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49 Business Strategies and Ideas From 49 Successful Entrepreneurs


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When we, as humans, want to launch into an uncharted territory of some sorts, we tend to get scared or nervous by the very idea and we usually need to gain some inspiration from people who have been there, had done that and had succeed in the field. This is because we would feel much better and at ease than just going in on our own. If you are looking to start a business (big or small) and you would want to know what the best businessmen in the world think, below are the 49 things that these great entrepreneurs have to say about business.

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Sam Walton (Walmart)
Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, its amazing what they can accomplish.


Richard Branson (Virgin Group)
When people are placed in positions slightly above what they expect, they are apt to excel

Larry Ellison (Oracle)
When you innovate, youve got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts.

Bill Gates (Microsoft)
The most meaningful way to differentiate your company from your competitors, the best way to put distance between you and the crowd is to do an outstanding job with information.
How you gather, manage and use information will determine whether you win or lose.

Henry Ford (Ford Motor Corporation)
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

Alfred P. Sloan (General Motors)
There has to be this pioneer, the individual who has the courage, the ambition to overcome the obstacles that always develop when one tries to do something worthwhile, especially when it is new and different

Jack Welch (General Electric)
If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it, you almost dont have to manage them.

Steve Jobs (Apple Inc.)
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. Its best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations

Aliko Dangote (Dangote Group)
I built a conglomerate and emerged the richest black man in the world in 2008 but it didnt happen overnight. It took me thirty years to get to where I am today. Youths of today aspire
to be like me but they want to achieve it overnight. Its not going to work. To build a successful business, you must start small and
dream big. In the journey of entrepreneurship, tenacity of purpose is supreme

 Andrew Carnegie (Carnegie Steel)
The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.

 Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Company)
There are fast ideas and slow ideas, just as there are fast trains and slow trains. When it comes to money, most people are on the slow train looking out the window watching the fast train
pass them by. If you want to become rich quickly, your plan must include fast ideas.

 Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway)
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and only five Minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you will do things differently

 Ingvar Kamprad (IKEA)
If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example. I have to do so for all the IKEA employees

 Donald Trump (Trump Organisation)
Well yes, I have fired a lot of people. Generally I like other people to fire because its always a lousy task. But Ive fired many people

 Rich Dad
The ability to sell is the number one skill in business. If you cannot sell, dont bother thinking about becoming a business owner.

 Henry Ross Perot
Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationship.

 Jeff Bezos (Amazon)
There are two ways to extend a business. Take inventory of what you are good at and extend out from your skills. Or determine what your customers need and work backwards, even if it requires learning new skills. Kindle is an example of working backwards.

 John D. Rockefeller (Standard Oil)
The ability to deal with people is as purchasable as a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other thing under the sun.

 Mark Kay Ash (Mark Kay cosmetics)
People are definitely a companys greatest asset. It doesnt make any difference whether the companys product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.

 Oprah Winfrey (Harpo Studios)
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobodys going to know if you did it or not.

 Thomas Edison (General Electric)
Anything that wont sell, I dont want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility and utility is success.

 Thomas J. Burrell (Burrell Communications Group)
The most important thing is to enjoy yourself and continue to work. I know life is a journey, not a destination. Thats also true in business. Your objectives keep moving

 James Cash Penny (JC Penny)
Courteous treatment will make a customer a walking advertisement.

 Thomas Watson (IBM)
Lying dead in the water and doing nothing is a comfortable alternative because it is without risk, but it is an absolutely fatal way to manage a business.

 Steve Case (AOL)
If you are doing something new, youve got to have a vision. Youve got to have a perspective. Youve got to have some north star you are aiming for and you just believe somehow you will get there, which kind of gets to the passion point.

 Michael Dell (Dell Computers)
Our business is about technology, yes. But it is also about operations and customer relationships.

Barry Diller (Expedia, Fox Broadcasting Company)
We want to be able to sell you anything, anywhere, anytime you want it.

 Debbi Fields (Mrs. Field Cookies)
Ive never felt like I was in the cookie business. Ive always been in a good feeling business. My job is to sell joy, my job is to sell happiness and my job is to sell an experience.

 Harvey S. Firestone
I believe fundamental honesty is the keystone of business
 
 Lee Iaococca
I hire people brighter than me and I get out of their way

 Dave Thomas (Wendy’s)
It all comes back to the basic. Serve customers the best tasting food at a good value in a clean restaurant, and they will keep coming back.

 Madame CJ Walker (Walker Cosmetics line)
I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Dont sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them

 Anita Roddick (Body Shop)
Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but thats exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; its about
trading: buying and selling

 Victor Kiam
In business, the competition will bite you if you keep running. If you stand still, they will swallow you.

 Nolan Bushnell (Atari and Chuck E. Cheese)
The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. Its as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not
tomorrow. Not next week, but today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.

 The Mafia Manager
The best thing to invest in your business is your time. To schedule, plan and use time effectively, know your turf and know your objectives. Assess the obstacles and opportunities, then devise your strategies.

 Candice Carpenter (iVillage.com)
Success is about creating value.

 Howard Schultz (Starbucks)
Dream more than others. Think practical.

 Martha Stewart (Martha Stewart living Omnimedia)
It is within everyones grasp to be a CEO

 Pierre Omidya (Ebay.com)
It is not really work if you are having fun.

 Simon Cowell (American Idol)
Good is not enough. Youve got to be great.

 Walt Disney (Walt Disney Co.)
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

 Trip Hawking (Electronic Arts)
You are nuts and you should be proud of it. Stick with what you believe in.

 Terry Matthew (Mitel)
Persistence is the single most important thing for success.

 Jenny Craig (Jemmy Craig)
If I make a commitment to something, I will stick to it no matter what.

 Giorgio Armani (Giorgio Armani)
Remain true to yourself and your philosophy.

 Akio Morita (Sony Entertainment)
It had to be different. Something nobody else was making.

 Li Ka Shing (Hutchison Whampoa Limited)
Reputation is your key to success. You have to be loyal to your customers.

 Ray Kroc (McDonalds)
Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; the world is full of
educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.