking answers to new questions.

Sir John Marks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008), Quotations book 2014

Unselfish

There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.

Slogan from Ronald W. Reagan – American politician, 1981-89 40th president (1911-2004), goes back to an entry of Jesuit Father Strickland’s diary in 1863, Quotations book 2014

Willpower

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

Vince Lombardi – legendary American football coach (1913-1970), Quotations book 2014

Give and take

You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.

Zig Ziglar – American author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur (1926-2012), Quotations book 2014

Handling

It’s not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it is how you handle what happens to you.

Zig Ziglar – American author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur (1926-2012), Quotations book 2014

Success

Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.

Zig Ziglar – amerikanischer Autor, Motivationstrainer und Unternehmer (1926-2012)

Failure and unhappiness

The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want right now.

Zig Ziglar – American author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur (1926-2012)

Work and success

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Wisdom – Quotations book 2013

Key to success

The key to success is not information, it’s people.

Lee Iacocca – American entrepreneur, savior of Chrysler (1924-2019)

Reputation

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Heathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2013

Destiny

Control your destiny or someone else will.

Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch jr., legendary Anerican manager (General Electric), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century (b. 1935)

Simplify

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers.

Colin Powell – American general and politician, 2001-05 Secretary of state (b. 1937), Quotations book 2012

Simplify

Ideas that have great results are always simple ones.

Leo N. Tolstoy – Russian writer (1828-1910), from “War and peace” (1869), Quotations book 2012

Victory

After victory you have more enemies.

attributed to Marcus Tullius Cicero – Roman politician (106-43 B.C.), seen at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, Quotations book 2012

Do it right

The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right.

attributed to Edward C. Simmons – American entrepreneur (1839-1920), Quotations book 2012

Success

If at first you do succeed, quit trying.

Slogan at Berkshire Hathaway, from the essays by Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2012

Success

Success is not measured by what we are, but by what we are compared to what we could be. It is not measured by what we have done, but by what we have done compared to what we could have done.

William B. “Bill” Gothard – American author and speaker, founded the Christian “Institute in Basic Life Principles” (b. 1934), Quotations book 2012

Rise

The greatest glory of living lies not in never falling but in rising every time you fall.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize 1993 (1918-2013), at a visit by Amercian president Bill Clinton on September 22nd, 1998, Quotations book 2012

Responsibility

The Romans built strong bridges because their architects had to stand under them as the army crossed them for the first time.

Prem Watsa – Canadian investor, chairman and founder of Fairfax Financial Holdings (b. 1950), in an interview with “Financial Post”, December 1st, 2009, Quotations book 2011

Success

My success ties with three words: work, work, work.

Baron Albert Frère – Belgian financier (1926-2018), from an interview in “Finanz und Wirtschaft” (August 9th, 2006), Quotations book 2011

Life

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.

attributed to Josh Billings – born Henry Wheeler Shaw, American Humor writer (1818-1885), Quotations book 2011

Small and big

The strength to decide big matters comes from a continuous reflection upon the small matters.

Gerd Bucerius – German publisher (1906-1995), Quotations book 2005 + 2011

Opportunity

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas Alva Edison – American inventor (1847-1931)

Don’t give up

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.

Thomas Alva Edison – American inventor (1847-1931)

Keep at it

I have not failed 10,000 times; I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.

Thomas Alva Edison – American inventor (1847-1931), Quotations book 2011

Disciplin

We don’t have to be smarter than the rest. We have to be more disciplined than the rest.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2011

Chances

If one door closes, another one opens.

Spanish proverb – quoted by Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra (Spanish writer, 1547-1616) in “Don Quixote” (1605), Quotations book 2011

Endurance

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplaine takes off against the wind, not with it.

Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2011

Courage and success

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.

Peter F. Drucker – Austrian-born management expert (1909-2005), Quotations book 2016

Listen

Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.

Bernard M. Baruch – American financier, adviser to several American presidents (1870-1965), Quotations book 2010

Wealth needs patience

Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.

The Bible, Proverbs 13:11 (NIV) – Quotations book 2010

Vision and Success

Every vision begins with a mental journey;

each success begins with making it reality.

Motto – Quotations book 2010

Faith

Faith is a kind of winged intellect. The great workmen of history have been men who believed like giants.

attributed to Charles Henry Parkhurst – American clergyman (1842-1933), Quotations book 2010

Greed

A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.

The Bible, Proverbs 15:27 (NIV) – Quotations book

Competition

The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his business better all the time.

Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947)

Hard work

Business is never as healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching for what it gets.

Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), from “My Life and Wark” (1922)

Being right

We do not get paid for activity, just for being right.

Warren Buffet – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Success

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.

Booker T. Washington – American educator, social reformer and civil rights activist (1856-1915)

Success

The secret of success is constancy to purpose.

Benjamin Disraeli – English writer and politician, 1868 and 1874-80 Prime Minister (1804-1881), feam a banquet speech at the National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations on June 24th, 1872

Virtues

Hard work, honesty, if you keep at it, will get you almost anything.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Philosopher’s stone

If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher’s stone.

Benjamin Franklin – American politician, writer and scientist (1706-1790), from “Poor Richard’s Almanac” (1736)

Act

To obtain better results than the others, you must do someting different than the others.

attributed to Sir John Marks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008), Quotations book 2016

Act justly

Fear God – act justly and dread no one

Slogan by Rickmer Clasen Rickmers – German shipyard owner and shipping-line founder (1806-1886)

Price of greatness

The price of greatness is responsibility.

Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965)

Give the best

Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you.

Madeline Bridges – born Mary Ainge de Vere, American poet (1844-1920)

Allow mistakes

I can be wrong more offen than I am right, so long as the leverage on my correct judgments compensates for my mistakes.

attributed to Leon Levy – American fund manager: Oppenheimer Fund (1926-2003)

Money doesn’t bring happiness

I have made many millions but they have brought me no happiness.

attrubited to John D. Rockefeller – American oil magnate, sunday’s School teacher and world’s richest man at his time (1839-1937)

Rules for Life

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: Thro world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $40.000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that in your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Charles J. Sykes – American journalist and author, from an article in the San Diego Union Tribune from September 19th, 1996, often falsely attributed to William H. “Bill” Gates

Secret of success

The secret of success is constancy to purpose.

Benjamin Disraeli – English writer and politician, 1868 and 1874-80 Prime Minister (1804-1881), in a banquet speech of the National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations on June 24th, 1872

Backbone

If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.

Thomas John Watson, jr. – American manager, 1952-71 president of IBM (1914-1993)

Key to success

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

attributed to Bill Cosby – born William Henry Cosby, American actor, singer and author (b. 1937)

World

When you rule your mind, you rule your world.

Bill Provost – America loan consultant, chosen by Sir John Marks Templeton, British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008), Quotations book 2002

Advertisement

If you cut down advertisement to save money, you might as well stop your watch to save time.

attributed to Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2009

Risk

Every time we’ve moved ahead in IBM, it was because someone was willing to take a chance, put his head on the block, and try something new.

Thomas John Watson, Jr. – American manager, 1952-71 president of IBM (1914-1993), Quotations book 2009

Motivation

No one rises to low expectations.

Les Brown – American motivational speaker (b. 1945)

Qualities of managers

Three qualities of managers – integrity, intelligence and energy. If you don’t have the first one the last two will kill you.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2003

Wealth

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

Epicurus- Greek philosopher (341-270 BC), Quotations book 2007

Leadership

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

Peter F. Drucker – Austrian-born American management expert (1909-2005), Quotations book 2007

Tough times

Tough times never last … but tough people do!

Dr. Robert H. Schuller – American evangelist and reformed priest (1926-2015), Quotations book 2007

Diversification

To carry one’s eggs in a great number of baskets without having time or opportunity to discover how many have holes in the bottom is the surest way of increasing risk and losses.

John Maynard Keynes – British economist and investor (1883-1946), Quotations book 2006

Reputation

Worldly wisdom teaches us that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally.

John Maynard Keynes – British economist and Investor (1883-1946), Quotations book 2007

Bequeath

A very rich person should leave his kids enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2007

Countercyclical

I will tell you how to become rich. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.

Warren Buffett -American value investor, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2007

Coming together

Coming together is a beginning,
staying together is progress,
and working together is success.

Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2008

Recognize shortcomings

Recognize the skills and traits you don’t possess, and hire people who have them.

Howard Schultz – American entrepreneur (Starbucks) (b. 1953), Quotations book 2008

Plans

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

The Bible, Proverbs 21:5 (NIV) – Quotations book 2008

Life

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel Prize in physics 1921 (1879-1955), in a letter to his son Eduard (5th February 1930), Quotations book 2008

Good and bad

There is nothing so bad that someone won’t praise it, or so good that someone won’t complain.

Finnish proverb – Quotations book 2008

Payment

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 – American manager (f.ex. ITT) (1910-1997), Quotations book 2008

Risk

Risk is the chance of an unwanted outcome.

Leslie Rahl – American financial advisor and author (b. 1950)

Expectations

High expectations are the key to everything.

Samuel M. “Sam” Walton – American entrepreneur, founder of Walmart (1918-1992)

Success

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much;

who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;

who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;

who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;

who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty nor failed to express it;

who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;

whose life was an inspiration;

whose memory is a benediction..

Bessie Anderson Stanley – American author (1879-1952), written 1904

Are you strong enough to handle critics?

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat und blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at his best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt – American politician, 1901-09 26th president, Nobel Peace Prize 1906 (1858-1919), on April 23rd, 1910 at the Sorbonne, Paris, Quotations book 2006

Risk

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy – American jurist and senator (1925-1968)

Smart leader

If you are a leader and you are the smartest guy in the room, you have got real problems.

Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch Jr., legendary American manager (General Electric), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century (b. 1935)

Secret of success

Be yourself.

Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch Jr., legendary American manager (General Electric), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century (b. 1935)

Growth needs thinking

To grow you must innovate,

to innovate you must think.

Business slogan of the Italian firm Socotherm

Secret of success

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.

Benjamin Disraeli – English writer and politician, 1868 and 1874-80 Prime Minister (1804-1881)

WIN!

· Get in Front of Wealth.

· Represent the Firm in Areas Where You Have Conviction.

· Ask for the Business.

· Know Your Customer.

· Use the Firm’s Resources Wisely.

· Don’t Procrastinate!

· If You Don’t Know the Answer, Say So, Then Get It.

· When in a Gray Area, See Your Manager.

· Help Your Colleagues.

· Contribute to the Firm & the Department.

· Treat Your Assistant as a Partner.

· Be Honest … With Yourself and With Your Customers.

· Be Humble.

· Be a Good Listener, Not Just a Good Talker.

· Take a Long-term Perspective but Have Short-term Goals.

· Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Loss.

· Communicate with Your Customers … Through Thick and Thin.

· Have a Well Thought-out Business Plan.

· Always Prospect.

· Don’t Fear Rejection; Be Prepared for It.

· Don’t Open Small Accounts; Think Big!

· Do It All … with Discipline, Enthusiasm and Persistence!.

James W. Little – American banker (Morgan Stanley), Quotations book 2007

Winning

You never win alone. Once you start believing something different, you start loosing.

Mika Häkkinen – Finnish former Formula One-racing driver (b. 1968), Quotations book 2007

Humility

Success breeds complacency and arrogance.

Proverb

Don’t give up

When things go wrong as they sometimes will.
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill.
When funds are low and the debts are high.
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns.
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out:
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far:
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not QUIT.

Motivation

Philanthropy

Philanthropy, while meritorious, on a large scale becomes a political act: the tycoon who extracts a fortune from the public to build a museum in one place rather than another has not created new beauty, only imposed his priorities on society.

John Train – American author and investor (b.1928)

Give in

Never give in, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965), from the speech “9th February 1941 World Broadcast”, Quotations book 2002

Success

My material success was not to be attributed to what I have known or done myself, but to the faculty knowing and choosing others who did know better than myself. Precious knowledge this for any man to posses. I did not understand (for example) steam machinery, but I tried to understand that much more complicated piece of mechanism – man.

Andrew Carnegie – Scottish-born American steel entrepreneur (1835-1919), Quotations book 2003

Principles

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

Dwight David Eisenhower – American general and politician, 1953-61 34th president (1890-1969), Quotations book 2005

Being generous

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

The Bible, 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV) – Quotations book 2005

Authentic leadership

When you teach you cannot cheat.

Proverb

Taking the job seriously

Always take your job seriously, never yourself.

Dwight David Eisenhower – American general and politician, 1953-61 34th president (1890-1969), Quotations book 2005

Factors for success

– The business can only be truly successful if it improves the life of people.

– The richness of man is the work – not the money, which is only a tool to go through life.

– Have clarity on what you do and make it readable to the outside.

Pietro Barilla – Italian food-entrepreneur (1913-1993), Quotations book 2006

Chains of habit

The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they’re too heavy to be broken.

Bertrand Russell – British philosopher and mathematician, Nobel Prize in literature 1950 (1872-1970), Quotations book 2006

Focus

If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.

Otto von Bismarck – German politician, 1871-90 first chancellor (1815-1898), Quotations book 2006

Success

He profits most who serves best.

Arthur F. Sheldon – president of „Sheldon School of Business Building“ (1868-1936), Quotations book  2006

Self-reliance

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.

Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865), Quotations book 2006

Stayng power

One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success out of his life.

Edward B. Butler – American painter (1853-1928), Quotations book 2006

Top-Performance

Top-Performance is only achieved by people who enjoy what they are doing.

Wisdom

Errors

More is learned from one’s errors than from one’s successes.

Primo Levi – Italian writer (1919-1987),  Quotations book 2002

Failure

A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame someone else.

John Borroughts – American author and naturalist (1837-1921)

Love

You must capture and keep the heart of the original and supremely able man before his brain can do its best.

Andrew Carnegie – Scottish-born American steel industrialist (1935-1919), Quotations book 2003

Focus

Focus on waht you can do not on what you cannot do.

Motto of a handicapped basketball-player and participant of the paralympic games – Quotations book 2004

Precognition

Go where the puck is going to be, not where you see it.

Lowell “Bud” Paxson – American media executive (1935-2015), founder of Home Shopping TV, the Pax Net channels and “Worship TV”, Quotations book 2003