Company founders

Large innovative global businesses like Facebook, Google, Apple, Oracle and Microsoft all have one thing in common in their most successful periods. The founder and the visionary leader is still the CEO and remains an innovative force. Steven G. Blank – American entrepreneur (b. 1953), from "Start with a Blank page", an interview with Stein Arne Nistad in "Reflections" ("PGS magazine" 2011),...

Learn from mistakes

With failure comes opportunity. Glenn Llopis – Cuban-American leadership and business strategy author and consultant (b. 1966), from his book "Earning Serendipity: 4 Skills for Creating and Sustaining Good Fortune in Your Work" (2009)


You must make your mark on this earth, and, if you have never done so, it is simply because you neglected to use the powers you have, or you have neglected to develop them. John Henry Patterson - American industrialist and company founder: National Cash Register Company, NCR (1844-1922)

You always meet twice

Be kind to everyone on the way up; you’ll meet the same people on the way down. Wilson Mizner - American playwright, raconteur, and entrepreneur (1876-1933), from "San Francisco Chronicle" (5.7.1932), Quotations book 2022

Struggle for the best solution

Encourage creative disruption: Random hostilities are not what the organization needs, but if nobody’s pissed off, maybe you’re not pushing hard enough. Dr. Oren Harari - American business professor at the University of San Francisco and author of several management books (1949-2010), from "The Powell Principles. 24 Lessons from Colin Powell, a Legendary Leader" (2002), Quotations book...

Decide alone

The best way to think about investments is to be in a room with no one else and to just think. If that doesn’t work, nothing else is going to work. Warren Buffett - American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from a Colloquium at the University of Florida (October 15, 1998), Quotations book 2022


Don’t pass up something that’s attractive today because you think you will find something better tomorrow. Warren Buffett - American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from an interview with Becky Quick together with Bill Gates at Columbia University (November 12, 2009), Quotations book 2022


Success leaves traces. Sir John Marks Templeton - value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008)

Colin Powell’s rules

1. It ain"t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning. This rule reflects an attitude and not a prediction. I have always tried to keep my confidence and optimism up, no matter how difficult the situation. Things will get better. You will make them better. 2. Get mad, then get over it. I’ve worked hard over the years to make sure that when I get mad, I get over it quickly and...


It"s a big difference whether you play to not lose or whether you play to win. Daniel S. "Dan" Peña, Sr.– American businessman (b. 1945), Quotations book 2021

Back the big edge

Fold early when the odds are against you, or if you have a big edge, back it heavily because you don’t get a big edge often. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from "Damn Right: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger" (2000), Quotations book 2021


Your brand is what other people say about you when you"re not in the room! Jeffrey P. "Jeff" Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), in a talk from TEDGlobal 2012 University (May 2012), Quotations book 2021


What you"ve got to do in politics is be sure that what you say can be justified by principle, by argument, and to put it across. As I always say, never follow the crowd. Make up your own mind and get the crowd to follow you. Dame Margaret Thatcher - British politician, 1979-90 Prime Minister (1925-2013), Quotations book 2021

Overnight success

Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success. Christopher Isaac "Biz" Stone – American entrepreneur, co-founder of "Twitter" (b.1974), Quotations book 2021


I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. Steve Jobs - American company founder: Apple (1955-2011), from an interview with Daniel Morrow for the "Smithsonian Institute" (April 20th, 1995), Quotations book 2021


Success is making those who believed in you look brilliant. Dharmesh Shah – Indian software engineer and entrepreneur, founder and CTO HubSpot, Inc. (b. 1967), Quotations book 2021

Successful life

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you...


What"s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. Bob Dylan – born Robert Allen Zimmerman, American singer-songwriter, author and musician, Nobel Prize in literature 2016 (b. 1941), Quotations book 2021

Try and error

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over. Sir Richard Branson – British company founder (Virgin) and adventurer (b. 1950), from "Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur" (2008)

Sue or die

What good is figuring out a better way to sell beach towels if you aren"t going to tell everybody in your company about it? Samuel M. "Sam" Walton - American entrepreneur, founder of Walmart (1918-1992), from "Sam Walton, Made in America: My story" (1992)