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Inspirational Quotes About Success

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

Andrew Carnegie

"The rising man must do something exceptional, and beyond the range of his special department.  He must attract attention."

"Boss your boss just as soon as you can; try it on early.  There is nothing he will like so well if he is the right kind of boss; if he is not, he is not the man for you to remain with - leave him whenever you can, even at a present sacrifice, and find one capable of discerning genius."

"Don't put all your eggs in one basket" is all wrong.  I tell you "put all your eggs in one basket, and then watch that basket."

Malcolm S. Forbes

"It matters not how small or large the job you now have; if you have trained no one to do it as well, you're not available; you've made your promotion difficult if not impossible."

Thomas Alva Edison

"The man who doesn't make up his mind to cultivate the habit of thinking misses the greatest pleasure in life."

"The brain that isn't used rusts.  The brain that is used responds."

J. Ogden Armour

"The man who has never had to stand squarely on his own feet is never in a position to march ahead."

"The capable executive is master of his time.  He systematizes his minutes... In the long run, the most successful man is the man who gives the fewest orders."

"Business is full of men who would be at the top if they had only learned to think their thoughts out to a conclusion.  They know that 2 and 2 make 4, but they never stop to think 4 what."

"The right sort of man doesn't have to find opportunities; he makes them"

Charles M. Schwab

"If more persons would get so enthused over their day's work that someone would have to remind them to go out to lunch there would be more happiness in the world and less indigestion. "

"American industry is spilling over with men who started life even with the leaders, with brains just as big, with hands quite as capable.  And yet on man emerges from the mass, rises sheer above his fellows; and the rest remain."

"Most talk about "super-geniuses" is nonsense.  I have found that when ""stars" drop out, their departments seldom suffer.  And their successors are merely men who have learned by application and self-discipline to get full production from an average, normal brain."

"Recently we have heard much about investments.  To my mind, the best investment a young man starting out in business can possibly make is to give all his time, all his energies, to work - just plain, hard work."

Benjamin F. Fairless

"Opportunity, for most of us, doesn't knock just once; she raps a continual tattoo on our doors.  The pity is that much of the time we're either too preoccupied to hear or too lethargic to answer."

"Unless a person is a calm digger; a trapper; or an old-style pick-and-shovel prospector; it's virtually impossible these days to be a success all by oneself."

Henry Ford, II

"Specialized training alone is not enough.  It may get you that first job; but if it is all you have to offer an employer; it may also bury you in that first job."

"A young man is always faced with the job of bringing a tremendous number of variables under control.  Hunches won't do. Simple rules of thumb won't do."

Success, a continuous journey

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In his typically candid style, Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business' rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson -- when we stop trying, we fail."

Richard St. John