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

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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

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

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

Being the Best at What You Love to Do

“Once you have found out what you love to do, there is only one goal.
How can you be the best in the world at it.
It doesn’t matter if you are a filing clerk, an athlete, an accountant or a bartender.
All that matters is that you do whatever you can to be the best.”
~ Mark Cuban,
Businessman, Investor,
Owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures

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,

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

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.

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

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)

From a Place of Service

“People need to know who you are.
They need to know what you offer and you need to ask them to buy.
If you’re uncomfortable with self-promotion, ask yourself
what’s in it for the potential customer or client.
Come from a place of service, and you will start to see
your promotions as an avenue to help people who need what you have.”
~ Jenn Scalia,
Business Mentor & Visibility Strategist

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

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

A Grateful Heart

“Your grateful heart opens the door for many more blessings to come.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Seems Like a Miracle

“I’m now in my 43rd year in this business,
so it seems like a miracle that I still get to do it.
I feel great gratitude that it’s all still happening.”
(2011 TV Guide Interview)
~ A Martinez
a.k.a Adolfo Larrue Martinez III
,
Actor, Singer & Daytime Emmy Award (1990),
ALMA Awards (2000, 2001, 2002)

Persevere to Your Success

“I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world,
but I succeed because I keep going and going and going.”
~ Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone,
Actor, Screenwriter, Producer, and Director

Have Business-Fun!

“Have fun. The game is a lot more enjoyable
when you’re trying to do more than just make money.”
~ Tony Hsieh,
Internet Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist,
Co-Founder of Venture Frogs & Author

Involving, Fun & Creative

“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun,
and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”
~ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson,
Business Magnate & Investor

Throwing in The Towel?

“The biggest mistake that people make is
they give up too soon, and they throw in the towel.
Becoming a successful leader has a lot to do with
realizing how strong you are.
The human body, the human mind and
the human heart can take a lot.
Fight through bad times in business,
and you’ll be surprised you can
work through it usually.
But people give up too soon,
and they don’t realize how much more
they can put into it without giving up.”
~ Tilman J. Fertitta,
Owner, Chairman & CEO of Fertitta Entertainment
(Landry’s & Golden Nugget)

Free Market Win-Wins

“The most important single, central fact about a free market is
that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.”
~ Milton Friedman,
Economist, National Medal of Science (1988)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1988)
Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1976)
&
John Bates Clark Medal (1951)
Network of genuine friends of various cultures, T. Hsieh quote,

Friendships of the Genuine Kind

Network of genuine friends of various cultures, T. Hsieh quote,
“My advice is to stop trying to “network” in the traditional business sense,
and instead just try to build up the number and depth of your friendships,
where the friendship itself is its own reward.
The more diverse your set of friendships are,
the more likely you’ll derive both personal and business benefits
from your friendship later down the road.
You won’t know exactly what those benefits will be,
but if your friendships are genuine,
those benefits will magically appear 2-3 years later down the road.”
~ Tony Hsieh,
Internet Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Co-Founder of Venture Frogs & Author

Spending ALL of Our Health for Wealth

“Don’t use all your health to chase after wealth,
only to spend all your wealth later to get back your health.””
~ Joseph Prince,
Author, Co-Founder & Pastor of New Creation Church

Rewriting The Rules of Business

“There’s a transformative shift in business, and what worked before is no longer an option.
It’s time for evolved entrepreneurs, visionary creators, and change-makers
to rewrite the rules of business for the 21st century.”
~ Tony Hsieh,
Internet Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Co-Founder of Venture Frogs & Author

Better Life for All

“Through free enterprise, one can benefit people all over the world …
by contributing to a better way of life for all. Peace, love & happiness.”
~ John Paul DeJoria,
Entrepreneur, Co-Founder – Paul Mitchell Hair Care & Philanthropist

Inherently & Endlessly Interesting

“Build your business success around something that you love—
something that is inherently and endlessly interesting to you.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model

It’s About Loyal Customers

“Customers have high expectations,
so you need to deliver excellent service,
you need to deliver great products,
and you need to deliver them in a very cost-efficient way.
The company’s strategy is about loyal customers,
it’s about lasting relationships with our customers.”
~ Ana Botin
a.k.a Ana Patricia Botín-Sanz de Sautuola O’Shea
,
Banker & Chair, Santander Group

The Primary Motivation

“When your primary motivation is money, you tend to forget about things that are more important to your day-to-day satisfaction,
such as challenging projects, collaborative colleagues and opportunities for professional growth.”
~ Ian Siegel, ,
Co-Founder & CEO, ZipRecruiter

To Stay on Top of Things

When asked to share her secret to having a long career in a competitive industry:

“There is no secret. Prayer, good old-fashioned hard work, giving the personal touch,
never compromising my integrity, listening to good business advice
and keep a talented group of people on my team to help me stay on top of everything.”

~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.
~ Image via NAME HERE

A Claim to Fame

“My claim to fame will not be that I inherited my father’s company and bled it.
My claim to fame will be that I inherited my father’s entrepreneurship abilities and I built many companies.
Not only did I build them, but I trained and continue to train others to do the same thing.
I work with partners to ensure that they experience the kind of success that I am having.
I don’t know how a human being can enjoy himself any more than I am.”
~ Bernard Bronner ,
President and Show & Sales Director, Bronner Brothers,
Publisher,Upscale Magazine
& Partner, Rainforest Films

An Essential Value

“The main advice I feel I shall give to young talents, on top of always and firmly believing in their passions,
is to be humble. In our field, and not only (our field), it’s an essential value to grow professionally.” 
~ Tomaso Trussardi,
CEO, Trussardi Group

A Strong Legacy

“In Italy we have a strong legacy of family businesses; that is our DNA.
Families think long term. They can renounce some money currently, so they can get to the future.” 
~ Beatrice Trussardi,
Philanthropist & Executive, Trussardi Group

Daily Life vs. Dollars

“How much is enough? My co-founders at ZipRecruiter and I found ourselves in the unique situation
of running a profitable bootstrapped business. Every month was a choice between keeping the profit
or re-investing for growth. In a very specific way, we had to answer the question,
“What is enough money?”
Rather than argue over numbers in a spreadsheet, we instead each listed the lifestyle we wanted.
My list was simple: Eat dinner with my family every night, send my kids to good schools,
work out three times a week, and if everything fell just right, fly business class.
Clarifying success in terms of daily life vs. dollars made it easy to agree on how much was “enough.”
~ Ian Siegel, ,
Co-Founder & CEO, ZipRecruiter

Just as Business Partners

“My husband and I sit down, just as business partners, around our kitchen table
and look at the schedule for the week and figure out
where we need to be and what we need to do,
what each of our commitments are and
what our children’s commitments are”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

When YOU Own a Company

“Yes, I own my own company, and I prefer to say ‘mompreneur’.
Being a mommy you have to run your house, you’ve got to run your kids’ lives.
I think the key, and my number one tip, is making sure you have a great support team set up,
and communication within your household is key at all times.
It really comes into play when you have appointments, you know,
when you have to be here, so you have to be sure to communicate.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

Having an Impact is Key

“Impact should be at the core of your business. … Start from the beginning.
Very early in our business we made giving, and helping others a key part of our purpose.
If having an impact is a key part of your business from day one,
you will make an impact on someone’s life every day.”

~ Clate Mask,
Co-Founder and CEO, Infusionsoft

An excerpt from Passion, Freedom and Impact: The 3 Ingredients of Business Success

Time-Binding the To-Do Lists

“Block your calendar to achieve wins.
One of the most common mistakes people make at the office
is not turning to-do lists into time-bound, effective project lists.
I’ve found that people who have mastered this hack
are far more likely to deliver tasks on time.

It’s simple: For each of the big things on your list,
block off the amount of time on your calendar
that you estimate the task might take — and
then add 33% more time just to be sure.”

~ James Reinhart,
Co-founder of thredUp.com

A Company You LOVE

“Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love.
If you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession.”
~ Mark Cuban,
Businessman, Investor,
Owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures

Five Years Ago. Five Years Ahead.

Dwayne Johnson
Image courtesy Bing/guayageek

“Think back five years ago. Think of where you’re at today.
Think ahead five years and what you want to accomplish. Be Unstoppable.”
~ Dwayne Douglas Johnson a.k.a. The Rock,
Actor, Author, Founder of the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation,
& Professional Wrestler

Every Day Thanks

“Take the time every day to be thankful for everything that you have.
You can always have more however, you could, also, have less.”
~ Unknown

Being Treasures-Conscious

“We can only be said to be alive
in those moments
when our hearts are
conscious of our treasures.”
~ Thornton Niven Wilder,
Playwright, Novelist,
& Pulitzer Prize recipient (3X)

Do You Count Your Blessings?

“Gratitude: Counting your blessings
and seeing the beauty in this world
Before, During and Following life’s storms.”
~ Unknown