18 Quotes to Live By From Top CEOs

18 Quotes to Live By From Top CEOs

I’ve always said that you should be careful about who you take advice from. For instance, my never-married, perpetual bachelor friend isn’t the guy I am going to go to for relationship advice. I’m also not taking woodworking advice from someone missing more than one finger, or diet tips from someone who is more overweight than I am. I do, however, pay attention when extremely successful give advice on how to be successful. Here are 20 quotes from top CEOs from a variety of companies that are true “words to live by.”

1. “Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.”
– Michael Dell, Dell
2. “Trust your instincts.”
– Estée Lauder, Estée Lauder

3. “The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.”
– Walt Disney, Disney
4. “We’re not going to invest a dollar that doesn’t make sense to invest.”
– Marc Lore, Jet

5. “What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.”
– Dave Thomas, Wendy’s
6. “Your people determine your product.”
– Taso Du Val, Toptal

7. “Make your team feel respected, empowered and genuinely excited about the company’s mission.”
– Tim Westergen, Pandora
8. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”
– Drew Houston, Dropbox

9. “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
10. “Be simple and reliable”
– Jan Koum, WhatsApp

11. “Always deliver more than expected.”
– Larry Page, Google
12. “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”
– Elon Musk, SpaceX

13. “There’s an entrepreneur right now, scared to death, making excuses, saying, ‘It’s not the right time just yet.’ There’s no such thing as a good time.”
– Kevin Plank, Under Armour
14. “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. 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, Yahoo

15. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.”
– Richard Branson, Virgin Group
16. “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.”
– Tony Hsieh, Zappos

17. “Capital isn’t scarce. Vision is.”
– Sam Walton, Wal-Mart
18. “Life is too short to do mediocre work and it is definitely too short to build shitty things.”
– Stewart Butterfield, Slack

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