A combination of luck and cynical calculation, talent and ability to take advantage of the status of a protégé, business intuition, painstaking work that forms a personality – it is quite difficult to formulate the secret of successful people in a few phrases. But you can leave them to describe the milestones on the road to wealth and triumph.
“Success is a bad teacher. He provokes reasonable people to reason that they cannot lose.” Bill Gates.
“You know, if you manage to overcome cancer, all other tasks immediately become trifling.” David Koch.
“My father taught me that constant self-development and experimentation are the most important things in life. This is something you should always stick to – try to learn something new.” Robson Walton.
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“Once the understanding comes that errors in judgment and evaluation of the environment are part of human nature, getting into trouble ceases to be something shameful. As long as there is room for improvement.” George Soros.
“Living to do what you want, leaving your mark – if you believe in the importance and rightness of your choice – the best way to live the right life.” Lauren Powell Jobs, Steve’s widow.
“For me, America is a country in which if you have something to offer the world, success is guaranteed.” Tadashi Yanai.
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“Vision is perhaps our greatest strength. Imagination and representation is the living power that has helped ensure the continuity of wisdom through the ages and gives us a chance to see the future. And even look into the unknown. Li Ka-shing.
“I don’t like paying taxes. But I prefer to sleep with a clear conscience. Leonardo Del Vecchio.
“If you are changing the world, you are working on important things. And inspiration wakes you up in the morning.” Larry Page.
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“I prefer to enjoy a good hunt than a comfortable life after a glorious victory.” Carl Icahn.
“Strive for the company of those who are superior to you. Focus on such people as guiding beacons and then you will drift in the right direction. Warren Buffett.
“There is an unshakable conflict between your business and your life, the eternal struggle between chaos and peace. It’s impossible to choose one side, but you still have a chance to use the influence of each to find the key to success. Phil Knight.
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“Like other constraints, frugality is the driving force behind innovation. If you are limited by the walls of a hard box, you have to create your way out.” Jeff Bezos.
“In a sense, our struggle can never end, as we never get absolutely everything we want. And life has taught me that it is very stupid to give up right away, because almost nothing succeeds on the first try. Mukesh Ambani.
“One of my most important responsibilities is to manage my assets wisely. So that they generate new values.” Alice Walton.
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“Do not link your personal interests with the development of your business structure.” Wang Jianlin.
“When introducing something new, you have two options: master and lead the innovation, or become its fast, active follower. Otherwise, you will be a copycat trailing the trend.” Charlie Ergen.
“The biggest risk is being afraid to take risks. In a world that is changing so rapidly, there is only one strategy for guaranteed failure: not taking risks.” Mark Zuckerberg.
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“Speaking from the position of a manager, you must be able to look at the situation through the eyes of performers, to conduct a dialogue with creative forces.” Bernard Arno.
“The success credo of great companies is that they start with great leaders.” Steve Ballmer.
“I have all the flaws it takes to be successful.” Larry Ellison.
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“Of course everyone wants to be successful. I also want to look back and see how my innovations have changed the world without falling into obscurantism and cynicism.” Sergey Brin.
“And because no matter who you are, as long as you firmly believe in yourself and your dream, New York will always be open to you.” Michael Bloomberg.
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“Help the young. Help insignificant people. Because they will grow up and become big figures. And the seeds that you sowed in them then will later help them change this world.” Jack Ma.
“Three short years spent at Harvard, among excellent people, taught me not only the art of choosing partners. I also realized that I can develop this skill – if you interact a lot with the best, then you begin to perfectly navigate the frames. Georges Paulo Lehmann.