Paul Allen: Co-Founder of Microsoft Corporation with Bill Gates; Owner: Seattle Seahawks NFL; The Sporting News magazine; Portland Trail Blazers
"We've had some tough times, but we've hung in there." - Paul Allen
Prince al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud: Known as Prince Alwaleed: member of the Saudi Royal Family; Investments through Kingdom Holding Company.
"If I'm going to do something, I do it spectacularly or I don't do it at all." - Prince Alwaleed
Jeffrey (Preston) Bezos: President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Amazon.com
"We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It's our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better." - Jeffrey Bezos
Andrew Carnegie: Scottish-American businessman and major philanthropist
"I believe the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master in that line. I have no faith in the policy of scattering one's resources, and in my experience I have rarely if ever met a man who achieved preeminence in money making.. certainly never one in manufacturing.. who was interested in many concerns." - Andrew Carnegie
"The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it." - Andrew Carnegie
Winston Churchill (Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill) KG, OM, CH, FRS PC: Best known as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War; soldier, journalist, author and politician; Won the 1953 Nobel Prize for literature.
"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." - Sir Winston Churchill
George Samuel Clason: Personal Finance Author and Publisher; author of The Richest Man in Babylon.
"If I set for myself a task, be it so trifling, I shall see it through. How else shall I have confidence in myself to do important things?" - George Samuel Clason
Stephen Covey: Internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author.
"I'm convinced that we can write and live our own scripts more than most people will acknowledge. I also know the price that must be paid. It's a real struggle to do it. It requires visualization and affirmation. It involves living a life of integrity, starting with making and keeping promises, until the whole human personality the senses, the thinking, the feeling, and the intuition are ultimately integrated and harmonized." - Stephen Covey
Clive Jay Davis: Founder of Arista Records; Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a nonperformer.
"You look for stars. You look for the makeup of artists who can have long lasting careers and who could be headliners." - Clive Jay Davis
Thomas Alva Edison: American inventor and businessman; In 1880 Edison founded the journal Science, which in 1900 became the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; 1,093 patents in his name.
"The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense." - Thomas Edison
"The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn't like to do." - Thomas Edison
"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Accordingly a genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework." - Thomas Edison
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: German novelist, dramatist, humanist, scientist, philosopher; cabinet minister of Weimar; Author of Faust and Theory of Colours
"In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm... in the real world all rests on perseverance." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Philip Green: Billionaire - Owns British Home Stores (now BHS), the U.K.'s fifth-largest retail chain and the country's second-largest clothing retailer, Arcadia Group Ltd.
"I could have closed down bits of British Home Stores to make more money but it's not my style. I want to make my money as a retailer, not by putting people out of work." - Philip Green
Ray Kroc: Founder of the McDonald's Corporation in 1955; Dubbed the Hamburger King.
"It's easy to have principles when you're rich. The important thing is to have principles when you're poor."
"We take the hamburger business more seriously than anyone else." - Ray Kroc
George Lucas: American film director, producer, and screenwriter famous for his epic Star Wars saga and the Indiana Jones trilogy.
"My first six years in the business were hopeless. There are a lot of times when you sit and you say ‘Why am I doing this? I'll never make it. It's just not going to happen. I should go out and get a real job, and try to survive.’ " - George Lucas
"If you want to be successful in a particular field of endeavor, I think perseverance is one of the key qualities.It's very important that you find something that you care about, that you have a deep passion for, because you're going to have to devote a lot of your life to it." - George Lucas
Lakshmi Narayan Mittal (aka Lakshmi Niwas Mittal): Billionaire Industrialist; Chairman of the Mittal Steel Company NV - world's largest producer of steel. He was the Fortune European Businessman of the Year for 2004.
"Everyone experiences tough times, it is a measure of your determination and dedication how you deal with them and how you can come through them." - Lakshmi Narayan Mittal
"Hard work certainly goes a long way. These days a lot of people work hard, so you have to make sure you work even harder and really dedicate yourself to what you are doing and setting out to achieve." - Lakshmi Narayan Mittal
Greg Norman: Australian professional golfer; nicknamed The Shark
"I always wanted to be the best I could be at whatever I did. I didn't want to be the number one golfer in the world. I just wanted to be as good as I could be. I work hard, I push myself hard, and I probably even expect too much of myself." - Greg Norman
Richard Pratt: Chairman of Visy Industries. Public Services: foundation chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology > Chair of Finance committee, U. S. Coral Sea Commemorative Council > President, Victorian Arts Center Trust > Chairman, Australian Business Arts Foundation > Chairman, Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria; Pratt received the AC (Companion of the Order of Australia) in 1998, Australia's highest honor. He also received the AO (Officer of the Order of Australia), in 1985.
"Visy Industries' past, present and future are linked by a commitment to growth, through meeting our customers' needs and the wise use and reuse of scarce resources." - Richard Pratt
"Our most productive investment remains our people. It is through the dedication, skills and initiative of our people that Visy Industries has prospered and will continue to move ahead." - Richard Pratt
"Encourage your people to be committed to a project rather than just be involved in it." - Richard Pratt
Anthony Robbins: American motivational speaker and writer.
"The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment." - Anthony Robbins
Charles R. Schwab: Founder and CEO of the Charles Schwab Corporation
"I quickly learned that if I kept at it and plowed right through the rejections I would eventually get somebody to buy my wares." - Charles R. Schwab
Sam Moore Walton: Founder of the giant American retailer Wal-Mart
"Each Wal-Mart store should reflect the values of its customers and support the vision they hold for their community" - Sam Moore Walton
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