I’d like to spend some time giving you what I believe are great solo business quotations.
These are not my thoughts (although I wish I had the keen insight that these business savvy people express) but rather the ideas of others that are targeted to helping you in your online business.
No, most of these quotes are not specific to Internet solo business. Some were made way before the Internet was born.
But don’t discount their appropriateness just because some were spoken in times long ago.
These business thoughts can help you to understand some of the timeless wisdom that other entrepreneurs have shared to help you in this day and age.
Every solo business owner knows (or should know) the needs of his business better than any other individual.
The key, then, to being a smart business owner is to be able to analyze what is going on in your business and correct any deficiencies quickly.
If there was ever a more appropriate quote for a business owner than “the buck stops here” I don’t know what it would be.
As a solo business owner, you have the ultimate, final, and only say regarding what happens in your business.
For the next few posts, I am going to share some very appropriate business quotations with you that I think will be meaningful and directly related to your business.
You can do with these what you like … ignore them, gloss over them, or take them to heart and add dollars to your business bottom line!
You would do well to ponder each thought and spend some time thinking about how you might apply the principle involved to your own current business situation.
Here we go:
1. “Our policy is to reduce the price, extend the operations, and improve the article.” Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company, 1922.
2. “Our view was, if we could measure it, we could manage it.” Dan England, CEO of C.R. England, 1995.
3. “Satisfactory under-performance is a far greater problem than a crisis.” Christopher Bartlett, in The Industrialized Corporation, 1997.
4. “A formal and orderly conception of the whole is rarely present, perhaps even rarely possible, except to a few men of exceptional genius.” Chester Barnard, in The Functions of the Executive, 1937.
5. “Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent.” Marya Mannes in Out of My Time, 1971.
6. “I treat everything as a learning experience; then you become detached from the result and more interested in the experience itself.” Lorraine Moller, Running with the Legends, 1996.
7. “The world is filled with unsuccessful men of talent.” Ray Croc, founder of McDonald’s, 1993.
8. “An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.” William Bernbach in the New York Times, 1982.
9. “God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.” Mother Teresa in the Rolling Stone, 1992.
10. “You cannot be a success in any business without believing that it is the greatest business in the world … You have to put your heart in the business and the business in your heart.” Thomas J. Watson, Sr., founder and president of IBM, 1981.
11. “The acquisition of wealth is not in the least the only test of success. After a certain amount of wealth has been accumulated, the accumulation of more is of very little consequence from the standpoint of success.” Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. president in Outlook, 1900.
12. “If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” Anita Roddick, British founder of The Body Shop, 1981.
13. “To be successful you definitely have to stand out, no matter who you are. You have to make a noticeable difference.” Bernadette Murphy, in Women of the Street, 1997.
14. “The conduct of successful business merely consists in doing things in a very simple way, doing them regularly, and never neglecting to do them.” Lord Leverhulme, cofounder of Unilever, 1922.
15. “Observing both your own and your competitor’s successes and failures makes your inner business voice more sure and vivid.” Estee Lauder in Estee: A Success Story, 1985.
16. “The shortest and best way to make your fortune is to let people see clearly that it is in their interests to promote yours.” Jean De La Bruyere, Of the Gifts of Fortune, 1688.
17. “I think making a name for yourself is a wrong objective … I would prefer to look for ways where you can make maximum contribution, and that depends on two things: clearly what your skills are and, less clearly, what the activities that you enjoy are. By choosing occupations that you can get excited about you are likely to do your best work.” Andrew S. Grove, Chairman of Intel Corporation, 1996.
18. “I have worked without thinking of myself. This is the largest factor in whatever success I have attained.” Amadeo Giannini, founder of Bank of America, 1999.
19. “The truly successful business man is essentially a dissenter, a rebel who is seldom if ever satisfied with the status quo.” J. Paul Getty in How to Be Rich, 1965.
20. “There is no glass ceiling. My gender is interesting, but it is not the story here.” Carly Fiorina in The Century’s Business, Career, and Money Heros, 2000.
Stand by for more great small business advice …
To your online business success,