Who Drives the Business Model?

 “The customer has always driven the business model.”
~ Amancio Ortega Gaona,
Businessman, Co-Founder Inditex, Co-Founder – Zara Clothing
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Life Has Been a Dream

“My life has been a dream. If someone had to write a story about it, it would seem a little unreal.
It’s the kind of story I would read and say, ‘Nah, that’s not possible.'”

~ Ralph Lauren,
Designer & Founder, Ralph Lauren Corp.

The Finances to Withstand Adversity

“We will need a strong balance sheet that allows us to
withstand adversity, while continuing to invest in the future.”
~ Tidjane Thiam,
Banker, Philanthropist, INSEAD Alumnus of the Year Award (2007), Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur Award (2011),
Grand Prix de l’Économie Award (2013) & Euromoney Banker of the Year Award (2018)

In July 2018, business and finance magazine Euromoney named Thiam “Banker of the Year 2018”, citing his “radical three-year plan” that had “reinvented” Credit Suisse

Rich & Poorer, Poor & Poorer

“Yes, in socialism the rich will be poorer – but the poor will also be poorer.
People will lose interest in really working hard and creating jobs.”
~ Thomas Peterffy,
Architectural Draftsman, Computer Programmer, Businessman & Founder, Chairman & CEO – Interactive Brokers.

An Amorphous ‘Collection’

“No matter how many customers you have, each is an individual.
The day you start thinking of them as this amorphous ‘collection’
and stop thinking of them as people, is the day you start going out of business.” 
~ Dharmesh Shah 
Co-Founder –HubSpot

The Biggest Brand in the Whole World

“”Don’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world.
Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow.
So, set yourself manageable targets.”
~ Jas Bagniewski,
Co-Founder – Eve Sleep

Whole-Hearted

I’m wholehearted about whatever I do.
~ Melinda Gates,
Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Grow or Die

  “Complacency is the worst. I never allow myself to be content with what I have done,
and I have always tried to instill this in everyone around me. Grow or die.
If you want to innovate, don’t focus on the results.”
~ Amancio Ortega Gaona,
Businessman, Co-Founder Inditex, Co-Founder – Zara Clothing

All the Things I Love

“All the things I love is what my business is all about.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model

Further & Further Into the Direction in Which You Start

“If you’re kind of a phony to start with, you’re going to be a bigger phony
when you make a lot of money.
And if you’re kind of mean, you can get meaner as you make money.
But if you’re generous, you get more generous.
I think money and age both tend to push you further and further
into the direction in which you start. There are exceptions to that,
but I think that’s generally true.”
~ Warren Edward Buffett,
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist &
Founder of the Buffett Foundation

Doing Our Best, Giving Our Best

“A diva is someone who is a perfectionist, who does her best in her craft.
So, if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur & Actress
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Be a Better You

” As much focus as you can have on expanding yourself and
expanding your wisdom and expanding your best qualities,
I think is the best way to create better businesses. Be a better you.”
~ Will Smith,
a.k.a Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.,
Actor, Producer, Rapper, and Songwriter

Snoop’s Scoop

“When I’m not longer rapping,
I want to open up an ice cream parlor
and call myself Scoop Dogg.”
~ Snoop Dogg,
a.k.a. Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Film Actor, Voice Actor,
Entrepreneur, Investor, Record Producer & Television Director,

Do You Love What You Do?

“Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
~ Albert Schweitzer,
Theologian, Organist, Philosopher,
Physician, Philanthropist, and Medical Missionary
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Your Employees, Advisors & Partners

“Seek out and hire employees who are
brimming with talent, energy, integrity, optimism and generosity.
Search for advisors and partners who
compliment your skills and understand your ideals.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model

Look Back at Life with No What-Ifs

“We should all aim to look back at life with no what-ifs
and be proud of what we’ve achieved.”
~ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson,
Business Magnate & Investor

We Are Our Choices

“In the end, we are our choices.
Build yourself a great story.”
~ Jeffrey Preston “Jeff” Bezos,
Business Magnate, Investor,
Founder, Chairman & CEO of Amazon.com

The People We Choose

“The most important decision I’ve made in business?
The choices of people I have around me.”
~ Snoop Dogg,
a.k.a. Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Film Actor, Voice Actor,
Entrepreneur, Investor, Record Producer & Television Director,

Limitations Inspire Creativity

“… out of limitations comes creativity.”
~ Debbie Allen
a.k.a. Deborrah Kaye Allen
,
Actress, Choreographer, Dancer, Film Director,
Television Director, Television Producer
Primetime Emmy Award (1982, 1983, 1991), Golden Globe Award (1982)

A Vision-Led Daily Schedule

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“Adhering to a daily schedule that is led by your vision
and run by your priorities is the surest path to personal freedom.”
~ Mark Ford,
Entrepreneur, Self-made Millionaire
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Extreme Wealth & Responsibility

“For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth.
But, with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility.
And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people,
and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.”
~ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson,
Business Magnate & Investor, Philanthropist, & Founder of Virgin Group

Creative Entrepreneurs

“Everywhere I go, I always look for creative entrepreneurs,
whether it’s artisans and craftsmen, small farmers and gardeners, or restaurateurs
who use fresh, locally sourced ingredients. I admire the courage and self-reliance
it takes to start your own business and make it succeed.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model

Good Service vs. Platinum Service

” What’s the difference between ‘Good Service’ and ‘Platinum Service’? ‘Good’ is the enemy of ‘Great’.
So, ‘GOOD’ – that dog won’t hunt, anymore; it is about being ‘PLATINUM’!
See, … when I understand to see my Customers as my Guests, I don’t rush to serve them.
I stop looking at them through the lens of ‘Transaction’
and I see them through the lens of ‘Transformation’.
So, net-net takeaway: stop ‘Selling’ and start ‘Connecting’,
because when you ‘Sell’ that’s a ‘Transaction’.
When you ‘Connect’ that’s a ‘Relationship’! ”
~ Simon T. Bailey,
Executive Advisor, Author, Entrepreneur, Keynote & Hall of Fame Speaker,
Founder – Brilliance Institute & CEO of Simon T. Bailey International, Inc.

Family & Business

“A man should never neglect his family for business.”
~ Walter Elias Disney,
Business Magnate, Animator, Cartoonist,
Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Philanthropist,
Voice Actor, Co-Founder of Walt Disney Productions,
Academy Awards (22x), Golden Globe Awards (3x) & an Emmy Award

The Size of Your Success

“The size of your success is measured by
the strength of your desire;
the size of your dream;
and how you handle disappointment along the way.”
~ Robert Toru Kiyosaki,
Investor, Businessman, Author, Speaker,
Financial Literacy Activist, & Commentator

An Ending Better Than the Start

“Now is not the time to give up!
The end is going to be better than the beginning.”
~ Joni Lamb,
Singer, Co-Founder & Vice-President – The Daystar Television Network
Co-Host – Marcus & Joni

The Temptation to Give Up

“The temptation to give up is greatest
when the victory is the closest.”
~ Da’Dra Crawford Greathouse,
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Speaker,
Lakewood Church Senior Worship Leader & Co-Founder of Anointed

The Lessons of ‘Failure’

“It’s fine to celebrate success,
yet it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
~ Bill Gates,
a.k.a. William Henry Gates III
Business Magnate, Entrepreneur, Investor, Author,
Co-Founder of Microsoft & Philanthropist

To Do Great Work

“I think it’s important to do great work.”
~ Kyra Sedwick,
a.k.a Kyra Minturn Sedgwick Bacon
Actress, Producer, Satellite Awards (2005, 2006), Gracie Allen Award (2006),
Golden Globe (2007), People’s Choice Award (2009), Hollywood Walk of Fame (2009)
& Primetime Emmy Award (2010)

Nearly Every Moment

“Nearly every moment of every day,
we have the opportunity to give something to someone else
– our time, our love, our resources.”
~ S. Truett Cathy,
Entrepreneur, Founder – Chick-fil-A, Founder – WinShape Foundation,
Foster Parent (30 years), Horatio Alger Award,
Omicron Delta Kappa Laurel Crowned Circle Award (2009),
William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership (2008),
Norman Vincent & Ruth Stafford Peale Humanitarian Award,
Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award,
William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership,
Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame (2003)

Business: Risks & Chances

“In business, there’s a difference between a risk and a chance.
A well-calculated risk may very well end up
as an investment in your business.
A careless chance can cause it to crumble.
And when an opportunity presents itself,
never assume it will be your last.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model

Wholeheartedly

“I think when you move past your fear
and you go after your dreams wholeheartedly,
you become free.”
~ LL Cool J
a.k.a. James Todd Smith
,
Rapper, Actor, Author & Entrepreneur

Love of What You Do

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice
and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
~ Pele
a.k.a Edson Arantes do Nascimento,
Footballer, Humanitarian, FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur (2013),
France Football’s Football Player of the Century (1999),
Player of the Century (1999), IOC Athlete of the Century (1999),
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1997)
Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (1994), Knight of the Order of Rio Branco (1967)
Commander of the Order of Rio Branco (1969) & Brasil Postage Stamp (1969),

Automation Applied

“The first rule of any technology used in a business is
that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency.
The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation
will magnify the inefficiency.”
~ Bill Gates,
a.k.a. William Henry Gates III
Business Magnate, Entrepreneur, Investor, Author,
Co-Founder of Microsoft & Philanthropist

The Pen is In Your Hands!

“A new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hands;
it is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself.”
~ Author Unknown

Investing in Your Brand

“Most people don’t understand the value of investing in your brand
and your own development. When you’re starting out, it seems like you need to cut corners
and keep things cheap, but I’ve never regretted investing in myself, my skills, or my brand,
no matter how tight things were.”
~ Lewis Howes,
Author, Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Business Coach, Speaker & Podcaster

Business at a Higher Level

“Successful business owners are constantly learning new ways
to make their businesses grow and operate at a higher level.
They are reading industry blogs, listening to podcasts,
attending conferences, and taking courses.”
~ Brandon Gaille,
Marketing Podcaster, Blogmaster – The Blog Millionaire

Like They Will Buy

“Look, you need to treat the prospect like a buyer — treat everyone like a buyer.
One of the biggest errors made by salespeople — especially experienced salespeople —
is the supposed ability to determine who is and who isn’t a real buyer.
I don’t care what the situation they told you is— no money, no budget, they got tax problems,
and they’re not the decision maker — treat the buyer like a buyer. Treat them like they WILL buy from you.”
~ Grant Cardone,
Author, Entrepreneur, Producer,
& Online Sales Training Expert

When Price is No Longer an Issue

“When your offer solves the problem, price will no longer be the issue.”
~ Grant Cardone,
Author, Entrepreneur, Producer,
& Online Sales Training Expert

Two Primary Choices

“There are two primary choices in life:
to accept conditions as they exist
or accept the responsibility for changing them.

~ Denis Waitley,
Motivational Speaker,
Consultant & Author

Renaissance of the Entrepreneur

“We live in the Renaissance of the Entrepreneur.”
~ Grant Cardone,
Author, Entrepreneur, Producer,
& Online Sales Training Expert

Our Choice for Freedom & Liberty

“This election presents a stark choice –
we can continue down the road of the Obama Democrats,
more and more spending, debt and government control of the economy,
or
we can return to the founding principles of our nation –
free markets, fiscal responsibility and individual liberty.”
~ Ted Cruz,
Attorney & Unites States Senator (2013- )

One Generation, A Single Lifetime

“There are more than eight-million millionaires in the United States today. Most of them are self-made.
They started with nothing an earned all their money within one generation.
The 10 wealthiest multi-billionaires in the US all started with nothing
and earned their money in a single lifetime”
~ Brian Tracy,
Author, Keynote Speaker,
Entrepreneur & Business Coach

Once You Learn

“Once you learn how to start and build a business,
you can do it over and over again.
The principles are the same.”
~ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson,
Business Magnate & Investor, Philanthropist, & Founder of Virgin Group

Dedicated & Passionate

“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success
if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”
~ Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,
Activist, Politician, Philanthropist, Lawyer,
1st President of South Africa, Philanthropist
Nobel Peace Prize Awardee(1993) & Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardee

A Yardstick of Quality

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
~ Steve Jobs,
Entrepreneur, Marketer, Inventor, &
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Apple, Inc.
Founder & CEO of NeXT, Disney Legend (2013, posthumously)
Grammy Trustees Award (2012), California Hall of Fame (2007)
‘Most Powerful Person in Business’ by Fortune Magazine (2007)
Entrepreneur of the Decade’ by Inc. Magazine (1989)
Jefferson Award for Public Service (1987) & National Medal of Technology (1985)

Talents & Abilities Within

“Entrepreneurship is natural and normal for most people.
You have within you, right now, the talents and abilities that you need to start
and build a successful business, to take complete control over your life, and achieve financial freedom.
You just need to learn how.”
~ Brian Tracy,
Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur & Business Coach