Business quotes page 2
A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They
will be embarrassingly large.
Ninety percent of the people that I share my philosophies with about organizing and
the Rolodex file will never put them into practice. They lack the necessary ingredient:
You've probably heard the oft-told story of the two shoe salesmen who were sent to
the early 1900s to assess opportunities. They wired separate telegrams back to their boss.
One read: "Situation hopeless. They don't were shoes." The other read: "Glorious opportunity!
They don't have any shoes yet."
Business first, pleasure after.
The essence of a successful business is really quite simple. It is your ability to offer
or service that people will pay for at a price sufficiently above your costs, ideally three or
four or five times your cost, thereby giving you a profit that enables you to buy and to offer
more products and services.
Business neglected is business lost.
The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you.
The customer is not always right - "fire" high-maintenance customers. Not all
created equal. Apply the 80/20 principle to time consumption: What 20% of people are
consuming 80% of your time?
Every great institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When people call our call center, our reps don't have scripts, and they don't try to
They are just judged on whether they go above and beyond for the customer and really
deliver a kind of personal service and emotional connection with our customers.
Drive thy business or it will drive thee.
In life you don't get what you are worth, you get what you negotiate. Learn how to close!
The most important thing you can tell your friends is, "Get off your butt and start your own
business. Even if it's at home. Even if it's on your dining room table." Kim and I, my wife,
started Rich Dad Poor Dad on our kitchen table.
The chief business of the American people is business.
To make money, you have to deliver your energy in some form, to satisfy a demand that is
out there. And if what you are selling is energy, charisma, and enthusiasm, there is no
competition because most others are selling things that are lifeless, loveless, and dull.
Simplicity and common sense should characterize planning and strategic direction.
In business, I've discovered that my purpose is to do my best to my utmost ability every day.
That's my standard. I learned early in my life that I had high standards.
You have to have a lot of passion for what you are doing. And it's totally true, and the
reason is, because it's so hard that if you don't, any rational person would give up. It's really
and you have to do it over a sustained period of time. So if you don't love, if you're not
having fun doing it, you don't really love it, you're gonna give up. And that's what happens to
most people actually. If you really look at the ones that ended up, you know, being
"successful" in the eyes of society and the ones that didn't, often times, it's the ones that
are successful love what they did so they could persevere. You know, when it got really
tough. And the ones that didn't love it quit.
Friendship is one thing and business is another.
The number one, most important, get-this-or-fail short lesson for both work and business: Do
what you say you are going to do, when you said you where going to do it, in the way you
said you were going to do it.
Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual
Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
The best executive is
the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he
wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
The most sensible
people to be met with in society are men of business and of the world,
who argue from what they see and know, instead of spinning cobweb distinctions of what
things ought to be.
Remember: You will
never earn the same rewards as others without employing the same
methods and investment of time as they do. It is unreasonable to think we can earn rewards
without being willing to pay their true price.
Respect for risk is
not just a matter of trading; it applies to any type of business decision.
Average doesn't work
in any area of life. Anything that you give only average amounts of
attention to will start to subside and will eventually cease to exist. Companies, industries,
artists, products, and individuals who continue into the future successfully are those who
approach every activity with the outlook that average is just not good enough. You need to
change your commitment and thinking to be far above any concepts of average.
Perhaps the most
revolting character that the United States ever produced was the Christian
H. L. Mencken