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William Rosenberg Quotes

William Rosenberg DunkinWilliam Rosenberg quotes: tips from the Dunkin’ Donuts founder.

“Every man and woman is entitled to a dream.”

“If you have a passion for something, you can take the road to success and sustain a lifetime habit of hard work and personal achievement.”

“We all have certain gifts.”

“If you believe in your cause with all your heart and soul and you work hard at it, it will happen despite the naysayers.  It may not happen exactly the way you planned it, but it will happen.”

“Success is a journey.”

“Life will test you, that’s a promise.  It’s what you do with the challenges that determines your failure or your success.”

“If you really want to be successful, you have to be willing to put in the time and effort.”

“Most of the ‘luckiest’ people I have met are the hardest working and most determined.  Winning takes effort.”

“Success is never a straight road.”

“That’s how you make progress: one step at a time.”

“Have persistence.”

“Most success is achieved by average people with above-average desire.”

“School teaches you how to study and how to absorb information, but that alone will not teach ambition.”

“Sometimes people who hold a lot of degrees think they know everything.  If they think they know everything, they stop growing.  They’re not open to new ideas.  I learned that degrees alone don’t take a person to the top.”

“No matter what you choose to do, how well you do depends on attitude.  Attitude is everything.  That’s what will determine the quality of your life.”

“Make it happen.”

“When you make your mind up that something is the right thing to do, for God’s sake, get out and do it.”

“Concepts are important, but individuals who make concepts happen are much more important.”

“Find solutions under any circumstances.  It’s possible to create something out of nothing.”

“Don’t waste time on reasons why something can’t be done.  Find a way to do it instead.”

“My philosophy is this: don’t reinvent the wheel.”

“There’s a right time for everything.”

“Show me a person who never made a mistake, and I will show you a person who never did anything.”

“Set goals that are obtainable.  If you set out setting too high a goal in the beginning, you set yourself up for failure.”

“You start and learn and build and keep changing your goals as you achieve them.”

“My father had a great weakness: he never became successful financially because he set unachievable goals.”

“The goal is to do the best possible job at whatever you’re doing.”

“Successful people learn from their errors.  We turn pitfalls into windfalls.”

“It doesn’t take a genius to do what I’ve done, but it takes passion, determination and persistence, and above all PMA (Positive Mental Attitude).”

“A good sense of humor will take a person a long way.”

“No matter what the circumstance—poverty or its opposite, inherited wealth, a lousy family or an overly protective one, illness, divorce, war, a physical handicap—I believe a person can find a way to succeed.”

“Your problem is not brand new.  Someone encountered it previously.  Find out who solved it best and start where they left off, not where they began.”

“With all things in business and in life, it takes many hands to move a project forward.”

“If you work together, you will accomplish much more.”

“In unity there is strength.  Consider the fragile snowflake that flutters slowly to earth and disintegrates; however, if enough of them stick together they can paralyze an entire city.”

“Over the years I learned a key lesson, as did other entrepreneurs like me: we know we don’t know.  That’s why we’re always asking questions, seeking answers.”

“A person does not build a business.  A person builds an organization.  Having an unrelenting focus on quality, like most entrepreneurs and founders, is a wonderful thing to instill in an organization.”

“To build a successful franchise or other organization: seek out the best people, compensate them the best, share your profits and equity with them, treat them with respect, share your goals and strategies with them, create a family atmosphere, a sense of belonging, and give recognition for accomplishments; make certain your credibility is unquestionable, set the highest possible standards, enthusiastically instill in them your passion to achieve excellence in all your combined endeavors, give the responsibility and authority to achieve, and periodically check and follow through that your standards and philosophies are adhered to.”

“A leader must possess credibility, imagination, enthusiasm, vision, foresight, a sense of timing, a passion for excellence and be willing to share.”

“A leader must possess credibility, imagination, enthusiasm, vision, foresight, a sense of timing, a passion for excellence and be willing to share.”

“They must also possess empathy, common sense, devotion dedication, persistence… the ability to communicate, teach and pass on to others… and always remember the customer is the boss, for they have the discretion where to spend their money amongst the multitude of competitors vying for it.”

“Advertising and public relations alone will not create a successful business.  Putting a spotlight on a pile of manure only makes it smell worse.”

“Everybody out there is a potential customer.”

“I’m a man of action.  I like results.”

“I’m here to create progress.”

“Once I put my heart into something, nothing could stop me.”

“Without really knowing it, I got into the habit of thinking like a winner.  I’d ask myself: can I do this?  Sure I can do it.  If someone else can do it, I can do it, too.”

“If anybody else is doing it, then I can do it as well or better.  I developed this positive mental attitude at a very early age.”

“My family was of modest means.  If modest means poor, then we were extremely modest.”

“I had a financially challenging childhood.  I was forced to leave school and work for Western Union in the eighth grade to help support my family during the Great Depression.”

“How did a poor kid, who came from the humble, urban neighborhoods of Dorchester in Boston, Massachusetts, who dropped out of school at the age of 14 to deliver telegrams in the height of the Great Depression in 1930, become a self-made millionaire?”

“Any entrepreneur capitalizes on opportunity.”

“Many times along the way to achieving my goals, I ran into roadblocks and made mistakes.  The difference is that successful people learn from their errors.”

“[In 2000] At 84 years old, I’ve had more than enough time to reflect on what works and doesn’t work in business and life…”

“My successes came from hard work, born out of determination and risk-taking, persistence, innovation, vision and passion.”

“All my life I have been a learner and a teacher.”

“My father taught me that reputation, not money, was the most important thing in the world.”

“All the money in the world isn’t going to make you a better person.  You’re going to be respected and remembered for the type of person you were and the character you had.”

“The only thing you’re going to die with is the reputation you created as a person when you lived.”

“Dunkin’ Donuts will always be my baby.  I founded the business; I wanted to stay in the business.”

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