Specifically, the following things that cause no trouble when you are small become big challenges as you grow: Communication Common knowledge Decision making.
Rockefeller succeeded because he believed in the long –term prospects of the business and never treated it as a mirage that would soon fade.
The era of cornucopian hope was relabeled as an era of crazed greed and declared to be definitely over.
Had I actually clerked on the Supreme Court, I probably would have spent my entire career taking depositions or drafting other people’s business deals instead of creating anything new.
To Admiral Cunningham it was against all tradition to abandon the Army in such a crisis. He declared, “It takes the Navy three years to build a new ship. It will take three hundred years to build a new tradition.
Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.
You know, Saudi Arabia has a lot of poverty also. Regardless about what you hear about the viceroy and people being rich, et cetera.
The protestor I think will speak up for the world’s poorest.
When you are full of pride on the inside, it makes you stiff, stubborn, and creates strife with others.
My saddlebags are why Spanx exist! Now that I have a baby I also have a muffin top.
The malaria parasite has been killing children and sapping the strength of whole populations for tens of thousands of years. It is impossible to calculate the harm malaria has done to the world.
America gets its opinions from advertising.
Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make
If a man will devote his time to securing facts in an impartial, objective way, his worries will usually evaporate in the light of knowledge.
This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.
Those who do not know how to fight worry die young.
They intoxicate themselves with work so they won’t see how they really are.
I think sometimes the critics want me to beat people down, and that’s not in me. I want to lift people up.
Kickstarter isn’t a profit center, it’s an organizer and an instigator.
Above all, you want to create something you’re proud of. This has always been my philosophy of business. I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive, then I believe you are better off not doing it.
Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.
Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.
So many people are looking at what’s wrong, and I try to encourage them to look at what’s right in their life. A lot of people have it a lot worse than you do.
Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.
If you decide that you’re going to do only the things you know are going to work, you’re going to leave a lot of opportunity on the table.
The older I get, the better I understand that every day is a gift.
There are a thousand excuses for failure, but never a good reason.
One must never forget when misfortunes come that it is quite possible they are saving one from something much worse; or that when you make some great mistake, it may very easily serve you better than the best-advised decision. Life is a whole, and luck is a whole, and no part of them can be separated from the rest.
What goes on in Europe concerns us greatly because, if Europe comes apart, the E.U. comes apart, then you’re going to have enormous impact on America, that’s a very big trading partner of ours, and people own securities around the world in this day and age.
What I know is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.
Nothing tells in the long run like a good judgment, and no sound judgment can remain with the man whose mind is disturbed by the mercurial changes of the stock exchange. It places him under an influence akin to intoxication. What is not, he sees, and what he sees, is not.
There is no such thing in the world as luck. There never was a man who could go out in the morning and find a purse full of gold in the street to-day, and another to-morrow, and so on, day after day: He may do so once in his life; but so far as mere luck is concerned, he is as liable to lose it as to find it.
I want people to learn what democracy means.
If we do not have time to do it right the first time when will we have time to come back and do it right again later?
One thing I’ve always loved about the culture at Microsoft is there is nobody who is tougher on us, in terms of what we need to learn and do better, than the people in the company itself. You can walk down these halls, and they’ll tell you, ‘We need to do usability better, push this or that frontier.
Optimists are those who go after Moby dick in a row boat with a bucket of tarter sauce.
Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
As an entrepreneur, I try to push the limits. Pedal to the metal.
Marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department.
We are very happy to be reporting that our pro-forma earnings passed the $1 billion mark for the first time.
We are the masters of our fate.
We have the best flat land, you can grow anything in the cheapest possible way; turning Nigeria around is not really that difficult. Nigeria is really the best place to invest, it is one of the places to make money; all over the world it (Nigeria) is the best kept secret actually in terms of investment.
Making money from money is like aerobatics.
I’ve come to see institutional decline like a staged disease: harder to detect but easier to cure in the early stages, easier to detect but harder to cure in the later stages. An institution can look strong on the outside but already be sick on the inside,”
The quality of research in the U.S. is absolutely the best.
Use money to make money.
When you have the right staff, potential skyrockets.
Marc: “Do you know the best thing about startups?” Ben: “What?” Marc: “You only ever experience two emotions: euphoria and terror. And I find that lack of sleep enhances them both.”
I have a particular relationship with Vinod Khosla because he’s got a lot of very interesting science-based energy startups.
I was always a huge fan of E. E. Cummings. He did a series of lectures at Harvard or Princeton, and they were recorded. And they were incredibly moving.
Every time you resist temptation you are winning for your children.
Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph: a beginning, a struggle and a victory.
It is possible to know all there is to know about a subject—medicine, for example—but if you don’t have M.D. at the end of your name, few will listen. The M.D. is what I term a credibility indicator.” The so-called expert with the most credibility indicators, whether acronyms or affiliations, is often the most successful in the marketplace, even if other candidates have more in-depth knowledge. This is a matter of superior positioning, not deception.
Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked.
God’s desire is that we excel.
You know, crankiness is at the essence of all comedy.
Doing the right thing daily, compounds over time.
When the Internet first came, I thought it was just the beacon of freedom. People could communicate with anyone, anywhere, and nobody could stop it.
Obviously everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as being very innovative, very trusted and ethical and ultimately making a big difference in the world.
Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
To boil water, the MED is 212°F (100°C) at standard air pressure. Boiled is boiled. Higher temperatures will not make it more boiled.” Higher temperatures just consume more resources that could be used for something else more productive.
Over time, yes, countries will need to look at specific GMO products like they look at drugs today, where they don’t approve them all. They look hard at the safety and the testing. And they make sure that the benefits far outweigh any of the downsides.
There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way, and not starting.
I encourage all my key people to bring their mobiles when they travel.
I have over 2 million followers now on Google Plus.
What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.
I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.
Poverty and lack of knowledge must be challenged.
I’m not a public official. I’m a businessman, I’m a builder, I’m a planner.
First, only invest in companies that have the potential to return the value of the entire fund.
Modern society is based on a modern idea: get the work done by replaceable cogs, by individuals programmed to do what they’re told, follow instructions and work cheap. The attraction of this system is evident by how easily ordinary organizations replace ordinary employees, and how eagerly schools indoctrinate their students.
The thing about hip-hop is that it’s from the underground, ideas from the underbelly, from people who have mostly been locked out, who have not been recognized.
Our economy now rewards artists far more than any other economy in history ever has.
You are responsible for your life. If you’re sitting around waiting on somebody to save you, to fix you, to even help you, you are wasting your time. Only you have the power to move your life forward.
People can get information – on entertainment, politics, finance – much easier than before. That will change the way people do business, the way people live.
You can always think of something like the Xbox 360 as a super set-top box that can do everything the set-top box does, but then have the graphics to do the games as well.
The mainstream is always under attack.
Sometimes what works 40 years ago doesn’t work today.
When Steve Jobs was at NeXT, he was really getting his head together and taking control and becoming the person that, when he came back to Apple, you know, he was ready to really run the company and keep control of things and watch what was being done and develop new products secretly that were really incredibly great.
What is Oracle? A bunch of people. And all of our products were just ideas in the heads of those people – ideas that people typed into a computer, tested, and that turned out to be the best idea for a database or for a programming language.
Vision without execution is just hallucination.
It used to be the case, like you’d switch jobs, and then maybe you wouldn’t keep in touch with all the people that you knew from that old job, just because it was too hard. But one of the things that Facebook does is it makes it really easy to just stay in touch with all these people.
In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.
The financial markets generally are unpredictable. So that one has to have different scenarios… The idea that you can actually predict what’s going to happen contradicts my way of looking at the market.
Today is our most precious possession. It is our only sure possession.
Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.
Discrimination has a lot of layers that make it tough for minorities to get a leg up.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
You can make something big when young that will carry you through life. Look at all the big startups like Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. They were all started by very young people who stumbled on something of unseen value. You’ll know it when you hit a home run.
Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
Power should be reserved for weightlifting and boats, and leadership really involves responsibility.
The first ten minutes of sorting through clothing was like choosing which child of mine should live or die.
No one has a transparent view of the world. In fact, we all carry around a personal worldview—the biases and experiences and expectations that color the way we perceive the world.
There’s no point in… just giving them money
If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.
But after all when you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite.
People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.
If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?
Life is not fair – get used to it!
Many leaders of big organizations, I think, don’t believe that change is possible. But if you look at history, things do change, and if your business is static, you’re likely to have issues.