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Bob Parsons Quotes

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Bob Parsons quotes: candy-coated quotes from billionaire GoDaddy guy, Robert Ralph “Bob” Parsons.

“Never stop investing.  Never stop improving.  Never stop doing something new.  Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way.”

“Small daily improvements will eventually result in huge advantages.”

“There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true.  It goes like this: ‘The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.'”

“You got to go down a lot of wrong roads to find the right one.”

“I learned at that young age that sometimes a really big chance pays off.”

“If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t have an opportunity.”

“Be quick to decide.  Remember what the Union Civil War general, Tecumseh Sherman said: ‘A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow.'”

“I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone.”

“If you want to uncover problems you don’t know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven’t examined for a while.  I guarantee you, problems will be there.”

“When you’re ready to quit, you are closer than you think.”

“Almost nothing works the first time it’s attempted.  Just because what you’re doing does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work.  It just means that it might not work the way you’re doing it.”

“Solve your own problems.  You’ll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you’ll develop a competitive edge.”

“I now know that I learn by solving problems as they arise.  Rarely do we learn significant lessons, or significantly improve, any other way.”

“You need to know exactly where you stand in a business at all times.  Measure everything, because everything that is measured and watched… improves.”

“Let’s be honest.  There’s not a business anywhere that is without problems.  Business is complicated and imperfect.  Every business everywhere is staffed with imperfect human beings and exists by providing a product or service to other imperfect human beings.”

“We are imperfect beings in a very imperfect world, and the one thing we can count on is that things will go wrong, and that each and every one of us will have problems.”

“No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don’t look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment.  You can get through anything one day at a time.”

“With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be.  Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of ‘undefined consequences.'”

“My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, ‘Well, Robert, if it doesn’t work, they can’t eat you.'”

“Never expect life to be fair.  Life isn’t fair.  You make your own breaks.  You’ll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).”

“Remember that old saying, ‘As you think, so shall you be.'”

“Any company has got to reinvent itself again and again.”

“When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance.  Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.”

“In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you’re doing as anyone else, provided that what you’re doing is legal.”

“I look for people who are doers and decision makers.  I look for people who are implementers and are not afraid to get things done.”

“The internet has changed everything.  We expect to know everything instantly.  If you don’t understand digital communication, you’re at a disadvantage.”

“I would say everything in our life in the next 25 years is going to be tied into the internet, and it’s going to be the place for communications, for education, for conducting business, and everything.”

“A domain name is your address, your address on the internet.  We all have a physical address; we’re all going to need an address in cyberspace.  They’re becoming increasingly important.  I believe we’ll get to the point where when you’re born, you’ll be issued a domain name.”

“Parents will purchase the dot-com name for their baby.  We have been aware of some instances where somebody didn’t name their child a particular name because the dot-com wasn’t available.”

“‘But I’m concerned about security.’  My response to that is simple: ‘Security is for cadavers.'”

“When it comes to the internet, people like dealing with people.”

“You put a tuxedo on me, it’s like putting a saddle on a hog.”

“I’ve never worked to make money.  I understand we’ve got to eat and all that, but I never said I want to be a multimillionaire or a billionaire.  To me, that’s of no significance.  I work to have the accomplishment.”

“When I started GoDaddy, I tried many things – like building networks and selling education – and none of it panned out.  I lost millions of dollars the first couple of years.  I made a lot of wrong turns, but that’s the process of being successful in business.”

“GoDaddy is not just a job; it’s a way of life.  Our employees work hard, and offering great incentives is fun and productive for the company.”

“When I hear bad news I look at it as another leadership test that will determine how successful GoDaddy will become.  So I no longer dread it.  Instead, I enjoy the game of finding the very best way to deal with it, and take great satisfaction in having a hand in resolving the issues that come my way.”

“I am not that smart.”

“Like most business people, I want every aspect of my business to be perfect.  I know that this goal is unachievable, but it is nevertheless what I strive to achieve.”

“Lighten up.  Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck.  None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.”

“There’s always a reason to smile.  Find it.  After all, you’re really lucky just to be alive.  Life is short.  More and more, I agree with my little brother.  He always reminds me, ‘We’re not here for a long time; we’re here for a good time.'”

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