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Inspirational Quotes About Character

Inspiring Quotes About Character
Read inspirational quotes about character from some of the most successful men and women of business.

Harvey S. Firestone

"Nervous energy is all right if it is expended in constructive action, in doing real things.  But you have to be sure that the nervous man isn't the kind that simply stirs himself and everybody around him into a turmoil."

"A business won't stand still and wait while you dally around, wondering what to do"
"The valuable executive is not expansive about his work; at least, not with his subordinates... He doesn't tell what he is going to do. He waits - and does it."

"Ambition is something more than looking at the point you want to reach.  Ambition is taking off your coat and pulling and dragging your goat up the stream."

Harold Geneen

"Whether in middle management or top management, unbridled personal egotism blindsides a man to the realities around him; ...and ... he becomes a menace..."

"The good executive screens his actions for any hint of personal prejudices and vanity.  He does not become overly concerned about where he sites in a meeting or whether or not people rise when he enters a room."

"Some companies compete for "image" with as much force and energy as they do for earnings, market share, and stock market price.  That is ego gratification."

"...the loss in performance, productivity, earnings in an company, division, or department subjected to the wiles and whims of an egotistical corporate executive would approach that least 40 percent."

"Can you guard against the virus of personal egotism? Can you view with perspective the flattery and praise of sycophants? Can you discard the pleasant aspects of your position in the company for the more realistic problems facing you, which may be unpleasant?

Horace Greeley

"There is now and then a case of brilliant rascality known among us; and ...we are inclined, some of us, to admire it; but, after all, there are no cases, ...wherein roguery has led to fortune."

J. C. Penney

"It may take nerve to give up a position where you are doing fairly well and to take a lower one, somewhere else.  But if you have courage and ambition you can do it."

"Jesus and Moses were two of the greatest salesmen the world has ever known.  Just take one of the Bible's stated principles - ... and see how it applies to business."

"Every employer is always looking for men who really love to work.  Yet work alone is not enough to make a man truly successful."

"In training men we always start them on a small salary, partly because we want to see how they will manage on it... How he gets along is not only a clue to his character but it shows what his business capacity is."

Benjamin Franklin

"Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright..."

"...he that riseth late, must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night."

"If we are industrious we shall never starve; for as Poor Richard says, at the working man's house hunger looks in, but dares not enter"

Don't Worry About The Future

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Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at twenty two what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting forty year olds I know still don't. Don't waste your time on jealousy, sometimes you are ahead, sometimes you are behind... the race is long, and in the end it is only with yourself..."

Baz Luhrmann - Everybody's Free