There is no elevator to success…you have to take the stairs.
Jobs and businesses are just vehicles to get you from where you are to where you want to be.
Care more than others think wise.
Keep in mind, hurting people often hurt other people as a result of their own pain. If somebody is rude and inconsiderate, you can almost be certain that they have some unresolved issues inside. They have some major problems, anger, resentment, or some heartache they are trying to cope with or overcome. The last thing they need is for you to make matters worse by responding angrily.
Eventually I left City College in my senior year, just four or five credits short of a sociology degree. This really upset my father who thought that I was a fool. Over and over he lectured me that the only way for a black man to make it was to get a degree and a job. For a while there I felt like I was a failure in my father’s eyes, which hurt alot, but promoting felt right in my gut. I knew that to be a man I had to follow my heart. My mother was always more open to Danny, Joey and me pursuing a more non-traditional entrepreneurial way…Early in my promoting career I lost all the money I’d saved on a show in Harlem no one came to. I came out to Hollis and no one would help me. My father just wanted me to go back to school and told me so. What could I say? I had no money. Then my mother went back in the house and came with $2,000 in crisp $100 bills from her personal savings. It was that money that kept me afloat until Kurtis Blow broke and I entered the record business. That act of love and faith, which is what kept me in business at a key time, is my favorite memory of her.
A person convinced against their will Is of the same opinion still.
Remarkable visions and genuine insights are always met with resistance. And when you start to make progress, your efforts are met with even more resistance. Products, services, career paths – whatever it is, the forces for mediocrity will align to stop you, forgiving no errors and never backing down until it’s over. If it were any other way, it would be easy. And if it were any other way, everyone would do it and your work would ultimately be devalued. The yin and yang are clear: without people pushing against your quest to do something worth talking about, it’s unlikely to be worth the journey. Persist.
The time will never be right to start. Today is your day. Study successful people, do what they do, and you too will be successful.
That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.
I read the paper every day and the Bible every day, that way I know what both sides are up to.
In my experience, an effective mission statement basically answers one question: How do we intend to win in this business?
To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
If GE’s strategy of investment in China is wrong, it represents a loss of a billion dollars, perhaps a couple of billion dollars. If it is right, it is the future of this company for the next century.
My favorite museums are things like the Frick Museum in New York and the Huntington Hartford in Pasadena where it’s someone’s home that you walk through.
Every well built house started in the form of a definite purpose plus a definite plan in the nature of a set of blueprints.
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.
Business ends up being very dynamic and situational.
There are really two things that have to occur in order for a new technology to be affordable to the mass market. One is you need economies of scale. The other is you need to iterate on the design. You need to go through a few versions.
My job is to help more people have jobs.
Less than 3% of newly published authors make enough in royalties and advances to be happy to live on.
There is a kind of intolerant spirit now abroad which arises out of the growing power of party and other machinery — a spirit which resents individual opinion, which clamours for uniformity and political Test Acts.
Konosuke Matsushita was a visionary entrepreneur. He started working very young as a teenager, and he eventually created Panasonic to become a truly global company.
It is expected that Mainland China’s entry to the World Trade Organisation will materialise in the near future and the country will see further growth in its economy unfolding at a faster pace.
When you start a company, it’s a singular focus. You have the wind at your back.
You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
The story drives the mission.
Common Core is a big win for education.
Washington is unpredictable these days.
Giving should be entered into in just the same way as investing. Giving is investing.
Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.
War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow men.
You’re not going to make Hemingway better by adding animations.
The fallout from the US sub-prime issue, turbulence on global financial markets and the resulting credit tightening, slow-down in the global economies and increasing inflationary pressure all threaten to pose a drag on the economic growth in Hong Kong.
Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.
Why talk about what we want? That is childish. Absurd. Of course you are interested in what you want. You are eternally interested in it. But no one else is. The rest of us are just like you: we are interested in what we want.
People need to buy homes.
Respect people’s wishes.
In the middle of that process four power plants just tripped off all at once in unison.
Shaw once remarked: If you teach a man anything, he will never learn.
You hope that one or both of them win a race right before our race. I know that in the past, when Bill Elliott won it always boosted sales here.
Sometimes put the idea away…
JANUARY 16 Reach Out by Faith For she said to herself, If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” MATTHEW 9:21–22 NKJV ONE FELLOW WHOSE MARRIAGE was on the verge of dissolution told me, Joel, I’ve been this way for a long time. Nothing good ever happens to me. I don’t see how my marriage can be restored. We’ve always had these problems.” Those wrong attitudes will keep you from receiving the good things God wants to pour out in your life,” I told him. Stop dwelling on negative, destructive thoughts that keep you in a rut. Your life will change when you change your thinking.” God has so much more in store for him, and for you as well. If you want to see God’s far and beyond favor, you have to start believing it, seeing it, and speaking it.
If you focus on near-term growth above all else, you miss the most important question you should be asking: will this business still be around a decade from now? Numbers alone won’t tell you the answer; instead you must think critically about the qualitative characteristics of your business.
I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment, failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer, I should at once have been rightly cast aside.
Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.
it was necessary to bait the hook to suit the fish.
I don’t know what would have happened if we hadn’t won that AOL deal
How much has it been your experience that Americans follow what happens in the world?
The other buzzword that epitomizes a bias toward substitution is “big data.” Today’s companies have an insatiable appetite for data, mistakenly believing that more data always creates more value. But big data is usually dumb data. Computers can find patterns that elude humans, but they don’t know how to compare patterns from different sources or how to interpret complex behaviors. Actionable insights can only come from a human analyst (or the kind of generalized artificial intelligence that exists only in science fiction).
Start calling yourself healed, happy, whole, blessed, and prosperous. Stop talking to God about how big your mountains are, and start talking to your mountains about how big your God is!
Some things you can only learn in the struggle. When it’s easy, when everything is going your way, that doesn’t take any faith.
Every dream I’ve ever had in life has come true ten times over.
Taking in a baseball game on TV is also a big treat.
Poor sales rather than bad product is the most common cause of failure.
The indefiniteness of finance can be bizarre. Think about what happens when successful entrepreneurs sell their company. What do they do with the money? In a financialized world, it unfolds like this: • The founders don’t know what to do with it, so they give it to a large bank. • The bankers don’t know what to do with it.
An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.
You won’t get anything unless you have the vision to imagine it.
Google is a small fish in a big pond. We could be swallowed whole at any time. We are not the monopoly that the government is looking for.
Ill Health (though not taking care of one’s body).
If you’re going to buy a real book, a paper book, there better be a good reason. Perhaps scarcity is one of those reasons.
People who read the tabloids deserve to be lied to.
Customers tend to avoid a restaurant that’s going aswamp in its own sludge.
Everybody at home speaks mandarin except me.
The new information technology… Internet and e-mail… have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications.
I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.
Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.
Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.
We can never learn too much of His will towards us, too much of His messages and His advice. The Bible is His word and its study gives at once the foundation for our faith and an inspiration to battle onward in the fight against the tempter.
A lot of people assume that creating software is purely a solitary activity where you sit in an office with the door closed all day and write lots of code.
My husband is such a healthy eater. Except when it comes to sweets. He never consumes anything except fruit until noon. And then from noon on he might have some brown rice and some tofu, and then, come eight or nine at night, he orders three mud-pie double-chocolate pieces of cake and eats all three of them.
About the only thing ordinary salespeople agree upon is the idea that you must sell yourself first.
My belief as a Christian is when we receive Christ as salvation, that that gives us a guarantee for Heaven.
Without the computer, Sam Walton could not have done what he’s done. HE could not have built it. He’s done a lot of other things right too, but he could have done it without the computer,. It would have been possible.
Unrestrained competition can drive people into actions that they would otherwise regret.
People work better when they know what the goal is and why. It is important that people look forward to coming to work in the morning and enjoy working.
Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn’t you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn’t most of them turn out all right after all?
The top salesperson in the organization probably missed more sales than 90% of the sales people on the team, but they also made more calls than the others made.
The organizational architecture is really that a centipede walks on hundred legs and one or two don’t count. So if I lose one or two legs, the process will go on, the organization will go on, the growth will go on.
But I know newspapers. They have the first amendment and they can tell any lie knowing it’s a lie and they’re protected if the person’s famous or it’s a company.
In order to deal with all the medical cost demands and other challenges in the U.S., as we look to raise that revenue, the rich will have to pay slightly more. That’s quite clear.
What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.
One reason to buy a watch (or a book) is because you want to possess it, show it off, give it to your grandchildren. Holding a book is a luxury, one for which you pay a premium.
It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.
After you become a millionaire, you can give all of your money away because what’s important is not the million dollars; what’s important is the person you have become in the process of becoming a millionaire.
Extraordinary benefits also accrue to the tiny majority with the guts to quit early and refocus their efforts on something new.
People are more comfortable learning about wine because now they can just Google, you know, ‘Soave,’ and say, ‘Oh, O.K., cool.’
The concept of serviced apartments makes economic sense for tenancies of short to medium term duration – a fact many leading Hong Kong and overseas corporations now appreciate.
I have no sense of nostalgia. Tomorrow is what interests me.
Capitalism will save us.
We’ve announced an Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, a bunch of low-cost commodity servers running Linux, integrated in our case, with InfiniBand – connected with InfiniBand vs. the traditional Ethernet.
In K-12, almost everybody goes to local schools. Universities are a bit different because kids actually do pick the university. The bizarre thing, though, is that the merit of university is actually how good the students going in are: the SAT scores of the kids going in.
To succeed consistently, good managers need to be skilled not just in choosing, training, and motivating the right people for the right job, but in choosing, building, and preparing the right organization for the job as well.
I love people, and the hustle.
I hope you will take good care of your health, this is religious duty, and you can accomplish so much for the world if you keep well and strong.
If the Starbucks secret is a smile when you get your latte… ours is that the Web site adapts to the individual’s taste.
You want to be extra rigorous about making the best possible thing you can. Find everything that’s wrong with it and fix it. Seek negative feedback, particularly from friends.
I just want to build stuff that really simplifies our base human interaction.
The fastest and best way to build value for your business is to build your people
You have to get lost in the woods of your own doing and discover a way out. You have to find the right path over the creek, under the rock-whatever mechanism is good for your body’s size and your stride and your cadence and your tolerance for wet or cold or humid weather. That kind of learning comes from having a tolerance for failure, and extracting lessons from your failures.