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Philip Nigel Ross Green

Philip Green quotes: the British billionaire’s awesome quotes.

“You’ve got to be a believer in what you do.”

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

“You’ve got to love what you do to really make things happen.”

“Whenever I have faced a setback I have dusted myself down and got on with the rest of my life because I believed in myself.”

“I am brave, but I take a view.  It is an educated view.  I am careful.  I am not reckless.”

“I sometimes think less is more.  If you cut yourself in too many places, it is hard to execute.”

“Good, bad or indifferent, if you are not investing in new technology, you are going to be left behind.”

“I am a positive thinker.  You have to have this positive energy to get somewhere.”

“Arcadia was a typical venture capital deal, but I’m the adventurer and the capitalist.”

“I think I understand where the risks lie in our business and where the potential potholes are in the road.  When I am driving my car down the street I try not to go down the potholes.”

“The mission across each of the brands is to look at where we think we need to invest and look at how to up our game.”

“I have never, ever had a plan.  When each of the things I’ve done turned up, it happened on the moment, and I’ve always been able to perform pretty quickly.”

“I’ve got the maximum flexibility.  I’m not under any pressure either way.  Something turns up – something I haven’t even thought about – who knows?  That’s the beauty of it.  Who knows what tomorrow brings?”

“If I had wheels, I’d be a car.  If: it’s a big word, isn’t it?  I can’t deal in if.”

“Hopefully, as an uneducated, unqualified guy, from 16 years old, it hasn’t worked out too bad.  I think I’ve backed my judgment.  I don’t have disputes with people.  Never been in litigation.  That’s not bad, is it?  If I add up, including Arcadia, over 40 years, I think I’ve run plus or minus 5,000 shops.  That’s going to give you a bit of experience, isn’t it?”

“If you go 90 yards in a hundred-yard race, you come last.  Usain Bolt slows down for the last half a yard, but for 99 yards, he is that far ahead that he can.  In our business, you can’t be far enough ahead.  It is such a competitive marketplace.”

“This fallacy that people think the high street is not going to be here in 10 years’ time: this is evolution, not revolution.  People want to go shopping.  You’ve got to understand the product, the buying, how you make it, all the other things, whether you’re selling online or physically, all the other competencies still remain.”

“I’m in the retail business, not the circus business.”

“I think I pick more winners than losers.”

“I could spend my life having meetings, a meeting to have another meeting, a hundred meetings to have another thousand meetings.  It’s not what I’m about.  I don’t want to have to get in a queue; that’s not how I like to live.”

“If I say, ‘I’m on,’ I’m on, and if ‘I’m off,’ I’m off.  If I look somebody in the eye and say, ‘I’m done,’ I’m done.”

“When I’ve had a talk with someone, I like them to leave unconfused.  No need for contention.”

“If I say I’m going to do something, I do it.”

“I could have closed down bits of British Home Stores to make more money, but it’s not my style.  I want to make my money as a retailer, not by putting people out of work.”

“I think I’ve got a good feel.  A feel for… being able to walk with different people.  Or for being able to look at people and think, ‘Yeah, I might know what they want to wear.'”

“People are always going to go shopping.  A lot of our effort is just: how do we make the retail experience a great one?”

“You are forced to have the best data capture, the best information, when you have goods in hundreds of factories around the world, and the question is: where is everything?  And how do you bring it all together?”

“I think everybody, from every end of the market place, from young through to old, wants to be fashionable.  Everybody.  Women want to feel like they’re wearing the right merchandise, regardless of age.  They want to be trendy.”

“I don’t think there’s anyone who can be unaware of the relevance of Kate Moss, the effect that she’s had on the fashion industry.”

“They already know all about brands… but what 16- and 17-year-olds won’t necessarily have is experience of the world of work.  The more that businesses get involved with schools, the better, because businesses sometimes complain that students don’t have what they require to succeed in work.”

“I wasn’t a good school pupil.  I was interested in business.”

“I don’t regret anything I haven’t done.”

“It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.”

“It is about attention to detail and then the minutest detail on top of that.  I am an owner, and yet I’ll argue about the sign on the wall.”

About the author: Cory Johnson likes hip-hop, comedy, cold beer, curvy women and writing. His net worth is $11 million. Here’s how he did it.