Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
I've been rejected, but I was still in love.
Most people don't get those experiences because they never ask. I've never found anybody that didn't want to help me if I asked them for help.
Another priority was to make Apple more entrepreneurial and startup-like. So we immediately reorganized, drastically narrowed the product line, and changed compensation for senior managers so they get a lot of stock but no cash bonuses. The upshot is that the place feels more like a young company.
Somebody once told me, Manage the top line, and the bottom line will follow. What's the top line? It's things like, why are we doing this in the first place? What's our strategy? What are customers saying? How responsive are we? Do we have the best products and the best people? Those are the kind of questions you have to focus on.
I think Beyonce is every woman. She's superwoman, she's an extraordinary business woman, she's a force of fashion. She totally understands the way to communicate to millions and millions of fans.
I've gone to school for business, for design, for architecture.
I did not go into the film business to be symbolized as someone else's vision of me.
I came into this music business at 26 years old. I was a fully developed man at that point. At that age, I didn't have anything to prove.
You have to do things right to stay in business, and that's not easy, and that's a choice on a daily basis, the choices you make in how to run your business and how to have a point of differentiation and how to be true to your brand, how to offer something that people want and to offer something that you love.
I'm just saying the producers and people who work on music are getting left out - that's when it starts getting criminal. It's like you're working hard, and you're not receiving. In any other business, people would be standing before Congress. They have antitrust laws against this kind of behavior.
Around 20. I'd been trying to transition from the streets to the music business, but I would make demos and then quit for six months. And I started to realize that I couldn't be successful until I let the street life go.
I think that's what happened to the record business when 'Napster' came around. The industry rejected what was happening instead of accepting it as change.
Hip-hop from the beginning has always been aspirational. It always broke that notion that an artist can't think about money as well. Just so long as you separate the two and you're not making music with business in mind. At some point, it has to be real when they touch it, when they listen to it. Something has to resonate with them that's real.
My first album was mainly dealing with street issues, and it was 'coded': it was called 'Reasonable Doubt.' So the things I was talking about... I was talking about in slang, and it was something that people in the music business was not really privy to. They didn't understand totally what I was saying or what I was talking about.
I like the city. I like the concrete. I like big business. I like being a CEO of my own company and having a lot of responsibilities. At the same time, when I can go off with a backpack or off on a surfboard or even off on a run somewhere in the woods - that's where I'm really happy.
Oprah Winfrey is a big role model for me from a business capacity and a creative capacity. She is an incredible interviewer who cultivated a certain style by inserting her own personhood into a show on national television at a time when no one was talking about empowerment, spirituality, or our inner lives.
The fears you do not face become your walls. Most people in business, and in their personal lives, design everything so they can avoid doing what makes them feel uncomfortable. Yet any good business person knows we are not only paid to work, but also we are paid to be scared.
The best of the best understand that people do business with people they like. People do business with people they trust, and people do business with those who make them feel special.
The vast masterpieces of art, business, science, and humanity were not constructed by practical people.
Whether you lead a nation, an enterprise, a community, or a family, we are all in the communication business.
The best in business have boundless curiosity and open minds.
If an actor knows how to milk a cow, I always know it will not be difficult to be in business with him.
Just imagine how fast, innovative and excellent your business will be once every single teammate - from the janitor to the executive - begins to see themselves as the CEO of their own area of responsibility.
Your billion-dollar ideas don't show up in the middle of dramatic distraction. They show up when you have the business and personal discipline to make space for your creative mind to flourish.
Questions matter. In business, remarkable performers are brilliant at getting to the right question: the one that speeds them to the place they need to get to and offers them the missing piece they need to find.
Most people in business and within their personal lives move towards complexity. More To Dos. More projects. More products. More meetings. More possessions. More goals. The best - I suggest to you - move in the opposite direction.
Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unsettling business, a little like waking from a long coma. Time, you discover, has wrought changes that leave you feeling mildly foolish and out of touch.
I used to say that I wanted someone cute and nice, an actor too, so he'd get it. But now I think it would be good for me to date someone who's not in the business.
I've said a lot of things: I've said I'm never going to date someone in the business and that I'm never going to date someone outside the business.
I think that, too many times, business has been seen as acting in its narrow self-interest rather than, essentially, contributing more broadly to society. I think a lot of that is unintentional; I don't think that many managers are deliberately trying to be unethical or are not trying to be sensitive to social needs.
I teach in the medical school, the School of Public Health, the Kennedy School of Government, and the Business School. And it's the best perch... because most of my work crosses boundaries.
As a multisport athlete, I was always fascinated with competition and how to win. At HBS and later at the Harvard Department of Economics, I was drawn to the field of competition and strategy because it tackles perhaps the most basic question in both business management and industrial economics: What determines corporate performance?
America used to be a uniquely productive, low-cost place to do business. We had efficient infrastructure. We had limited regulation. We believed in the market.
Being an American doesn't mean that you're guaranteed a high wage. You have to be productive, and we have to create a very low-cost, efficient place to do business, and we've let all that slip in America.
It wasn't very long ago when you wouldn't even think about there being health information on the smartphone. There's financial information. There's your conversations; there's business secrets. There's probably more information about you on here than exists in your home.
Having my son has changed so much of what I dream about. It used to be about business, business, what's the next deal? What's the next movie? Now it's about him.
I think I'm basically a liberal Conservative - I believe in low tax, spirit of free enterprise, and in making sure that we as politicians create the framework for business to produce the dosh that we're going to need to pay for the poorest. And the longer I live, the more I think that we all have a duty to each other.
Intuition is the key to everything, in painting, filmmaking, business - everything. I think you could have an intellectual ability, but if you can sharpen your intuition, which they say is emotion and intellect joining together, then a knowingness occurs.
In the private sector, there is always innovation. There's always change. There's always improving productivity, and if you're not leading that, you'll be passed and ultimately go out of business. So there's an urgency to constantly update and renew and to rethink your enterprise.
I have seen American determination in people like Debbi Sommers. She runs a furniture rental business for conventions in Las Vegas. When 9/11 hit, and again, when the recession tanked the conventions business, she didn't give up, close down, or lay off her people. She taught them not just to rent furniture, but also to manufacture it.
The reason I'm an American is for all the people in this country and recognizing that if business is thriving and growing, it will create more jobs, raise wages of our people, allow us to care for our seniors, get a better education for our kids, and allow us to have the kind of military that can defend American interests around the world.
Successfully bringing jobs home requires serious policy and reforms that make America the place businesses want to plant and grow. You can't punish business into doing the things you want.
Show business is my life.
Years ago I wanted to buy an apartment in New York City. I was a single female - I had gone through my divorce - I had three children, I was in show business and black. It was, like, impossible.
I take my personal upkeep real seriously; my sense of organization and attention to detail; my memory; my business - I love the business.
The greatest asset, even in this country, is not oil and gas. It's integrity. Everyone is searching for it, asking, 'Who can I do business with that I can trust?'
There are a lot of guys who are successful, they make a lot of big money, I mean millions overnight with a contract, and they don't understand the evaporation. It evaporates. You're always back to square one. I found that out, so integrity is how I do business. That's my main asset.
Some people in our business want to play young as long as you can. I just wasn't interested in being a 30-year-old playing a teenager.
I think my greatest moment in business was when the first Southwest airplane arrived after four years of litigation, and I walked up to it and I kissed that baby on the lips and I cried.
I tell my employees that we're in the service business, and it's incidental that we fly airplanes.
Who says a lighthearted approach to business is incompatible with success?
We've always operated on the thesis that a company can have a personality, that people can be themselves, and be very successful in business at the same time.
Business? It's quite simple; it's other people's money.
The typical American citizen is the business man. The typical business man is a bad citizen; he is busy. If he is a 'big business man' and very busy, he does not neglect; he is busy with politics, oh, very busy and very businesslike.
When I first started in the business, I spent so much! Staying in a Trump Hotel for two years, spending eight Gs a month just living.
If I'm paying people, and they're not handling my business right, I have to check them. 'Cause sometimes you're nice, and people don't jump on what they're supposed to do, but if you go in there screaming at everybody - 'Look, why aren't my posters up?' or 'Why wasn't my single out on this day?' - then they jump right on it.
The climate in the '50s and '60s for black performers or black people in the entertainment business was atrocious. It was atrocious.
I've met every freak in the business.
I see the war problem as an economic problem, a business problem, a cultural problem, an educational problem - everything but a military problem. There's no military solution. There is a business solution - and the sooner we can provide jobs, not with our money, but the United States has to provide the framework.
To be successful in business, you have to be ruthless.
The funeral business is so manipulative emotionally. I would want to be thrown into the sea or burned - something that's not a big hassle.
What you need is one black dress I call Plan B. It doesn't have to be fabulous, it just looks good, covers up the problems and is neutral enough for dinner, business, a date, a funeral. You don't overwear it, you don't overwash it, because the Plan B is - gold.
I've made 30 movies and for the most part my movies work. In a business where success is an exception and not the rule, I've mostly been successful.
Acting is a business and a political act and a craft, but I also feel like it's a service - specifically, for a military audience.
I think there are certain business matters which we must now conduct differently than we used to.
If you're as honest and fair as you can be, not only in business but in life, things will work out.
Acting, to me, has been many things: It's a business, and it's a craft, and it's a political act - it's whatever adjective is most applicable.
I'm definitely not getting married. In this business, you're either getting married or they want you to be pregnant. I'm not getting married until I'm forty. If ever.
In the back of my mind, I can never forget this could be gone tomorrow - and at this point I think the odds are against me... the chances of succeeding in this business are slim to none; there's only a handful of people that have long careers. You have to put in the work, you can never be satisfied, never take it for granted.
Little Zac had it easy - but he didn't realize he had it easy, so he took it for granted. I think going through 'Hairspray' and other projects helped me learn about the business and life in general.
The idea of recklessly spending money - even though it sounds like it's lots of fun, it's fashion - isn't interesting to me. It is a business.
I love the community of theater. There is something about the camaraderie: People who show up eight times a week to do a show. It's unlike any other business. It's just lovely. You feel like you're in a family.
God did not need any assistance, but man did; bitterly he wanted it, and the giving of such assistance was the proper business of a woman.
I'm from a little island off of Massachusetts, Nantucket. It's hard getting into the music business from there, but my parents took me to songwriting festivals because I would write and produce my own music.
Now I can always be called 'Emmy winner Regina King.' I think that in this business, it must mean something. Every time someone has won an award, and they're announcing them or speaking about them, that prefaces their name.
The reason I was able to grow my business was that every day, after producing 30 minutes of wine television, I spent 15 hours a day replying to every single person's e-mail and every single person's Twitter @ reply.
When I hear people debate the ROI of social media? It makes me remember why so many business fail. Most businesses are not playing the marathon. They're playing the sprint. They're not worried about lifetime value and retention. They're worried about short-term goals.
Social media requires that business leaders start thinking like small-town shop owners. This means taking the long view and avoiding short-term benchmarks to gauge progress. It means allowing the personality, heart and soul of the people who run all levels of the business to show.
Winelibrary.tv was about building personal brand equity. It was a business move. Now, it was totally surrounded by a passion for wine, but I very much gave a lot of thought to doing a sports-video blog instead.
People in all walks of life, and especially business, do not want to experience the collapse of cities like New York along with global finance and economy in chaos, but this is what business faces if we continue to attribute climate change to fossil fuels alone.
No matter how big you are in the business, at the end of the day it's still work.
If there's anything in life you consider worthwhile achieving - go for it. I was told many times to forget show business - I had nothing going for me. But I pursued it, anyway. Voila!
In this business it takes time to be really good - and by that time, you're obsolete.
Kids are great. That's one of the best things about our business, all the kids you get to meet. It's a shame they have to grow up to be regular people and come to the games and call you names.
I was a good amateur but only an average professional. I soon realized that there was a limit to how far I could rise in the music business, so I left the band and enrolled at New York University.
A lot of people say I'd miss show business if I quit. I'd miss some of it. Now it's the only life I know.
You hear entertainers all the time, saying, 'If I couldn't get paid for this, I'd do it for free.' When's the last time you ever heard a business person say, 'If I couldn't get paid for being chairman of British Petroleum, I'd do it for free'?
One thing is certain in business. You and everyone around you will make mistakes.
My whole family's been in the business. My whole family is crazy.
Christ would be a national advertiser today, I am sure, as He was a great advertiser in His own day. He thought of His life as business.
Jesus picked up twelve men from the bottom ranks of business and forged them into an organisation that conquered the world.
Losses have propelled me to even bigger places, so I understand the importance of losing. You can never get complacent because a loss is always around the corner. It's in any game that you're in - a business game or whatever - you can't get complacent.
Corporations are not in business to be social-welfare organizations they are there to make money.
I want to own an NFL franchise. I understand the business of football.
Planning cities is a necessary but risky business.
Environmentalism opposes reckless innovation and makes conservation the central order of business.
A business like acting is 90% luck. You can be a star one minute and out of work the next.
Except for politics, no business is scrutinized more exhaustively than journalism.
I'll never forget that show season. It was completely mad. I was staying between Christy and Naomi's rooms and it was all limos and the Ritz Hotel and all that kind of business.
I have made some of the best friends that I've got in this business.
By 1969, when I celebrated 45 years in the music business, I also had 45 people in our musical family.
It is the business of the future to be dangerous and it is among the merits of science that it equips the future for its duties.
My curiosity and my appetite for evolving as an actor is one of the main components of me still working today in the business.
It's a reality that in this business there's an expectation of being thin. But having a baby is a reality too, and it's more important for me to make milk than to fit into those tiny pants. So that's just going to have to wait.
A lot of people, including business leaders, think the future belongs to China. Globalization is not a zero-sum game, but we need to hone our skills to stay in play.
The monarchy is foremost a business, and it's important to them that the British public continue to finance the excessive luxurious lifestyles of the now quite enormous, wasteful and useless 'royal' family. I find it very sad.
My view is that you still, in order to win from the Labour perspective, have to have a strong alliance with business as well as the unions. You have got to be very much in the centre ground on things like public sector reform.
The word career is a divisive word. It's a word that divides the normal life from business or professional life.
Some years ago there was a study to discover the most stressful occupation. It turned out not to be the head of a large business, football manager or prime minister, but rather: bus driver.
And I'm not apolitical - I'm very specific in my politics. But a lot of the time it's nobody's business unless you're over at my house having dinner.
Desperation is the perfume of the young actor. It's so satisfying to have gotten rid of it. If you keep smelling it, it can drive you crazy. In this business a lot of people go nuts, go eccentric, even end up dead from it. Not my plan.
I have pretty thick skin, and I think if you're going to be in this business, if you're going to be an actor or a writer, you better have a thick skin.
We have in this country a federal government that increasingly is engaged in trying to determine which business, which regions, which industries will succeed, which will not through a whole range of economic development, regional development corporate subsidization programs.
I still have a lot to learn - about the business, about music, and about myself. Its exciting.
I genuinely believe that if you want to get in the film business, get in the film business.
I was bullied as a kid, and I got a job on television. And I had a camera. And so I wanted to go after those business bullies. And I just have been following that instinct.
Suits are looked at more now as a business thing which is kind of a shame. If you're not wearing it just for work, you should try and trick it up a bit.
My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire.
We are at a crossroads in the music business: with the rise of the internet, the world we live in has changed, and the past is not coming back. But I see the glass as half-full: the internet and social networking are new avenues for the next Bob Dylan to be born on.
Female rappers get it the hardest. You have to be a girl, yet you have to be just as hard as the guys. I think some female rappers get scared out of the business before they can make it.
It's not hard to get your way when it's your way or the highway. People either follow suit or they're not around. I don't really like the sound of that, 'cause that sounds like a temper tantrum. I'm just very black and white when it comes to my business. There's really no gray area.
I remember when I first started in the business, I lost a lot of friends. Some were jealous, some were annoyed at the fact that I was an actress.
You have a career, and you start as a business person. And you work your way, you reach this peak, and you know the time's going to come when you go back down.
You can say what you want to about a rapper in a movie, but look at what Ice Cube has done. Ice Cube has created more opportunities for other actors to get jobs in this business than some actors have.
When I decided to get married at 40, I couldn't find a dress with the modernity or sophistication I wanted. That's when I saw the opportunity for a wedding gown business.
Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what is most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.
In principle, there are only three main components of spending that much matter to monetary policy: consumer spending, business investment and exports and trade.
Politicians also have a love affair with the 'small business exemption.' Too much paperwork? Too heavy a burden? Not enough time? Just exempt small businesses from the rule. It sounds so pro-growth. Instead it's an admission that the costs of a regulation just can't be justified.
Today I can announce a raft of reforms that we estimate could save over 2.5 million police hours every year. That's the equivalent of more than 1,200 police officer posts. These reforms are a watershed moment in policing. They show that we really mean business in busting bureaucracy.
I am just at that stage of wondering where I go from here. I came into this business almost by accident, but now it has become serious. What started as a bit of fun, something to do other than be a model, has taken on a different career curve. I have been forced to ask where that curve is going to end up.
I believe people who go into politics want to do the right thing. And then they hit a big wall of re-election and the pettiness of politics. In the end, politics gets in the way of the business of people.
My success just evolved from working hard at the business at hand each day.
When I was building the Vietnam Memorial, I never once asked the veterans what it was like in the war, because from my point of view, you don't pry into other people's business.
I've learned that life is very tricky business: Each person needs to find what they want to do in life and not be dissuaded when people question them.
The jewelry business is a very, very tough business - tougher than the computer business. You truly have to understand how to take care of your customers.
It's tough because a lot of my friends in normal life, a lot of my friends in the entertainment business, and a lot of my friends in the wrestling business are gay. Just to say something spiteful and hurtful, I don't get it... if it was true and I was gay, I'd embrace it, and I'd tell you guys about it and I'd celebrate it.
I have no business being a journalist. I'm the least, I'm the least - I'm the most trusting, I absolutely make a habit of believing anything that anybody tells me about themselves. I've never had any reason in the world to think that anyone has wanted to harm me, or lie to me. I believe whatever is being sold, most of the time.
In practice we, in the world, must do business with each other.
Living the past is a dull and lonely business looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way.
Rarely in modern times has there been such a revolution in commercial sentiment as occurred in 2008, or such a display in government and business of panic and helplessness.
Being in the business and growing up in L.A., I think I turned out pretty OK.
Profits in business always depend on the rate of interest: the higher the interest, the higher the rate of profit required.
A shady business never yields a sunny life.
Everybody's business is nobody's business, and nobody's business is my business.
Anything that isn't opposed by about 40 percent of humanity is either an evil business or so unimportant that it simply doesn't matter.
Up until the Depression, recession had a moral character: it was supposed to purge the body economic of the greed and excess that attends a business expansion.
When a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God. He may use it to save a few souls or to try a few others, but I think that for the writer to worry is to take over God's business.
There is a growing literature about the multitude of journalism's problems, but most of it is concerned with the editorial side of the business, possibly because most people competent to write about journalism are not comfortable writing about finance.
A rise in the level of saving can reduce aggregate activity temporarily but only a sustained high level of saving makes it possible to have the sustained high level of business investment that contributes to the long-run growth of output.
The best discussion of trouble in boardroom and business office is found in newspapers' own financial pages and speeches by journalists in management jobs.
According to the Small Business Administration, more than 70 percent of all family businesses do not survive through the second generation, and 8 percent do not make it to a third.
And then there's all these other creeps that surround your band and suck off you like leeches and try to manipulate you and your business. You have to watch like a hawk. I'm always ready to fight. I see it very much as a battle.
When they take surveys of women in business, of the Fortune 500, the successful women, 80% of them, say they were in sports as a young woman.
I want to tell my jokes. I want to have time with my children. I want to entertain people. And at one point, I'll walk away from show business. But I don't want to walk away empty-handed.
The reason is that they define how I have gone about my business. I have trusted to intuition. I did it at the beginning. I do it even now. I have no idea how things might turn out, where in my writing I might go next.
I went to India and met some people who had been involved in this guerrilla business, middle-class people who were rather vain and foolish. There was no revolutionary grandeur to it. Nothing.
Hackers are breaking the systems for profit. Before, it was about intellectual curiosity and pursuit of knowledge and thrill, and now hacking is big business.
Life... is not simply a series of exciting new ventures. The future is not always a whole new ball game. There tends to be unfinished business. One trails all sorts of things around with one, things that simply won't be got rid of.
I think early on I knew what I was going to do and it was based a lot on familiarity but it was also because I didn't have a lot of skills. There was nothing I wanted t be. I didn't want to be a doctor. I wanted to be in show business.
You have got to have discipline and focus - on the customer and how you run the business.
I think that if I had grown up and had been in show business and the movies twenty five, thirty years earlier, I think I would have made a lot more musical movies.
You just can't get too focused on worrying about what's going to happen in the next quarter. You have to worry about where the business is headed long-term.
I think the fact that I was raised in show business, in New York City, in the '50s, that's affected my personality to the point that I'm a little different.
A business of high principle generates greater drive and effectiveness because people know that they can do the right thing decisively and with confidence.
Well, I was sort of a jack-of-all-trades in show business for a long time. I was a singer and a dancer and then I got a job as an actor.
I'm in exactly the same position as everybody else who has a small business. I mean I get loads of money, all from different sources. You give it to your accountant. They manage it.
I've made movies that I thought were good. I've made movies that I thought were okay, but then I was very good. And sometimes you're in a movie and you think, I wish more people saw that - because you're good. And it just works out that the movie gets lost. But that's show business.
There is the expression of selfishness and there is the expression of selflessness - but economists or theoreticians never touched that part. They said: 'Go and become a philanthropist.' I said, 'No, I can do that in the business world, create a different kind of business - a business based on selflessness.'
I still work hard to know my business. I'm continuously looking for ways to improve all my companies, and I'm always selling. Always.
The more you are in this business, the more humbled by it you become.
Show business has been really, really good to me because I can work and take a lot of time off, and I'm extremely undisciplined person.
The Postal Service's unmatched ability to reach every household and business in America six days a week is a vital part of the nation's infrastructure.
You have to have your heart in the business and the business in your heart.
I've always been able to keep my private life separate from my business.
The goal seems to me at times just to be business first.
I've set the model of showing fighters how they should conduct their business.
I grew up in the business since I was three years old so I've always kind of been in front of the camera and grew up in commercials and I knew that I wanted to do it no matter what, I just loved it.
The stores and the things like that, the business side of things came out at the point when, I'd say probably in the early '70s, it looked like the year of the singer-songwriter was over, 'cause music changed in our time and the spotlight was out.
I had no idea that he was going to write that, but I've always believed that insecurity was what would keep you always in your innocence, no matter what the business did.
I realize that the majority of people in the entertainment business happen to be Democrats. I have no problem with that. And they should have no problem with the fact that I'm a Republican.
My business is the enforcement of the tax laws and the integrity of the tax code and making sure that trustees of charitable giving are true trustees.
I have a fine level of recognition in the business and among the acting community now, so I consider myself one of the lucky ones. If I didn't think that, there would be something wrong with me. I'm grateful and thankful for what I've got.
There are two ways to extend a business. Take inventory of what you're good at and extend out from your skills. Or determine what your customers need and work backward, even if it requires learning new skills. Kindle is an example of working backward.
It's not just Bin Laden or just those that are involved in the counterterrorism effort. We've gotta cast the net broader than that. But I think it's a - very special tribute that we all owe to the bravery and courage of the men and women in the intelligence and military business who performed so well to finally get it done.
You can't be halfway in this business. If you don't meet the fans, you lose all you've got.
Sometimes I think our problems are made worse by the kind of business we're in. Playing these road shows is a weird experience.
I never knew any Jews until I got into show business. I've found them to be real smart and good workers.
A woman's two cents worth is worth two cents in the music business.
If anybody ran a business like that they would be out of business quickly, and Barack Obama's leadership is driving this business, the United States of America, toward a fiscal cliff.
All those lessons that I've learned on the court, I have applied them to my life outside of the court in business, my company, called V Starr interiors, an interior design company, and EleVen, which I wear on court.
Let me tell you quite bluntly that this king business has given me personally nothing but headaches.
I think any opportunity you have to be green, whether it's in business or in everyday life, you should take it.
The business is a very tricky obstacle course, and you should be very clear about work begetting work. If you're not working, you're not interesting.
Everything is tennis for me, it's my career and it's entertainment, but it's also a business.
I'd still like to see 'Survivor' minus the planned show-biz parts. That would be the purest form of show business - I want to see someone so hungry that they eat somebody else's foot.
Movies are an expensive business.
You cannot run a business, or anything else, on a theory.
If you can't pay for a thing, don't buy it. If you can't get paid for it, don't sell it. Do this, and you will have calm and drowsy nights, with all of the good business you have now and none of the bad. If you have time, don't wait for time.
America's political system has evolved over the last 50 years in ways that have enhanced the power of business lobbies.
In the NFL a lot of times everyone gets caught up in the business side of things. For them it's all about money and it really leaves a sour taste in your mouth.
I just make it my business to get along with people so I can have fun. It's that simple.
I'm in the acting business. That's the ego business.
I stayed in show business to pay for my animal business.
I always wanted to be a zookeeper when I was growing up, and I've wound up a zookeeper! I've been working with the Los Angeles Zoo for 45 years! I'm the luckiest old broad on two feet because my life is divided absolutely in half - half animals and half show business. You can't ask for better than two things you love the most.
I am interested in a lot of things - not just show business and my passion for animals. I try to keep current in what's going on in the world. I do mental exercises. I don't have any trouble memorizing lines because of the crossword puzzles I do every day to keep my mind a little limber. I don't sit and vegetate.
I cannot stand the people who get wonderful starts in show business and who abuse it. Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, for example, although there are plenty of others, too. They are the most blessed people in the world, and they don't appreciate it.
Married couples who work together to build and maintain a business assume broad responsibilities. Not only is their work important to our local and national economies, but their success is central to the well-being of their families.
The Golden Rule finds no limit of application in business.
What makes the most money for this business? Dead rock stars.
Rock stars get room keys, I get business cards.
The nature of motion capture is only going to work for certain films. It's not going to put any other type of movies out of business.
Even if the chef has a good business head, his focus should be behind kitchen doors. A business partner should take care of everything in front of the kitchen doors.
Further, Take heed that you faithfully perform the business you have to do in the world, from a regard to the commands of God and not from an ambitious desire of being esteemed better than others.
If bad things are going to be said about me, I have to bear that. If I don't understand that it's part of being in show business, then I'd better go work in a bank.
The people who are competing business-wise out there want what other successful labels and artists have. I don't want what they have I want my own path, my own sound, my own identity. Record labels care nothing about identity or artistic freedom, they want good business.
I think I thought it would be important for electronics as we knew it then, but that was a much simpler business and electronics was mostly radio and television and the first computers.
Apple's the only company left in this industry that designs the whole widget. Hardware, software, developer relations, marketing.
The key thing that comes true is that they had a variety of experiences which they could draw upon, in order to try to solve a problem or to attack a particular dilemma in a kind of unique way.
The finest dozen computer scientists I know are all musicians. Some are better than others, but they all consider that an important part of their life. I don't believe that the best people in any of these fields see themselves as one branch of a forked tree. I just don't see that. People bring these things together a lot.
Anyway, one of our biggest challenges, and the one I think John Sculley and I should be judged on in five to ten years, is making Apple an incredibly great 10 or 20 billion-dollar company. 'Will it still have the spirit it does today?' We're charting new territory.
Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.
If the head man in a company is not working 12 hours a day, doing things, taking risks, but also standing with his people in the trenches at the most difficult of times, then the company loses something.
Your mission is to find a product or service that can positively impact the lives of 1 billion people because that's the game we're playing today.
If you have one good idea, people will lend you twenty.
The characteristic of great innovators and great companies is they see a space that others do not. They don't just listen to what people tell them; they actually invent something new, something that you didn't know you needed, but the moment you see it, you say, 'I must have it.'
Markets change, tastes change, so the companies and the individuals who choose to compete in those markets must change.
First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people.
There was a point in the late '90s where all the graduating M.B.A.'s wanted to start companies in Silicon Valley, and for the most part they were not actually qualified to do it.
No partnership between two independent companies, no matter how well run, can match the speed, effectiveness, responsiveness and efficiency of a solely owned company.
A bankruptcy judge can fix your balance sheet, but he cannot fix your company.
In all cities, the better classes - the business men - are the sources of corruption, but they are so rarely pursued and caught that we do not fully realize whence the trouble comes.
Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people.
I think that in any group activity - whether it be business, sports, or family - there has to be leadership or it won't be successful.
You're not free if you can't start a small business because you fear losing your health care, and you're certainly not free if a male boss or politician prevents you from making decisions about your own reproductive health.
Tearing apart a community, a business, and a family will make America worse off, every time.
I've been in the fight business my whole life. I know fighters.
I don't hang out with agents and producers and I'm not into the business side at all.
If your business is the right business, then money will never be an issue.
Science should always be in the business of attempting to disprove itself.
I notice that young men go to the universities in order to become doctors or philosophers or anything, so long as it is a title, and that many go in for those professions who are utterly unfit for them, while others who would be very competent are prevented by business or their daily cares, which keep them away from letters.
You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed - that has nothing to do with the business of the State.
I don't care what straight people do, I don't care what gay people do. I don't care what nobody do. That's they business. I just care about what I do. You know what I'm saying?
I fell into makeup by accident, but I found my love for it, and once I realized that I could actually turn it into a huge business, that's when I started taking it a little bit more seriously, but it's always something that I knew could be something.
We need to revise our economic thinking to give full value to our natural resources. This revised economics will stabilize both the theory and the practice of free-market capitalism. It will provide business and public policy with a powerful new tool for economic development, profitability, and the promotion of the public good.
Judges should be in the business of declaring what the law is using the traditional tools of interpretation, rather than pronouncing the law as they might wish it to be in light of their own political views.
Don't compare me to Babe Ruth. God gave me the opportunity and the ability to be here at the right time, at the right moment, just like he gave Babe Ruth when he was playing. I just hope I can keep doing what I've been doing - keep taking care of business.
While I appreciated the educational advantages I enjoyed in the school and was proud of what I could show in mental culture, I had an earnest desire for something more than a mere business education... I desired to study for a profession, and this prompted me to leave my native state.
When someone takes their existing business and tries to transform it into something else - they fail. In technology that is often the case. Look at Kodak: it was the dominant imaging company in the world. They did fabulously during the great depression, but then wiped out the shareholders because of technological change.
It was impossible to operate in the aluminium business without krysha - very real physical protection.
Any business situation is restrictive.
At 15 years of age, I left school to practice the profession of Office Boy in a business firm in Salem, Oregon.
Anybody that is trying to go into business with me, of course, I'm gon' do my research on them.
I do not want to admit to the world that I can be a bad person. It is just that I don't want anyone to have false expectations. Moviemaking is a harsh, volatile business, and unless you can be ruthless, too, there's a good chance that you are going to disappear off the scene pretty quickly.
There's not a business or a master plan as far as I'm concerned. I take it week by week, and I don't think you ever expect to be able to do the next thing.
Politics are about preserving relationships at the end of the day, and it has nothing to do with the greater good for humanity. It's just all about business.
You can rule ignorance you can manipulate the illiterate you can do whatever you want when a people are uneducated, so that goes in line with corrupt business and corrupt politics.
I'm glad about what's happening to the music business. This last crop of people we had in the 90s, who are going away now, they didn't like music. They didn't trust musicians. They wanted something else from it.
I wasn't looking to get into TV. My family was in the movie business, so I was never interested in that world.
Secure our borders first. Let us know and let us make sure the American people know that we're taking care of the important business of dealing with the illegal immigration into this country. You cannot begin to address the concerns of the people who are already here unless and until you have made certain that no more are coming in behind them.
They keep the old business. We keep the ongoing business.
I may be kindly, I am ordinarily gentle, but in my line of business I am obliged to will terribly what I will at all.
I think that New York is not the cultural centre of America, but the business and administrative centre of American culture.
Emotions have no place in business, unless you do business with them.
I learned what I really love is making films, not the film business. I want to be on the set, meeting with writers, I want that freedom. I love it now.
If an Internet company steals content, they shut it down. And let me tell you, Apple France, Yahoo France or Google France, none of them have gone out of business.
I'm probably the only person who goes to work and says 'Wow, it's really nice here and sweet,' even in the competitive movie business.
I became a larger than life figure for one reason only. When you're quoted in the 'Wall Street Journal,' the 'New York Times,' constantly as the expert in the business people assume you're a lot bigger than you are. And then I had to run like hell to catch up with my own image.
My husband had a very strong identity and was successful in his life. Thank God for that. There's no way I can control him. I wouldn't stay married to him if I felt I could. I can readily take my business personality into the home. But he forces me to be a partner rather than the boss.
It's a libel to say that I use my newspapers to support my other business interests. The fact is, I haven't got any other business interests.
We've got to lift our game tremendously. We'll sell our business news and information in print, we'll sell it to anyone who's got a cable system, and we'll sell it on the Web.
One thing I resent is the slur that I just support political candidates because of the business.
Money is not the motivating force. It's nice to have money, but I don't live high. What I enjoy is running the business.
There's a terrible truth for many women in the picture business: Aging typically takes its toll and means fewer and less desirable roles.
Detainee policy in this war is hard, it's complicated, but we must get it right. We would be better off as a nation if we could close Gitmo safely and start a new prison that he could use that the world would see as a better way to doing business.
What's so touching is the way we fight the war right until the moment our business is taken care of and then we turn on a dime and we immediately start taking care of people. It's like a shock and aw shucks campaign.
Design, in its broadest sense, is the enabler of the digital era - it's a process that creates order out of chaos, that renders technology usable to business. Design means being good, not just looking good.
The forgotten man... He works, he votes, generally he prays, but his chief business in life is to pay.
The Republican platform specifically says we don't believe in bailing out private business, and yet we did.
Giving someone a one-time stimulus check, or a one-time tax cut that expires doesn't allow the predictability that business needs.
The people of Hong Kong are criticized for only being interested in business, but it's the only thing they've been allowed to do.
That's why I do this music business thing, it's communication with people without having the extreme inconvenience of actually phoning anybody up.
A couple of months ago, I was down in Florida for the Food and Wine Festival. And this journalist grabbed me and said, 'How does it feel to be a TV guy? You're no longer in the restaurant business.' And I laughed. I asked him, 'How long do you think it takes me to do a season?' He said, 'Well, 200 days.' And I was like, '200 days? Try 20!'
I'll keep on acting 'til they wipe the drool. I like the business. I like to do different parts and diverse characters. I haven't lost my enthusiasm yet!
I started cooking in kitchens right out of high school, and I was lucky to work with a lot of great people, but I had no idea it would turn into this. Of course no one should go into this business because they want to be the next Emeril.
I'm afraid for all those who'll have the bread snatched from their mouths by these machines. What business has science and capitalism got, bringing all these new inventions into the works, before society has produced a generation educated up to using them!
I never dreamt of being a musician for my livelihood. I certainly never would have wanted to be in the business that I'm in, meaning the fame and the glory, the glitter, the rock star, the famous part.
How many times have you been out for a beer or dinner and people are coming up with business ideas? Everybody wants to think they've got that great business idea.
The whole point of being in this business and being blessed and being successful is that you're able to do things for your friends or your family, which means that they can have something special in their lives, too.
And I trusted someone to look after me on the business side of life.
The American formula for creating business is not to have the government create business.
Not since the steam engine has any invention disrupted business models like the Internet. Whole industries including music distribution, yellow-pages directories, landline telephones, and fax machines have been radically reordered by the digital revolution.
People are always saying that Hollywood messes up kids. I'm like, 'No, families mess up kids!' I grew up in Hollywood, and I'm perfectly fine. If my children want to go into the entertainment business, I won't stop them, as long as they're passionate about it.
The Internet creates as well as destroys. Social networks, search advertising, and cloud computing are multibillion dollar industries that didn't exist 10 years ago. They are products of the same force that has rendered the Postal Service's core business obsolete.
Performing doesn't turn me on. It's an egomaniac business, filled with prima donnas - including this one.
We are involved in a life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life.
It never made sense to me that someone would achieve any kind of success in show business, only to become a jerk.
If you create something that is asking for people to respond as they're going to respond, you have to allow them to respond as they're going to respond. Some of the people are going to be uninterested and some people are going to be mad for some reason, which is their business. That's just the way the world is.
Energy and environmental regulation, transportation, and broadband policy all benefit when legislators have a basic grounding in the technical concepts behind business models, products, and innovation.
If you say, 'I'm going to cut this song because I know the teenagers are going to love it,' well, then you're going to alienate everybody else. When I cut my record, I'm just going to cut the things that I like, and whoever likes it, likes it. That's too much work to try to figure out the demographic. That's too much like a business.
Barack Obama's life was so much simpler in 2009. Back then, he had refined the cold act of blaming others for the bad economy into an art form. Deficits? Blame Bush's tax cuts. Spending? Blame the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. No business investment? Blame Wall Street.
In the music business, especially the country music business, every 10 years or so you're going to have this changing of the guard, this wave of new artists that comes in.
I've got a wife, four kids, a business, and a baseball career.
A firm, for instance, that does business in many countries of the world is driven to spend an enormous amount of time, labour, and money in providing for translation services.
I've always wanted to be the best in the world as a baseball player, so when I started to think about opening a business, it was with that mindset.
I'm lucky. The best possible place in the world for training is Addis Ababa, so I am home all the time except when I am racing. I like to be there, near my family, my kids, also the real estate business I run with my wife.
If you want to stay in the business then you've got to be a bit shrewd, haven't you?
I find the business world hard.
As an actor you have to wait for someone to cast you, so you're relying on the business.
I can't understand why the Democratic parties seem so hostile to economic growth and business.
Kids are brought into show business because they are cute and see truth and they're very bright. But there's a sense of doing it because you want the adults to be approving of you. You want to make them happy.
Show business is my life. When I was a kid I sold insurance, but nobody laughed.
Go for a business that any idiot can run - because sooner or later, any idiot probably is going to run it.
All business proceeds on beliefs, or judgements of probabilities, and not on certainties.
Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.
If you want to have a good life, you should focus on your family, on your business, on your dog, on your fun, and you'll have a good life.
I've never seen a worse situation than that of young writers in the United States. The publishing business in North America is so commercialized.
I have several writer friends, but I don't involve them in my work process. I'm more likely to talk about the business of publishing with them.
Major labels didn't start showing up really until they smelled money, and that's all they're ever going to be attracted to is money-that's the business they're in- making money.
There has to be a measure of faith. That's what this business is all about: trusting in something that may never show up, that you have no concrete proof of.
For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again.
Why do only boys get to chase? Nuh-uh! If anything, I think this whole sitting back and waiting thing can be self-sabotaging. We have to send up flares. We have to let guys know we're open for business.
To be honest I live among the English and have always found them to be very honest in their business dealings. They are noble, hard-working and anxious to do the right thing. But joy eludes them, they lack the joy that the Irish have.
In terms of having a business, I wanted to let it go beyond what my personal taste is. Basically, I'm in a kilt and a white shirt every day. So, you know, I don't have a lot of scope, and I'm really picky about what I wear.
The owners don't win by having a lockout. Shutting down your business is not good for anybody and it's certainly not good for the players, it's certainly not good for the fans. And that's most important to us.
What if I couldn't handle people's opinions of me? I know that shouldn't dictate a person's degree of peace or happiness in life, but the problem is, I chose a business saturated in judgment.
I got to work with one of my heroes, Johnny Depp, and to see how he goes about business, which was really inspiring for me at this stage in my career.
Just because you've made a couple movies, you've done some good movies, you've been nominated for some Academy Awards, whatever, nobody's entitled. It's a business. If they don't see it, I can think they're wrong, but I'm not entitled to a $15 million budget to make a film.
How many deaf people do you know in real life? Unless they live in a cave, or are 14, which seems to be true for most people in this business, what could I possibly tell them that they don't already know?
Profit is the most global aspect of a business, and it is cross-functional.
I think naturally, if you're an actor, there's a high level of assertiveness that you need to have to survive this business. There's boldness in being assertive, and there's strength and confidence.
The TV business is like the produce section of the market. Today everything is fresh and glistening and firm. And tomorrow, when they find a bruise on you, they toss you out.
I've managed to keep a clear head and remain sane in this business because I remain a kid off-camera.
Some people work hard in this business and become really popular, really big stars but they never receive an award from within the business. Somehow, when your colleagues and friends believe in you to the point of handing you an award it means so much more.
But the reason I became, why I wanted to be in the business was because there was Midnight Cowboy.
Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.
The career stuff is for business people.
We're in this entertainment business really to give the audience what they want.
I think there are a lot of technocrats in the business who would much rather work with just wheels and gears and machinery. Those things interest them more than humanity and I wish them the best of luck.
I don't even know what words to use to talk about the music industry anymore. But the business has changed a lot - the methods of releasing music.
Independent film is almost nonexistent right now, because all the distributers that used to love to put out these little art films are all out of business right now, because it costs so much to open a movie.
I'm quitting the business today. I'm going to open up an appliance store, I've always really been into toasters. I'm giving it all up.
I know from my own experience and from other people in the business that when you come from a place where nobody knew who you were and then there is this sudden shift to where everybody now knows who you are, there's an adjustment that you have to make.
A revised schedule is to business what a new season is to an athlete or a new canvas to an artist.
You have to stick out the toughness of the business and form relationships with the people in it.
Come to West Virginia and we'll show you how to live... how to treat people. We're open for business. West Virginia is truly on the move.
It is not the business of generals to shoot one another.
I used to be focused on being the dopest rapper in the game, and then once that became what I was, I wanted something different, and I wanted to become the best businessman in the game. I wanted to learn how to master the business like I mastered the rap.
The most important decision I've made in business? The choices of people I have around me. When I first started I brought everybody with me, my homies from the neighborhood, criminals. I just said, 'Come on everybody, we made it.' Then I had to realize we didn't make it. I made it.
Most small business owners are not particularly sophisticated business people. That's not a criticism they're passionate about cutting hair or cooking food, and that's why they got in the business, not because they have an MBA.
It's far too much to say that effective hoping is the only - or even the biggest - part of what it takes to succeed. If 14% of business productivity can be attributed to hope, that means 86% is dependent on raw talent, fickle business cycles, the quality of the product you're selling, and often pure, dumb luck.
Golf isn't just my business, it's my hobby.
I do love television. But the business is accelerating and people are not getting the chance to fail.
It's show business. No show, no business.
If we want to secure the best jobs in the future, we must make America the best place in the world to do business.
We need comprehensive reform that will make America the best place in the world to invest and do business.
When you start a business, go for the lowest hanging fruit.
Well there's nobody who has a more supportive husband than I do, and he has a business that he runs, and it's his own business, so he has work to do, my kids have school to do, I mean, people have - there are other things in life besides politics.
I'm happy to report that 'The New Press' is still in business to this day. But not thanks to me. I was a really bad publishing intern.
The thing that helped me get into the film business was that I went to school in Athens, Georgia and managed to get on, um, working on music videos for a band called R.E.M. and that kind of opened up a lot of doors for me.
I've drunk Amazon's free Diet Coke. Nothing makes more sense to me than a company trying to make bookselling into a profitable business. I'm not anti-Amazon, and I'm not pro-publishers either. I'm pro-books.
Business is constantly changing, constantly evolving.
I don't do something necessarily to make a big profit or because it's a logical business decision.
The only thing harder than leaving show business is coming back.
If you don't understand the details of your business you are going to fail.
We have to make America the best place in the world to do business.
Some people want fame, popularity and huge sales. I've always hoped to have a really long career. So I've tried to make each of my creative decisions and business decisions to allow for longevity. As a side effect I got really famous and really big. I didn't realize the two could go together.
Seems to me that this business, for actors anyway, is not so much about whether or not you do good work. It's about whether or not you get the chance to do good work.
In my business, if I get too close to you and you die, it hurts me. And so you develop a natural inclination not to be close to the patient, so that if things don't work out ideally, you can still get up the next day and care for the next patient.
My fastest time in high school was a 4:29 mile. I think cross-country has something to do with my longevity in my business. When you're in an eight-mile race, you never give up.
If I could create one job in the private sector by helping to grow a business, that would be one more than Congress has created in the last six months.
Our marriage is between us. If we decide to continue being together or not, it's our business.
The movie business is very difficult but the music business is just impossible. So I'll play in bands and record and play songs with other people, but for me it's a form of expression that all I need is me. I don't need cameras or agents, I can just have a piano and sing and feel totally verified.
I don't really think that there is anyone in the modern pop business who I feel I want to spar with.
I was always a singer. But I was always focused on being an actor as my trade. Music I do just for me. The movie business is very difficult but the music business is just impossible.
In recent years, I've been writing because I'm fortunate enough to work in the world of food television, to travel and taste and learn about cooking from the best chefs in the business.
I was criticized at some level within the Republican Party by those who say government should not be in the economic development business at all. My response is that the only country I know that doesn't have an economic development plan is Papa New Guinea.
The rest of the world cares about how we conduct our affairs because they then take that lead. We're the only leader in the world today. Some are wishing us well, others think that we're down and are not going to get back up again, but they are all watching with great interest to see how we conduct our business over the next couple of years.
I mean, I'm in the business of storytelling, not message making.
Well, you can't trust most people in this game, period it can be a very shady business.
Today it is not big business that we have to fear. It is big government.
I learned from Mr. Wrigley, early in my career, that loyalty wins and it creates friendships. I saw it work for him in his business.
Although my family - parents and sister - all work in the personnel management business, their real passion is performing, amateur operatic societies and so on.
I would absolutely, definitely never sell my wedding pictures to a magazine. I'd like it to be a special day, not a photo shoot. And once you've done that, your marriage becomes everybody else's business.
Every night, half an hour before curtain up, the bells of St. Malachy's, the Actors' Chapel on New York's 49th Street, peal the tune of 'There's No Business Like Show Business.' If you walk the streets of the theatre district before a show and see the vast, enthusiastic lines it sounds like a calling: there is certainly no place like Broadway.
Writing fiction is for me a fraught business, an occasion of daily dread for at least the first half of the novel, and sometimes all the way through. The work process is totally different from writing nonfiction. You have to sit down every day and make it up.
I was a fairly good amateur musician, and I was an average professional. But the one thing I saw was that the big band business was fading.
A transfer of money should never be involved in this profound situation. Although illness is profound, too, but medicine's a business today. It's a business.
After adding trillions to the debt on big-government policies most Americans didn't ask for and which we couldn't afford, Democratic leaders say they need more money, which they intend to take from small business, even though small businesses create the majority of new jobs.
We expect all our businesses to have a positive impact on our top and bottom lines. Profitability is very important to us or we wouldn't be in this business.
Anybody who really knows about the TV business knows that it would be impossible to just march in one day and say to your colleagues and bosses, 'Oh yes, I'm hosting my own show.'
My professional life has been a constant record of disillusion, and many things that seem wonderful to most men are the every-day commonplaces of my business.
I used to work for a management consulting company, so I dressed differently - business casual, probably a lot of things from Banana Republic. My wardrobe now is definitely more expensive, but I always dress for the occasion.
It is very sad for a man to make himself servant to a single thing his manhood all taken out of him by the hydraulic pressure of excessive business.
But now I realize that this record business really needs me. No one else is trying to take a chance or do something different.
In terms of the technology I use the most, it's probably a tie between my Blackberry and my MacBook Pro laptop. That's how I communicate with the rest of the world and how I handle all the business I have to handle.
I've never chased fame. I came into this business to be a theatre actress. I was nine when I first appeared on stage. But I can't say I would turn my back on fortune. I'm someone who enjoys the benefits of money.
At the end of the day, there's only a few major stars in the music business, and then there's all these people that are aspiring to be that.
I'd get kicked out of buildings all day long, people would rip up my business card in my face. It's a humbling business to be in. But I knew I could sell and I knew I wanted to sell something I had created. I cut the feet out of those pantyhose and I knew I was on to something. This was it.
People in the business will stay with you through drugs and alcohol and divorces and insanity and everything else, but you have a failure, pal, and they don't want to know nothing about you!
My revenue was $4 million my first year in business, off of one $20 item.
My business doesn't keep me warm at night.
I've always leaned toward a feminine, funky style, even in business settings. I used to paint my nails blue in 1993, before it was mainstream.
I have always been a business person.
You can never get to a place of comfort in this business. As soon as you hit that little cushy spot, somebody's gonna kick you out. So I have a constant need to do it better.
I went onto reality TV as a business decision.
The Internet has changed the way we communicate with each other, the way we learn about the world and the way we conduct business.
In the end, the humanities can only be defended by stressing how indispensable they are and this means insisting on their vital role in the whole business of academic learning, rather than protesting that, like some poor relation, they don't cost much to be housed.
As Members of Congress we can now engage with our constituents via online innovations like the Huffington Post, while a small business in rural Oregon can use the Internet to find customers around the world.
I really don't think there is anybody in the business with better eyes than Elijah Wood.
Accept business only at a price permitting thoroughness. Then do a thorough job, regardless of cost to us.
If you're an entrepreneur and you think that the president makes a difference to your business, you should stay at your current job.
It's better to take over and build upon an existing business than to start a new one.
You can't run a business or anything else on a theory.
Like any business, the oil industry runs on the basic premise of supply and demand. The more supply - the lower the price. The higher the demand - the higher price. In other words, the more people who can buy oil, the higher the price of oil.
I am especially grateful that I have been able to keep my own style over the decades, in spite of the many changes that have taken place in the world of fashion and in its business.
I could play it safe by recording songs that are familiar, but am I expanding myself as an artist by doing covers? It's a catch-22. It's called show business: The word 'business' is in it, and you've got to be a businessman. But then again, you have to be true to yourself as an artist.
The worst disease which can afflict business executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism it's egotism.
It's a lot of work to keep reinventing yourself and coming up with new stuff, but that's what it takes to be in show business.
To me, the print business model is so simple, where readers pay a dollar for all the content within, and that supports the enterprise.
A belief in God is vitally important, not just in show business, but stability in life. You know, to recognize deity is the most important thing that you can do. I mean, it comes to the Ten Commandments. They weren't ten suggestions. They were Ten Commandments.
McSweeney's as a publishing company is built on a business model that only works when we sell physical books. So we try to put a lot of effort into the design and production of the book-as-object.
Our competition for American business is no longer in the next county or the next state, it's around the world.
If I want to go to Europe and get thrashed by the Europeans, that's my business. Every race I lose I learn from and get tougher.
I am proud of the hip hop generation. They are good business people and, actually, good people.
My husband changed jobs so fast that I simply never knew what business he was in.
Doing a residency in any particular city requires a large repertoire to ensure repeat business.
I had tremendous success in show business - star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 'The Apprentice' was one of the most successful shows.
Details create the big picture.
Writing is a lonely business.
Investing is a business where you can look very silly for a long period of time before you are proven right.
The way I run my business seems to be easier than the way I run my life.
Generally the whole entertainment business now is bland.
Business is about people. It's about passion. It's about bold ideas, bold small ideas or bold large ideas.
I'm always a fan of good business moves.
I busted my bird for 60 years in the business, but my grandkids only know me as Mr. Potato Head.
What other people think of you is none of your business.
My happiness is not dictated on this business. Once I realized that, everything kind of changed.
I know that my fans want to know who I'm sleeping with, but it's really none of their business.
No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.
All lasting business is built on friendship.
I want to put a ding in the universe.
When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars people said, 'Nah, what's wrong with a horse?' That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.
Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.
Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.
You need to be in the position where it is the cost of the fuel that actually matters and not the cost of building the rocket in the first place.
I don't think it's a good idea to plan to sell a company.
Great companies are built on great products.
The problem is that at a lot of big companies, process becomes a substitute for thinking. You're encouraged to behave like a little gear in a complex machine. Frankly, it allows you to keep people who aren't that smart, who aren't that creative.
If you're trying to create a company, it's like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.
I don't create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.
It's OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.
Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time. Sometimes it will be ahead, other times it will be behind. But brand is simply a collective impression some have about a product.
A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.
We're all working together; that's the secret.
Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.
People are definitely a company's greatest asset. It doesn't make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.
Test fast, fail fast, adjust fast.
If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.
The opportunity is often lost by deliberating.
A consultant is someone who saves his client almost enough to pay his fee.
Exchange ideas frequently.
Never argue with a profit.
Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.
An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it.
Joy is the serious business of Heaven.
There is a difference between what technology enables and what historical business practices enable.
Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity - the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
The successful business executive can handle challenges and solve problems at a remarkable clip.
I laugh all the time - at things, people, stuff, whatever. But, I don't laugh onstage because then it's serious business.
If I don't get along with Democrats, I'm sort of, like, out of business.
I never aspired to be a public figure. I have always been interested primarily in real business and the development of business strategies.
I founded Atari in my garage in Santa Clara while at Stanford. When I was in school, I took a lot of business classes. I was really fascinated by economics. You end up having to be a marketeer, finance maven and a little bit of a technologist in order to get a business going.
If I'd married someone in show business, there'd be too much competition.
I do believe that any successful business starts from the top and works its way down.
I love big business!
I think much has been made of this alter ego business. I mean, I actually stopped creating characters in 1975 - for albums, anyway.
Appreciate everything your associates do for the business.
One of the biggest lessons I've learned is that there has got to be a reason for what you're doing. You actually have to care about what you're doing. The business has to be about something. Whatever the point of it is does not have to be inconsistent with making money, but usually if that's the sole reason, it is not very successful.
To rule a country of a thousand chariots, there must be reverent attention to business, and sincerity; economy in expenditure, and love for men; and the employment of the people at the proper seasons.
Extemporaneous speaking should be practiced and cultivated. It is the lawyer's avenue to the public. However able and faithful he may be in other respects, people are slow to bring him business if he cannot make a speech.
I have always said that everyone is in sales. Maybe you don't hold the title of salesperson, but if the business you are in requires you to deal with people, you, my friend, are in sales.
I'm constantly amazed that owners and managers of all businesses don't train their people to call the person who pays by credit card by name. It definitely makes the customer feel good and will be a factor in bringing them back to your place of business.
Comcast rents modems directly to consumers, thereby competing directly with companies like Zoom. It has every reason to make Zoom modems more expensive or even to drive companies like Zoom out of business.
I have used the laws of this country just like the greatest people that you read about every day in business have used the laws of this country, the chapter laws, to do a great job for my company, for myself, for my employees, for my family, et cetera.
The golf facet of my life doesn't go with the rest of my life, which is a rough-and-tumble life. I work in real estate development, which is the toughest business, and I do it in the toughest city. I deal with ruthless people.
Some guys play with their heads. That's okay. You've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body.
America isn't Congress. America isn't Washington. America is the striving immigrant who starts a business, or the mom who works two low-wage jobs to give her kid a better life. America is the union leader and the CEO who put aside their differences to make the economy stronger.
That's what the Affordable Care Act is all about. It's about filling the gaps in employer-based care so that when we lose a job, or go back to school, or start that new business, we'll still have coverage.
If anything is good for pounding humility into you permanently, it's the restaurant business.
The business of second chances is everybody's business.
There isn't one thing the federal government does that anybody in Big Business would emulate, at least not in the profit sector.
One reason why entrepreneurs are admired is that they often take on a degree of risk in launching a new business.
My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each others' negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts.
Throughout my years in business, I discovered something. I would always ask why you do things. The answers that I would invariably get are: 'Oh, that's just the way things are done around here.' Nobody knows why they do what they do. Nobody thinks very deeply about things in business.
The goal of my shows, my interviews, my business, my philanthropy, all of it, whatever ventures I might pursue, would be to make clear that what unites us is ultimately far more redeeming and compelling than anything that separates me.
I worry that business leaders are more interested in material gain than they are in having the patience to build up a strong organization, and a strong organization starts with caring for their people.
When I write a book, I write a book for myself; the reaction is up to the reader. It's not my business whether people like or dislike it.
Of my mental cycles, I devote maybe ten percent to business thinking. Business isn't that complicated. I wouldn't want to put it on my business card.
China has many successful entrepreneurs and business people. I hope that more people of insight will put their talents to work to improve the lives of poor people in China and around the world, and seek solutions for them.
I believe the returns on investment in the poor are just as exciting as successes achieved in the business arena, and they are even more meaningful!
Philanthropy should be taking much bigger risks that business. If these are easy problems, business and government can come in and solve them.
In business, the idea of measuring what you are doing, picking the measurements that count like customer satisfaction and performance... you thrive on that.
The way to be successful in the software world is to come up with breakthrough software, and so whether it's Microsoft Office or Windows, its pushing that forward. New ideas, surprising the marketplace, so good engineering and good business are one in the same.
Eventually you won't think of 'the Internet business.' You'll think of it more like news, weather, sports, but even that taxonomy isn't clear.
I was approached about having my own network many, many years ago. There were some people who wanted to start up a network, and I didn't want to get that involved in the business aspect of it.
All you have in business is your reputation - so it's very important that you keep your word.
In business, if you realize you've made a bad decision, you change it.
Starting your own business isn't just a job - it's a way of life.
My early business ventures included growing Christmas trees and breeding birds.
Kitty Wells was the first and only Queen of Country Music, no matter what they call the rest of us. She was a great inspiration to me as well as every other female singer in the country music business. In addition to being a wonderful asset to country music, she was a wonderful woman.
People don't realize that we, we meaning people in show business, have the same problems as everyone else. Money doesn't change that. Fame doesn't change that. Sometimes that brings on more problems. You know, it's just a different kind of problems.
If there's one thing that's certain in business, it's uncertainty.
We need to have business leaders who live by deep, strong principles.
I think that every artist - or anybody that's in business - could benefit from a direct-to-consumer strategy, so I think that that applies to us as artists and content creators, too.
I got an album concept called 'Exit Strategy,' that might be one of my last ones. It's a term they use in business when you build companies. You create an exit strategy as you make a company. You don't wait till you're five years in it; you create a exit strategy as you make the company.
Have we been going up and down in business, and are those round about us as yet unaware of our Christian character? Have we never spoken to them the Word of Life? Lord, arouse us to a deep concern for all with whom we come in contact from day to day.
I made it real clear to the business community - if your plan for innovation is to trick people, is to fool them, is not to tell them the truth about the price, then you're right: I'm going to be right in the way.
I think business has to be stupider. I want to do really straightforward, stupid business - just talk to me like a 4-year-old. And I refuse to negotiate. I do not negotiate. I can collaborate. But I'm an artist, so as soon as you negotiate, you're being compromised.
In my opinion, baseball is as big a business as anything there is. It has to be a business, the way it is conducted.
I do not love to be printed on every occasion, much less to be dunned and teased by foreigners about mathematical things or to be thought by our own people to be trifling away my time about them when I should be about the king's business.
I don't join the New Atheists. So, for example, I wouldn't have the arrogance to lecture some mother who hopes to see her dying child in Heaven - that's none of my business, ultimately. I won't lecture her on the philosophy of science.
Starting a business is not for everyone. Starting a business - I'd say, number one is have a high pain threshold.
Victory is a fleeting thing in the gambling business. Today's winners are tomorrow's blinking toads, dumb beasts with no hope.
Don't go getting mixed up in the business of your betters, or you'll land in trouble too big for you.
I do believe in the energy and the productivity of the American business world.
A very large majority of the U.S. population is in favor of establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and has been for a long time with some fluctuations. And even part of the business world is in favor of it, too. But the government won't allow it.
Debt is a trap, especially student debt, which is enormous, far larger than credit card debt. It's a trap for the rest of your life because the laws are designed so that you can't get out of it. If a business, say, gets in too much debt, it can declare bankruptcy, but individuals can almost never be relieved of student debt through bankruptcy.
I do think, actually, one thing I noticed with Silicon Valley post-Trump is it kind of made them more politically aware, more aware that, like, business and philanthropy alone isn't going to make the world a better place.
I don't think that faith, whatever you're being faithful about, really can be scientifically explained. And I don't want to explain this whole life business through truth, science. There's so much mystery. There's so much awe.
What is learned on the athletic field is not forgotten, nor are the lessons of character that are forged there ever lost. Consider the contributions in the field of public life, business, law, medicine, and the military of those who actively participated in athletics.
Negroes could be sold - actually sold as we sell cattle, with no reference to calves or bulls or recognition of family. It was a nasty business. The white South was properly ashamed of it and continually belittled and almost denied it. But it was a stark and bitter fact.
Complaining is dangerous business. It can damage or even destroy your relationship with God, your relationships with other people, and even with your relationship with yourself.
The odds of me coming into the rocket business, not knowing anything about rockets, not having ever built anything, I mean, I would have to be insane if I thought the odds were in my favor.
Automotive franchise laws were put in place decades ago to prevent a manufacturer from unfairly opening stores in direct competition with an existing franchise dealer that had already invested time, money and effort to open and promote their business.
I think the high-tech industry is used to developing new things very quickly. It's the Silicon Valley way of doing business: You either move very quickly and you work hard to improve your product technology, or you get destroyed by some other company.
In the case of Apple, they did originally do production internally, but then along came unbelievably good outsourced manufacturing from companies like Foxconn. We don't have that in the rocket business. There's no Foxconn in the rocket business.
I knew I'd end up in show business in some capacity, eventually.
Specialized management courses are useful but should come well after the complexity of management and business are understood.
If you're not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.
Stationary storage will be as big as the car business long term. The growth rate will probably be several times what it is for the car business.
Sometimes, idealistic people are put off the whole business of networking as something tainted by flattery and the pursuit of selfish advantage. But virtue in obscurity is rewarded only in Heaven. To succeed in this world you have to be known to people.
A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it.
Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it.
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That's a very limited life. Life can be much broader than that.
All I can say is that with business and the interest of any party before me, I will consider and apply the law as it is written by Congress and informed by precedent.
I have long understood that losing always comes with the territory when you wander into the gambling business, just as getting crippled for life is an acceptable risk in the linebacker business. They both are extremely violent sports, and pain is part of the bargain. Buy the ticket, take the ride.
There is always room for losers in the football business. They are the mother's milk of gambling, and why not? Somebody has to do it, or there won't be any winners.
I've found that men I've dated who are in the same business can be really competitive. I've found a great group of girlfriends in the same business who aren't competitive, but a few times guys have started comparing careers and it has been... challenging.
I just wanted to be in show business. I didn't care if I was going to be an actor or a magician or what. Comedy was a point of the least resistance, really. And on the simplest level, I loved comedy.
I never thought much about success early on. I only thought about being a comedian - or just being in show business, is really more accurate.
I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously.
Governor Romney has a great business background. He is extremely well educated. He has several degrees from Harvard, including, you know, business and including a law degree.
Pluto's orbit is so elongated that it crosses the orbit of another planet. Now that's... you've got no business doing that if you want to call yourself a planet. Come on, now! There's something especially transgressive about that.
Walter Scott has no business to write novels, especially good ones. It is not fair. He has fame and profit enough as a poet, and should not be taking the bread out of the mouths of other people.
Politics is a rough and tumble business, and yet there seems to be an effort by the commentariat to sanitise American politics to some type of high-level Victorian debating society.
Politics is a messy business, but campaigning prepares you for governing. It prepares you to get hit, stand strong, and, if necessary, hit back.
You can make a lot of mistakes and still recover if you run an efficient operation. Or you can be brilliant and still go out of business if you're too inefficient.
The only person I look up to - and not just in show business but also in the world - is a little lady named Judge Judy! Honestly.
My love life has never been of interest to people. Of course I have a love life; I have a real life outside of show business.
If you grow up in show business, you look beyond the looking glass. So, all of the surface facades get broken.
I learned this early on in the variety business: You've got to give folks responsibility, you've got to trust them, and then you've got to check on them.
The prison-industrial complex and the military-industrial complex are here with us and are multi-billion dollar enterprises. We can make more money off the kid in Compton if he's a criminal instead of a scholar. It's business.
Before the Civil War, the Southern states were selling a lot of cotton to England and didn't seem to mind British occupation. By and large, the Revolutionary War wasn't at all great for business.
Rock n' roll unchained a nation and revolutionized radio and the record industry, not to mention the motion picture business.
My cash cows, the slick magazines, were put out of business by TV.
There ought to be an artistic depot where the artist need only hand in his artwork in order to receive what he asks for. As things are, one must be half a business man, and how can one understand - good heavens! - that's what I really call troublesome.
I understand the appeal of a businessman president. But Trump's business plan is a disaster in the making.
Put a love note in his shaving kit before he leaves on a business trip.
It's a good time to be in the content business though, the branded content business.
Netflix, Amazon, iTunes - whatever platforms emerge - we are looking at as having the same potential that home video had for the movie business. Which means there are entirely new opportunities to monetize our capital investment in content and do so in ways that work for distributors, for consumers and for creators.
I won't speak for the entertainment industry. I speak for Disney. I've seen people in the industry come to work every morning paranoid about what the other person or other company is doing. That means you're spending time and focus on somebody else's business instead of your own.
An all-out trade war with China would be damaging to Disney's business and to business in general. It's something I think we have to be very careful about.
My mom worked for Apple, and my dad owned his own business.
My show 'The Big House' was picked up; they flew me to New York. I'm about to step on stage to announce Kevin Hart's 'The Big House.' And a hand grabs my shoulder, 'Kevin no, they just decided to cancel it.' It's a serious smack-in-the-face business, and either you can take it, or you can't.
My business acumen is definitely growing.
The one thing about the business of entertainment is that you have to learn patience.
Yes, I have a lot of business interests. But I don't work for just anyone, and I choose the companies very carefully.
My father was a small-businessman, and if he didn't get up and go to work, there would be no business.
As a producer, as a CEO of Hartbeat Productions, I am making deals to put my company in place to win, to put my staff to work so that while all this stuff is going on, they're in the kitchen cooking. So it's understanding the longevity of the entertainment business; you get out of it what you put into it.
There's no reason why I can't be a mogul. When I step into a room and I'm there to have a conversation, if it pertains to business, I want to be respected as a guy who knows what he's talking about. And that, to me, holds more weight than anything else.
When you're doing a film and the majority of the film is cast black, for me, it's most important to get people to view those movies as just movies, as just good movies. At the end of the day, regardless of the color of the cast, we're all doing the same thing in this business: trying to make a good film.
Generals aren't in the business of commenting on the correctness or incorrectness of the President's decisions. Anybody who thinks he should be able to do that ought to be fired on the spot.
For me, it's about camaraderie. My whole life is like, if something's going on, nothing ever preceded fun. I always put my friends and the fun and the business ahead of everything.
In the military, they give medals for people who are willing to sacrifice themselves so that others may survive. In business, we give bonuses to people who sacrifice others.
My concern is that we live in an economy in which stabbing someone and waiting for them to complain before we remove the knife has become the normal way of doing business. When did we lose sight of the fact that it's not nice to stab people in the first place?
We are still living with a double standard. I know it. Every woman I know knows it, whether you're in the media as a woman, or you're in the professions or business or politics.
I'm the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity - using clean, renewable energy as the key - into coal country, because we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.
I had a personal email when I was in the Senate, as the vast majority of senators do. It was very convenient. I did all of my business on personal emails.
Twenty years ago, I wrote a book called 'It Takes a Village.' And a lot of people looked at the title and asked, 'What the heck do you mean by that?' This is what I mean. None of us can raise a family, build a business, heal a community or lift a country totally alone.
I think if we get freedom for women, then they are probably going to do a lot of things that I wish they wouldn't do. But it seems to me that isn't our business to say what they should do with it. It is our business to see that they get it.
I don't think Apple has to own a content business.
We don't collect a lot of your data and understand every detail about your life. That's just not the business that we are in.
I've learned that friendship does not equate business, business does not equate friendship.
The building up of a new, far-reaching system of inspection on the question of equal pay, with power to investigate every business in the United States, administered by a colossal new government agency with vast enforcement powers, would not be helpful to women, as far as I can see.
When I was starting out in this business, that was the norm. You did it all. You looked around, and entertainers could dance, sing, play the piano, act, make you laugh.
When I was 9 or 10, I had a ten-cent business: I would walk your dog for a dime, go to the store for a dime, empty your garbage for a dime - and then I could use the money to buy tricks at the magic store.
What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.
Ever since I bought and started flying an airplane, it's been almost exclusively for business. I love to fly. It's a great joy to me. But rarely do I use it for any kind of pleasure, other than it is a pleasure to fly.
It's a difficult business, finding out what's true about the world, the universe.
Conservatives, in general, are anti-immigrant for the same reasons they have always been anti-immigrant - a proud tradition in our nation of immigrants going back to the days of the Founders, when Ben Franklin thought we were going to be overrun by Germans. But Business likes illegal workers.
It's a business you go into because you're an egocentric. It's a very embarrassing profession.
You've got to quit lowering your standards. Set your requirements up front so when a guy hooks you, he has to know this is business.
I believe that I have been basically anarchistic, anti-religion and anti-industry and business. In other words, anti-bureaucracy. I would like to see people behave well without having to have priests stand by, politicians stand by, or people collecting bills.
If you're going to be honest with yourself, you have to admit that you go into show business wanting people to talk about you and wanting everyone to know who you are. But that also means there are going to be a whole bunch of people who don't like you. No matter who you are.
We're very focused on making News Feed really good, making our photos experience really good, making messaging really good, and creating great location apps. That's the nature of a platform business of our scale. Most companies that are relevant to us will have some overlaps in some competitive way.
About half my time is spent on business operation type stuff.
All business is capitalistic. You require capital for any sort of business endeavour.
I myself am a parent in a small business. Number of employees: one.
When we want to have our own style of living, it is nobody's business but ours. What we do in private is our private business.
When most people ask about a business growing, what they really mean is growing revenue, not just growing the number of people using a service. Traditional businesses would view people using your service that you don't make money from as a cost.
A frustration I have is that a lot of people increasingly seem to equate an advertising business model with somehow being out of alignment with your customers. I think it's the most ridiculous concept.
We are a mission-driven company. In order to do this, we have to build a great team. And in order to do that, you need people to know they can make a bunch of money. So we need a business model to make a lot of money.
Building a mission and building a business go hand in hand. The primary thing that excites me is the mission. But we have always had a healthy understanding that we need to do both.
I come from Toledo, Ohio, a town that has been hurt badly by the shift of the automobile business towards Japan. And yet I remember how the car workers lived in the neighborhood that I grew up in. My father was a car salesman, and I remember how we lived. I remember how modestly we lived.
There is a simple rule here, a rule of legislation, a rule of business, a rule of life: beyond a certain point, complexity is fraud. You can apply that rule to left-wing social programs, but you can also apply that rule to credit derivatives, hedge funds, all the rest of it.
When I board an airplane these days, all the middle-aged men are dressed like me - when I was an 8-year-old. They're in shorts and T-shirts. And it's not just on airplanes. It's in business offices, teachers' lounges, and churches.
Agriculture is a business that has been up to its bib overalls in politics since the first Thanksgiving dinner kickback to the Indians for subsidizing Pilgrim maize production with fish head fertilizer grants.
I know quite a few fellow members of the news analysis and commentary business, and I have it from the highest-placed sources, on the record, that each and every one of our children is a genius.
My definition of a 'friend' is, coming from Chicago, someone who says, 'Yeah, sure. You know what? Let's talk about what we can talk about. Let's help each other out. Your politics are none of my business.'
By reading, you learn through others' experiences, generally, a better way to do business, especially in our line of work where the consequences of incompetence are so final for young men.
In my relations with my husband, there was never any deceit... he never said he was going out on business; he would say he was going to a show, and I would say, 'Fine.'
We take the hamburger business more seriously than anyone else.
In this business, life is one long fund-raising effort.
The business of business is relationships; the business of life is human connection.
The more people you help and the more value you create, the more your business will fly - and the quicker you'll win.
At the time, there was a great disagreement over 'The Wild and the Innocent,' and I was asked to record the entire album over again with studio musicians. And I said I wouldn't do it, and they basically said, 'Well hey, look, it's going to go in the trash can.' That's the record business, you know.
You gotta have fun. Regardless of how you look at it, we're playing a game. It's a business, it's our job, but I don't think you can do well unless you're having fun.
I've always had an interest in business, and my interest in business has really expanded over the years.
I wish someone had put a golf club in my hands, not skates on my feet. It is a really great game for business. It's a great game for making connections.
I love to promote our sport. I love grass-roots tennis. I love coaching. I love all parts of the sport. I love the business side.
I don't feel one's personal medical condition is everybody's business. It just isn't something you advertise, and it's not open to discussion.
I'm actually very snobbish about directors. I have to say 'no' all the time. 'No' is the most powerful word in our business. You've got to protect yourself.
Being beautiful is not so fun when you're in a business with all men.
Atlanta is the number one place to live. You live better, you eat better, the rides are better, vehicles is better deals. It's better people. More mean people, but at my level you want it to be about business, so it's perfect for me.
No man has a right to expect to succeed in life unless he understands his business, and nobody can understand his business thoroughly unless he learns it by personal application and experience.
Men, women, and children who cannot live on gravity alone need something to satisfy their gayer, lighter moods and hours, and he who ministers to this want is, in my opinion, in a business established by the Creator of our nature. If he worthily fulfills his mission and amuses without corrupting, he need never feel that he has lived in vain.
I've stepped more into my business and really... taken control for how I want that to be.
When I first started getting into the business, a young woman in a music game that was mostly men, I did feel inadequate.
I think I grew up really fast; I grew up in this really fast-paced business, and I never understood what it meant to take a break or take time off or recover, and I paid for it.
I have friends in this business who put pictures of their kids on Facebook. That's not something I would do.
Probably nobody in America has come close to setting up as many jobs for people with his business as Donald Trump has.
Start a part-time business and make as many mistakes as you possibly can while you still have your daytime job.
If I have cash and I can't figure a way to put it into real estate or my business, I hold it in gold and silver.
Many entrepreneurs do not realize that many of the problems their businesses face today began yesterday, long before there was a business.
Finding good partners is the key to success in anything: in business, in marriage and, especially, in investing.
The state of the economy is not the issue when it comes to growing a business. The relevant questions are always: 'What business are you in? Furthermore, is it adapting to the times?'
While the Chinese people, as a rule, are good people, my business dealings with Communist Chinese officials have left me disturbed and concerned about the rise of the Chinese Empire.
Although I don't like the way the Chinese do business, I continue to do business in China. I have to. They're the next world power.
This rise of the new global mega-rich is happening as established institutions are falling. The fall runs the gamut from the music business and traditional media to the Detroit automakers who find themselves obsolete, outmaneuvered, and out-priced by entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, Mumbai, Shanghai, and even Siberia.
When President Obama speaks about raising taxes on the rich, he speaks about high-income employees and small business owners, not entrepreneurs who build big businesses.
The Web and new technology offer more opportunities to reach a world market at a lower price. Today, a person can start a business at home and reach the world market.
Any time an investment company has to spend heavily on advertising, it's probably a bad business in which to invest.
If you or I fail at business, we fail. If we cheat and fail, we go to jail. But if you're rich and politically connected, your incompetence may be protected by a government bailout.
In business, success often depends upon the relative age of your ideas.
I'm always amazed at how many people assume a business has to lose money before it makes money.
By 2003, every fool was getting into real estate. The checkout girl at my local supermarket handed me her newly printed real estate agent business card.
That's when it becomes a business. When you've been public a long time, when it's a career. You do certain films, you sell them.
I grew up with my career being thrust upon me. It took me a long time to believe that I could do more than that one aspect of our business.
If Satan wasn't around, churches would go out of business.
I don't need to drive. I have no business driving. I would never be able to find my keys.
Doing business with Cuba is good for America.
Rebuilding our relationship with Cuba would be a win for American business and a win for the Cuban people.
The ability to cultivate friends is a powerful aid to success. It is capital which will stand by one when panics come, when banks fail, when business concerns go to the wall.
Form the habit early in life of leaving your business at the store or wherever you may be employed. Never carry it home to mar the peace of your family; if you do, you will soon drive out the sunshine.
Business is in itself a power.
It's called a pen. It's like a printer, hooked straight to my brain.
Vulgar and obscene, the papers run rumors daily about people in show business, tales of wicked ways and witless affairs.
I don't think the government should be in the trailer-park business. I don't think they know how to run a trailer park.
I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.
Business today consists in persuading crowds.
I don't think we should be about the business of denying voters in Michigan and Florida the right to be heard.
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.
Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships.
The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else's.
It's not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts.
Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.
Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.
If you can build a business up big enough, it's respectable.
The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.
An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.
Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight.
The invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of government.
Our favorite holding period is forever.
Blessed is he who has found his work let him ask no other blessedness.
Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work.
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first the cash will come later.
An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.
Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, 'Make me feel important.' Never forget this message when working with people.
Try, try, try, and keep on trying is the rule that must be followed to become an expert in anything.
Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.
Surprise and delight your customers. There is nothing like that in business. If you delight your customers, you're a long way home.
Build something 100 people love, not something 1 million people kind of like.
We didn't set out to build a product. We set out to solve a problem.
If you create it for yourself, it's art. If you create it for others, it's business.
A company becomes the people it hires, not the plan it makes.
Almost everyone underestimates the value of fast movers, in almost every context. Work with them. Be one yourself.
The companies that succeed are mistake fixing machines.
When you combine extreme focus and great teams, magic happens.
There is no skill called business. Avoid business magazines and business classes.
To succeed in business you must learn the art of saying no.
If you are here for rewards, fame and money, you will ultimately fail. If you are for love, meaning and people, you will ultimately win.
I could either watch it happen or be a part of it.
In a world where almost no one takes a truly long-term view, the market richly rewards those who do.
The faster the feedback, the faster you learn. The faster you learn, the more you can adapt and improve.
The biggest risk is working on the wrong thing. The second biggest is being unreliable when working on the right thing.
When you find an idea that you just can't stop thinking about, that's probably a good one to pursue.
It is much more important to work on the right thing than it is to work many hours. Most people waste most of their time on stuff that doesn't matter.
Once you have figured out what to do, be unstoppable about getting your small handful of priorities accomplished quickly. I have yet to meet a slow-moving person who is very successful.
When you make a business, you get to make a little universe where you control all the laws.
Reasons your product will fail: Too complex. Can't easily be described. Didn't iterate fast enough. Bland. Failed to launch into a community. Doesn't save time/money. Poor design. Does too much. Didn't take a feature risk. Listened to wrong the customers.
We must learn what customers really want, not what they say they want or what we think they should want.
On the formula to build a billion-dollar Internet company: Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time... identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps.
Today's best practices lead to dead ends; the best paths are new and untried.
The person in the meeting that challenges the status quo is often the most valuable person in the room.
The more honest and unique a person is, the more that person attracts people. It's the same for businesses.
Our business is infested with idiots who try to impress by using pretentious jargon.
As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.
About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.
Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body - the producers and consumers themselves.
Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.
Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.
The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by - Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics.
Business is a combination of war and sport.
An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.
In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.
Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can't miss.
When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.
If you owe the bank $100 that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem.
There are two kinds of companies, those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second.
Remind people that profit is the difference between revenue and expense. This makes you look smart.
I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.
The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business.
Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority.
High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.
I was told to avoid the business all together because of the rejection. People would say to me, 'Don't you want to have a normal job and a normal family?' I guess that would be good advice for some people, but I wanted to act.
Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.
Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers - six if one went to Harvard.
One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results.
A company is only as good as the people it keeps.
Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.
The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.
It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.
Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.
The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.
Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
Carpe per diem - seize the check.
I buy when other people are selling.
A group or an artist shouldn't get his money until his boss gets his.
My son is now an 'entrepreneur.' That's what you're called when you don't have a job.
The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by somebody else's rules, while quietly playing by your own.
When in doubt, mumble when in trouble, delegate when in charge, ponder.
The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun. When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a kid.
More business is lost every year through neglect than through any other cause.
The consumer isn't a moron she is your wife.
I've never felt like I was in the cookie business. I've always been in a feel good feeling business. My job is to sell joy. My job is to sell happiness. My job is to sell an experience.
The leader who exercises power with honor will work from the inside out, starting with himself.
I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for - getting paid for doing what you love.
Cannibals prefer those who have no spines.
The buck stops with the guy who signs the checks.
Definition of Statistics: The science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures.
I don't think meals have any business being deductible. I'm for separation of calories and corporations.
Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.
Don't simply retire from something have something to retire to.
When did it become a problem to be a small businessman and become successful? The small businessman - like my father, or like me?
Spend a lot of time talking to customers face to face. You'd be amazed how many companies don't listen to their customers.
One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.
Family farms and small businesses are the backbone of our communities.
Word of mouth is the best medium of all.
What we actually learn, from any given set of circumstances, determines whether we become increasingly powerless or more powerful.
Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.
If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.
So little done, so much to do.
Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country.
You can't operate a company by fear, because the way to eliminate fear is to avoid criticism. And the way to avoid criticism is to do nothing.
Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design.
I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill.
Every few seconds it changes - up an eighth, down an eighth - it's like playing a slot machine. I lose $20 million, I gain $20 million.
To think that the new economy is over is like somebody in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
Do not trust people. They are capable of greatness.
To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
People will buy anything that is 'one to a customer.'
The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.
Look at growth, look at how much time people spend on the Net and look at the variety of things that they are doing. It's all really good, so I am actually encouraged by the fundamentals that underlie usage growth on the Net.
What we've gone through in the last several years has caused some people to question 'Can we trust Microsoft?'
We don't have a monopoly. We have market share. There's a difference.
Definition of a Statistician: A man who believes figures don't lie, but admits than under analysis some of them won't stand up either.
Business can be a source of progressive change.
Inside every working anarchy, there's an Old Boy Network.
If you have to forecast, forecast often.
Not for nothing is their motto TGIF - 'Thank God It's Friday.' They live for the weekends, when they can go do what they really want to do.
The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind ahead even more than teamwork.
What's the subject of life - to get rich? All of those fellows out there getting rich could be dancing around the real subject of life.
Only a monopolist could study a business and ruin it by giving away products.
The incestuous relationship between government and big business thrives in the dark.
The great leaders are like the best conductors - they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business.
If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.
I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can't truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
Prophesy is a good line of business, but it is full of risks.
Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, 'You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit.' As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.
It's time to fundamentally change the way that we do business in Washington. To help build a new foundation for the 21st century, we need to reform our government so that it is more efficient, more transparent, and more creative. That will demand new thinking and a new sense of responsibility for every dollar that is spent.
Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close.
The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.
The first mistake in public business is the going into it.
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business?
The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself.
It's a business you go into because your an egocentric. It's a very embarrassing profession.
I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century.
It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition.
If you spend your life competing with business men, what do you have? A bank account and ulcers!
Girls shouldn't worry about being the equal of men in the business world.
Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns.
Ultimately, who you choose to be in a relationship with and what you do in your bedroom is your business.
The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.
Dad almost died of a heart attack in the middle of making Apocalypse Now, the biggest movie of his life. It doesn't make you want to jump into that business.
Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
When you're young, you look at television and think, there's a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that's not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want.
Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to trial by market.
There's nobody in the business strong enough to scare me.
Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.
The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.
If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.
The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.
I worked hard all my life as far as this music business. I dreamed of the day when I could go to New York and feel comfortable and they could come out here and be comfortable.
Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.
I have never once regretted missing a business opportunity so that I could be with my children and grandchildren.
Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made.
In the US, there is basically one party - the business party. It has two factions, called Democrats and Republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies. By and large, I am opposed to those policies. As is most of the population.
Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.
Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.
But Apple really beats to a different drummer. I used to say that Apple should be the Sony of this business, but in reality, I think Apple should be the Apple of this business.
Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help... Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.
Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society. We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago.
In this business, by the time you realize you're in trouble, it's too late to save yourself. Unless you're running scared all the time, you're gone.
I love producing. I am loving doing that. I think that is my most natural space in the business. I just love producing or editing and that's where I thrive.
Business and growing jobs is about taking risk, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, but always striving. It is about dreams. Usually, it doesn't work out exactly as you might have imagined. Steve Jobs was fired at Apple. He came back and changed the world.
A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains.
Choose your colleagues carefully; you will end up caring what they care about.
You want to be world class at some narrow and important intersection, not decently good at a lot of things.
The essential principle of business - of occupation in the world - is this: figure out some way in which you get paid for playing.
You can worry about the competition...or you can focus on what's ahead of you and drive fast.
The quickest way to ruin the productivity of a small company is to have it adopt the practices of a large company.
Don't find customers for your products, find products for your customers.
There is no sport as competitive as business. It's 24 by 7 by 365 by forever.
I learned to go into business only with people whom I like, trust, and admire.
We don't do unnecessary things at Berkshire. And there are many things at big companies that are unnecessary.
I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business.
When you work on something, if you fall in love with it, that's a good sign. If you do, others will.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.
All business depends upon men fulfilling their responsibilities.
My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they're done by a team of people.
Please think about your legacy, because you're writing it every day.
I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man.
Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.
Your brand is what people say about you when you're not in the room.
Product is king.
Serve, don't lead.
To dominate, iterate.
Think big. Start small.
Be honest, not flawless.
Great products are personal.
90% of strategy is execution. 90% of execution is people.
Luck is not a business model.
Easy paths, crowded destinations.
Big results require big ambitions.
Always deliver more than expected.
Focus on what matters. Cut all the BS.
Build for the obsessed, not the casual.
Whatever you're thinking, think bigger.
Prioritizing is the most important thing in business.
It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen.
I'm after a legacy, not the most followers.
The best way to get the attention and respect of exceptional people is to do exceptional work.
Sketch. Prototype. Build. Action over theory.
You will become impressive the day to stop trying. You will become successful the day you stop being busy.
The goal is not to do business with everybody who needs what you have. The goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe.
Everyone knows that you need a great team, great execution, and a great idea. Less obvious is that you have to have great endurance.
We don't do business with companies. We do business with people.
Creating space to think is a competitive advantage.
My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.
Build something you yourself want is to startups what Write what you know is to writing.
It doesn't matter how many times you fail. It doesn't matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because... All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.
Rebelliousness is an economic tool in the same category as network effects and economies of scale.
Every moment in business happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won't make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them.
The fastest way to become exceptional is to work with exceptional people. If you want to be a great engineer, work at a company with great engineers. Want to start a company? Work for an early-stage startup with extraordinary founders. Watch them work, and learn by osmosis.
You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.
Search your parks in all your cities, you'll find no statues of committees.
Advertising is legalized lying.
If you think it's expensive to hire a talented employee, wait till you hire an untalented one.
You can be certain that the head of a corporation has a lot to worry about when he announces publicly that there is nothing to worry about.
Anyone who likes meetings should be banned from attending meetings.
If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be meetings.
If you can't make it good, at least make it look good.
In the business world, the rear-view mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
If you don't have a competitive advantage, don't compete.
In science you need to understand the world; in business you need others to misunderstand it.
You become whatever metric you choose to measure yourself by.
Products that work in a big group first worked in a tiny group. Small town before the big city. A thriving local population leads to a booming global trend.
The best businesses are very personal.
The best entrepreneurs are obsessed about one thing.
The least effective people always seem to care the most about credentials.
No one person leaving a good company kills it, but sometimes one person staying can.
Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.
Career advice: Don't sell shit you don't want to buy. Don't work for people you don't want to become. Create win-win relationships for all.
Tolstoy opens Anna Karenina by observing: All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Business is the opposite. All happy companies are different: each one earns a monopoly by solving a unique problem. All failed companies are the same: they failed to escape competition.
Paradoxically, the best networking advice is to not spend much time networking, and instead be so good at something that everyone wants you in their network, on your terms. Some people have big networks w/o spending much time networking.
The difference between a good business and a bad business is that good businesses throw up one easy decision after another. The bad businesses throw up painful decisions time after time.
Sometimes an organization doesn't need a solution; it just needs clarity.
I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business.
It is better to act too quickly than it is to wait too long.
Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.
Fools work while the wise play.
If you can't be world class in an existing market, build a more specific market.
To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.
Successful people create companies. More successful people create countries. The most successful people create religions.
Sell solutions or sell entertainment. There is no other business model that works long term.
When people pursue their own success at the expense of their colleagues, teams become less than the sum of their parts. When people care as much about their colleagues' success as their own, teams become more than the sum of their parts.
Where you apply your effort matters more than how much effort you apply. You might be able to work 10% harder, but working on the right thing can deliver 100x results. Unfortunately, most days we are too busy working on the next thing to ask if we are working on the best thing.
It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality.
In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love.
Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.
You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.
What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: Know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.
Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.
Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.
Don't wish it was easier. Wish you were better.
Forget about your competitors, just focus on your customers.
The more complicated the message, the smaller the audience.
Obsess over making it easier to do business with you.
Don't tell prospective customers what you can do. Tell your customers what they will be able to do once they have your help.
The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.
Focus on what your customer wants, not just on the service you provide.
A customer won on price will be lost on price.
Amateurs focus on building the best solution. Professionals focus on the customer's problem.
The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers.
People that pay for things never complain. It's the guy you give something to that you can't please.
The only certain way to stay close to the customer is to be the customer.
Every brand is selling one less thing to think about. The customer is paying to not think about something. What is it?
The 20% gap between 80% done and 100% done takes 80% of the time but often represents 100% of the value to the customer.
Business happens over years and years. Value is measured in the total upside of a business relationship, not by how much you squeezed out in any one deal.
Customers won't care about any particular technology unless it solves a particular problem in a superior way. And if you can't monopolize a unique solution for a small market, you'll be stuck with vicious competition.
Like acting, sales works best when hidden.
One customer, well taken care of, could be more valuable than $10,000 worth of advertising.
A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them.
Customers don't care about your solution. They care about their problems.
Management is telling other people what to do. Leadership is making them want to do it.
You should be more willing to believe strategies are good if they can be explained briefly.
True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed... Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.
There is a difference between a collection of all-stars and a team. This is very obvious in basketball but not as obvious in business. You need to help your team learn to become a team. That means investing in a foundation of trust, care for each other, and empathy.
Talking is overrated. Showing the example is underrated.
Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.
The true measure of leaders is not the number of people who serve them but the number of people they serve.
When assholes get ahead, it's because we let them get away with it. It's time to stop promoting people who produce short-term results but do long-term damage. Leaders don't undermine their teams. They elevate them.
As a leader, you need to be a master storyteller. You need to craft a compelling narrative that engages your employees and your customers, builds a community and infuses people with purpose. And you also have to recognize when it's time for the story to evolve.
Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves.
A weak leader likes to tell us how many people work for them. A great leader is humbled to tell us how many people they work for.
To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.
No matter what you do, your job is to tell your story.
Make something people want includes making a company people want to work for.
You don't build a business - you build people - and then people build the business.
The best employees generally quit because they hate their manager or they stopped learning.
The ordinary man gets motivation from power and fame. The superior finds motivation in meaning and work itself.
Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company.
Organizing and motivating teams of people over a long period of time is one of the few things that separates good founders from great founders.
I don't pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.
If you want employees to feel appreciated, you need to celebrate their achievements regularly and publicly.
The three things that motivate creative people - autonomy, mastery, purpose.
Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with a passion.
Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free and worth a fortune.
Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
Getting the right people and the right chemistry is more important than the right idea.
The best teams and the best minds are curious and weird. Dull teams and dull minds are indifferent. They achieve nothing.
Shaping your culture is more than half done when you hire your team.
The strongest teams have a lot of diversity of thought but do not have much diversity of values or goals.
In healthy cultures, people rise by elevating others and fall by undermining others. In toxic cultures, people are forced to choose between helping others and achieving success. Choose the workplace where success comes from making others successful.
We have a culture where we are incredibly self-critical, we don't get comfortable with our success.
Life is a team sport, not an individual sport. Once you start thinking that way, everything goes a lot better.
The key isn't to put together a group of people who look alike, or even act alike. The key is to put people together who believe in a shared purpose.
And it's worth saying it outright: Smart founders make sure their team is diverse from the beginning.
It's important for us to create a culture of innovation ” one that both values and rewards risk.
It's about getting the best people, retaining them, nurturing a creative environment and helping to find a way to innovate.
Corporate culture is the only sustainable competitive advantage that is completely within the control of the entrepreneur.
Build a culture that rewards ” not punishes ” people for getting problems into the open where they can be solved.
Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first.
If you hit the target every time, it's too near or too big.
We must all learn not only to not fear change, but to embrace it enthusiastically and, perhaps even more important, encourage and drive it.
If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late.
Innovation drives outsized returns.
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
It takes building a business to learn how to build a business.
A valuable business must start by finding a niche and dominating a small market.
All learning is dependent on feedback. The faster the feedback, the faster you can learn. Thus, in many domains, the individual, team, or organization with the fastest feedback cycle is the one that wins.
Business is about transforming customers. From complicated to simple, busy to free, poor to rich, slow to fast, big to small or small to big.
Growth companies are as much about destruction as they are growth. Every step along the ladder of growth firms must destroy process, destroy design, destroy product, destroy teams, destroy cultural norms, destroy narrative. Destruction is an integral function of growth.
Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.
If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.
If you need an innovation committee, odds are you're doing it wrong.
The best way to have valuable ideas is to understand the entire landscape of a field and figure out what can emerge now that couldn't before.
The secret sauce behind nearly every world-changing software product: Make the inconvenient, convenient. How? Make the illegible, legible.
Productivity comes from making habits of doing. Creativity comes from breaking habits of thinking. Innovation comes from toggling between novel ideas and familiar routines.
Innovation is about combinations. The more data points you have, the better. So get curious, read, explore, get inspired, get outdoors, meditate, doodle, experiment.
Business is the marketplace of ideas.
There is an inverse correlation between how many times the word innovation is used and how innovative your organization really is.
Companies with a culture of being right have a terrible time innovating.
Organizations want near instant payoffs but real innovation rarely results in instant gratification.
If your product requires advertising or salespeople to sell it, it's not good enough: technology is primarily about product development, not distribution.
Every practice has a set of rules which governs it. Mastery occurs with the realization of these rules. Innovation occurs at the point of intelligent and creative rebellion against them.
Not every idea is going to succeed. But every idea should be treated like it could. You can only know in retrospect which ideas go the distance. But even if your first idea doesn't take flight, it may land you at the doorstep of your next big idea.
If you don't give people a chance to fail, you won't innovate. If you want to be an innovative company, allow people to make mistakes.
When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts.
Big companies have trouble with innovation. Innovation is about bad ideas, or ideas that look like bad ideas. That's the fundamental thing.
Always err on the side of starting too small. The reason is simple: it's easier to dominate a small market than a large one. If you think your initial market might be too big, it almost certainly is.
The most valuable businesses of coming decades will be built by entrepreneurs who seek to empower people rather than try to make them obsolete.
If you love to write, start a blog. If you love to talk, start a podcast. If you love to solve problems, start a business. If you love freedom, do what you love.
You should be working on your product, getting product-market fit, exercising, and eating healthy. That's it. That's kind of all you have time for while you're on this mission.
Pick out industries that don't have celebrities ” then become the first one. Big ponds are overrated.
Starting a business is like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. In mid air, the entrepreneur begins building a parachute and hopes it opens before hitting the ground.
Entrepreneurial business favours the open mind. It favours people whose optimism drives them to prepare for many possible futures, pretty much purely for the joy of doing so.
A bigger business is like a cruise ship: There are lots of amenities and you can go a lot further, but it's harder to turn quickly.
The greatest product and project ideas are born from some sense of frustration.
When launching something new, you have to go for it”playing not to lose can never be an option.
The time to go into a new business is when it's badly run by others.
Business is a spiritual pursuit. Your business will not grow unless you grow as a person.
Don't hire the most qualified, hire the craziest.
Everybody wants to hire the best. Nobody wants to pay them the best.
Qualities of the person first, always. Skills can be trained. Values cannot.
In the long run, those who hire too fast lose their money, and most importantly, their time.
One of the best ways to attract great talent is to work on hard problems.
Never hire an A student unless it is to take exams.
Before you make an offer to someone, think about whether you'd like to have 10 times as many people like them in your company.
You don't hire talented people to tell them what to do. You hire talented people to tell you what to do.
Hire people who can figure things out, not people who know everything. Hire people who can work alone and with others. Hire people for where they are going, not where they are. That means hiring for the ability and desire to grow and learn and improve. This is compounding.
I'm a large believer in hiring the right people and giving them unbelievable amounts of power and autonomy.
When you fire someone you feel terrible for about a day, then you say to yourself that you should have done it sooner.
Don't hire or promote the person who works the longest hours. Hire and promote the person who finds a creative way to get the same work done in shorter hours.
Don't hire for talent, knowledge, or skill. Hire for the motivation and ability to learn. As the world changes, betting on experience can leave you stuck in the past. Investing in agility sets you up to shape the future.
You want fast learning people who have a little bit of experience, but are not necessarily seriously experienced in what they're doing. If they have serious experience, great, but it's that fast learning curve of something new that matters.
Be insanely picky about the people you hire in the first year of business.
Hire great people and give them freedom to be awesome.
You can't hire someone else to do your push-ups for you.
Hiring: values first, aptitude second, specific skills third.
Work with people that make arguing enjoyable.
Meetings are the death of productivity.
A bad employee makes simple problems more complex. A good employee makes complex problems simpler. A wise employee asks questions.
Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent.
It takes years to become a great engineer, designer, writer, painter. But it only takes days to become communicative, reliable, and nice to be around - which will put you above 90% of your peers.
Business, after all, is nothing more than a bunch of human relationships.
Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other.
If someone's assessment of their own ability is wildly higher than their actual ability, aggressively avoid working with them.
Every job is a sales job, especially as you move up the ladder.
Trust builds confidence. Confidence builds momentum. Momentum builds unstoppable teams.
In the end you should always do the right thing even if it's hard.
Trust is the one thing that changes everything. It's not a nice-to-have; it's a must-have. Without it, every part of your organization can fall, literally, into disrepair. With trust, all things are possible. Stephen R.
Don't underestimate trust as a necessary foundation to getting sh*t done. I use to think skills were all that was important. But trust is a coefficient on your team's productivity.
Accountability means sticking your neck out. You get credit, and increased leverage, when things go well, and blame when things go poorly. In well-functioning teams, each individual has high accountability for their part.
Pick business partners with high intelligence, energy, and, above all, integrity.
Business is about people, and your reputation is built on how you treat people.
If you make your business about helping others, you'll always have plenty of work.
You just have to keep driving down the road. It's going to bend and curve and you'll speed up and slow down, but the road keeps going.
In business for yourself, not by yourself.
I have made the tough decisions, always with an eye toward the bottom line. Perhaps it's time America was run like a business.
Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
In almost every profession - whether it's law or journalism, finance or medicine or academia or running a small business - people rely on confidential communications to do their jobs. We count on the space of trust that confidentiality provides. When someone breaches that trust, we are all worse off for it.
It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
Few businessmen are capable of being in politics, they don't understand the democratic process, they have neither the tolerance or the depth it takes. Democracy isn't a business.
I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night.
I love my family very much. I wish I could see them a little more often than I do. But we understand because we're a show business family and we all work.
Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.
A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.
Business is the salt of life.
This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.
You know, out-of-touch liberals like Barack Obama say they want a strong economy, but in everything they do, they show they don't like business very much. But the economy, of course, is simply the product of all the businesses of the nation added together. So it's a bit like saying you like an omelet, but you don't like eggs.
Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it's not going to get the business.
In business or in life, don't follow the wagon tracks too closely.
Behind every small business, there's a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores - these didn't come out of nowhere.
Prosperous farmers mean more employment, more prosperity for the workers and the business men of every industrial area in the whole country.
Freedom. Freedom of religion. Freedom to speak their mind. Freedom to build a life. And yes, freedom to build a business. With their own hands. This is the essence of the American experience.
To succeed in business it is necessary to make others see things as you see them.
If a business does well, the stock eventually follows.
Washington has to become an ally of business, not the opposition of business.
When you raise taxes on small business, from 35% to 40%, you will kill jobs.
That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story.
When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.
You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.
What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.
I don't want to run around and look at a shot through a monitor. That doesn't improve what I'm trying to do. I figure, once I've done my job, it's none of my business.
And fifth, we will champion small businesses, America's engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.
I know what it's like to start a business. I know how extra ordinarily difficult it is to build something from nothing. I know how government kills jobs and, yes, I know how it can help from time- to-time.
'Tis the business of little minds to shrink but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none.
I will never do another TV series. It couldn't top I Love Lucy, and I'd be foolish to try. In this business, you have to know when to get off.
The god whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively, a God who does a wholesale, not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals.
Most of the trouble in this world has been caused by folks who can't mind their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any more than a smallpox virus has.
We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost.
War is the business of barbarians.
I like Mr. Gorbachev, we can do business together.
My business is to prevent the future.
Both my brothers became physicians and I, of course, wandered into a business where the undisciplined are welcome.
I have heard show business characterized as a refuge for childlike persons in flight from all things harsh and real.
One irreducible residual of 38 years in the business is the number of lasting, loving friendships I have made.
The golden rule for every business man is this: 'Put yourself in your customer's place.'
The business of the poet is not to find new emotions, but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry, to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all.
Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.
The purpose of a business is to create a customer.
Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.
After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world.
Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.
I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.
My objection to Liberalism is this that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind namely, politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.
All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
I also believe that government has no business telling us how we should live our lives. I think our lifestyle choices should be left up to us. What we do in our private lives is none of the government's business. That position rules out the Republican Party for me.
No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.
Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.
So we really need jobs now. We have to take jobs away from other countries because other countries are taking our jobs. There is practically not a country that does business with the United States that isn't making - let's call it a very big profit. I mean China is going to make $300 billion on us at least this year.
When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign is solitude.
When I started my last business, I didn't receive a paycheck for 13 months. The average person can't handle that pressure.
I think any man in business would be foolish to fool around with his secretary. If it's somebody else's secretary, fine.
The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you.
Young people are fitter to invent than to judge fitter for execution than for counsel and more fit for new projects than for settled business.
Creative people don't behave very well generally. If you're looking for examples of good relationships in show business, you're gonna be depressed real fast. I don't have time for anything else right now but work and my daughter. She's my first priority.
But I believe in fair trade, and I will tell you, I have many, many friends heading up corporations, and people that do just business in China, they say it's virtually impossible. It's very, very hard to come into China. And yet, we welcome them with open arms.
If we get our self-esteem from superficial places, from our popularity, appearance, business success, financial situation, health, any of these, we will be disappointed, because no one can guarantee that we'll have them tomorrow.
Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions.
The one great principle of English law is to make business for itself.
The average bright young man who is drafted hates the whole business because an army always tries to eliminate the individual differences in men.
To me, business isn't about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It's about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials.
American business has just forgotten the importance of selling.
Employers and business leaders need people who can think for themselves - who can take initiative and be the solution to problems.
Business underlies everything in our national life, including our spiritual life. Witness the fact that in the Lord's Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.
No matter what business you're in, you can't run in place or someone will pass you by. It doesn't matter how many games you've won.
Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation.
The success I have achieved in bodybuilding, motion pictures, and business would not have been possible without the generosity of the American people and the freedom here to pursue your dreams.
Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin.
A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists.
Music is spiritual. The music business is not.
In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product, and profits.
The true measure of the value of any business leader and manager is performance.
The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital.
Money is a strange business. People who haven't got it aim it strongly. People who have are full of troubles.
The business of America is business.
For many my behavior has been a major disappointment, my behavior has caused considerable worry to my business partners, and everyone involved in my business, but most importantly to the young people we influence, I apologize.
The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart.
Democrats think the country works better with a strong middle class, real opportunities for poor people to work their way into it and a relentless focus on the future, with business and government working together to promote growth and broadly shared prosperity. We think 'we're all in this together' is a better philosophy than 'you're on your own.'
If you have learned how to disagree without being disagreeable, then you have discovered the secrete of getting along - whether it be business, family relations, or life itself.
I think I could go away tomorrow. I've already accomplished something. It's such a selfish business that sometimes I get sick of myself.
My philosophy is: It's none of my business what people say of me and think of me.
It's like you always have to put on a happy face, be the phony baloney, and I'm so not that. I never was that I'll never be that. That is part of the business that I don't like. Maybe that will always keep me an outsider, I don't know. But that's fine.
It is not fit the public trusts should be lodged in the hands of any, till they are first proved and found fit for the business they are to be entrusted with.
I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for perfection is God's business.
Contrary to popular opinion, the hustle is not a new dance step - it is an old business procedure.
Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does.
I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.
If a man's character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
It is your business when the wall next door catches fire.
Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.
Be the business never so painful, you may have it done for money.
The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality.
I strongly believe that missionaries make better products. They care more. For a missionary, it's not just about the business. There has to be a business, and the business has to make sense, but that's not why you do it. You do it because you have something meaningful that motivates you.
Advertising is a business of words, but advertising agencies are infested with men and women who cannot write. They cannot write advertisements, and they cannot write plans. They are helpless as deaf mutes on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.
If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business, and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher's cleaver.
In day-to-day commerce, television is not so much interested in the business of communications as in the business of delivering audiences to advertisers. People are the merchandise, not the shows. The shows are merely the bait.
Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith.
If you like a person you say 'let's go into business together.' Man is a social animal after all, but such partnerships are fraught with danger.
There's no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can't do any business from there.
Business is not just doing deals business is having great products, doing great engineering, and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationships.
My business is to teach my aspirations to confirm themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonize with my aspirations.
I'm someone who loves to enjoy life and tries to focus on real things and real friendships. That's why I live very simply. I'm a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl. I don't spend much time fixing myself up or trying to look cool. I live like a normal person and even though I'm in a very high-profile business, I really don't let it affect the way I live.
The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.
Almost anyone can be an author the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.
Love has always been the most important business in my life, I should say the only one.
When you're eight years old nothing is your business.
The music business is motivated by money. Music is motivated by energy and feelings.
I never really studied business in school. I kind of wish I had, but how boring is that?
I'm in show business... I want to hang out with Janet Jackson, not Jesse Jackson.
Being tall is an advantage, especially in business. People will always remember you. And if you're in a crowd, you'll always have some clean air to breathe.
A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It's my favorite part of the business, live concerts.
Of course, everybody makes mistakes, and we've all been young and stupid. But people need to have a sense of respect, particularly in this business, because hundreds of people are ready to take your place at any time. Maybe some people should think about that.
You know, I look like a woman but I think like a man. And in this world of business, that has helped me a lot. Because by the time they think that I don't know what's goin' on, I then got the money, and gone.
There are no right and wrong ways to work in this business, but there are some basic common-sense practices. Work very, very hard and always be prepared never give up and once you get the job, give them more than they ever expected: - Shine!
There is nothing more requisite in business than despatch.
Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
I started out mopping floors, waiting tables, and tending bar at my dad's tavern. I put myself through school working odd jobs and night shifts. I poured my heart and soul into a small business. And when I saw how out-of-touch Washington had become with the core values of this great nation, I put my name forward and ran for office.
Teach your children how to behave with animals. Adopt a pet. Don't go buy one. Please. That's a sin. Let's get these puppy mills out of business.
For the first time we're allowing developers who don't work at Facebook to develop applications just as if they were. That's a big deal because it means that all developers have a new way of doing business if they choose to take advantage of it. There are whole companies that are forming whose only product is a Facebook Platform application.
Every business and every product has risks. You can't get around it.
Comedy may be big business but it isn't pretty.
When I was in college, I was debating to try my hand at show business, or to become a professor. I just thought of the risk of not going into show business and always wondering if I would've had a chance. Because that's where my real heart was.
It is the artist's business to create sunshine when the sun fails.
I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn't dare to make an enemy should get out of the business.
Christmas is over and Business is Business.
Politics would be a helluva good business if it weren't for the goddamned people.
It is just as important that business keep out of government as that government keep out of business.
I feel lazy when I'm not working. I learned all my business sense from my dad. He always believed in me, and I think the last thing he said to me before he passed away was, 'I know you're gonna be OK. I'm not worried about you'.
People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contented but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained.
I'm a big fan of small business ownership. I think it's the backbone of American innovation. But to be successful, you first have to have the courage to go for it.
Most executives, many scientists, and almost all business school graduates believe that if you analyze data, this will give you new ideas. Unfortunately, this belief is totally wrong. The mind can only see what it is prepared to see.
A successful economic development strategy must focus on improving the skills of the area's workforce, reducing the cost of doing business and making available the resources business needs to compete and thrive in today's global economy.
I can't tell anybody else how to run their life or their business, but I really believe I've got a good bead on myself.
There is one other business where the customer is always wrong and that's the media.
Most people have no idea how to politely answer a phone. The English do, and it's been their only major business advantage for the past two centuries.
I think there is a big difference between the music business and music. And my relationship is to music, not music business. I think the business will keep changing, but music won't. Music will be there.
When a team takes ownership of its problems, the problem gets solved. It is true on the battlefield, it is true in business, and it is true in life.
As far as I'm concerned, the first business leader who was able to establish a cult of personality around his tenure was Lee Iacocca.
Business book writing for me is when some set of ideas gets stuck in my mind, I write a book about it. I haven't got a theory and I haven't got a framework.
I don't read many business books. I read good fiction. Business is about people, so my favorite business books are anything by Dickens.
'In Search of Excellence' - even the title - is a reminder that business isn't dry, dreary, boring, or by the numbers. Life at work can be cool - and work that's cool isn't confined to Tiger Woods, Yo-Yo Ma, or Tom Hanks. It's available to all of us and any of us.
There are people with otherwise chaotic and disorganized lives, a certain type of person that's always found a home in the restaurant business in much the same way that a lot of people find a home in the military.
I was a journeyman chef of middling abilities. Whatever authority I have as a commenter on this world comes from the sheer weight of 28 years in the business. I kicked around for 28 years and came out the other end alive and able to form a sentence.
Acting is a trial-and-error business. Every actor has a few movies on their resume that they're not terribly proud of, but that's how you learn.
We need business to understand its social responsibility, that the main task and objective for a business is not to generate extra income and to become rich and transfer the money abroad, but to look and evaluate what a businessman has done for the country, for the people, on whose account he or she has become so rich.
Washington is politics! Somehow if people have political objectives, then those objectives are automatically disqualified? If that's the case, the Democrats have no business being legitimized about anything because everything they do is political.
What was a profitable business in one era can become a public utility and a recognized public good in the next.
I spent five years running Manhattan GMAT helping young people get into business school.
What I learned at Oxford has been used to great advantage throughout my business career.
If you get rich in the name of the poor, fine and dandy. The problem is when you earn it. If you earn the money in the private sector by starting a business and hiring a lot of people, that's when you become the enemy.
If you really want to get rid of the problems in the NFL, put Obama in charge of it: in a few months it will be so deep in debt it will have to go out of business - no more concussions.
Building a successful business requires a combination of human capital, financial resources, market opportunity, persistence, community support, and even luck.
Back in 2001, my first start-up was mentioned in the 'New York Times' and 'USA Today.' I figured that would drive thousands of visitors to the site and tons of new business. Instead, only a handful of people visited our site, and not much business came of it at all.
People love Twinkies, and everyone knows about them, yet Hostess went bankrupt. Attention and commercial success have an uncertain relationship in business.
In most every business, you learn by doing. The apprenticeship model is much more effective than the classroom for cultivating entrepreneurs.
The vast majority of small business owners want nothing to do with figuring out a website. They are neck-deep in their business trying to keep it going.
Just about any growth company is going to need smart salespeople, account and project managers, business development, marketing, operations, customer service, content creation, communications, analytics, and social media.
I sometimes compare starting a business to having a child. You have a moment of profound inspiration, followed by months of thankless hard work and waking up in the middle of the night.
Starting a business is similar to an athletic endeavor, like serving a tennis ball. Telling you how to do it is useless. You actually get better through a combination of practice, coaching, and repetitions with money on the line.
I challenge those who are in business and other professions to see that there are copies of the Book of Mormon in their reception rooms.
Living in the city is a discordant thing, an unnatural thing. The city, a place to which one goes to do business, is a place where men overreach each other in the fight for money. But it is not a place in which one can live.
The trunk of a tree is like a community where only one generation at a time is engaged in active business, the great mass of the population being retired and adding solidity and permanence to the social organism.
As a little boy, I wanted to be a policeman. And then as I got older, and I saw my dad in the car business, an automobile executive.
The real people who suffer when business is leaving or not successful are the people in the middle class.
Look, rich people and business people do well whether Republicans or Democrats are in charge.
The secret to the movie business, or any business, is to get a good education in a subject besides film - whether it's history, psychology, economics, or architecture - so you have something to make a movie about. All the skill in the world isn't going to help you unless you have something to say.
The ways of the Lord are different from the ways of man. Man's ways remove people from office or business when they grow old or become disabled. But man's ways are not and never will be the Lord's ways.
I've learned from my dealings with Johnny Carson that no matter what kind of friendship you think you have with people you're working with, when the chips are down, it's all about business.
Show business is - you're there by somebody's fluke. And as long as somebody likes you, and the show is going well, you're fine. I'd do anything. There's so much I want to do.
My eyes opened, and the first thing I thought of when I could put thoughts together was I want to be in show business. Never wanted anything else. I used to sneak in the costume room at my nursery school and smell the costumes.
There is a quiet about the life of a farmer, and the hope of a serene old age, that no other business or profession can promise.
I can imagine no sweeter way to end one's life than in the quiet of the country, out of the mad race for money, place and power - far from the demands of business - out of the dusty highway where fools struggle and strive for the hollow praise of other fools.
People can talk all they want; that doesn't affect how I go about my business.
I think being shy or a little bit more mild-mannered is more how you treat people and how you go about your business, not necessarily how you dress or things of that nature.
The NFL is a performance-based business, so you should have to perform to earn some of your money. At the same time, I realize that my success isn't just because of what I do out there.
For most people, it's easy to be passionate about things that are working out, and that distorts our impression of the importance of passion. I've been involved in several dozen business ventures over the course of my life, and each one made me excited at the start. You might even call it passion.
One of the privileges you have of living the life of an artist and creating your own world and everything is the fact that, in-between times, you can kind of spend them however you want. Because, you know, once you open up your candy store again, you're open for business. And you have to be responsible. You have to be available.
We're focused on ourselves and winning our games and handling our business. We'll let the chips fall in place.
All the things I love is what my business is all about.
I like knowing about everything, and I think that really helps me in my business.
I admire the courage and self-reliance it takes to start your own business and make it succeed.
I probably do 10 to 12 Snapchats a day. Spending time with my family or my chef, my workouts, my outfits, or any events I'm attending. Playing music in the car is a big one for me. Dancing sometimes. Or asking people, 'How's business?'
The Kingdom is the love of God prevailing in politics, in business, in government, in media. It is all the impact of the laws of God creating a social environment where the strong help the weak, where those who have give to those who don't. It's a society where relationships are built on love.
I was a very good cook, and I knew I could build a business.
Every entrepreneur talks about the passion you have for your work, and I think that's what's missing with a lot of women in business.
Everywhere I go, I always look for creative entrepreneurs, whether it's artisans and craftsmen, small farmers and gardeners, or restaurateurs who use fresh, locally sourced ingredients. I admire the courage and self-reliance it takes to start your own business and make it succeed.
My goal with our American Made program is to inspire people of all ages to become 'doers,' whether it's them learning how to make an easy weekday dinner or starting their own business.
Where I know I wanna go is being consistent on business, and that's just making another artist, my clothing line - capitalizing off the moment. I wanna be consistently doing that - capitalizing off every move I make.
Business is fun. Controlling your own destiny is fun. Creating an idea and turning it into a movie; finding an artist and guiding their career and bringing them to some type of status - there's joy in that.
The Tea Party is almost solely grassroots-based; business interests have almost no grassroots organization. The Republican Party has for too long been run on behalf of business interests who favor candidates the grassroots hate; the minute that those candidates begin to flag, only loyal Tea Partiers stand behind them.
There's a history of enslaved African-Americans having to make their slave masters comfortable. This business of what we call skinning and grinning - that is something African-Americans are very much cognizant of.
I'm never going to be one of those guys who gets on TV and yells and screams. That's not how I do my business. But I'm very aware of social responsibility.
If you want to be more productive, then start at the start: get there on time. Whether it is a meeting, a flight, an appointment or a date, it's important to ensure you are there when you say you will be there. This may feel like an old-fashioned tip to give, but it has served me well for five decades in business.
From my very first day as an entrepreneur, I've felt the only mission worth pursuing in business is to make people's lives better.
I'm in this business to be creative - I'll even diminish it and say to be a content provider.
I respect Drake not only as a creative person but as a business mind as well. I think Drake's important.
There's no point in starting a business unless you're going to make a dramatic difference to other people's lives. So if you've got an idea that's gonna make a big difference to other people's lives, then just get on and do it.
I've never gone into business to make money. Every Virgin product and service has been made into a reality to make a positive difference in people's lives. And by focusing on the happiness of our customers, we have been able to build a successful group of companies.
Most people would assume my business success, and the wealth that comes with it, have brought me happiness. But I know I am successful, wealthy, and connected because I am happy.
A passionate belief in your business and personal objectives can make all the difference between success and failure. If you aren't proud of what you're doing, why should anybody else be?
We have teams of people working on electric cars. So you never know - you may find Virgin competing with the Tesla in the car business as we do in the space business.
Had I pursued my education long enough to learn all the conventional dos and don'ts of starting a business, I often wonder how different my life and career might have been.
When I started Virgin from a basement in west London, there was no great plan or strategy. I didn't set out to build a business empire... For me, building a business is all about doing something to be proud of, bringing talented people together and creating something that's going to make a real difference to other people's lives.
Taking bold action on climate change simply makes good business sense. It's also the right thing to do for people and the planet. Setting a net-zero GHG emissions target by 2050 will drive innovation, grow jobs, build prosperity, and secure a better world for what will soon be 9 billion people.
An important priority for me is a business must get their own house in order. Be or become an agent of positive change in your own enterprise and adopt responsible practices to eliminate the risks that often lie at the root of inequality and poverty.
When I was growing up, there was nobody in my family - not even my mother - who I could look to and be like, 'I know you've never said anything homophobic.' So, you know, you worry about people in the business who you've heard talk that way. Some of my heroes coming up talk recklessly like that.
I just figured out that if I gave my all into this game - if I put everything into the fight business - then I would eventually run the fight business.
I don't think there's any such thing as rock n' roll anymore - it's an amalgamation of business interests.
Pop music I have always loved best. But the more extreme, fascist-led examples of the music business I tend to detest the most.
I'm not a military general, a business guru, not a philosopher or author. It's only me.
When I started working on Southwest Airlines, I kid you not, only people flying on business and very wealthy people ever flew.
I'm a pretty open book, so not being out publicly felt inauthentic. Hopefully we can get to a point where your personal life isn't anybody else's business, but until then, it's less about people having to know about your sexuality than standing up for what's right and fighting for equality.
In the '60s and '70s and early '80s, the trainers would grind you, and eventually they would break something - they would break an ankle in ways that it would heal. It was just the way of the business, to ensure that you learned respect for wrestling.
I'm a businessman, and what I know is numbers and business.
When you are a successful business person, you are only as good as your team. No one can do every deal alone.
My having HIV has no bearing on my business.
By getting your customers to agree with you in small steps along the way, you have a better chance of reaching agreement when it's time to do business.
No business can stay in business without customers. How you treat - or mistreat - them determines how long your doors stay open.
It doesn't matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline.
The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your relationships. The quality of your business is no different.
Customers are the reason we open our doors every day, and keep the machines humming all night long. Customers determine what we eat, where we live, whether we stay in business.
Your workforce is your most valuable asset. The knowledge and skills they have represent the fuel that drives the engine of business - and you can leverage that knowledge.
Pessimism doesn't grow your business or even maintain the status quo. The pessimists on your staff make the job harder for everyone around them. They make difficulties out of opportunities.
The sooner you accept the fact that you will have both successes and failures, the easier it will be to get your business and personal life headed in the right direction.
The annals of business are filled with stories of companies that thought they had it made and could milk their enterprises without having to bother about improving their products or services. It's amazing how fast they found their markets disappearing.
By my count, more business leaders have failed and derailed because of arrogance than any other character flaw.
To me, job titles don't matter. Everyone is in sales. It's the only way we stay in business.
I am going to enjoy some other things apart from business.
What kind of business world are we living in?
Alibaba is an ecosystem that helps small business to grow.
I like to play cards. I'm not very good, because I don't want to calculate, I just play by instinct. But I've learned a lot of business philosophy by playing poker.
Chinese people, young people, they don't go shopping a lot in department stores. All department store guys hate me. They say business is bad because of Jack.
As a business person, I want the world to share the prosperity together.
My vision is to build an e-commerce ecosystem that allows consumers and businesses to do all aspects of business online.
Our focused customers are small business and young people. We did a great job in China. How can we help those young people in India, in Pakistan, in Africa. If they can use in the same ways.
Our philosophy is that we want to be an ecosystem. Our philosophy is to empower others to sell, empower others to service, making sure the other people are more powerful than us. With our technology, our innovation, our partners - 10 million small business sellers - they can compete with Microsoft and IBM.
I believe always you should have a philanthropic heart inside but business way. Because you have to get things done. That is what scientists tell us how to do properly. Business should tell us how to get things done efficiently. And government should have the good environment and the foundations of researching.
If you're doing business, not that simple to only buy. You have to create something. You have to create something that never exist for the future.
Helping doing business easier, we choose the name Alibaba because it is a global company. It is founded in China, but it was created for the world.
We want to help U.S. entrepreneurs, small business owners, and brands and companies of all sizes sell their goods to the growing Chinese consumer class. Chinese consumers will get to buy the American products they want. This, in turn, will help create American jobs and increase U.S. exports.
I even don't dare to watch our stock price, because this is what other people think who you are. I dare not watch it. I think, let the market take care of themselves; we should take care of the business.
As a company, we have to be very transparent. We are in a business very related to finance, and I want this company to last long, and I want this company to be audited by everyone.
The independents who were our fiercest competitors all succumbed to the one-hit-makes-you-a-genius philosophy. It is a mistake to think you have the magic touch. Show business is roulette. If you start to play for stakes you can't afford, there's no way you can survive.
I guess the worst moment I ever had in business was the fear that Southwest Airlines wouldn't get off the ground.
The best thing about being a business owner is that you get to run your own schedule.
Just because you're working does not mean you're making money. That's two very different things in show business.
The girls, like, in we'll say Hooters, have less clothing than the girls I worked with in those days. We thought it was wild when they just wore little bells and so forth. But today, in restaurants, some of the waitresses almost work in the nude, you know, to get business.
One thing a comedian does, when you step on the stage, you're selling yourself, and certainly I don't think the whole world can love you. But if you can get the majority on your side, you're really in business.
I'm sure a majority of farmers do their best to follow safe practices, to read carefully chemical labels, to follow the law, and to try and ensure that they are making both safe and profitable decisions for their business.
People deal with grief in many different ways. And some people in show business parade their relationships around like an accessory, and others like to keep it separate from business and commerce. It's perfectly fine to say, 'I actually don't want to talk about my love because that's not part of the fantasy world I created in commerce.'
I started out in this business in rock and roll bands and stumbled into drag. Drag just happened to be my vehicle for my creativity. So, you know, it's afforded me the opportunity to create new shows, to make music.
What's funny is I probably still have some calligraphy business cards floating out in the world, and I can't wait for someone to call me in a month or something, and say, 'Can you do these for my son's Bar Mitzvah?'
My dad's a lighting director. Growing up in Hollywood, I was around the entertainment industry all the time. I knew I'd end up in show business in some capacity, eventually.
The original and brilliant idea of an MBA was the opportunity for students to study the theory and application of business and management principles.
The primary goal of management education was, as originally conceived, to impart knowledge that could be applied to a variety of real-world business situations.
Learning options will indeed mushroom for business students and leaders, but it will take prudence and shrewdness to find and utilize the best option.
Learning in a face-to-face human community, as humans have evolved to do over hundreds of thousands of years, may always be the ideal - especially in an endeavor that is as relationship-driven as business.
Everybody had to go to some college or other. A business college, a junior college, a state college, a secretarial college, an Ivy League college, a pig farmer's college. The book first, then the work.
One way to think about the magnitude of the changes to come is to think about how you went about your business before powerful Web search engines. You probably wouldn't have imagined that a world of answers would be available to you in under a second. The next set of advances will have an different effect, but similar in magnitude.
I got an offer in 1992 to buy a major-league team. I turned down the offer because I don't want my love of the game to involve business.
I believe in the 'Wal-Mart' school of business. The less people pay, the more they enjoy it.
The hardest part about this business is accepting the back end with the same love that you accepted the front end.
The great thing about albums is it gives you a lot of choices, and we can all say that the album business is dead, but watch Taylor Swift. I don't think it's dead. I just think we've got to hit on the energies that make people want to collect albums.
I learned to work with my mother, who had an haute-couture business.
In the United States we have the great Harvard Business School, but America is the country with the greatest debt in the world.
The best part of making music, for me, is collaborating and working with new people and fresh sounds and all those things that gets people excited to continue in this business that we all love so much.
My first words were always about food - I grew up in northern California, and when I was 10 years old, I had my own pretzel cart business.
When I was 13, I opened my own business called The Awesome Pretzel Company, and my dad helped me build a pretzel cart.
'Triple D' is not going anywhere. I enjoy highlighting my brothers and sisters in the business.
It's tough, you know: I'm a chef first, and a restaurant owner, way before I was ever on Food Network, and it's a tough business.
I want 'Vogue' to be pacy, sharp, and sexy - I'm not interested in the super-rich or infinitely leisured. I want our readers to be energetic executive women, with money of their own and a wide range of interests. There is a new kind of woman out there. She's interested in business and money.
The Fashion Fund celebrates the real passion that underlies the fashion business, not the frothy world of glamour and celebrity that so often surrounds it.
No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.
The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.
No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or 'get rich' in business by being a conformist.
I think I've got my business notions and my sense for that sort of thing from my dad. My dad never had a chance to go to school. He couldn't read and write. But he was so smart. He was just one of those people that could just make the most of anything and everything that he had to work with.
No, there is literally nothing on the business side that I wouldn't sacrifice in a heartbeat to have an extra couple of hours' writing. Nothing.
I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.
I reject the cynical view that politics is a dirty business.
To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.
The CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business.
When I jumped off a roof in Cannes in a bee costume, I looked ridiculous. But this is my business I have to humiliate myself.
So long as you don't feel life's paltry and a miserable business, the rest doesn't matter, happiness or unhappiness.
To keep the record straight, it wasn't always John and Yoko. We've all accused one another of various business things we tend to be pretty paranoid by now, as you can imagine. There's a lot of money involved.
It's to paint directly on the canvas without any funny business, as it were, and I use almost pure turpentine to start with, adding oil as I go along until the medium becomes pure oil. I use as little oil as I can possibly help, and that's my method.
Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools: they have need of 'em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass.
In this business, until you're known as a monster you're not a star.
Young lawyers attend the courts, not because they have business there, but because they have no business.
As you grow in this business, you learn how to do more with less.
Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business.
Having George W. Bush giving a lecture on business ethics is like having a leper give you a facial, it just doesn't work!
To talk about a relationship trivializes something that's nobody's business.
I hate the actor and audience business. An author should be in among the crowd, kicking their shins or cheering them on to some mischief or merriment.
The war is dreadful. It is the business of the artist to follow it home to the heart of the individual fighters - not to talk in armies and nations and numbers - but to track it home.
The real killers in the business world aren't the ones who aim for the top, it's the ones who aim for two notches below the top.
In this business you have to develop a thick skin, but I'm always going to feel everything. It's my nature.
I'm not asking any of you to make drastic changes to every single one of your recipes or to totally change the way you do business. But what I am asking is that you consider reformulating your menu in pragmatic and incremental ways to create healthier versions of the foods that we all love.
You and I and everybody in show business and the entertainment industry fly by the seat of our pants. We don't know quite what is going to happen.
I think if you look at people, whether in business or government, who haven't had any moral compass, who've just changed to say whatever they thought the popular thing was, in the end they're losers.
Unlike a lot of actors, my father encouraged all his kids to go into show business.
It is awfully important to know what is and what is not your business.
It is easier for women to succeed in business, the arts, and politics in America than in Europe.
Leave the President's family business to him. You will have plenty to do without trying to manage the First Family. They are likely to do fine without your help.
Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even, the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying.
Duty is the great business of a sea officer all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.
Young people in the business have grown up and made the wrong decisions, or bad decisions, and haven't been good role models. To be someone that people look up to is important to me.
Big business never pays a nickel in taxes, according to Ralph Nader, who represents a big consumer organization that never pays a nickel in taxes.
I love making people laugh and feel good, and that's awesome and special for me to be able to do that, but there really is nothing like kicking ass whether it's on a major scale, or whether it's in more of a dramatic fashion. Being physical and taking care of business the old-fashioned way is something that I love doing.
No, I regret nothing, all I regret is having been born, dying is such a long tiresome business I always found.
If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn't any limit to what you can do with your business and your life. Ideas are any man's greatest asset.
Good design is good business.
Patience is the most necessary quality for business, many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request.
Although I'm a business major out of McGill University, I know nothing... but then I found out much later in life, nobody knows anything.
I think I'm in a business where you have to look good, and it's totally youth-oriented.
I get a lot of return business. I think it's all those years I put in traveling around the country people saw me before and had a good time so they want to see me again.
Business is always interfering with pleasure - but it makes other pleasures possible.
Not a tenth of us who are in business are doing as well as we could if we merely followed the principles that were known to our grandfathers.
When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
To be at ease is better than to be at business. Nothing really belongs to us but time, which even he has who has nothing else.
We cannot make events. Our business is wisely to improve them.
No man is a success in business unless he loves his work.
Design must reflect the practical and aesthetic in business but above all... good design must primarily serve people.
I don't want to get into the 'who's a hostage-taker' discussion here, but what is the estate tax? It's a double tax on death. Economists will tell you that it's really not a tax that soaks the rich, but it's a tax on capital that deprives business investment and therefore job creation.
Mom was 50 when my Dad died. She got on a bus every weekday for years, and rode 40 miles each morning to Madison. She earned a new degree and learned new skills to start her small business. It wasn't just a new livelihood. It was a new life.
I don't really count myself as a very sophisticated businessperson. I'm a creative artist. All I know from business I've picked up along the way.
The business aspect is one of the most important things about having a music career, because every choice you make in a management meeting affects your life a year-and-a-half from now.
A strategy is something like, an innovative new product globalization, taking your products around the world be the low-cost producer. A strategy is something you can touch you can motivate people with be number one and number two in every business. You can energize people around the message.
But let me tell you what happens when regulations go too far, when they seem to exist only for the purpose of justifying the existence of a regulator. It kills the people trying to start a business.
The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do.
My dream of politics all my life has been that it is the common business, that it is something we owe to each other to understand and discuss with absolute frankness.
Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don't do it.
Negro banks, as a rule, have failed because the people, taught that their own pioneers in business cannot function in this sphere, withdrew their deposits.
Nowadays it seems more and more like the 'business' in 'show business' is underlined, and there are campaigns, and it's all part of getting people in to see the movies.
Whatever I do, it's my business. It's not my job to parent America.
You know, I think the film business is its own worst enemy because it sells movies on DVD footage and 'behind the scenes,' and now it's a real struggle trying to keep storylines and plotlines a secret.
No community values entrepreneurship and small business more than the Hispanic community.
A merchant who approaches business with the idea of serving the public well has nothing to fear from the competition.
If you deprive yourself of outsourcing and your competitors do not, you're putting yourself out of business.
I'm not really in the excuse business.
The only thing I fear more than change is no change. The business of being static makes me nuts.
I think all women in Hollywood are known as sex symbols. That's what our purpose is in this business. You're merchandised, you're a product. You're sold and it's based on sex. But that's okay. I think women should be empowered by that, not degraded.
I'm trying to build a strong business. I want to create new stars, new shows and new products for my audience and create a legacy that outlives me. There are so many other ways I want to reach women besides doing a talk show.
Government's role should be only to keep the playing field level, and to work hand in hand with business on issues such as employment. But beyond this, to as great an extent as possible, it should get the hell out of the way.
I never hurt nobody but myself and that's nobody's business but my own.
I was brought up in the modern world of all the luxury and the highlight of show business. I was born into a Christian home.
I suppose that by being absent from the music business, it appeared that I just dropped out, but really I never did. I was continuously working and doing various things.
A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.
It can be hard in this business, especially when you're very young, to figure out who you can and can't trust.
It's been a joy to be a part of other people's journey, to be able to inspire and be a part of new singers coming up in this business.
Baseball just a came as simple as a ball and bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. A sport, a business and sometimes almost even a religion.
For me, my business is my business and my house is my house. I don't want the public in my house.
I'm not a kid. You don't get in this business for anonymity. It's not like I have posters of myself on the wall, but at the same time, I'm kind of ready for a little bit of it, but I worry for my little one, and my family - their privacy. That's what I'm more protective of.
I'm a mad lover of sport. You cannot say a bad word to me about sports. So I know business is involved and I know it can be cynical, and, of course, I watch it, but for me it's pure.
At the end of drama school, I made a contract with myself: I'd try acting for five years. I was 26. I had already spent eight years working in restaurants and gas stations. So I had seen enough small businesses to understand that that's what acting is: a small business.
I'm not into business at all.
Well, there's different shades of Hollywood, sure. I mean, I'm working in this business but I'm not Hollywood.
The comic book world is a tough business.
After a while of getting jerked around, you realize what the business is really made up of.
People assume that all artists make for terrible business people, but I'm in complete charge of my own career.
Obamacare has got everyone on edge. I mean, small business - men and women or big business are sitting out there saying we have no idea what this is going to cost, but we know it's going to cost us and cost us a lot.
When I've gone back to work, it's always with that sense of inevitability. That may be a complete delusion, but it's the one that I need to get out of bed and go about my business. That sense that I can't avoid this thing. I better just get on with it.
There's a side to this industry that nurtures divas who can't write. It's a big business.
There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your men.
A guy named Charlie Beacham was my first mentor at Ford. He taught me the importance of the dealers, and he rubbed my nose in the retail business.
It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people's business.
I can take more punishment than anyone in the business.
What I learned is that in business you must make decisions based on facts, not react with your heart.
I like to combine the dramatic emotional warmth of strings with the grooves and body business of drums and bass.
I traveled the state of Florida for two years campaigning. I have never met a job creator who told me that they were waiting for the next tax increase before they started growing their business. I've never met a single job creator who's ever said to me I can't wait until government raises taxes again so I can go out and create a job.
You know who a complicated tax code kills? The guy or gal trying to start a business out of the spare bedroom of their home. So we've got to simplify our tax code.
Americans chose a free enterprise system designed to provide a quality of opportunity, not compel a quality of results. And that is why this is only place in the world where you can open up a business in the spare bedroom of your home.
Barack Obama doesn't believe in free enterprise. He's never going to admit it. For instance, he's never going to come straight out and say, 'If you own a business you didn't build it.' Alright, maybe he will.
There are pros and cons of experience. A con is that you can't look at the business with a fresh pair of eyes and as objectively as if you were a new CEO. Fire yourself on a Friday night and come in on Monday morning as if a search firm put you there as a turn-around leader. Can you be objective and make the bold change?
Would you want to do business with a person who was 99% honest?
I happened to come along in the music business when there was no trend.
Nobody has wrestled everybody in the business like I have, especially not Bret Hart.
The Internet is the Viagra of big business.
The business side of film has goofed up so many things, but even that's changing. It happened to the music industry and now it's happening to the film studios. It's crazy what's going on. But artists should have control of their work especially if, as I always say, you never turn down a good idea and never take a bad idea.
Some of the greatest actors have turned superheroes into a serious business: Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson in 'Batman' Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, the first venerable knights of the X-Men, who have now passed the baton to Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.
Run a home like you would a small business and treat it with the same seriousness.
I know I did the right thing by taking time off to raise my son. But it also came at a price. I turned down many opportunities over the years because I didn't want to leave him for long periods of time. And in Hollywood, as in any business, the calls stop coming when you don't answer.
I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It's done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer.
The desire to hit a big home run is dominating the music business.
I did 13-something years of talking to wrestlers and promoters about why they did certain things and why they booked matches a certain way and what they were thinking and whether they were satisfied with the draw. And I got a lot of insight in the business.
There is a fundamental shift that social media necessitates in business today - the need to transition from 'Me First' to 'We First' thinking.
The leverage and influence social media gives citizens are rapidly spreading into the business world.
Not since the digital revolution in the early '90s has technology placed such a comprehensive burden on business, employees and individuals to reinvent their business plans, services and products, and themselves to keep pace with the changing marketplace.
Dishonesty in government is the business of every citizen. It is not enough to do your own job. There's no particular virtue in that. Democracy isn't a gift. It's a responsibility.
The business of the advertiser is to see that we go about our business with some magic spell or tune or slogan throbbing quietly in the background of our minds.
We, as conservative intellectuals, should not be in the business of making excuses for bad parliamentary decisions by Republican leaders in Congress.
I don't believe in this business of being behind, better to be in front.
And what most people don't understand is the bulk of business in this country is small business.
Law is not a profession at all, but rather a business service station and repair shop.
We mean by 'politics' the people's business - the most important business there is.
I loved photography and everybody said it was a crazy thing to do because in those days nobody made it into the film business. I mean, unless you were related to somebody there was no way in.
We're not uncomfortable with it, and we've already been through enough of the music business where I'm not really worried that commercial success is going to in some way - we're already past saving, you know what I mean? It's too late for us.
I am a sensitive writer, actor and director. Talking business disgusts me. If you want to talk business, call my disgusting personal manager.
My compulsion to always be working has become less strong and my current business is purely down to this enormous alimony. If I wasn't doing this I'd be making documentaries about wildlife and other subjects that interest me.
After hurting myself like that, I could not go back immediately to racing. I was in no condition, mentally or physically. That helped me to strengthen myself to go through the hard times that were ahead with my business, and to be successful.
The chances of a bank going out of business are extremely slim, but it's always a good idea to spread around major sums so every penny is backed by insurance.
I do seem to like to combine the dramatic emotional warmth of strings with the grooves and body business of drums and bass.
Artists are notoriously snooty and suspicious of anything coming from the business community.
Like sex in Victorian England, the reality of Big Business today is our big dirty secret.
Really, I have to laugh because there was a whole set of stories that made me sound like the Dragon Lady, you know, 'tough this and tough that.' Then there is this business about 'gooey.' The bottom line is I am a pragmatic idealist.
You do have to do business with and to try to influence people you don't agree with, or find disagreeable, so it's important to stress that balance.
The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.
Many people would no more think of entering journalism than the sewage business - which at least does us all some good.
Business practices and how we treat the planet are also in desperate need of re-humanization.
What today's business reality makes clear is that brands cannot survive in a society that is failing economically, socially, ethically, and morally.
I started the site when I was 19. I didn't know much about business back then.
The common question that gets asked in business is, 'why?' That's a good question, but an equally valid question is, 'why not?'
Commitments are one of the worst things to have in the music business. They're very annoying.
I'm an introvert at heart... And show business - even though I've loved it so much - has always been hard for me.
As a speaker, business leader or marketer of any type, the onus is now on each of us to become equally capable of communicating very personally with a seemingly endless number of people connected by social technologies.
If being the biggest company was a guarantee of success, we'd all be using IBM computers and driving GM cars.
My father told me, never have partners.
Go to your business, pleasure, whilst I go to my pleasure, business.
If you fire people, you fire customers.
A manager doesn't hear the cheers.
If it can be profitable to be green, that's just smart business.
I don't think you should ever start a business and move in a direction where you can't see it becoming a business.
In the coming years, if not sooner, social media will become a powerful tool that consumers will aggressively use to influence business attitudes and force companies into greater social responsibility - and, I suggest, move us towards a more sustainable practice of capitalism.
Perhaps the most effective way to describe the approach a brand must take is to think of themselves as social cartographers. By that I mean that brands must simultaneously inspire, engage and maintain a series of conversations taking place within certain cultural landscape specific to their business goal.
The social business marketplace is effectively forcing brands to engage with consumers on the basis of something that is meaningful to them. More often than not, this takes the form of some core value that finds expression in a non-profit cause.
Integrate purpose into your for-profit business model through a long term commitment to a cause that is aligned with your core values and those of your community.
In today's social business marketplace Facebook is one of the best places for nonprofits to be discovered and connect with a larger audience on the basis of shared values. So to get started, a non-profit should launch a Facebook page and invite your existing real world community to connect your cause and their networks.
In the social business marketplace, brands that hope to build loyal and growing communities do so most effectively when they demonstrate their core values and allow a community to build and engage around it.
Billions are wasted on ineffective philanthropy. Philanthropy is decades behind business in applying rigorous thinking to the use of money.
God will forgive me that's his business.
The world can forgive practically anything except people who mind their own business.
As a restaurateur, my job is to basically control the chaos and the drama. There's always going to be chaos in the restaurant business.
If I could set a world record, it would be that I have 150 business partners, all with thriving businesses of their own that started with nothing and I made the difference to make them all billionaires.
Where are the jobs going to come from?Small business, manufacturing and clean energy. Where's the money to finance them? The banks and the corporations in America today have lots of money that they can invest right now.
In business, you're the Chief Salesman. Create a sense of demand, rather than waiting to have demand.
Follow sound business trends, not fashion trends.
That's what show business is, sincere insincerity.
We need to stop apologizing for celebrating life. We need to stop apologizing for wanting to protect an individual's right to build a business.
Somebody has to tell the E.P.A. that we don't need you monkeying around and fiddling around and getting in our business with every kind of regulation you can dream up. You're doing nothing more than killing jobs. It's a cemetery for jobs at the E.P.A.
We must have ideals and try to live up to them, even if we never quite succeed. Life would be a sorry business without them. With them it's grand and great.
There are people in the public sector with a range of experiences that have no equivalent in business, but are essential to governing, like keeping a kid in school or helping someone get and hold a job. The value of those skills can't easily be measured against a bottom line.
It's wonderful to have the most important thing in the world there first thing in the morning. And especially in this business, where the opportunity to think everything is about you is there every day, now I really know that it isn't all about me.
I believe there are three keys to success. For me it is keeping my priorities in order: It's my faith and my family, and then the business.
The great fear that hung over the business community in the 1970s was death by regulation, and the great goal of the conservative movement, as it rose to triumph in the 1980s, was to remove that threat - to keep OSHA, the EPA, and the FTC from choking off entrepreneurship with their infernal meddling in the marketplace.
In this business, my business, I get to meet all kinds of incredible people, fascinating people, glamorous people and sexy people and highly intellectual people. And you meet them and you go 'interesting, interesting, interesting'. They're interesting, but not very many people stop you in your tracks.
I'm very free-spirited and crazy. I love to have fun, and I like doing stupid things. At the same time, I'm like a 35-year-old. I have a house. I have a car. I have a steady job. I have a business, and I have to make serious decisions.
And I want to do it the right way, like everybody else, not just a famous figurehead that gets a job because he is a famous basketball player. I want to really learn the business.
The hardest thing about being in this business is just being able to be yourself. People act like there's this one set of rules to follow to be a pop star and I think, 'Well, you say I'm a pop star, so maybe that's not true.'
Very few, if any, first-generation black or white or Asian kids will pursue a Ph.D. They'll pursue the professions for economic security. Many will go to law school and/or business school.
Part of show business is magic. You don't know how it happens.
I have laid aside business, and gone a'fishing.
Understand why casinos and racetracks stay in business - the gambler always loses over the long term.
The sad truth is that without complex business partnerships between African elites and European traders and commercial agents, the slave trade to the New World would have been impossible, at least on the scale it occurred.
The death of any man aged 56 is very sad for his widow and family. And no one would deny that Steve Jobs was a brilliant and highly innovative technician, with great business flair and marketing ability.
Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business.
Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. I go out there thinking that I'm going to complete every pass.
Death is a billion-dollar business. They can't even pass a law where it takes seven days to get a gun. Why don't you have to go through the same kind of screening you do to get a driver's license? It's totally insane.
Any work that's worth doing has its challenges as well as its opportunities. That's true if you're running a business, it's true if you're trying to help on a campaign.
Now that women are jockeys, baseball umpires, atomic scientists, and business executives, maybe someday they can master parallel parking.
Los Angeles is such a town of show business, and I'm a terrible celebrity. I find it difficult - it's the beast that must be fed. There's this big wheel of pictures and articles that goes around, and you get pinned on it.
I couldn't be an ingenue today, because the business has changed. I remember when you could dress for a premiere just by putting on a cute top. Now you have to be perfect and fabulous in every way, or you're ridiculed.
All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don't know by what you do that's what I called 'guess what was at the other side of the hill'.
There's another way we are getting behind business - by sorting out the banks. Taxpayers bailed you out. Now it's time for you to repay the favour and start lending to Britain's small businesses.
Romney is right that the Obama vision is too centered on government. But his is too centered on the promotion of business and wealth creation at the expense of everything else.
There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do - but that part is for me. It's my personal business. I think there is a lot of romance, melancholy. There's a sadness to it, but there's romance in sadness. I suppose I am a very melancholy person.
Judgment is not my business. Existing is my business.
It's a real roller-coaster ride if you're lucky to have longevity in this business - you have to be able to ride those waves.
Most of my relationships were people in the business. Having said that, me and Tim don't really talk that much about work. He comes into my bit of the house every so often to vent but we don't really have very high, cultured conversations.
When I was in N.W.A. and didn't get paid all the money I was owed, that's when the business side of showbiz hit me.
Short cycle business are being impacted by credit, and are being impacted by gasoline prices, food, distribution businesses, chemical business.
Politics is just show business for ugly people.
I think we have to notice that the business processes we use right now for thinking and planning and budgeting and strategy are all delivered on very tight agendas.
The 9-9-9 plan would resuscitate this economy because it replaces the outdated tax code that allows politicians to pick winners and losers, and to provide favors in the form of tax breaks, special exemptions and loopholes. It simplifies the code dramatically: 9% business flat tax, 9% personal flat tax, 9% sales tax.
I don't have more money. I won't have more money than any of the candidates, even the Republican candidates. We know that already. But we are building this campaign team like I would build a business. And that is, we are building it so far with no debt.
Whether you were talking about Pillsbury, Burger King, Godfather's, the National Restaurant Association, in each one of those situations, I had a daunting problem that I had to solve. And I used the same business principles to approach the problem and, more importantly, solve the problem in every one of the situations.
My approach to cutting spending as president, is to do a ten percent across the board cut of all federal agencies, and then ask each of my new agency heads to find another ten percent by drilling down. That's what you do in business to come up with approximately 20 percent cuts for the first fiscal year budget.
Interest in business ethics courses has surged, and student activities at leading business schools are more focused than ever before on making business serve long-term social values.
The whole business is built on ego, vanity, self-satisfaction, and it's total crap to pretend it's not.
Half the time men think they are talking business, they are wasting time.
I've seen so many people in this business that made a fortune. They get old and broke and can't make any money. I tell you something... no one's going to play a benefit for Jimmy Dean.
Man, I don't want to have nothing to do with computers. I don't want the government in my business.
Music and the music business are two different things.
There's no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting.
Interior design is a business of trust.
I do not understand how it is that financial institutions could think that they could take taxpayer money and then turn around and act like it's business as usual. I don't understand how they can't see that the world has changed in a fundamental way, that it is not business as usual when you take taxpayer dollars.
Don't solicit feedback on your product, idea or your business just for validation purposes. You want to tell the people who can help move your idea forward, but if you're just looking to your friend, co-worker, husband or wife for validation, be careful. It can stop a lot of multimillion-dollar ideas in their tracks in the beginning.
Well, I think that there's a very thin dividing line between success and failure. And I think if you start a business without financial backing, you're likely to go the wrong side of that dividing line.
If you break 100, watch your golf. If you break 80, watch your business.
I'm in a business where no one cares about anything except how well your last collection sold.
When I started the business, I hardly went home. I became very driven about work and about my career.
I think it is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises - but only performance is reality.
In business, words are words explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality.
It's so hard for women in this business. And I want to be doing this when I'm 50.
Business is war. I go out there, I want to kill the competitors. I want to make their lives miserable. I want to steal their market share. I want them to fear me and I want everyone on my team thinking we're going to win.
I want to apologize to all of the people I have let down because of my behavior which has reflected badly on my family, friends, co-workers, business associates and others.
Diplomats make it their business to conceal the facts.
I know the history of the record business so well because I followed Billie Holiday into the record studios. It was so primitive compared to the sophisticated business today.
There is no business in America that would be prevented from taking results into account when making personnel decisions.
It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless. If you are lucky it happens once in a lifetime.
Dear, never forget one little point. It's my business. You just work here.
I learned you have to fight for yourself in the picture business.
As an actress, emotions are my business, my stock-in-trade. As such, I've dealt with them nearly all my life.
A business like an automobile, has to be driven, in order to get results.
Teenage girls these days are more and more getting lured into thinking they should dumb themselves down, and that's going to attract the wrong kind of guy, and it's serious. It's serious business.
The camera fails to capture the 'business' in show business! We typically will give 10 percent of our salary to the agent, 10 percent to the manager, and 5 percent to the lawyer, plus the publicist gets a flat fee, which needs to be budgeted for.
The movie business is a big gamble.
I feel fine, I don't care who the director is. All you have to do is know what your doing - all of us - everybody in the business - that's all you ask anyone - you know your job, I know mine, let's go do it.
You wouldn't want to be called a sell-out by selling a product. Selling out was frowned on, whereas now you can major in it at business school.
I find myself going to places where I really have no business, speaking to these people in a whole other field that I have no extensive knowledge of. But I do it very often because it scares me.
Many people see technology as the problem behind the so-called digital divide. Others see it as the solution. Technology is neither. It must operate in conjunction with business, economic, political and social system.
Don't think of yourself as a woman in business.
Had anyone told me that I was going to have a career in business, I would have said, 'No way.'
You know, every family and every business in California knows what it means to go through tough times.
If you have a line of business - I know this as a CEO - or if you have a teenager - I know this as a parent - who have a spending problem, what do you do? You quit giving them money.
Childhood is a tricky business. Usually, something goes wrong.
Treaties, agreements and organizations to help settle disputes may be necessary, but they often favor the interests of business over citizens.
I propose that the government should get out of the business of marrying people and, instead, only give legal status to civil unions.
When I started Netscape I was brand new out of college and all the aspects of building a business, like balance sheets and hiring people, were new to me.
Our combination of great research universities, a pro-risk business culture, deep pools of innovation-seeking equity capital and reliable business and contract law is unprecedented and unparalleled in the world.
You shouldn't be in the music business if you're posing.
I'm not saying I wasn't flawed or amateurish. But you can never say I did anything to appease the music business.
Listen, if there's one sure-fire rule that I have learned in this business, it's that I don't know anything about human nature.
Perhaps the single most dramatic example of this phenomenon of software eating a traditional business is the suicide of Borders and corresponding rise of Amazon.
Newspapers with declining circulations can complain all they want about their readers and even say they have no taste. But you will still go out of business over time. A newspaper is not a public trust - it has a business model that either works or it doesn't.
I want to go out at the top, but the secret is knowing when you're at the top, it's so difficult in this business, your career fluctuates all the time, up and down, like a pair of trousers.
Like everybody in show business, you think you're going to wake up one day, and it's all going to be taken away from you. I think we all share an insecurity in that way, everybody in show business - the ones I talk to, anyway.
I'm no longer dependent on the movie business to make a living. So if I want to make movies as other old guys would play golf, I can.
I think people are used to seeing actors be wide open and desperately giving of themselves, and while I do that on a movie set as much as I can, it's so unnatural for me to do it on television, in interviews, in anything like that. I also don't find that my process as an actor is really anyone else's business.
After I left the White House, I kept a foothold in the business of American politics as a talk-show host, analyst, commentator, speechmaker, and occasional writer. I was no longer a practitioner, but I was still a partisan, a Democrat, a blue-stater through and through.
After all is said that can be said upon the liquor traffic, its influence is degrading upon the individual, the family, politics and business, and upon everything that you touch in this old world.
Extracting oil from the tar sands is a nasty, polluting, energy-intensive business.
I challenge you to show me where the saloon has ever helped business, education, church, morals or anything we hold dear.
I have been, and will go on, fighting that damnable, dirty, rotten business with all the power at my command.
White shall not neutralize the black, nor good compensate bad in man, absolve him so: life's business being just the terrible choice.
In America, we no longer have an institutionalized, organized way of calling business to task - of taking them to account for what they've done - and this is especially true in the cultural realm.
I have always maintained that society has no business dictating morality.
Business is tough you need tough guys.
In this business, if you don't pay your debts you're finished.
My home has always been show business.
You can be in this business 50 years and still not know anything about it.
Selling public property is the true Chicago way. Had Mr. Obama not been elected president, the nation's business journals would be falling over one another to praise his city for its daring, market-friendly innovations.
As you watch the world crumble, try taking your Armageddon with this sprinkling of irony: Over the last three decades, business has got virtually everything it wanted, and its doomsday scenario from the 1970s has come true because of it.
We have mountain of debt that isn't going away and all the problems are here to stay, and anybody who tells you that is a good thing ought to get out of the business of helping the government down the road.
What other people think of me is none of my business.
The Right's view of government and the Left's view of big business are both correct.
Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves.
The trouble with movies as a business is that it's an art, and the trouble with movies as art is that it's a business.
In business, the competition will bite you if you keep running, if you stand still, they will swallow you.
You can hype a questionable product for a little while, but you'll never build an enduring business.
The nature of the global business environment guarantees that no matter how hard we work to create a stable and healthy organisation, our organisation will continue to experience dramatic changes far beyond our control.
I think everybody has their own way of looking at their lives as some kind of pilgrimage. Some people will see their role as a pilgrim in terms of setting up a fine family, or establishing a business inheritance. Everyone's got their own definition.
I am a child but I have to think and act like a woman, this business forces you to.
Business ethics has always had problems that are distinct from those of other professions, such as medicine, law, engineering, dentistry, or nursing.
Do business managers have a commitment to anything more than the success of their company and to making money? It would be hard to say that they do. Indeed, many business leaders deny that there is any conflict between self-interest and the interests of all.
I think in politics, in Congress, you often do things that are Republican, or you do things because you're a Democrat. Sometimes that's good, obviously, and sometimes that's obviously bad. But in the news business, there's no such thing as Republican or Democratic news. News is news.
Let me remind you that credit is the lifeblood of business, the lifeblood of prices and jobs.
I hate show business.
The message I take all round the world is Britain is open for business.
I gave up lots of things I love doing: writing, and business, and playing the piano and so on.
I have watched people who have nothing to do with the film business, but who have become part of the circle for a short period of time. They can be truly devastated when the film wraps and people leave.
This film business, perhaps more so in America than in Europe, has always been about young sexuality. It's not true of theatre, but in America, film audiences are young. It's not an intellectual cinema in America.
I heard someone from the music business saying they are no longer looking for talent, they want people with a certain look and a willingness to cooperate.
Our company is built on people - those who work for us, and those we do business with.
One of the saints in my life is this woman named Imogene Hill, who was a fourth-grade teacher who taught this advanced class. She got hip to my whole situation in about a month and kindled a passion in me for learning things. I learned more that year than I think I learned in any year in school.
I was pretty bored in school, and I turned into a little terror. You should have seen us in third grade. We basically destroyed our teacher. We would let snakes loose in the classroom and explode bombs.
My mother taught me how to read before I got to school and so when I got there I really just wanted to do two things. I wanted to read books because I loved reading books and I wanted to go outside and chase butterflies. You know, do the things that five-year-olds like to do. I encountered authority of a different kind than I had ever encountered before, and I did not like it. And they really almost got me. They came close to really beating any curiosity out of me.
Obviously, one of the great challenges of an education is to teach us how to think. What we're finding is that computers are actually going to affect the quality of thinking as more and more of our children have these tools available to them.
When you're young, a little bit of course correction goes a long way. I think it takes pretty talented people to do that.
If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there's room to hear more subtle things - that's when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before.
Focusing is about saying no.
When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can oftentimes arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. Most people just don't put in the time or energy to get there.
We believe that customers are smart and want objects which are well thought through.
What I found when I got here was a zillion and one products. It was amazing. And I started to ask people, now why would I recommend a 3400 over a 4400? When should somebody jump up to a 6500, but not a 7300? And after three weeks, I couldn't figure this out. If I couldn't figure this out... how could our customers figure this out?
Apple is a $30 billion company, yet we've got less than 30 major products. I don't know if that's ever been done before. Certainly the great consumer electronics companies of the past had thousands of products. We tend to focus much more. People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.
We're always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it's only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.
People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information.
It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.
We had a fundamental belief that doing it right the first time was going to be easier than having to go back and fix it. And I cannot say strongly enough that the repercussions of that attitude are staggering. I've seen them again and again throughout my business life.
We're not going to be the first to this party, but we're going to be the best.
There's some stuff in our industry that we wouldn't be proud to ship.
The Lisa people wanted to do something great. And the Mac people want to do something insanely great. The difference shows.
If they are working in an environment where excellence is expected, then they will do excellent work without anything but self-motivation. I'm talking about an environment in which excellence is noticed and respected and is in the culture. If you have that, you don't have to tell people to do excellent work. They understand it from their surroundings.
I have to tell you there's some stuff in our industry that we wouldn't be proud to ship, that we wouldn't be proud to recommend to our family and friends. And we can't do it, we just can't ship junk.
We think the Mac will sell zillions, but we didn't build the Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves.
The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste.
Their products have no spirit to them.
With our technology, with objects, literally three people in a garage can blow away what 200 people at Microsoft can do.
We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren't going to go out and do market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build.
They have absolutely no taste. And I don't mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don't think of original ideas, and they don't bring much culture into their products.
The older I get, the more I see how much motivations matter. The Zune was crappy because the people at Microsoft don't really love music or art the way we do. We won because we personally love music.
I am saddened, not by Microsoft success, I have no problem with their success, they've earned their success, for the most part. I have a problem with the fact that they just make really third-rate products.
Their products have no spirit of enlightenment about them, they are very pedestrian. The sad part is that customers don't have a lot of that spirit either, but the way that we're going to ratchet up our species is to take the best and to spread it around everybody so that everybody grows up with better things and starts to understand the subtlety of these better things.
I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.
Microsoft has had two goals in the last 10 years. One was to copy the Mac, and the other was to copy Lotus' success in the spreadsheet - basically, the applications business. And over the course of the last 10 years, Microsoft accomplished both of those goals. And now they are completely lost.
I think the artistry is in having an insight into what one sees around them. Generally putting things together in a way no one else has before and finding a way to express that to other people who don't have that insight.
I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.
If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.
Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.
Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform .
Creativity is just connecting things.
When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they've had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.
I don't think that most of the really best people that I've worked with worked with computers for the sake of working with computers. They worked with computers because they are the medium that is best capable of transmitting some feeling that you have, that you want to share with other people.
What I do see is a small group of people who are artists and care more about their art than they do about almost anything else. It's more important than finding a girlfriend, it's more important... than cooking a meal, it's more important than joining the Marines, it's more important than whatever.
Look at the way artists work. They're not typically the most 'balanced' people in the world. Now, yes, we have a few workaholics here who are trying to escape other things, of course. But the majority of people out here have made very conscious decisions; they really have.
One of my role models is Bob Dylan. As I grew up, I learned the lyrics to all his songs and watched him never stand still. If you look at the artists, if they get really good, it always occurs to them at some point that they can do this one thing for the rest of their lives, and they can be really successful to the outside world but not really be successful to themselves. That's the moment that an artist really decides who he or she is. If they keep on risking failure, they're still artists.
It's rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing. Of course, there are some people who are innately curious, forever little kids in their awe of life, but they're rare.
As you are growing and changing, the more the outside world tries to reinforce an image of you that it thinks you are, the harder it is to continue to be an artist, which is why a lot of times, artists have to go, Bye. I have to go. I'm going crazy and I'm getting out of here. And they go and hibernate somewhere. Maybe later they re-emerge a little differently.
You've baked a really lovely cake, but then you've used dog shit for frosting.
The broader one's understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.
I want it to be as beautiful as possible, even if it's inside the box. A great carpenter isn't going to use lousy wood for the back of a cabinet, even though nobody's going to see it.
To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it's all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don't take the time to do that.
Many companies forget what it means to make great products. After initial success, sales and marketing people take over and the product people eventually make their way out.
When you're a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you're not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You'll know it's there, so you're going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back.
I love it when you can bring really great design and simple capability to something that doesn't cost much. It was the original vision for Apple. That's what we tried to do with the first Mac. That's what we did with the iPod.
A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem.
We will make them bright and pure and honest about being high-tech, rather than a heavy industrial look of black, black, black, black, like Sony.
Our friends up north spend over five billion dollars on research and development and all they seem to do is copy Google and Apple.
We spent some time in our family talking about what's the trade-off we want to make. We ended up talking a lot about design, but also about the values of our family. Did we care most about getting our wash done in an hour versus an hour and a half? Or did we care most about our clothes feeling really soft and lasting longer? Did we care about using a quarter of the water?
We spent two weeks talking about this every night at the dinner table. We'd get around to that old washer-dryer discussion. And the talk was about design.
People think it's this veneer - that the designers are handed this box and told, 'Make it look good!' That's not what we think design is. It's not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
You're asking, where does aesthetic judgment come from? With many things: high-performance automobiles, for example, the aesthetic comes right from the function, and I suppose electronics is no different.
I've also found that the best companies pay attention to aesthetics. They take the extra time to lay out grids and proportion things appropriately, and it seems to pay off for them. I mean, beyond the functional benefits, the aesthetic communicates something about how they think of themselves, their sense of discipline in engineering, how they run their company, stuff like that.
It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them.
The finest dozen computer scientists I know are all musicians.
Leonardo da Vinci was a great artist and a great scientist.
Michelangelo knew a tremendous amount about how to cut stone at the quarry.
You know, Dr. Edwin Land was a troublemaker. He dropped out of Harvard and founded Polaroid.
Well, I was thrown out of school a few times.
I think all of us need to be on guard against arrogance which knocks at the door whenever you're successful.
Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain, these concepts and fitting them all together in kind of continuing to push to fit them together in new and different ways to get what you want.
Every day you discover something new that is a new problem or a new opportunity to fit these things together a little differently.
I have always found Buddhism - Japanese Zen Buddhism in particular - to be aesthetically sublime. The most sublime thing I've ever seen are the gardens around Kyoto.
Look at the Mercedes design, the proportion of sharp detail to flowing lines. Over the years, they have made the design softer but the details starker. That's what we have to do with the Macintosh.
You've got to start with the customer experience and work backward to the technology.
What we're trying to do is remove the barrier of having to learn how to use a computer.
This is what customers pay us for - to sweat all these details so it's easy and pleasant for them to use our computers. We're supposed to be really good at this. That doesn't mean we don't listen to customers.
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Best way to sell something - don't sell anything. Earn the awareness, respect, & trust of those who might buy.
It's hard for them to tell you what they want when they've never seen anything remotely like it. Take desktop video editing. I never got one request from someone who wanted to edit movies on his computer. Yet now that people see it, they say, 'Oh my God, that's great!'.
What we're going to do is make the products high-tech, and we're going to package them cleanly so that you know they're high-tech. We will fit them in a small package, and then we can make them beautiful and white, just like Braun does with its electronics.
On making simple designs: It's insane: We all have busy lives, we have jobs, we have interests, and some of us have children. Everyone's lives are just getting busier, not less busy, in this busy society. You just don't have time to learn this stuff, and everything's getting more complicated... We both don't have a lot of time to learn how to use a washing machine or a phone.
Our DNA is as a consumer company - for that individual customer who's voting thumbs up or thumbs down. That's who we think about.
We think that our job is to take responsibility for the complete user experience.
Customer service is the new marketing.
Customer service shouldn't just be a department, it should be the entire company.
The single most important thing is to make people happy. If you are making people happy, as a side effect, they will be happy to open up their wallets and pay you.
We want to stand at the intersection of computers and humanism.
Besides Dylan, I was interested in Eastern mysticism, which hit the shores at about the same time.
Woz and I very much liked Bob Dylan's poetry, and we spent a lot of time thinking about a lot of that stuff.
I started to listen to music a whole lot and I started to read more outside of just science and technology, Shakespeare, Plato. I loved 'King Lear'.
Apple is about something more than that, Apple, at the core, its core value, is that we believe that people with passion can change the world for the better.
Learning to program teaches you how to think. Computer science is a liberal art.
A lot of people that would have been artists and scientists have gone into this field to express their feeling and so it seemed like the right thing to do.
Picasso had a saying: good artists copy, great artists steal. And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas, and I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.
On why he made everybody sign the Mac cases: Because the people that worked on it consider themselves and I certainly consider them artists. These are the people that under different circumstances would be painters and poets but because of that time that we live in this new medium has appeared in which to express oneself to one's fellow species and that's a medium of computing.
How do you know the direction to head with products? It boils down to taste. Emerge yourself with the best ideas from the humanities. And integrate them. Pull interests from diverse areas.
If Apple becomes a place where computers are a commodity item, where the romance is done, and where people forget that computers are the most incredible invention that man has ever invented, I'll feel I have lost Apple. But if I'm a million miles away, and all those people still feel those things... then I will feel that my genes are still there.
On Dr. Edwin Land: Not only was he one of the great inventors of our time but, more important, he saw the intersection of art and science and business and built an organization to reflect that.
You need a very product-oriented culture, even in a technology company. Lots of companies have tons of great engineers and smart people. But ultimately, there needs to be some gravitational force that pulls it all together. Otherwise, you can get great pieces of technology all floating around the universe. But it doesn't add up to much.
We did iTunes because we all love music. We made what we thought was the best jukebox in iTunes. Then we all wanted to carry our whole music libraries around with us. The team worked really hard. And the reason that they worked so hard is because we all wanted one. You know? I mean, the first few hundred customers were us.
What are we, anyway? Most of what we think we are is just a collection of likes and dislikes, habits, patterns. At the core of what we are is our values, and what decisions and actions we make reflect those values.
Invest time in yourself to have great experiences that are going to enrich you.
I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
Much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.
The key thing to remember about me is that I'm still a student. I'm still in boot camp. If anyone is reading any of my thoughts, I'd keep that in mind.
I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what's next.
Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country... I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating. None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me.
We wanted to more richly experience why were we were alive, not just make a better life, and so people went in search of things. The great thing that came from that time was to realize that there was definitely more to life than the materialism of the late 50's and early sixties. We were going in search of something deeper.
Between my sophomore and junior years, I got stoned for the first time; I discovered Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, and all that classic stuff. I read Moby Dick and went back as a junior taking creative-writing classes.
You could get LSD fresh made from Stanford. You could sleep on the beach at night with your girlfriend. California has a sense of experimentation and a sense of openness - openness to new possibilities.
Human minds settle into fixed ways of looking at the world and that's always been true and it's probably always going to be true.
There's a phrase in Buddhism, 'Beginner's mind'. It's wonderful to have a beginner's mind.
I'm completely stunned. I'm 19 years old, in a foreign country, up in the Himalayas, and here is this bizarre Indian baba who has just dragged me away from the rest of the crowd, shaving my head atop this mountain peak. I'm still not sure why he did it.
I bought an apartment in New York, but it's because I love that city. I'm trying to educate myself, being from a small town in California, not having grown up with the sophistication and culture of a large city. I consider it part of my education.
I used to think that technology could help education. I've probably spearheaded giving away more computer equipment to schools than anybody else on the planet. But I've had to come to the inevitable conclusion that the problem is not one that technology can hope to solve. What's wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology. No amount of technology will make a dent.
The most important thing is a person. A person who incites and feeds your curiosity; and machines cannot do that in the same way that people can.
School was pretty hard for me at the beginning.
I know from my own education that if I hadn't encountered two or three individuals that spent extra time with me, I'm sure I would have been in jail.
Just get rid of the crappy stuff and focus on the good stuff.
We try to focus and do very few things well. And focusing is hard because focusing doesn't mean saying yes, it means saying no. So we decide not to do a lot of things so we can focus on a handful of things and do them well.
Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
I have a very simple life. I have my family and I have Apple and Pixar. And I don't do much else.
My favorite things in life don't cost any money.
Well, my favorite things in life are books, sushi and... My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. As it is, I pay a price by not having much of a personal life. I don't have the time to pursue love affairs or to tour small towns in Italy and sit in cafes and eat tomato-and-mozzarella salad.
I end up not buying a lot of things, because I find them ridiculous.
The way we're running the company, the product design, the advertising, it all comes down to this: Let's make it simple. Really simple.
Look at the design of a lot of consumer products - they're really complicated surfaces. We tried to make something much more holistic and simple.
The greatest people are self-managing - they don't need to be managed. Once they know what to do, they'll go figure out how to do it. What they need is a common vision. And that's what leadership is: [h]aving a vision; being able to articulate that so the people around you can understand it; and getting a consensus on a common vision.
We've got 25,000 people at Apple. About 10,000 of them are in the stores. And my job is to work with sort of the top 100 people, that's what I do. That doesn't mean they're all vice presidents. Some of them are just key individual contributors.
When a good idea comes, you know, part of my job is to move it around, just see what different people think, get people talking about it, argue with people about it, get ideas moving among that group of 100 people, get different people together to explore different aspects of it quietly, and, you know - just explore things.
Companies, as they grow to become multi-billion-dollar entities, somehow lose their vision. They insert lots of layers of middle management between the people running the company and the people doing the work. They no longer have an inherent feel or a passion about the products.
The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.
My job is to pull things together from different parts of the company and clear the ways and get the resources for the key projects. And to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better, coming up with more aggressive visions of how it could be.
If they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself. They'll want to do what's best for Apple, not what's best for them, what's best for Steve, or anybody else.
We hire people who want to make the best things in the world. You'd be surprised how hard people work over around here. They work nights and weekends, sometimes not seeing their families for a while. Sometimes people work through Christmas to make sure the tooling is just right at some factory in some corner of the world so our product comes out the best it can be. People care so much, and it shows.
All we are is our ideas or people. That's what keeps us going to work in the morning, to hang around these great bright people. I've always thought that recruiting is the heart and soul of what we do.
The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world. And when you're in a field where the dynamic range is 25 to 1, boy, does it pay off.
Recruiting is hard. It's just finding the needles in the haystack.
We do it ourselves and we spend a lot of time at it. I've participated in the hiring of maybe 5,000+ people in my life. So I take it very seriously.
You can't know enough in a one-hour interview. So, in the end, it's ultimately based on your gut. How do I feel about this person? What are they like when they're challenged? Why are they here? I ask everybody that: 'Why are you here?' The answers themselves are not what you're looking for. It's the meta-data.
My number one job here at Apple is to make sure that the top 100 people are A+ players. And everything else will take care of itself.
It's painful when you have some people who are not the best people in the world and you have to get rid of them; but I found my job has sometimes exactly been that - to get rid of some people who didn't measure up and I've always tried to do it in a humane way. But nonetheless it has to be done and it is never fun.
Many times in an interview I will purposely upset someone: I'll criticize their prior work. I'll do my homework, find out what they worked on, and say, God, that really turned out to be a bomb. That really turned out to be a bozo product. Why did you work on that?....
I want to see if they just fold or if they have firm conviction, belief, and pride in what they did.
Well, they're just yardsticks, you know.
You should never start a company with the goal of getting rich. Your goal should be making something you believe in and making a company that will last.
I think money is a wonderful thing because it enables you to do things, it enables you to invest in ideas that don't have a short-term payback and things like that.
It's very interesting, I was worth about over a million dollars when I was 23 and over 10 million when I was 24 and over a hundred million when I was 25 and it wasn't that important because I never did it for the money.
But especially at that point in my life it was not the most important thing, the most important thing was the company, the people, the products we were making, what we were going to enable people to do with these products so I didn't think about it a great deal, and I never sold any stock, just really believe that the company would do very well over the long term.
Bottom line is, I didn't return to Apple to make a fortune. I've been very lucky in my life and already have one.
It makes me feel old, sometimes, when I speak at a campus and I find that what students are most in awe of is the fact that I'm a millionaire.
To me, marketing is about values.
You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new.
We do no market research. We don't hire consultants. We just want to make great products.
When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn't going to let it ruin my life. There's no way you could ever spend it all, and I don't view wealth as something that validates my intelligence.
I'm not going to let it ruin my life. Isn't it kind of funny? You know, my main reaction to this money thing is that it's humorous, all the attention to it, because it's hardly the most insightful or valuable thing that's happened to me in the past ten years.
It was giant! We did about $200,000 when our business was in the garage, in 1976. In 1977, about $7,000,000 in business. I mean, it was phenomenal! And in 1978, we did $17,000,000. In 1979, we did $47,000,000. That's when we all really sensed that this was just going through the rafters. In 1980, we did $117,000,000. In 1981, we did $335,000,000. In 1982, we did $583,000,000. In 1983, we did $985,000,000, I think. This year, it will be a billion and a half.
Well, they're just yardsticks, you know. The neatest thing was, by 1979, I was able to walk into classrooms that had 15 Apple computers and see the kids using them. And those are the kinds of things that are really the milestones.
None of those people care about the money. I mean, a lot of them made a lot of money, but they don't really care. Their lifestyles haven't particularly changed. It was the chance to actually try something, to fail, to succeed, to grow.
It's a very complicated world. It's a very noisy world. And we not gonna get a chance to get people to remember much about us. No company is. So we have to be really clear on what we want them to know about us.
We don't stand a chance of advertising with features and benefits and with RAMs and with charts and comparisons. The only chance we have of communicating is with a feeling.
You saw the 1984 commercial. Macintosh was basically this relatively small company in Cupertino, California, taking on the Goliath, IBM, and saying, Wait a minute, your way is wrong. This is now the way we want computers to go. This is not the legacy we want to leave. This is not what we want our kids to be learning. This is wrong and we are going to show you the right way to do it and here it is. It's called Macintosh and it is so much better.
Talking about bicycles: Human are tool builders, and we build tools that can dramatically amplify our innate human abilities. We actually ran an ad like this early at Apple that the personal computer is the bicycle of the mind and I believe that with every bone in my body that all the inventions of humans, the computer is going to rank near, if not at the top, as history unfolds and we look back.
It is the most awesome tool that we ever invented . And I feel incredibly lucky to be at exactly the right place in Silicon Valley, at exactly the right time historically where this invention has taken form.
A computer is the most incredible tool we've ever seen. It can be a writing tool, a communications center, a super calculator, a planner, a filer and an artistic instrument all in one, just by being given new instructions, or software, to work from. There are no other tools that have the power and versatility of a computer.
Right now, computers make our lives easier. They do work for us in fractions of a second that would take us hours. They increase the quality of life, some of that by simply automating drudgery and some of that by broadening our possibilities. As things progress, they'll be doing more and more for us.
These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I'm not downplaying that.
I think it's brought the world a lot closer together, and will continue to do that. There are downsides to everything; there are unintended consequences to everything. The most corrosive piece of technology that I've ever seen is called television - but then, again, television, at its best, is magnificent.
On how will the Web impact our society: We live in an information economy, but I don't believe we live in an information society. People are thinking less than they used to. It's primarily because of television. People are reading less and they're certainly thinking less.
I don't see most people using the Web to get more information. We're already in information overload. No matter how much information the Web can dish out, most people get far more information than they can assimilate anyway.
But the next thing is going to be computer as guide or agent. And what that means is that it's going to do more in terms of anticipating what we want and doing it for us, noticing connections and patterns in what we do, asking us if this is some sort of generic thing we'd like to do regularly, so that we're going to have, as an example, the concept of triggers.
We're going to be able to ask our computers to monitor things for us, and when certain conditions happen, are triggered, the computers will take certain actions and inform us after the fact.
The point is that tools are always going to be used for certain things we don't find personally pleasing. And it's ultimately the wisdom of people, not the tools themselves, that is going to determine whether or not these things are used in positive, productive ways.
I do feel there is another way we have an effect on society besides our computers.
They haven't used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.
One of the things that made Apple great was that, in the early days, it was built from the heart.
And boy, have we patented it.
The roots of Apple were to build computers for people, not for corporations. The world doesn't need another Dell or Compaq.
You know, everybody has a cell phone, but I don't know one person who likes their cell phone. I want to make a phone that people love.
What if Apple didn't exist? Think about it. Time wouldn't get published next week. Some 70% of the newspaper in the U.S. wouldn't publish tomorrow morning. Some 60% of the kids wouldn't have computers; 64% of the teachers wouldn't have computers. More than half the Websites created on Macs wouldn't exist. So there's something worth saving here. See?
What are the great brands? Levi's, Coke, Disney, Nike. Most people would put Apple in that category. You could spend billions of dollars building a brand not as good as Apple. Yet Apple hasn't been doing anything with this incredible asset.
What is Apple, after all? Apple is about people who think 'outside the box', people who want to use computers to help them change the world, to help them create things that make a difference, and not just to get a job done.
Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. It's very fortunate if you can work on just one of these in your career. Apple's been very fortunate in that it's introduced a few of these.
What we want to do is make a leapfrog product that is way smarter than any mobile device has ever been, and super-easy to use. This is what iPhone is. OK? So, we're going to reinvent the phone.
I had this idea of being able to get rid of the keyboard, type on a multi-touch glass display, and I asked our folks, Could we come up with a multi-touch display?
We designed iMac to deliver the things consumers care about most: the excitement of the Internet and the simplicity of the Mac.
It's not about charisma and personality, it's about results and products and those very bedrock things that are why people at Apple and outside of Apple are getting more excited about the company and what Apple stands for and what its potential is to contribute to the industry.
Talking about the iPod Nano: We're in uncharted territory. We've never sold this many of anything before.
I've always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes.
It's very easy to take credit for the thinking. The doing is more concrete. But somebody, it's very easy to say Oh, I thought of these three years ago. But usually when you dig a little deeper, you find that the people that really did it were also the people that really worked through the hard intellectual problems as well.
Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.
I discovered that the best innovation is sometimes the company, the way you organize a company. The whole notion of how you build a company is fascinating.
Leonardo [da Vinci] was the artist but he also mixed all his own paints. He also was a fairly good chemist. He knew about pigments, knew about human anatomy. And combining all of those skills together, the art and the science, the thinking and the doing, was what resulted in the exceptional result.
When companies get bigger they try to replicate their success. But they assume their magic came from process.
The people that have really made the contributions have been the thinkers and the doers.
Actually, making an insanely great product has a lot to do with the process of making the product, how you learn things and adopt new ideas and throw out old ideas.
People get stuck as they get older. Our minds are sort of electrochemical computers. Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. You are really etching chemical patterns. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them. It's a rare person who etches grooves that are other than a specific way of looking at things, a specific way of questioning things.
You always have to keep pushing to innovate. Dylan could have sung protest songs forever and probably made a lot of money, but he didn't. He had to move on, and when he did, by going electric in 1965, he alienated a lot of people. His 1966 Europe tour was his greatest.
The Beatles were the same way. They kept evolving, moving, refining their art. That's what I've always tried to do - keep moving. Otherwise, as Dylan says, if you are not busy being born, you're busy dying.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
I don't think that my role in life is to run big organizations and do incremental improvements.
I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I've done that sort of thing in my life, but I've always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don't know why. Because they're harder. They're much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you've completely failed.
The people who go to see our movies are trusting us with something very important - their time and their imagination. So in order to respect that trust, we have to keep changing; we have to challenge ourselves and try to surprise our audiences with something new every time.
Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we've been thinking about a problem.
It's ad hoc meetings of six people called by someone who thinks he has figured out the coolest new thing ever and who wants to know what other people think of his idea.
You can't go out and ask people, you know, what the next big thing is. There's a great quote by Henry Ford, right? He said, 'If I'd have asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me 'A faster horse'.
My philosophy is that everything starts with a great product. So, you know, I obviously believed in listening to customers, but customers can't tell you about the next breakthrough that's going to happen next year that's going the change the whole industry. So you have to listen very carefully. But then you have to go and sort of stow away - you have to go hide away with people that really understand the technology, but also really care about the customers, and dream up this next breakthrough.
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.
The theme of the campaign is 'Think different'. It's honoring the people who think different, and who move this world forward.
Apple is built on refugees from other companies. These are the extremely bright individual contributors who were troublemakers at other companies.
The people who made Mac are sort of on the edge.
On if he is a nerd or a hippie: If I had to pick one of those two I'm clearly a hippie. All the people that I worked with were clearly in that category too.
It takes a lot of hard work to make something simple, to truly understand the underlying challenges and come up with elegant solutions.
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: 'If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.' It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'no' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life's change agent, it clears out the old to make way for the new.
I've always felt that death is the greatest invention of life. I'm sure that life evolved without death at first and found that without death, life didn't work very well because it didn't make room for the young.
Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there.
Without death, there would be very little progress.
I was lucky, I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents' garage when I was 20.
People say you have to have a lot of passion for what you're doing and it's totally true. And the reason is because it's so hard that if you don't, any rational person would give up. It's really hard. And you have to do it over a sustained period of time. So if you don't love it, if you're not having fun doing it, you don't really love it, you're going to give up.
If you really look at the ones that ended up, you know, being successful in the eyes of society and the ones that didn't, oftentimes, it's the ones who were successful and loved what they did so they could persevere, you know, when it got really tough. And the ones that didn't love it quit because they're sane, right? Who would want to put up with this stuff if you don't love it?
So it's a lot of hard work and it's a lot of worrying constantly and if you don't love it, you're going to fail. So you've got to love it and you've got to have passion and I think that's the high-order bit.
That was one of the things that came out most clearly from this whole experience [with cancer]. I realized that I love my life. I really do. I've got the greatest family in the world, and I've got my work. And that's pretty much all I do. I don't socialize much or go to conferences. I love my family, and I love running Apple, and I love Pixar. And I get to do that.Â I'm very lucky.
You get your wind back, remember the finish line, and keep going.
At Apple, people are putting in 18-hour days.
I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. It is so hard. You put so much of your life into this thing. There are such rough moments in time that I think most people give up. I don't blame them. It's really tough and it consumes your life.
If you've got a family and you're in the early days of a company, I can't imagine how one could do it. I'm sure it's been done but it's rough. It's pretty much an eighteen hour day job, seven days a week for awhile. Unless you have a lot of passion about this, you're not going to survive. You're going to give it up.
On the MacIntosh: It was as though we knew that once it was out of our hands, it wouldn't be ours anymore.
My wife deserves all the credit for keeping me at it.
If you act like you can do something, then it will work.
Life goes on and you learn from it.
Each year has been so robust with problems and successes and learning experiences and human experiences that a year is a lifetime at Apple.
You've got to have an idea, or a problem or a wrong that you want to right that you're passionate about, otherwise you're not going to have the perseverance to stick it through. I think that's half the battle right there.
I don't think I've ever worked so hard on something, but working on Macintosh was the neatest experience of my life. Almost everyone who worked on it will say that. None of us wanted to release it at the end.
On the MacIntosh: When we finally presented it at the shareholders' meeting, everyone in the auditorium gave it a five-minute ovation. What was incredible to me was that I could see the Mac team in the first few rows. It was as though none of us could believe we'd actually finished it. Everyone started crying.
As it was clear that the Sixties were over, it was also clear that a lot of the people who had gone through the Sixties ended up not really accomplishing what they set out to accomplish, and because they had thrown their discipline to the wind, they didn't have much to fall back on.
Pixar has been a marathon, not a sprint. There are times when you run a marathon and you wonder, why am I doing this? But you take a drink of water, and around the next bend, you get your wind back, remember the finish line, and keep going.
I can tell you this: I've been married for 8 years, and that's had a really good influence on me. I've been very lucky, through random happenstance I just happened to sit next to this wonderful woman who became my wife. And it was a big deal. We have 3 kids, and it's been a big deal. You see the world differently.
I've never been so tired in my life. I'd come home at about ten o'clock at night and flop straight into bed, then haul myself out at six the next morning and take a shower and go to work. My wife deserves all the credit for keeping me at it. She supported me and kept the family together with a husband in absentia.
Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask. And that's what separates sometimes the people that do things from the people that just dream about them.
If you are willing to work hard and ask lots of questions, you can learn business pretty fast.
Humans are tool builders. We create things to amplify ourselves. The computer will rank at the top -it's the most awesome tool ever.
What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.
As you may know, I was basically fired from Apple when I was 30 and was invited to come back 12 years later so that was difficult when it happened but maybe the best thing that could ever happen to me. [...] you just move on, life goes on and you learn from it.
I feel like somebody just punched me in the stomach and knocked all my wind out. I'm only 30 years old and I want to have a chance to continue creating things. I know I've got at least one more great computer in me. And Apple is not going to give me a chance to do that.
Weve done so many hardware products where Jony and I have looked at each other and said, We dont know how to make it any better than this, we just dont know how to make it. But we always do; we realize another way. And then its not long after the new thing comes out that we look at the older thing and go, How can we ever have done that?
When I was 12 or 13, I wanted to build something and I needed some parts, so I picked up the phone and called Bill Hewlett - he was listed in the Palo Alto phone book. He answered the phone and he was real nice. He chatted with me for, like, 20 minutes. He didn't know me at all, but he ended up giving me some parts and he got me a job that summer working at Hewlett-Packard on the line, assembling frequency counters. Assembling may be too strong. I was putting in screws. It didn't matter; I was in heaven.
I've never found anyone who's said no or hung up the phone when I called-I just asked. And when people ask me, I try to be as responsive, to pay that debt of gratitude back.
You gotta act. And you've gotta be willing to fail, you gotta be ready to crash and burn, with people on the phone, with starting a company, with whatever. If you're afraid of failing, you won't get very far.
Ever since I've had cancer, I've been thinking about it more. And I find myself believing a bit more. I kind of - maybe it's 'cause I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn't just all disappear. The wisdom you've accumulated. Somehow it lives on, but sometimes I think it's just like an on-off switch. Click and you're gone. And that's why I don't like putting on-off switches on Apple devices.
Fortunately, my training has been in doing things that take a long time. You know? I was at Apple 10 years. I would have preferred to be there the rest of my life. So I'm a long-term kind of person.
I have been trained to think in units of time that are measured in several years. With what I've chosen to do with my life, you know, even a small thing takes a few years. To do anything of magnitude takes at least five years, more likely seven or eight. Rightfully or wrongfully, that's how I think.
I'm a tool builder. That's how I think of myself. I want to build really good tools that I know in my gut and my heart will be valuable. And then, whatever happens, is... you can't really predict exactly what will happen, but you can feel the direction that we're going. And that's about as close as you can get. Then you just stand back and get out of the way, and these things take on a life of their own.
We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on.
I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer, should learn a computer language because it teaches you how to think.
On starting Apple with Steve Wozniak: We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a 2 billion company with over 4000 employees.
I remember many late nights coming out of the Mac building when I would have the most incredibly powerful feelings about my life.
We used to dream about this stuff. Now we get to build it. It's pretty great.
The smallest company in the world can look as large as the largest company on the web.
I think this is the start of something really big. Sometimes that first step is the hardest one, and we've just taken it.
But it's a disservice to constantly put things in this radical new light - that it's going to change everything. Things don't have to change the world to be important.
One of the keys to Apple is Apple's an incredibly collaborative company. You know how many committees we have at Apple? Zero.Â We have no committees. We are organized like a start-up. One person's in charge of iPhone OS software, one person's in charge of Mac hardware, one person's in charge of iPhone hardware engineering, another person's in charge of worldwide marketing, another person's in charge of operations. We are organized like a startup. We are the biggest startup on the planet.
We are aware that we are doing something significant. We're here at the beginning of it and we're able to shape how it goes.
Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.
Most of the time, we're taking things. Neither you nor I made the clothes we wear; we don't make the food or grow the foods we eat; we use a language that was developed by other people; we use another society's mathematics. Very rarely do we get a chance to put something back into that pool. I think we have that opportunity now.
No, we don't know where it will lead. We just know there's something much bigger than any of us here.
We're trying to use the swiftness and creativity in a younger-style company, and yet bring to bear the tremendous resources of a company the size of Apple to do large projects that you could never handle at a startup.
It's hard to tell with these Internet startups if they're really interested in building companies or if they're just interested in the money. I can tell you, though: If they don't really want to build a company, they won't luck into it. That's because it's so hard that if you don't have a passion, you'll give up.
The best ideas have to win.
My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other's kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they're done by a team of people.
I contribute ideas, sure. Why would I be there if I didn't?
We are gambling on our vision, and we would rather do that than make 'me-too' products. For us, it's always the next dream.
If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.
We have wonderful arguments. [...] If you want to hire great people and have them stay working for you, you have to let them make a lot of decisions and you have to, you have to be run by ideas, not hierarchy. The best ideas have to win, otherwise, good people don't stay.
When you work with somebody that close and you go through experiences like the ones we went through, there's a bond in life. Whatever hassles you have, there is a bond. And even though he may not be your best friend as time goes on, there's still something that transcends even friendship, in a way.
When we create stuff, we do it because we listen to customers, get their inputs and also throw in what we'd like to see, too. We cook up new products. You never really know if people will love them as much as you do.
There's an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been. And we've always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very, very beginning.
Part 1. There needs to be someone who is the keeper and reiterator of the vision. [...] A lot of times, when you have to walk a thousand miles and you take the first step, it looks like a long way, and it really helps if there's someone there saying, Well we're one step closer. The goal definitely exists; it's not just a mirage out there.
Part 2. So in a thousand and one little, and sometimes larger ways, the vision needs to be reiterated. I do that a lot.
When I got back here in 1997, I was looking for more room, and I found an archive of old Macs and other stuff. I said, 'Get it away!' and I shipped all that shit off to Stanford. If you look backward in this business, you'll be crushed. You have to look forward.
The hard part of what we're up against now is that people ask you about specifics and you can't tell them. A hundred years ago, if somebody had asked Alexander Graham Bell, 'What are you going to be able to do with a telephone?' he wouldn't have been able to tell him the ways the telephone would affect the world. He didn't know that people would use the telephone to call up and find out what movies were playing that night or to order some groceries or call a relative on the other side of the globe.
It's not about pop culture, and it's not about fooling people, and it's not about convincing people that they want something they don't. We figure out what we want. And I think we're pretty good at having the right discipline to think through whether a lot of other people are going to want it, too. That's what we get paid to do.
Neither of us had any idea that this would go anywhere. Woz is motivated by figuring things out. He concentrated more on the engineering and proceeded to do one of his most brilliant pieces of work, which was the disk drive, another key engineering feat that made the Apple II a possibility. I was trying to build the company, trying to find out what a company was. I don't think it would have happened without Woz and I don't think it would have happened without me.
They have to be really smart. But the real issue for me is, are they going to fall in love with Apple?
The culture is your brand.
Make your marketing so useful people would pay you for it.
The best marketing doesn't feel like marketing.
The consumer is not a moron; she is your wife.
We have no idea how far it's going to go.
Even a great brand needs investment and caring if it's going to retain its relevance and vitality and the Apple brand has clearly suffered from neglect in this area in the last few years, and we need to bring it back. The way to do that is not to talk about speed and fees, it's not to talk about bits and mega-hertz, it's not to talk about why we are better than Windows.
The best example of all and one of the greatest jobs of marketing that the universe has ever seen, is Nike. Remember, Nike sells a commodity. They sell shoes. And yet, when you think of Nike, you feel something different than a shoe company. In their ads, as you know, they don't ever talk about the product. They don't ever tell you about their air soles.
What does Nike do in their advertising? They honor great athletes, and they honor great athletics. That's who they are, that's what they are about.
More important than building a product, we are in the process of architecting a company that will hopefully be much more incredible, the total will be much more incredible than the sum of its parts.
Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?
My dream is that every person in the world will have their own Apple computer. To do that, we've got to be a great marketing company.
I'll tell you what our goal is: our goal is to make the best personal computers in the world and to make products we are proud to sell and recommend to our family and friends, and, we want to do that at the lowest price we can.
None of the really bright people I knew in college went into politics. They all sensed that, in terms of making a change in the world, politics wasn't the place to be in the late Sixties and Seventies. All of them are in business now, which is funny, because they were the same people who trekked off to India or who tried in one way or another to find some sort of truth about life.
Our goal is to make the best personal computers in the world.
We have a major opportunity to influence where Apple is going. As every day passes, the work fifty people are doing here is going to send a giant ripple through the universe. I am really impressed with the quality of our ripple. I know I might be a little hard to get on with, but this is the most fun I've had in my life. I'm having a blast.
We attract a different kind of person - a person who doesn't want to wait five or ten years to have someone take a giant risk on him or her. Someone who really wants to get a little over his head and make a little dent in the universe.
My job is to say when something sucks rather than sugarcoat it.
What I'm best at doing is finding a group of talented people and making things with them.
What I do all day, is meet with teams of people, and work on ideas, and solve problems, to make new products, to make new marketing programs, whatever it is.
Don't get hung up on who owns the idea. Pick the best one, and let's go.
My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.
On meetings: We don't have a lot of process at Apple, but that's one of the few things we do just to all stay on the same page.
It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.
I want to see what people are like under pressure.
Details matter, it's worth waiting to get it right.
Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves.
The doers are the major thinkers. The people that really create the things that change this industry are both the thinker and doer in one person.
I'm actually as proud of many of the things we haven't done as the things we have done.
In the broadest context, the goal is to seek enlightenment - however you define it.
You have to believe that the dots will somehow connect in your future.
If you don't love it, you're going to fail.
The products suck! There's no sex in them anymore!
For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.
Ultimately, it comes down to taste. It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done and then try to bring those things into what you're doing.
Let's go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.
I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out ok.
I do not adopt softness towards others because I want to make them better.
You can build your own things that other people can use. And once you learn that, you'll never be the same again.
Once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you.
I always advise people - Don't wait! Do something when you are young, when you have nothing to lose, and keep that in mind.
That's why we started Apple, we said you know, we have absolutely nothing to lose. I was 20 years old at the time, Woz was 24-25, so we have nothing to lose. We have no families, no children, no houses. Woz had an old car. I had a Volkswagen van, I mean, all we were going to lose is our cars and the shirts off our back.
We he had everything to gain. And we figured even if we crash and burn, and lose everything, the experience will have been worth ten times the cost.
I don't care about being right. I care about success and doing the right thing.
That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity.
The most precious thing that we all have with us is time.
We are very careful about what features we add because we can't take them away.
On the blue box: That was what we learned: was that us, too, we didn't know much. We could build a little thing that could control a giant thing and that was an incredible lesson.
Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart.
Don't take it all too seriously. If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you've done and whoever you were and throw them away.
One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.
People who know what they're talking about don't need PowerPoint.
We were really working fourteen-to-eighteen-hour days, seven days a week. For like, two years, three years. That was our life. But we loved it, we were young, and we could do it.
You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
People judge you on your performance, so focus on the outcome. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.
Now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you, 'Stay hungry, stayÂ foolish'.
It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me... Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful... that's what matters to me.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice.
Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith.
If today were the last of your life, would you do what you were going to do today?
I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked.
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.
There is no reason not to follow your heart.
And you can change it, you can influence it.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking and don't settle.
Almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
If you want it, you can fly, you just have to trust you a lot.
The only thing you have in your life is time. If you invest that time in yourself to have great experiences that are going to enrich you, then you can't possibly lose.
There was a constant flow of intellectual questioning about the truth of life. That was a time when every college student in this country read Be Here Now and Diet for a Small Planet - there were about ten books.
On being fired from Apple and called back 12 years later: What a circle of life. You know? Life is just always mysterious and surprising, and you never know what's around the next corner.
We don't get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know...
So this is what we've chosen to do with our life. We could be sitting in a monastery somewhere in Japan. We could be out sailing. Some of the executive team could be playing golf. They could be running other companies. And we've all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it. And we think it is.
In business, if I knew earlier what I know now, I'd have probably done some things a lot better than I did, but I also would've probably done some other things a lot worse. But so what? It's more important to be engaged in the present.
I think the things you most regret in life are things you didn't do. What you really regret was never asking that girl to dance.
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there.
I think death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete.
When you die, it doesn't just all disappear.
Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don't. I think it's 50-50 maybe.
I think different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don't. It's the great mystery.
But I believe life is an intelligent thing, that things aren't random.
I'm a long-term kind of person.
I hate it when people call themselves entrepreneurs when what they're really trying to do is launch a startup and then sell or go public, so they can cash in and move on.