Gary Cohn quotes: on overcoming dyslexia, how he went from siding salesman to business badass, owning each day, and more.
“It’s all about having a goal and going for it whilst making detours along the way.”
“Have a goal. Know where you want to end up. Knowing where you want to end up is a lot easier than figuring out how to start and how to get there. You will figure out how to get there. Do not chart your career. Trust me; you do not want to chart your career.”
Henry M. Paulson quotes: the American banker’s best stuff.
“We all have a chance to have a seat at the table. You never know what’s going to happen.”
“I turned down one of the highest posts in the U.S. government (Secretary of the Treasury) three times before I realized what was holding me back. I just realized that it was fear of failure. And as soon as I realized that, I said, ‘Well, I’m not going to give into that,’ and I accepted.”
Robert Rubin quotes: on making decisions, weighing risk versus reward, purpose over profit, and more.
“I promise not to flood you with words. Whether I leave you with a drop of wisdom is for you to judge.”
“A truly probabilistic view of life quickly leads to the recognition that almost all significant issues are enormously complex and demand that one delve into those complexities to identify the relevant considerations and the inevitable trade-offs.”
James P. Gorman quotes: the Morgan Stanley CEO sounds off.
“The people who succeed are the ones who are the most passionate about their given jobs, not necessarily the most intelligent.”
“Don’t follow the career path based on what your friends think.”
Angela Ahrendts quotes: one of the head honchos for both Burberry and Apple voices her thoughts.
“Dreams have no boundaries if you learn to read the signs of life.”
“We all control our careers. Those choices that you make are so critical.”
“Think of energy almost like emotional electricity—it has a powerful way of uniting ordinary people, their collective spirit to do extraordinary things.”
Steve Prefontaine quotes: this mofo was a straight savage.
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. People often cheat themselves by giving less than their best. Talent will only take you so far, and by not providing a sincere effort, you are not taking advantage of the gift.”
“Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.”
Leah Busque quotes: on hiring, culture, growth, balancing family life, and more.
“Life is like the monkey bars: you have to let go to move forward. Once you make the decision to leap into entrepreneurship, be sure to loosen your grasp on old concepts so you can swing your way to new ones.”
“Learn to bet on yourself and have confidence in your own decisions. No one knows your business better than you.”
“I needed enough confidence that I would learn on the job.”
The Professor’s dribble game is tighter than a tie dye Trapper Keeper.
Grayson Boucher, nicknamed The Professor, was born and raised in Keizer, Oregon. His father introduced him to the game of basketball at age two. By fourth grade, he was all-in, practicing “an absurd amount of hours per day.” He became well-known, locally, especially for his ridiculous ball handling skills.
Jill Konrath quotes: the author’s awesome insights.
“Success is a decision. Dare to choose it.”
“Only hard work, authenticity, integrity and commitment get you there, but the results are game-changing.”
“Be persistent. Go after what you want and enjoy doing it.”
Ann Handley quotes: are like cocaine for your nose if your nose was your writing.
“In an online world, our online words are our emissaries; they tell the world who we are.”
“Good marketing is about helping worthy ideas spread.”
“Prior to the web, organizations had only two significant choices to attract attention: buy expensive advertising or get third-party ink from the media. But the web has changed the rules.”
Ginni Rometty quotes: the first woman to head IBM talks business and life.
“Don’t let others define you. Define yourself.”
“If you’re clear on what you believe, you have a great foundation to go make a market.”
“Work on something that matters. Have courage.”
Caterina Fake quotes: the cofounder of Flickr and Hunch drops gems.
“Dream, struggle, create, prevail. Be daring. Be brave. Be loving. Be compassionate. Be strong. Be brilliant. Be beautiful.”
“You came in this world for a certain purpose without which you can live a meaningful life. It is good to know what your purpose in life is, as this will be the source of your happiness. On the other hand, if you keep doing the wrong thing it will get harder to achieve your dreams. You should know what you were made for and then channel all your mental and physical efforts there.”
Trish Bertuzzi quotes: the Queen of inside sales schools us.
“Vision without execution is hallucination.”
“I’m pretty regimented. I think you have to be like that if you’re going to run a business.”
“Everything flows from the strategy and what I see companies do is develop a strategy, go into execution mode, and never look in the rearview mirror to make sure that the strategy’s right. Strategy needs to iterate as much as your message and your method.”
Sam Shepard quotes: the late actor’s words of wisdom.
“First you have to know what your destiny is. I’m saying that it exists. It exists, and it can become a duty to discover it. Or it can be shirked. But if you take it on as your duty, then it becomes a different thing from dismissing it altogether and just imagining that it’ll work itself out anyway. I mean, it will. But it’s more interesting to try to find it and know it.”
“When you hit a wall—of your own imagined limitations—just kick it in.”
Elizabeth Banks quotes: the actress sounds off.
“If you are an ambitious person, you don’t wait for people to hand you opportunities. You have to make a way for yourself.”
“You have to work towards it and you have to do it. I’ve gotten very far saying I’m going to do something and following through. It’s surprising to me how many people don’t want to say out loud what they want. Secondly, if they do, they’re not being able to create it. You have to be able to create the opportunity in a way or you have to just do it.”