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If you're attacking your market from multiple positions and your competition isn't, you have all the advantage and it will show up in your increased success and income.
Jay Abraham - Marketing - Competition
- Success

Small groups of persons can, and do, make the rest of us think what they please about a given subject. But there are usually proponents and opponents of every propaganda, both of whom are equally eager to convince the majority.
Edward Bernays - Propaganda - Manipulation - Influential - Masses - Competition

I believe that competition in the future will not be only an advertising competition between individual products or between big associations, but that it will in addition be a competition of propaganda.
Edward Bernays - Competition - Propaganda - Advertising - Products - Big Business

New Yorkers are predatory about real estate. When they sense softening, they move in for the kill.
Anderson Cooper - Real Estate - Competition - America

The object of this competition is not to be mean to the losers but to find a winner. The process makes you mean because you get frustrated. Kids turn up unrehearsed, wearing the wrong clothes, singing out of tune and you can either say, "Good job" and patronize them or tell them the truth, and sometimes the truth is perceived as mean.
Simon Cowell - Mean - Truth - Criticism - Competition - Losing - Winning - Frustration
- Clothes

With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, and the sick; we institute poor-laws; and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment. There is reason to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands, who from a weak constitution would formerly have succumbed to smallpox. Thus the weak members of civilized societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. It is surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man himself, hardly any one is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.
Charles Darwin - Competition - Survival - Evolution - Weakness - Health - Poverty - Doctors - Society - Animal - Life - Ignorance

In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.
Charles Darwin - Struggle - Change - Strength - Winning - Competition - Success - Survival - Evolution

I have always loved the competitive forces in this business. You know I certainly have meetings where I spur people on by saying, "Hey, we can do better than this. How come we are not out ahead on that?" Thats what keeps my job one of the most interesting in the world.
Bill Gates - Internet - Innovative - Improvement - Competition - Encouragement

Competition is always a fantastic thing, and the computer industry is intensely competitive. Whether it's Google or Apple or free software, we've got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.
Bill Gates - Technology - Competition

They might be a good friend, but they are also a bitter commercial rival. Let’s not kid ourselves.. The American wheat industry has done everything it possibly can to criticize the Australian wheat industry in order to take the Iraqi wheat market from us.
John Howard - America - Competition - Friendship
- Australia

Our philosophy has been to be fiscally conservative, so we can be operationally aggressive. We're not using borrowed money to grow. So we'll put up a store just to get there before the competition. If it doesn't work, we'll close it and lose a little equity. It won't kill us.
Wayne Huizenga - Growth - Money - Competition


We're looking for something where we can make something happen: an industry where the competition is asleep, hasn't taken advantage. It's going to be hard to find another Blockbuster, but that doesn't mean you can't have three good companies growing. The point is, we're going to be busy.
Wayne Huizenga - Growth - Companies - Competition


If you're a competitive person, that stays with you. You don't stop. You always look over your shoulder.
Magic Johnson - Competitive - Winning


Research your idea. See if there's a demand. A lot of people have great ideas, but they don't know if there's a need for it. You also have to research your competition.
Magic Johnson - Competitive - Research
- Ideas - Demand - Great

I just feel that my competitive drive is far greater than anyone else that I’ve met, and I think that I thrive on that.
Michael Jordan - Competitive - Great - Motivational

Many businesses with unpopular products or inefficient production find it much easier to curry the favor of a few influential politicians or a government agency than to compete in the open market.
Charles Koch - Government - Business - Products - Politicians - Competition

In the large buy out space, which is where we (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts) focus our efforts, there are relatively few firms with the capital, experience, infrastructure and networks to compete effectively with the large complex companies that we seek to acquire.
Henry Kravis -
Companies - Buying - Assets - Experience - Competition

You must have complete determination. The worst opponent you can come across is one whose aim has become an obsession. For instance, if a man has decided that he is going to bite off your nose no matter what happens to him in the process, the chances are he will succeed in doing it. He may be severely beaten up, too, but that will not stop him from carrying out his objective. That is the real fighter.
Bruce Lee - Fighting - Success - Determination - Obsession - Competition

A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract; and when he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, "I" do not hit, "it" hits all by itself.
Bruce Lee - Fighting - Thinking - Relaxed - Opportunity - Competition


Bill Maher and I are on against each other, and we're friends. He can do my show any time he wants, and I've done Politically Incorrect several times. There's no reason to think competition has to be adversarial.
Jay Leno - Competition - Friends - Political

Banks and other providers of credit to households have been competing vigorously to expand or protect their market share. In the process, lending standards have been progressively eroded so that lenders are now engaging in practices that would have been regarded as out of the question five or ten years ago.
Ian Macfarlane - Banks
- Competition - Risk - Growth

You've got to look for a gap, where competitors in a market have grown lazy and lost contact with the readers or the viewers.
Rupert Murdoch - Growth - Competition - Lazy - Customers

As with all politically lead governments, foreign investment is the slowest in the media section. Politicians are somewhat paranoid about the media but we still think it’s worthwhile.
Rupert Murdoch - Change - Media - Government - Competition - Investments

I wasn't running toward the theater but running away from the sporting goods store. Of course now that I'm selling spaghetti sauce (with Newman's Own), I begin to understand the romance of business.. the allure of being the biggest fish in the pond and the juice you get from beating out your competitors.
Paul Newman - Career -
Selling - Business - Competition

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
Emo Philips -
Funny - Competition - Computers

If you know your strength it never becomes a weakness. If the market knows your strength then it becomes a weakness.
Shailendra Singh - Strength - Weakness - Competition
- Knowledge

The pace at eBay was frantic and urgent. We knew that if we didn't move fast, somebody would come into the market and quash us. Participant doesn't make a lot of sense from a financial investment perspective, so it's unlikely that other people will be approaching the business in the same way. So you see less urgency; you see a thoroughness and willingness to spend extra time to get things right. Which I think is really important.
Jeff Skoll - Competition - Finance - Business - Important

Marx was right when he said capitalism would destroy itself as capitalist would eat capitalist until they became so big they could not compete.
Dick Smith - Capitalism - Growth - Competition


I think the environment has become more competitive. That has made Indian industry more concerned with a) its customers, b) the quality of its products, and c) its brand image in the marketplace.
Ratan Tata - India - Competition - Industry - Customers - Quality - Products - Brand

The strong live and the weak die. There is some bloodshed, and out of it emerges a much leaner industry, which tends to survive.
Ratan Tata - Industry - Competition - Strong - Weakness - Survival

I’ve never believed protectionism of that kind will lead us anywhere. I think you can have certain specific rules for engaging with India.. for example, not allowing mineral resources to be taken out of the country.. but there is not a shred of doubt in my mind that when you open an economy you should do it in totality. Foreign investment adds a sense of competition; we should see this as a wake-up call to modernise and upgrade. Companies that do not will undoubtedly die.
Ratan Tata - India - Companies - Competition - Protectionism - Economy - Mineral Resources - Foreign Investment

One of the weaknesses of Indian industry is that in many areas.. like consumer goods.. it is very fragmented. Individually, the companies might not be able to survive. What is needed is a consortium of like companies in one industry, presenting a strong front to the multinationals. The Swiss watch industry did this.
Ratan Tata - India - Industry - Competition - Strong - Survival - Weakness

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau - Success - Competition

An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.

Jack Welch
- Action - Learning - Competition

I can't deny that Jerry Springer supposedly beating us didn't affect me. There was a point where I felt like, Golly, you work so hard, you try so hard and the people say they want meaningful television and then Jerry Springer ends up beating you. It was disturbing.
Oprah Winfrey - Work - Competition -


This is a business that thrives on competition (Casino Resorts). For 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the strip hosts the most violent competition in business in America.
Steve Wynn - Competition - Business

We worry about staying competitive as well as continue to come up with new things. What I can say is that look for Yahoo! to continue to push the envelope on what we can offer for free, as well as a continued focus to develop the Yahoo! set of services around the world.
Jerry Yang - Competitive - Search - Focus

On the outside, Yahoo is a fun and irreverent place, but on the inside we are extremely competitive.
Jerry Yang - Competition - Fun


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