Business quotes by great leaders will help you succeed if you apply the lessons that they teach.
This quote by Michael Gerber shines a light on why most businesses fail.
"The problem with most failing businesses is not that their owners don't know enough about finance, marketing, management, and operations... (they don't, but those things are easy enough to learn) but that they spend their time and energy defending what they think they know. My experience has shown me that the people who are exceptionally good in business aren't so because of what they know but because of their insatiable need to know more."
In business you must be a lifelong learner and learn all you can about your chosen industry in order to succeed.
"The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity."
Peter F. Drucker
"I have always loved the competitive forces in this business. You know I certainly have meetings where I spur people on by saying, "Hey, we can do better than this. How come we are not out ahead on that?" That's what keeps my job one of the most interesting in the world."
"I have resolved that from this day on, I will do all the business I can honestly, have all the fun I can reasonably, do all the good I can willingly, and save my digestion by thinking pleasantly."
Robert Louis Stevenson
"The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players."
"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."
"The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective."
"As a small business person, you have no greater leverage than the truth."
John Greenleaf Whittier
"I really want people to know that I’ve worked hard, very hard, to get to where I am today.. this didn’t just happen overnight. I started in business over 25 years ago and have found a way to build on what I’ve learned through every partnership and opportunity."
"I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you're a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you'll win if you don't you won't."
"Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets."
"Never react emotionally to criticism. Analyze yourself to determine whether it is justified. If it is, correct yourself. Otherwise, go on about your business."
Norman Vincent Peale
"Character is one factor that will guide all our actions and decisions. We invested in uncompromising integrity that helped us take difficult stands in some of the most difficult business situations."
"The NBA is never just a business. It’s always business. It’s always personal. All good businesses are personal. The best businesses are very personal."
"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
"In life and business, there are two cardinal sins... The first is to act precipitously without thought and the second is to not act at all."
"Quality questions create a quality life. Businesses succeed when their decision makers ask the right questions about product lines or markets or strategic planning. Relationships flourish when people ask the right questions about where potential conflicts exist and how to support each other rather than tearing each other down. Communities benefit when leaders ask the right questions about what is most important and how citizens can work together toward shared goals. For whatever area of your life you want to improve, there are questions you can ask that will provide you with answers, solutions that can catapult you and those you love to a higher level of success and enjoyment."