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No matter what your product is, you are ultimately in the education business.
Your customers need to be constantly educated about the many advantages of doing
business with you, trained to use your products more effectively, and taught how
to make never-ending improvement in their lives.
G Allen - Products
I can imagine no more important contribution
to our countrys future than a long-term
commitment to improving urban K-12 public
Broad - Education
It is better to hang out with people better
than you.. you'll drift in that direction.
Buffett - Influence
One of the things that may get in the way
of people being lifelong learners is that
theyre not in touch with their passion.
If youre passionate about what it
is you do, then youre going to be
looking for everything you can to get better
Canfield - Learning
As you begin to take action toward the fulfillment of your goals and dreams,
you must realize that not every action will be perfect. Not every action will
produce the desired result. Not every action will work. Making mistakes, getting
it almost right, and experimenting to see what happens are all part of the process
of eventually getting it right.
Canfield - Improvement
The problem is the average person isnt tuned in to lifelong learning,
or going to seminars and so forth. If the information is not on television, and
its not in the movies they watch, and its not in the few books that
they buy, they dont get it.
Canfield - Learning
It is clear that global challenges must be met with an emphasis on peace,
in harmony with others, with strong alliances and international consensus. Imperfect
as it may be, there is no doubt that this can best be done through the United
Nations.. not merely to preserve peace but also to make change, even radical change,
Carter - Challenges
I am not here as a public official, but as a citizen of a troubled world
who finds hope in a growing consensus that the generally accepted goals of society
are peace, freedom, human rights, environmental quality, the alleviation of suffering,
and the rule of law. (said in his Nobel Lecture)
Carter - Environmental
Six mistakes mankind keeps making century
Believing that personal gain is made by
Worrying about things that cannot be changed
Insisting that a thing is impossible because
we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of
Attempting to compel others to believe and
live as we do.
Tullius Cicero - Mistakes
People who grow rich almost always improve
their sex life. More people want to have
sex with them. Thats just the way
human beings work. Money is power. Power
is an aphrodisiac. Money did not make me
happy. But it definitely improved my sex
Dennis - Rich
Start by scrapping the tax code. Don't fiddle
with it. Junk it. Throw it out. Bury it.
Replace it with a pro-growth, pro-family
tax cut that lowers tax rates to 17% across
the board and expands exemptions for individuals
and children so that a family of four would
pay no taxes on the first $36,000 of income.
Forbes - Tax
A customer is the most important visitor
on our premises, he is not dependent on
us. We are dependent on him. He is not an
interruption in our work. He is the purpose
of it. He is not an outsider in our business.
He is part of it. We are not doing him a
favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor
by giving us an opportunity to do so.
Gandhi - Customers
It's pretty incredible to look back 30 years
to when Microsoft was starting and realize
how work has been transformed. We're finally
getting close to what I call the digital
Gates - Technology
Microsoft has had its success by doing low-cost
products and constantly improving those
products and we've really redefined the
IT industry to be something that's about
a tool for individuals.
Gates - Products
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.
Gates - Internet
I have no talent, except being able to enjoy
and recognize it in others.
Geffen - Talent
A fundamental rule in technology says that
whatever can be done will be done.
Grove - Technology
It's not a question of arriving and putting in a whole new administration,
but instead, arriving and "compacting" things as much as possible, reducing
management layers. We want as few management layers as possible, so that executives
are very close to the operations. We also don't believe in having big corporate
Slim Helu - Companies
The good things take care of themselves. We want to find all the negatives.
Huizenga - Challenges
We're not about liquidating companies, but if you do that, why is that terrible?
We're not blowing up the factories. The person who buys it should be able to make
the asset more productive.
Icahn - Management
After I pass on to another life, I would
like the people to think of David Koch and
Charles as people who did everything
they could to make the world a better place
Koch - Life
To understand KKR, I always like to say,
don't congratulate us when we buy a company.
Any fool can buy a company. Congratulate
us when we sell it and when we've done something
with it and created real value.
Kravis - Companies
There are no limits. There are plateaus,
but you must not stay there, you must go
beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you.
A man must constantly exceed his level.
Lee - Limitations
There is no such thing as maturity. There
is instead an ever-evolving process of maturing.
Because when there is a maturity, there
is a conclusion and a cessation. Thats
the end. Thats when the coffin is
closed. You might be deteriorating physically
in the long process of aging, but your personal
process of daily discovery is ongoing. You
continue to learn more and more about yourself
Lee - Improvement
Synergy is the driver. There are two levels
of synergy: there are operating synergies,
which, you know, you'd have to be stupid
not to try to take advantage of, and then
there are strategic synergies. In other
words, in what positions you would be more
sustainable, more long term, and so on.
Malone - Change
Forgetting your mistakes is a terrible error
if you are trying to improve your cognition.
Munger - Learning
You need to have a passionate interest in
why things are happening. That cast of mind,
kept over long periods, gradually improves
your ability to focus on reality. If you
dont have the cast of mind, youre
destined for failure even if you have a
Munger - Learning
I think we've been an agent for change,
everywhere, and I think change frightens
people. They're going nicely in what seems
like a settled industry, and someone comes
in and says: "I can do this better.
It doesn't matter how nice that other one
is." That's one of the distinguishing
points of our acquisitions.
Murdoch - Change
If you know what's going on and know how
society can be improved and happiness advanced,
you tend to focus on how to get things done
that will help health, safety, opportunity,
justice, accountability of powerful institutions
to the people they are supposed to serve.
Nader - Help
There's no genius behind it. It's persistence and listening to people.
Newmark - Improvement
For all of its faults (capitalism), it gives most hardworking people a chance
to improve themselves economically, even as the deck is stacked in favor of the
privileged few. Here are the choices most of us face in such a system: Get bitter
or get busy.
O'Reilly - Rich
We need to make sure we have the best people we can in our operations, and
that is a constant challenge. There is always room to improve.
Packer - Employee
Excellence matters, and technology advances
so fast that the potential for improvement
is tremendous. So, since becoming CEO again,
Ive pushed hard to increase our velocity,
improve our execution, and focus on the
big bets that will make a difference in
Page - Google
I now know that I learn by solving problems
as they arise. Rarely do we learn significant
lessons, or significantly improve, any other
Parsons - Learning
A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor
a man perfected without trials.
Proverbs - Challenges
An ambitious horse will never return to its old stable.
Proverbs - Ambition
I've always had that obsessive will to win and a commitment to excellence.
Redstone - Winning
I do not know whether I will be in this place for a short or a long time.
That is for others to decide. But what I do know is that I have no intention of
being here for the sake of just being here. Together with my colleagues it is
my intention to make a difference.
Rudd - Politicians
Technology is always evolving, and companies..
not just search companies.. can't be afraid
to take advantage of change.
Schmidt - Technology
An inventor's endeavor is essentially lifesaving.
Whether he harnesses forces, improves devices,
or provides new comforts and conveniences,
he is adding to the safety of our existence.
He is also better qualified than the average
individual to protect himself in peril,
for he is observant and resourceful.
Tesla - Inventor
The economic transmission of power without
wires is of all-surpassing importance to
man. By its means he will gain complete
mastery of the air, the sea and the desert.
It will enable him to dispense with the
necessity of mining, pumping, transporting
and burning fuel, and so do away with innumerable
causes of sinful waste.
Tesla - Invention
To speak practically and as a citizen, unlike
those who call themselves no-government
men, I ask for, not at once no government,
but at once a better government. Let every
man make known what kind of government would
command his respect, and that will be one
step toward obtaining it.
David Thoreau - Government
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give
thanks for everything that happens to you,
knowing that every step forward is a step
toward achieving something bigger and better
than your current situation.
Tracy - Attitude
Thoreau said: I know of no more encouraging
fact than the unquestioned ability of a
man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
That is not only an encouraging statement,
it is also an empowering one. It means you
can accomplish a lot by applying your brainpower
and then moving forward with it.
Trump - Encouragement
In fact, at this point in history, the most
radical, pervasive, and earth-shaking transformation
would occur simply if everybody truly evolved
to a mature, rational, and responsible ego,
capable of freely participating in the open
exchange of mutual self-esteem. There is
the 'edge of history.' There would be a
real New Age.
Wilber - Change
You have to seek the simplest implementation
of a problem solution in order to know when
you've reached your limit in that regard.
Then it's easy to make tradeoffs, to back
off a little, for performance reasons. You
can simplify and simplify and simplify yet
still find other incredible ways to simplify
Wozniak - Computers
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