12 Quotes from Some of the Most Successful CEOs of All Time



Jeff Bezos

“The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘Why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘Why not?’”

-Jeff Bezos, Amazon

Marissa Mayer

“I always did something that I was a little not ready to do. I think that, that is how you grow. When there’s a moment of ‘Wow, I’m not so sure that I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, it’s then that you have a breakthrough. Sometimes that’s a sign that something really great is about to happen. You’re about to grow and learn a lot more about yourself.”

– Marissa Mayer, Yahoo

Pete Cashmore

“We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform.”

-Pete Cashmore, Mashable
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Tim Cook

“Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow, so give it everything you’ve got.”

-Tim Cook, Apple
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Michael Dell

“You don’t need to be a genius or a visionary, or even a college graduate for that matter, to be successful. You just need framework and a dream.”

-Michael Dell, DELL

Samuel R. Allen, Deere

“Pessimists may be right in the end, but an optimist has a much better time getting there.”

-Samuel R. Allen, Deere
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John C Maxwell

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”

–John C. Maxwell, The John Maxwell Company

Bill Gates

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

-Bill Gates, Microsoft
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Steve Jobs, CEO Apple

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

-Steve Jobs, Apple

Andy Grove

“You have to pretend you’re 100 percent sure. You have to take action; you can’t hesitate or hedge your bets. Anything less will condemn your efforts to failure.”

-Andrew Grove, Intel

Samuel Palmisano

“Smarter is always the answer.”

–Samuel J. Palmisano, IBM
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Reed Hastings

“But as an entrepreneur you have to feel like you can jump out of an aeroplane because you’re confident that you’ll catch a bird flying by. It’s an act of stupidity, and most entrepreneurs go splat because the bird doesn’t come by, but a few times it does.”

–Reed Hastings, Netflix



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