History is written by the victors.
I usually have my yellow legal pad with me, with a list of ten or fifteen things we need to be working on as a company. My list drives the executives around here crazy, but it’s probably one of my more important contributions.
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
You can change everything about your business by changing your thinking about your business.
Baseball is like cricket, and I grew up in a country where they had cricket. So I understand cricket, soccer and basketball. I played basketball at the club level and a little bit in college, so that’s why I’m a basketball fanatic.
For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually’, just do it and correct course along the way.
I was not an easy student, and I had to apply myself diligently to prepare my lessons, said Rockefeller, who described himself accurately as reliable but not brilliant.
Markets are constantly in a state of uncertainty and flux and money is made by discounting the obvious and betting on the unexpected.
Seeds of discouragement cannot take root in a grateful heart.
God made you a masterpiece – be blessed, secure, disciplined and equipped.
Employee loyalty begins with employer loyalty. Your employees should know that if they do the job they were hired to do with a reasonable amount of competence and efficiency, you will support them.
Eradications are special. Zero is a magic number. You either do what it takes to get to zero and you’re glad you did it; or you get close, give up and it goes back to where it was before, in which case you wasted all that credibility, activity, money that could have been applied to other things.
Hong Kong has gone through many ups and downs in the past. Unavoidably, one needs to go through the lowest point before reaching the peak again.
Winners expect to win, they expect victory, and they expect success!
I sold my most valuable possession, but I knew that because I worked at Hewlett Packard, I could buy the next model calculator the very next month for a lower price than I sold the older one for!
You’re not really free until you’re free from trying to please everybody.
The Group also continues to be bullish for the long-term prospects for the property market in mainland China…
You cannot get into business for the fashion of it.
Desire is created when something happens in your life that suddenly changes the way you see yourself in relationship to your future.
To get rich is glorious. So is helping poor farmers.
When commercializing disruptive technologies, they found or developed new markets that valued the attributes of the disruptive products, rather than search for a technological breakthrough so that the disruptive product could compete as a sustaining technology in mainstream markets.
Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.
Every one of my positions cuts – out half the country. I’m pro-choice, I’m pro-gay rights, I’m pro-immigration, I’m against guns, I believe in Darwin.
mean that you can’t do anything else but pray. But it does mean that you are always ready and willing to go before God with any concern or praise. Nothing is too small or too big for prayer. Prayer is simply opening your heart and connecting with God. It’s taking His promises and applying them to your life. Prayer processes the plan of God. You should bathe your life in prayer. Pray for wisdom, peace, and patience. Pray for your relationships, your job, and your children. Pray for your country and leaders. Pray with others, knowing that when two or more are gathered in His name, He is there.
This implies two very strange rules for VCs. First, only invest in companies that have the potential to return the value of the entire fund. This is a scary rule, because it eliminates the vast majority of possible investments. (Even quite successful companies usually succeed on a more humble scale.) This leads to rule number two: because rule number one is so restrictive, there can’t be any other rules.
If you can discipline yourself to read, you can free up two years of your life for the good stuff!
The problem with New Year’s resolutions – and resolutions to ‘get in better shape’ in general, which are very amorphous – is that people try to adopt too many behavioral changes at once. It doesn’t work. I don’t care if you’re a world-class CEO – you’ll quit.
If God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society He would have given us Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments.
You’re got to worry about what’s coming up to stay ahead of the curve…
All human beings are the same. In the United States, people come from all over the world, all races, all backgrounds. And they’re all doing what they want, many scoring huge successes. When I saw that, I became more open. It freed my soul.
Drones overall will be more impactful than I think people recognize, in positive ways to help society.
[In April 2013] Being anonymous is an important part of democracy. I think it’s a critical part of democracy.
Every pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, but every optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Loosen up, and everybody around you will loosen up.
Exposure from a young age to the realities of the world is a super-big thing.
Every time you walk down the street people are screaming, ‘You’re fired!’
It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
The lesson for business is that we need founders. If anything, we should be more tolerant of founders who seem strange or extreme; we need unusual individuals to lead companies beyond mere incrementalism.
For me, privacy and security are really important. We think about it in terms of both: You can’t have privacy without security.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon—instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. Why are we such fools—such tragic fools?
Ultimately, broadcasters and advertisers have to change the way they do business or they run the risk of linear TV becoming obsolete.
People who can put themselves in the place of other people, who can understand the workings of their minds, need never worry about what the future has in store for them.
This social-networking thing takes you to crazy places.
You can’t have a mid-life crisis in the airline industry because every day is a crisis.
I’m from the country and I like it that way.
I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.
Starting isn’t like that. Starting something is not an event; it’s a series of events. You decide to walk to Cleveland. So you take a first step in the right direction. That’s starting. You spend the rest of the day walking toward Cleveland, one step at a time, picking your feet up and putting them down. At the end of the day, twenty miles later, you stop at a hotel. And what happens the next morning? Either you quit the project or you start again, walking to Cleveland. In fact, every step is a new beginning. Sure, you’re closer than you were yesterday or last week, but you’re still…
I never thought much about success early on. I only thought about being a comedian – or just being in show business, is really more accurate.
This is no war of chieftains or of princes, of dynasties or national ambition; it is a war of peoples and of causes. There are vast numbers, not only in this Island but in every land, who will render faithful service in this war, but whose names will never be known, whose deeds will never be recorded. This is a War of the Unknown Warriors.
Pacifists become militants. Freedom fighters become tyrants. Blessings become curses. Help becomes hindrance. More becomes less.
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.
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
If you live for the weekends and vacations, your shit is broken.
I want people to learn what democracy means.
It’s important to supplement a great product vision with a strong discipline around the metrics, but if you substitute metrics for product vision, you will not get what you want.
The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.
The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.
In ninth grade, I came up with a new form of rebellion. I hadn’t been getting good grades, but I decided to get all A’s without taking a book home. I didn’t go to math class, because I knew enough and had read ahead, and I placed within the top 10 people in the nation on an aptitude exam.
A good intention, with a bad approach, often leads to a poor result.
The startup uniform encapsulates a simple but essential principle: everyone at your company should be different in the same way—a tribe of like-minded people fiercely devoted to the company’s mission.
When people are around us, they should leave better off than they were previously. Rather than feeling discouraged or defeated, people should feel challenged and inspired after spending any time with you and me.
Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.
Age doesn’t matter: an open mind does.
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In my weekly staff meeting, I inserted an agenda item titled “What Are We Not Doing?
The leader of the market today may not necessarily be the leader tomorrow.
If I was down to my last dollar, I would spend it on public relations.
We believe the competitive and economic environment will remain very challenging in the year ahead. Whilst we think we have the opportunity to make improvements to some of our ranges, we are still budgeting on the basis of negative like-for-like retail sales for the year.
The Global Fund is a central player in the progress being achieved on HIV, TB and malaria. It channels resources to help countries fight these diseases. I believe in its impact because I have seen it firsthand.
Long-term planning is often undervalued by our indefinite short-term world.
Increasingly, the Chinese will own a lot more of the world because they will be converting their dollar reserves and U.S. government bonds into real assets.
My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.
Certainly there’s a phenomenon around open source. You know free software will be a vibrant area. There will be a lot of neat things that get done there.
The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.
You absolutely cannot make a series of good decisions without first confronting the brutal facts. The good-to-great companies operated.
The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.
Humor can often be effective and with this style, it’s emphasized. Appeal to the journalist’s heightened sense of the unusual. Stunts, sideshows, ancillary themes are put to work here.
This morning did you wake up to an alarm clock, or an “opportunity” clock?
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority.
I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy, civil liberties and an open society.
A baboon in a forest is a matter of legitimate speculation, a baboon in a zoo is an object of public curiosity, but a baboon in your wife’s bed is a cause of the gravest concern.
Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.
I had a disc giving me a lot of trouble, and I had four surgeries. Then I had a staph infection, so they had to open me up five times in four months… It was in the bottom of my back, the same incision. They should have put a zipper on it.
If something is worth doing, it is worth doing right. I take that one step further. You shouldn’t do anything unless you do it right.
When Baby Boomers grow up and write books to explain why one or another individual is successful, they point to the power of a particular individual’s context as determined by chance. But they miss the even bigger social context for their own preferred explanations: a whole generation learned from childhood to overrate the power of chance and underrate the importance of planning. Gladwell at first appears to be making a contrarian critique of the myth of the self-made businessman, but actually his own account encapsulates the conventional view of a generation.
If you always think about your dreams or goals, work steadfastly towards them and continue to challenge yourself, you will definitely be able to realise those dreams or goals.
The construction arm of the Group always firmly adheres to the principle of ‘People is our priority’ and deploys a vast amount of resources to quality facilities and training of staff to ensure a safe and good working environment.
In American math classes, we teach a lot of concepts poorly over many years. In the Asian systems they teach you very few concepts very well over a few years.
Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.
The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.
Kremlin political intrigues are comparable to a bulldog fight under a rug. An outsider only hears the growling, and when he sees the bones fly out from beneath it is obvious who won.
People are always coming up to me and saying, ‘I heard your dad’s speech, and it’s really great.’ And they’ll mention some place I didn’t even know my dad was going to.
There is a revolution happening, and within two years I think that Wi-Fi and Netflix will be built into all the televisions.
Winning friends begins with friendliness.
We see no major changes in that model for the next several years. In fact, we are more optimistic about Cisco’s position and opportunities in both the enterprise and service provider markets than at any point in the last several years.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.