There are many different ways to measure success. Some measure success purely through income, while others gauge it by leaving a lasting legacy or making people across the world happier. In the business world, the richest and most successful people often worked their way up from nothing to be where they are today. Still others measure success in altruism and social benefits, such as how a company benefits its workers and the society at large.
Although in the modern age there is much more focus on giving back to charities and sharing profits among companies, there remains a firm belief that in order to succeed you have to dominate your field of work while constantly innovating and revolutionizing your field. Many of the top business leaders today are in the tech industry and have outsmarted and out developed their competition with new products, ideas, and business strategies.
One thing that has remained true is that hard work, discipline, and one great idea can create an entire business empire from scratch. Those who love their work and seek to constantly improve their business fare very well, while those motivated purely by monetary gain seem to quickly fall by the wayside. The best secret to being successful, it seems, is loving what you do while being ready to commit your life to being the very best in your business while letting nothing stop you from pursuing your dream. Here are 10 business leaders’ quotes on success.
“Success is never getting to the bottom of your to-do list.”
Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo! and former Google executive, is one of the youngest most successful businesswomen in the world. She has seen her company’s stock prices double in the 14 months since her debut as CEO and has initiated many changes in the company such as a ban on telecommuters and stricter performance reviews in order to encourage more valuable work time.
She recently acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion, just one of many of her acquisitions as CEO. Mayer is expected to lead Yahoo! to greater heights and much higher stock prices in the near future.
“Success in investing doesn’t correlate with I.Q. once you’re about the level of 125. Once you have ordinary intelligence, what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people into trouble in investing.”
Warren Buffett is a successful American business entrepreneur and investor who is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which manages many subsidiary companies like IBM. Known as the “Oracle of Omaha”, he is ranked as one of the richest and most significant people in the world. He grew up with a business mindset and later received a Master of Science in economics from the Columbia Business School.
Sr. Thomas Watson
“To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.”
Thomas Watson was an American self-made industrialist who became the CEO of International Business Machines (IBM) and oversaw the growth of the company on a global scale. Considered by some to be the “world’s greatest salesman,” he studied at the Elmira (N.Y.) School of Commerce before pursuing a career as a remarkable salesman.
Not only that, he was actively involved in civic affairs. Watson’s most famous motto, THINK, is still used as a way to inspire staff working at IBM.
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
Steve Jobs is the former CEO of Apple who led the company from bankruptcy to prosperity by the end of the 1990s. He also co-founded Pixar and was on the board of directors of Disney for a time, owning over 4 billion dollars of Disney stock at the time of his death.
At Apple, Jobs introduced the iPod, iPhone, and iMac devices that would go on to make Apple one of the fastest growing and most competitive tech firms in existence. He is considered one of the greatest business leaders of our time and is often revered for both his devotion to his company and his innovative products that dominate the marketplace.
Sadly, he passed away in 2011 but will live on through his incredible legacy.
“The future of America is not an entitlement. We have been given a treasure chest of gifts and opportunities, but some people are being left behind, and success is not sustainable unless it is shared.”
Howard Schultz is the CEO and chairman of Starbucks, a multi-billion dollar global corporation that can be found on nearly every street corner of a major city.
After being hired as the Director of Marketing when Starbucks was just starting out as a small business, he soon opened his own store and eventually went on to buy out the original Starbucks owners for $3.8 million in 1988.
He quickly expanded his business and went on to be declared Fortune Magazine’s “Businessman of the Year” in 2011 for his work in the job market and economy. Creating one of the most recognized and popular brands in the world, Schultz remains one of the world’s top business leaders.
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
Henry Ford is one of the most famous and innovative business leaders in American history. He not only created an affordable car that became the most popular brand in America, he also revolutionized the assembly line and how companies paid and treated their employees.
Ford began his engineering career by designing racing cars though he dreamed of creating a car that anyone could afford, not just the wealthy. He maintained complete control of his company for many years and passed it on to his descendants. He paid his workers double the daily wage in the early 1900’s to get the best mechanics to work for him, and bolstered the economy by injecting more money into it. Ford will be remembered as a pioneer in the auto industry.
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
Bill Gates has been the world’s richest man for over 15 years in total, and leads the world’s biggest computer company, Microsoft. He was CEO until 2008, although he has since remained strongly involved with the company, even appearing in Microsoft ads. He is also known for his incredibly philanthropy, raising hundreds of millions for charity and convincing many billionaires to bequeath half their net value to charities.
Famous both for his innovation and dominance in the computer sector, Bill Gates will likely retain the title of richest man in the world – or at least be within the top few – for many years to come.
“Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.”
David Rockefeller is an American banker and an active humanitarian. With a Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in economics, Rockefeller pursued a career in banking and eventually became the CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank. He is a well-known leader in the field of finance and has a great reputation as a philanthropist in the areas of medicine, science and education.
“If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.”
Ray Kroc was an American-Czech businessman who made McDonalds successful world-wide. Kroc was also a humanitarian who supported research and treatment studies, and created the Ronald McDonald House foundation.
After WW1, he worked as a salesman before purchasing a McDonalds franchise and making it known. According to Time 100, Kroc is one of the most important people of the century.
Sr. Richard Branson
“To be successful, you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running, and if you have a good team around you and more than a fair share of luck, you might make something happen. But you certainly can’t guarantee it just by following someone else’s formula.”
Sir Richard Branson is a well-known entrepreneur and investor in England who founded Virgin Group. With a net worth of approximately $4.6 billion US dollars, Branson is ranked the sixth richest citizen of the UK.
Not only is he a successful and influential man, he is an active humanitarian who dedicates his time to help others in ways of opening new schools in South Africa and participating in the global community.