Robert F. Smith Quotes

Robert Frederick Smith

Robert F. Smith quotes: the billionaire’s brilliant quotes.

“I’m here to tell you that, by virtue of your being here today – you are enough.  You are enough to be who you want to be and to create what you want to create.”

“The single most important part of running and winning your own race – is recognizing that you are enough and that you are an original.  You must bridge who you are with who you can be by running your own race.”

“The first part of running your own race means dreaming big.  The second part is about challenging yourself and being persistent.  And the third part of running your own race comes into play where you are discovering the joy of figuring things out.”

“Through this challenge, learn not to fear complex problems, but to embrace them; to not fret about what you don’t know, but to go learn more.  That lesson, that joy of discovery, is the message – discover the joy of figuring things out.”

“Dreaming big to me meant knowing my history, but not being bound by it.  It meant harnessing the past to drive me into the future.  It meant grounding myself in who I was and where I came from so I could soar into who I wanted to become.”

“Use your skills, your knowledge, your instincts to serve – to go change the world in the way that only you can.”

“The most important thing you can do as a young person is to become an expert.  There is no substitute for becoming the best at your craft.”

“Create your own.  Know your purpose.  Be thoughtful and conscious about what is your highest and best use.”

“We can transcend the script of a pre-defined story, and pave the way for the future that we design.  We just need to tap that power, that conviction, that determination within us.”

“As you take on new challenges, listen to your own voice.  Running your own race demands trusting yourself even when others don’t.  Because guess what, lots of people – good people, people you trust and love, and who love you, mentors, your family, those who want the best for you and want to protect you – many of these people will think some of the things you want to do… are crazy.”

“In their caution, I found my courage.  In their doubts, I found my resolve.  In their warnings, I found my voice and chartered my own journey.”

“To distinguish yourself today, you have to run toward change, not away from it.  You have to embrace change, not shirk from it.  Running your own race means embracing the rapid change that characterizes our modern world.”

“The pace of change in the world today demands originality.  It demands that you run your own race.  That you look ahead, not behind.  Convention won’t cut it anymore.  To succeed, you need to step up and be original, to overcome fear and not escape it.”

“Put action to support the intention.  Don’t say, ‘I want to be a millionaire,’ but [then] don’t take the activities to do it.”

“Have the vision of what you want to become, but you have to put consistent action behind that vision in order for that to manifest, and it as to be consistent.”

“You got to have grit.  And grit means getting turned away from things 14, 16 times, calling someone every two weeks, everyday for five months, and then finally it materializing into something that you want.”

“If you get too much help you never really figure out how to do things and you don’t develop the grit.”

Greatness is born out of the grind.  Embrace the grind.”

“With the process of discovery, you fail a lot.  And you learn a great deal from those failures, so the next time you can avoid those mistakes.”

“Fight through those problems.”

“If you can’t solve easy problems now, you will not be able to solve difficult problems later.”

“Every day I need you to set a new goal.”

“You can’t be all things to everyone and still be effective.”

“Not everyone wants to make the sacrifice in the trade-off to become wealthier, and the first part of that trade-off is savings and investment and time.”

“The good news is, we follow people that look like us if the story is told the right way.”

“Intelligence can create huge profits, and in fact, you can actually make more money being smart than you can being strong or fast.”

“You have the instinct to serve, and the skills to succeed.  In fact, you have skills across a number of areas.  Don’t separate these skills; integrate them.  The future will be written by those who integrate their whole being.”

“We have these devices (the internet) that you can tell a billion people your story in a matter of minutes.”

“The importance of developing intellectual property can not be underestimated.”

“This is the first time in history you can create wealth and not have access to capital.  You just need intellectual property.  A blogger who has a large audience can create wealth by attracting advertisers.”

“I got hooked on technology.  The excitement of figuring a complex problem out creates a eureka moment.  It’s one of the best moments in life.”

“African Americans, I think, are some of the most interesting people on the planet.  We’ve had some of the most challenging journeys, but we’ve brought so much joy.”

“I am showing the current generations of African Americans they can do it, too.  So the next generation can go even higher.”

“We are only bound by the limits of our own conviction.”

“We have to do something for our community.”

“[On paying off student loans for Morehouse College Class of 2019] My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans!  Now, I know my class will make sure they pay this forward.  Let’s make sure every class has the same opportunity going forward, because we are enough to take care of our own community.  We are enough to ensure we have all the opportunities of the American dream.  And we will show it to each other through our actions and through our words and through our deeds.”

“But success has many parents.  And as hard as each of you has worked to achieve what you have achieved… you’ve had a lot of help along the way.  We are the products of a community, a village, a team.”

“Whatever it takes, never ever forget to call your mother.  And I do mean call, don’t text.”

“I do a job I really, really love and I kind of have fun with.  People think you can’t be grown up unless you’re moaning about your job.”

“One of the things that inspired me earlier in my life was actually, believe it or not, the James Bond novels because as I read them, they took me and transported me into places that I had no idea actually really existed.”

“I ran my own race.  I knew what I wanted, and my persistence paid off.”

“The single most important part of succeeding today – the single most important part of running and winning your own race – is recognizing that you are enough and that you are an original.  ‘You are enough’ does not mean that you should not have humility – what it means is that you have a destiny.”

“There is no greater test of ourselves, and no greater reward, than competing with our own potential.”

“I thought, ‘If they could do it, so can I.’  Now I want people to say, ‘If Robert Smith can do it, I can do that and more.'”

“How do you spend your time?”

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