10 of My Favorite Business Quotes: “The Business of Business is Business”

Mar 10 2011

That was a quote my Dad always uses.  I’ve laughed about it for 20 years.  Even made a poster of it with his picture and that quote under it and had it framed.  As a kid my Dad loved quotable quotes and would walk around the kitchen reading them out loud as my Mom made dinner.  My parents are and always have been avid readers. Because of this influence I’ve always loved a good quote.  Especially from great business minds.  Here are some of my favorite and you’ll notice I have quite a few from Carlos Slim Helu.  He seems to have the consistent ability to deliver a timeless quote.

One should not seek exposure or applause for the things one does, but simply do them well for one’s own sense of accomplishment Carlos Slim Helu

“There is a saying that we should leave a better country to our children. But it’s more important to leave better children to our country.” Carlos Slim Helu

Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years -Bill Gates

It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste time -Henry Ford

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose -Bill Gates

Lots of people want to ride with you in the Limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the Limo breaks down -Oprah Winfrey

Some say Google is God. Others say Google is Satan.  But if they think Google is too powerful, remember that with search engines unlike other companies, all it takes is a single click to go to another search engine.  -Sergey Brin

My main job was developing talent.  I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people.  Of course, I had to pull some weeds, too -Jack Welch

People who grow rich almost always improve their sex life. More people want to have sex with them.  That’s just the way human beings work. Money is power. Power in an aphrodisiac. Money did not make me happy. But it definitely improved my sex life.  -Felix Dennis

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak.   -Jay Leno

And a bonus and my favorite.

Jealousy is the tribute that mediocrity pays to greatness -Unknown



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  1. Michael

    I really dislike people that correct miniscule grammatical errors. Nothing personal Jeff, its just that my friend does it to me all the time and I want to break his nose ever time he does it for some strange reason. Its one of my pet peeves ; ) Again, dont take that comment personal please, I’m sure your a good guy and all.

  2. Jason Thompson

    This quote is pretty funny as that happened to him in so many ways. 🙂

    Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose -Bill Gates

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