The Best Business Advice From Some Of The Most Successful CEOs

The Best Business Advice from Successful CEOs

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The Best Business Advice from Successful CEOs

It can be hard to stay motivated in a profession that demands a lot from you, physically, mentally and emotionally. For those of us in demanding jobs or embarking on the crazy journey of starting our own businesses, finding ways to stay inspired can be the difference between pushing through a tough time and folding under the pressure.

It can be helpful to look at the strategies of the most successful businesspeople and CEOs during times of doubt; not only do they often have great advice, but they also produce great, easy-to-remember quotes to help inspire and motivate you. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite inspirational quotes from some of our favorites CEOs.

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” 

–Drew Houston, Co-Founder and CEO, Dropbox

“In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic.”

–Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks

“It takes 20 minutes to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

–Warren Buffet, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”

–Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo!

“Leaders get out in front and stay there by raising standards by which they judge themselves—and by which they are willing to be judged.”

–Frederick W. Smith, CEO, FedEx

“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.”

–Tony Hseih, CEO, Zappos

“The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.”

–Walt Disney, Founder, Disney

“What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customers, and have a burning desire to succeed.”

–Dave Thomas, Founder, Wendy’s

“Make your team feel respected, empowered, and genuinely excited about the company’s mission.”

–Tim Westergen, Founder, Pandora

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

–Bill Gates, founder and former CEO, Microsoft

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

–Steve Jobs, Co-founder and former CEO, Apple, Inc.

“In business, what is dangerous is not to evolve.”

–Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon

“When you innovate, you must prepare yourself for everybody to tell you that you’re nuts.”

–Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle

“The biggest risk is not taking any risks…In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking any risks.”

–Mark Zuckerburg, CEO, Facebook

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”

–Bill Gates, founder and former CEO, Microsoft

“As long as you’re going to be thinking, think big.”

–Donald Trump, CEO, The Trump Organization

“There’s an entrepreneur, right now, scared to death, saying “It’s not the right time just yet.” There’s no such thing as a good time. I started an apparel-manufacturing business in the tech boom years. I mean, come on. Get out of your garage and go take a chance and start your business.”

–Kevin Plank, CEO, Under Armour

Which quotable quotes inspire you to make the most of each day in your business?


Image by Joi Ito from Inbamura, Japan (Steve Jobs and Bill Gates on Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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Dale Schahczinski
Goal driven team leader, with industry experience spanning all aspects of operations and administration.