You can't buy a good reputation; you must earn it.
Amateurs wait for inspiration. The real pros get up and go to work.
Exploring how you could make a bad situation worse can sometimes tell you what not to do.
A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves.
Failure is not falling down but staying down.
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.
Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
In a litigation-happy society, clear agreements often prevent small disagreements from becoming big ones.
There's a place in the world for any business that takes care of its customers-after the sale.
Anyone too busy to say thank you will get fewer and fewer chances to say it.
By my count, more business leaders have failed and derailed because of arrogance than any other character flaw.
You do not get what you want. You get what you negotiate.
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.
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.
Be like the turtle... If it didn't stick it's neck out, it wouldn't get anywhere at all.
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.
You're as old as you behave.
You'll always get the good news; it's how fast you get the bad news that counts.
One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new.
If we could measure the damage to corporations from gossip, it might be more than the GNP of the Third World!
A dream is always a bargain no matter what you pay for it.
One mistake will never kill you. The same mistake over and over again will.
I have ten marathons under my belt, including four New York races and one Boston.
Don't wait for a funeral to pay a compliment. You may not make it in time.
Attitudes are every bit as important as aptitudes.
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.
Happiness can be thought, taught and caught... but not bought.
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.
A student of life considers the world a classroom.
Most business problems can be solved if you can teach yourself to look beyond the dollar sign.
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.
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.
Deep down inside of all of us is the power to accomplish what we want to, if we'll just stop looking elsewhere.
A smart manager will establish a culture of gratitude. Expand the appreciative attitude to suppliers, vendors, delivery people, and of course, customers.
The cost of praising someone is nil -- but every psychological study shows the payoff is huge.
Ideas without action are worthless.
Ethical decisions ensure that everyone's best interests are protected. When in doubt, don't.
Don't equate activity with efficiency.
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.
When you're thirsty, it's too late to think about digging a well.
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.
It isn't the people you fire who make your life miserable, it's the people you don't.
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.
Don't confuse visibility with credibility.
Direct your energy toward achieving a goal, and tackle the problems with an emphasis on edging closer to a successful result.
The first successful salesperson was not a man, it was Eve.
America is ripe for a service revolution.
When you kill a little time, you may be murdering opportunity.
There is no shame in taking pride in achievements or position. But nobody gets to the top alone.
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.
Unless you work in demolition, don't burn bridges.
Your past is not your potential.
Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave.
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.
Once you attach your personality to a proposition, people start reacting to the personality and stop reacting to the proposition.
A great accomplishment shouldn't be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward.
Don't water your weeds.
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.
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.
No one ever went broke by saying no too often.
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.
Remember you're not entitled to anything. You have to earn your success every day, and you will make mistakes like everyone else.
Pale ink is better than the most retentive memory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My Golden Rule of Networking is simple: Don't keep score.
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.
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.
People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.
To me, job titles don't matter. Everyone is in sales. It's the only way we stay in business.
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.
Minds are like parachutes-not much good unless they are open.
When you're fired, you're rejected. It's as simple as that.
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.
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.
You learn how to be book smart in school, but you better not forget that you also need to be street smart.
Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It's up to you to choose which you will be.
I believe that visualization is one of the most powerful means of achieving personal goals.
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.
The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your relationships. The quality of your business is no different.
You learn when you listen. You earn when you listen -- not just money, but respect.
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.
There is a place in the world for anyone in the world who says, "I'll take care of it."
You can beat 80% of the competition just by showing up.
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.
You're a lot better off being scared than being bored.
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.
Success doesn't come from what you do occasionally it comes from what you do consistently.
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.
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.
If you don't climb the mountain, you can't see the view.
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.
If you wish others to believe in you, you must first convince them that you believe in them.