Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
There 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.
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
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.
A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it.
All lasting business is built on friendship.
Alfred A. Montapert
Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
Thomas A. Edison
No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.
It 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.
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships.
The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.
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.
An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
Laurence J. Peter
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight.
Henry R. Luce
Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.
I want to put a ding in the universe.
If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.
Robert H. Schuller
And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.
Anyone 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.
Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet.
Robert H. Schuller
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
Thomas A. Edison
Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.
Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.
Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it.
As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.
John Greenleaf Whittier
Do 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
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.
Happiness 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
Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.
Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
Henry Ward Beecher
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else's.
An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Economic 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.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.
Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work.
The invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of government.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
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
Business is a combination of war and sport.
Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers - six if one went to Harvard.
Edgar R. Fiedler
There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time!
Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
A group or an artist shouldn't get his money until his boss gets his.
The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.
George Bernard Shaw
I was told to avoid the business all together because of the rejection. People would say to me, 'Don't you want to have a normal job and a normal family?' I guess that would be good advice for some people, but I wanted to act.
I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Henry David Thoreau
The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.
The 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
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.
Employees make the best dates. You don't have to pick them up and they're always tax-deductible.
Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.
W. Edwards Deming
It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.
If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business.
B. C. Forbes
If 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
The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.
It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by - Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics.
The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.
J. Paul Getty
The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.
Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results.
Try, try, try, and keep on trying is the rule that must be followed to become an expert in anything.
W. Clement Stone