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104 Inspiring Quotes by Harvey Mackay

  • Last updated Jul 26 2021

Welcome to our collection of quotes by Harvey Mackay.

Wikipedia Summary for Harvey MacKay

Harvey Mackay (born 1932) is an American businessman, author and syndicated columnist with Universal Uclick. His weekly column gives career and inspirational advice and is featured in over 100 newspapers. Mackay has authored seven New York Times bestselling books, including three number one bestsellers. He is also a member of the National Speakers Association Council of Peers Award for Excellence Hall of Fame.

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You can't buy a good reputation; you must earn it.

--Harvey MacKay


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Amateurs wait for inspiration. The real pros get up and go to work.

--Harvey MacKay

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Exploring how you could make a bad situation worse can sometimes tell you what not to do.

--Harvey MacKay

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A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves.

--Harvey MacKay

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Failure is not falling down but staying down.

--Harvey MacKay

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What motivates people to be late?... Some people are drawn to the adrenaline rush of that last-minute sprint to the finish line. Others receive an ego boost from over-scheduling and filling each moment with an activity.

--Harvey MacKay

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Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.

--Harvey MacKay

Longer Version:

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.


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In a litigation-happy society, clear agreements often prevent small disagreements from becoming big ones.

--Harvey MacKay


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There's a place in the world for any business that takes care of its customers-after the sale.

--Harvey MacKay

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Anyone too busy to say thank you will get fewer and fewer chances to say it.

--Harvey MacKay

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By my count, more business leaders have failed and derailed because of arrogance than any other character flaw.

--Harvey MacKay

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You do not get what you want. You get what you negotiate.

--Harvey MacKay

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You can't be passionate when you feel like it. You have to be passionate about your job, product or cause all the time. There's no off switch on a tiger.

--Harvey MacKay


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You can't hurry creativity, so take time to ponder your ideas. Sit back and take time to think things over. That's usually how the best ideas bloom.

--Harvey MacKay

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Be like the turtle... If it didn't stick it's neck out, it wouldn't get anywhere at all.

--Harvey MacKay


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If I had to name the single characteristic shared by all truly successful individuals, I'd say it's the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts.

--Harvey MacKay

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You're as old as you behave.

--Harvey MacKay

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You'll always get the good news; it's how fast you get the bad news that counts.

--Harvey MacKay


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One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new.

--Harvey MacKay

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If we could measure the damage to corporations from gossip, it might be more than the GNP of the Third World!

--Harvey MacKay

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A dream is always a bargain no matter what you pay for it.

--Harvey MacKay

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One mistake will never kill you. The same mistake over and over again will.

--Harvey MacKay

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I have ten marathons under my belt, including four New York races and one Boston.

--Harvey MacKay

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Don't wait for a funeral to pay a compliment. You may not make it in time.

--Harvey MacKay

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Attitudes are every bit as important as aptitudes.

--Harvey MacKay

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You have to look life straight in the eye. De-mystify your world. Can you really afford to believe magic is for real? Not when time is concerned.

--Harvey MacKay

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Happiness can be thought, taught and caught... but not bought.

--Harvey MacKay

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Look in the mirror every day and say, I am in charge. You might not have control over every phase of your life, but you have more control than you realize, and you are responsible for your own happiness and success.

--Harvey MacKay

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A student of life considers the world a classroom.

--Harvey MacKay

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Most business problems can be solved if you can teach yourself to look beyond the dollar sign.

--Harvey MacKay


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It's only lonely at the top if you forget all the people you met along the way and fail to acknowledge their contributions to your success.

--Harvey MacKay

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The life of a startup is full of ups and downs, an emotional roller coaster ride that you can't quite imagine if you've spent your whole career in a corporation.

--Harvey MacKay

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Deep down inside of all of us is the power to accomplish what we want to, if we'll just stop looking elsewhere.

--Harvey MacKay

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A smart manager will establish a culture of gratitude. Expand the appreciative attitude to suppliers, vendors, delivery people, and of course, customers.

--Harvey MacKay

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The cost of praising someone is nil -- but every psychological study shows the payoff is huge.

--Harvey MacKay

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Ideas without action are worthless.

--Harvey MacKay

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Ethical decisions ensure that everyone's best interests are protected. When in doubt, don't.

--Harvey MacKay

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Don't equate activity with efficiency.

--Harvey MacKay

Longer Version:

Don't equate activity with efficiency. You are paying your key people to see the big picture. Don't let them get bogged down in a lot of meaningless meetings and paper shuffling. Announce a Friday afternoon off once in a while. Cancel a Monday morning meeting or two. Tell the cast of characters you'd like them to spend the amount of time normally spent preparing for attending the meeting at their desks, simply thinking about an original idea.


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When you're thirsty, it's too late to think about digging a well.

--Harvey MacKay

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There is a time to provide advice and offer an opinion, and there is a time not to. Don't be too quick to offer unsolicited advice. It certainly will not endear you to people.

--Harvey MacKay

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It isn't the people you fire who make your life miserable, it's the people you don't.

--Harvey MacKay

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Ego stops you from getting things done and getting people to work with you. That's why I firmly believe that ego and success are not compatible.

--Harvey MacKay

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Don't confuse visibility with credibility.

--Harvey MacKay

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Direct your energy toward achieving a goal, and tackle the problems with an emphasis on edging closer to a successful result.

--Harvey MacKay

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The first successful salesperson was not a man, it was Eve.

--Harvey MacKay

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America is ripe for a service revolution.

--Harvey MacKay

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When you kill a little time, you may be murdering opportunity.

--Harvey MacKay

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There is no shame in taking pride in achievements or position. But nobody gets to the top alone.

--Harvey MacKay

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Employee loyalty begins with employer loyalty. Your employees should know that if they do the job they were hired to do with a reasonable amount of competence and efficiency, you will support them.

--Harvey MacKay

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Unless you work in demolition, don't burn bridges.

--Harvey MacKay

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Your past is not your potential.

--Harvey MacKay

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Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave.

--Harvey MacKay

Longer Version:

Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.


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Once you attach your personality to a proposition, people start reacting to the personality and stop reacting to the proposition.

--Harvey MacKay

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A great accomplishment shouldn't be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward.

--Harvey MacKay


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Don't water your weeds.

--Harvey MacKay

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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.

--Harvey MacKay


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No one ever wants to see his or her name linked to anything bad. Conscience is like a baby. It has to go to sleep before you can.

--Harvey MacKay

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No one ever went broke by saying no too often.

--Harvey MacKay


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An optimist understands that life can be a bumpy road, but at least it is leading somewhere. They learn from mistakes and failures, and are not afraid to fail again.

--Harvey MacKay

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Remember you're not entitled to anything. You have to earn your success every day, and you will make mistakes like everyone else.

--Harvey MacKay

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Pale ink is better than the most retentive memory.

--Harvey MacKay

Longer Version:

Pale ink is better than the most retentive memory. If it's written down, you can look it up. Just be damn sure you write it down.


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If you believe, as I do, that your employees truly are your most valuable asset, you will do whatever you can to help them do their jobs as well as possible.

--Harvey MacKay

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As you schedule individual tasks, give yourself a cushion. Mark the due date a few days ahead of the actual deadline so you have time to deal with changes or last-minute emergencies.

--Harvey MacKay

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Don't fall in love with your wit. Your cleverly turned phrase may not, as you hope, show off how much gray matter you have, especially if the phrase is at someone else's expense.

--Harvey MacKay

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My Golden Rule of Networking is simple: Don't keep score.

--Harvey MacKay

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Deadlines aren't bad. They help you organize your time. They help you set priorities. They make you get going when you might not feel like it.

--Harvey MacKay

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Many successful people are no more talented than unsuccessful people. The difference between them lies in the old axiom that successful people do those things that unsuccessful people don't like to do.

--Harvey MacKay

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People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.

--Harvey MacKay

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To me, job titles don't matter. Everyone is in sales. It's the only way we stay in business.

--Harvey MacKay

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If you want people to know how much you care, show them how much you remember. Learn their names and use them often. It's an important skill to develop.

--Harvey MacKay

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Minds are like parachutes-not much good unless they are open.

--Harvey MacKay

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When you're fired, you're rejected. It's as simple as that.

--Harvey MacKay

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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.

--Harvey MacKay

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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.

--Harvey MacKay

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You learn how to be book smart in school, but you better not forget that you also need to be street smart.

--Harvey MacKay


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Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It's up to you to choose which you will be.

--Harvey MacKay

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I believe that visualization is one of the most powerful means of achieving personal goals.

--Harvey MacKay

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Just because an employee does things differently doesn't mean he or she won't do the job right or as well. If you establish expectations of the goal and the standards to follow, then methodology shouldn't be an issue.

--Harvey MacKay

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The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your relationships. The quality of your business is no different.

--Harvey MacKay

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You learn when you listen. You earn when you listen -- not just money, but respect.

--Harvey MacKay

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Jim Rohn is one of the most articulate, powerful, thought-provoking speakers I've seen. His unique delivery and style puts him head and shoulders above the rest.

--Harvey MacKay

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There is a place in the world for anyone in the world who says, "I'll take care of it."

--Harvey MacKay

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You can beat 80% of the competition just by showing up.

--Harvey MacKay

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To be a champion, you have to learn to handle stress and pressure. But if you've prepared mentally and physically, you don't have to worry.

--Harvey MacKay

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You're a lot better off being scared than being bored.

--Harvey MacKay

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When an employee asks why the company does things a certain way, and you can explain the logical reason, then the employee knows what she's doing is valid.

--Harvey MacKay

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Success doesn't come from what you do occasionally it comes from what you do consistently.

--Harvey MacKay


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Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back.

--Harvey MacKay


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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.

--Harvey MacKay

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If you don't climb the mountain, you can't see the view.

--Harvey MacKay

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If you can't say yes, it's no. Don't sugarcoat it. Don't talk yourself into yes just to seem like a nice guy. No one ever went broke because he or she said "NO" too often.

--Harvey MacKay

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If you wish others to believe in you, you must first convince them that you believe in them.

--Harvey MacKay

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