Herb KelleherYou must be very patient, very persistent. The worldisn’t going to shower gold coins on you just becauseyou have a good idea. You’re going to have to worklike crazy to bring that idea to the attention of people.They’re not going to buy it unless they know about it. Herbert “Herb” Dwight Kelleher is the co- founder, Chairman Emeritus, and former CEO of Southwest Airlines. Kelleher and one of his law clients, Texas businessman Rollin King, created the concept that later became Southwest Airlines, on a cocktail napkin in a San Antonio, Texas restaurant.
Michael DellDon’t spend so much time trying to choose the perfectopportunity, that you miss the right opportunity. Michael Saul Dell, American business magnate and author, is best known as the founder and CEO of Dell Inc., one of the world’s leading sellers of personal computers. He was ranked the world’s 41st richest person on the 2012 Forbes Billionaires’ list, with a net worth of US$15.9 billion.
Mark CubanIt’s called working your ass off. The difference is whatyou are willing to sacrifice. For every writer who wantsbalance in their life, there is a guy like me who gives upa lot to make their dreams come true. There is alwaysgoing to be someone out there that knows they haveto compensate for maybe having less talent withharder work and preparation. Mark Cuban is a businessman, investor, philanthropist, and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures, and chairman of the HDTV cable network AXS TV. In 2011, Cuban wrote an e-book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, in which he chronicles his life experiences in business and sports.
Debbi FieldsThe greatest failure is not to try. Had I listened to allthe people during the course of my life who said, “Youcan’t. You’ll fail. It won’t work. You don’t have…”, Iwouldn’t be here today. Debbi Fields is founder and current spokesperson of Mrs. Fields Bakeries, and the author of several cookbooks. She began her business in 1977 in Palo Alto, California, and it has grown into over 650 retail bakeries in the US, and over 80 in 11 other countries. Though she sold the business to an investment group in the 1990s, Fields remains the company’s spokesperson.
Jim RohnSuccess is neither magical nor mysterious. Success isthe natural consequence of consistently applying thebasic fundamentals. Jim Rohn was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. His rags to riches story played a large part in his work, which influenced others in the personal development industry, among them authors Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup book series), author/lecturer Brian Tracy, and T. Harv Eker.
Sam WaltonIgnore the conventional wisdom. If everybody else isdoing it one way, there’s a good chance you can findyour niche by going in exactly the opposite direction. Samuel Moore ‘Sam’ Walton was a businessman and entrepreneur best known for founding the retailers Walmart and Sam’s Club. The first true Wal-Mart opened on July 2, 1962 in Arkansas. When Walton died on April 5, 1992, his company employed 380,000 people. Annual sales of nearly $50 billion flowed from 1,735 Wal-Marts, 212 Sam’s Clubs, and 13 Supercenters.
William Clement StoneYou are a product of your environment. So choose theenvironment that will best develop you toward yourobjective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment.Are the things around you helping you towardssuccess? Or are they holding you back? William Clement Stone was a businessman, philanthropist and self-help book author. At the age of 6, Stone was hawking newspapers on Chicago’s South Side. At 13, he had his own newsstand. At 16, he began helping his mother in an insurance agency she had set up. He went from office to office, making cold calls (he called them gold calls), and was soon making $100 a week.
Donald TrumpExperience taught me a few things. One is to listen toyour gut, no matter how good something sounds onpaper. The second is that you are generally better offsticking with what you know and the third is thatsometimes, your best investments are the ones youdon’t make. Donald John Trump, Sr. is an American business magnate, television personality and author. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. In its October 7, 2007 Forbes 400 issue, Forbes valued Trump’s wealth at $3.0 billion. Since 2011, his net worth has been estimated from $2.9 billion to $7 billion.
Vera WangI never thought I’d be successful. It seems in my ownmind that in everything I’ve undertaken I’ve neverquite made the mark. But I’ve always been able to putdisappointments aside. Success isn’t about the endresult; it’s about what you learn along the way. Vera Ellen Wang is an American fashion designer and former figure skater. She is known for her wide range of haute couture bridesmaid gowns and wedding gown collections, as well as for her clientele of women figure skaters, designing dresses for competitions and exhibitions.
Richard BransonAbove all, you want to create something you are proudof. That’s always been my philosophy of business. I canhonestly say that I have never gone into any businesspurely to make money. If that is the sole motive, then Ibelieve you are better off doing nothing. Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an English business magnate, best known as the founder and chairman of Virgin Group. Branson’s Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, and he is now the fourth richest citizen of the United Kingdom, according to the Forbes 2011 list of billionaires, with an estimated net worth of US$4.2 billion.
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