Keeping a simple quote in mind can often guide us as we make our way through the business world each day. Some of the brightest minds in business have shared quips and phrases that sum up big ideas into tiny tidbits of information.
Here are some of the best business quotes to get you in the right mindset:
“It’s hard to teach a new dog old tricks.”
Warren Buffett is a great person to get business advice from, and this is a twist on an old saying that means he has trouble hiring young talent and teaching them the things he’s been doing for decades. The original quote is you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but when you are as wealthy and seasoned as Buffett you have the opposite problem.
“Greed is good.”
This one comes from the great Gordon Gekko from the 1987 film Wall Street. At the time Michael Douglas spoke the words most people had never thought that greed could be a good thing, it was always looked at as something bad and something that should be avoided. But the rest of his quote expands on what he meant. He continues “Greed, in all of its forms – greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge – has marked the upward surge of mankind.”
“You don’t learn to walk by following rules.”
Richard Branson is a business mogul if there ever was one, even going so far as being knighted by the Queen of England, so he’s technically Sir Richard Branson. Here he’s letting you know that to get there he didn’t always follow the rules, and by extension maybe he’s saying that if you do always follow the rules you’ll never get where you want to go in business.
“You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.”
Jeff Bezos would know a thing or two about what it takes to earn a good reputation, and it can be deduced that Amazon got to where it is by doing the hard things well. Amazon is clearly one of the biggest winners in business when it comes to ecommerce and much more, thanks to the vision of Bezos.
“I want to put a ding in the universe.”
Steve Jobs did more than just put a ding in the universe, he put a dent in it by introducing the smartphone to the world. No one had fathomed it before, and now we all use them as part of our everyday life, and his legacy carries on.
“Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is.”
Mark Cuban isn’t just a judge on the TV show Shark Tank, he’s one of the few to survive the dot-com bubble and come out a billionaire. He knows what it’s like to create a business out of nothing and sell it for large sums of cash, and no doubt rolled up his sleeves day in and day out until he reached the finish line.
“Life is too short to be small.”
Timothy Ferriss, the author of The 4-Hour Workweek knows a thing or two about going big. He jumps into new projects and is always pushing himself out of his comfort zone in order to get new material for his next book. Whenever you want a fresh idea, or a new way of looking at things, you can count on his blog and books to help you out.