50+ Quotes on Business Wisdom: from Leadership to Strategic Risk-Taking

50+ Quotes on Business Wisdom: from Leadership to Strategic Risk-Taking

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Let’s consider a view more perspectives on acquired wisdom in business:

  1. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker
  2. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates
  3. “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” – Howard Schultz
  4. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
  5. “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
  6. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson
  7. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker
  8. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  9. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs
  10. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
  11. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  12. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader
  13. “The best leaders are those most interested in surrounding themselves with assistants and associates smarter than they are.” – John C. Maxwell
  14. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau
  15. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser
  16. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller
  17. “I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.” – G. K. Chesterton
  18. “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” – Warren Buffett
  19. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
  20. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  21. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky
  22. “Always deliver more than expected.” – Larry Page
  23. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  24. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford
  25. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
  26. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart
  27. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” – Colin R. Davis
  28. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader
  29. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
  30. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” – Robert Kiyosaki
  31. “If you look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs
  32. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius
  33. “The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.” – Marc Benioff
  34. “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson
  35. “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” – Benjamin Franklin
  36. “Every problem is a gift—without problems, we would not grow.” – Anthony Robbins
  37. “In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” – Warren Buffett
  38. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon
  39. “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.” – Venus Williams
  40. “High expectations are the key to everything.” – Sam Walton
  41. “In a world that is changing quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg
  42. “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” – Warren Buffett
  43. “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently.” – Marie Forleo
  44. “The goal is not to be successful but to be valuable. Once you’re valuable, instead of chasing success, it will attract itself to you.” – Unknown
  45. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
  46. “The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.” – Seth Godin
  47. “Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.” – Milan Kundera
  48. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” – Thomas Watson Sr.
  49. “The most successful entrepreneurs are optimistic. It’s part of the job description.” – Caterina Fake
  50. “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.” – Tim Ferriss
  51. “Knowledge comes by taking things apart. But wisdom comes by putting things together.”John A. Morrison
  52. The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” – Michael E. Porter
  53. “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel.” – Sam Walton
  54. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston S. Churchill
  55. “If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.” – B.C. Forbes
  56. “Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” – Andy Warhol
  57. “Innovation needs to be part of your culture. Consumers are transforming faster than we are, and if we don’t catch up, we’re in trouble.” – Ian Schafer
  58. “There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” – Sam Walton
  59. “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.” – Jeff Bezos
  60. “Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.” – Jeffrey Zeldman
  61. “Your work will fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  62. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett
  63. “The biggest challenge in business is not the competition, it’s what goes on inside your head.” – Barbara Corcoran
  64. “The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin
  65. “In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.” – Steve Case
  66. “User experience is everything. It always has been, but it’s undervalued and underinvested in. If you don’t know user-centered design, study it. Hire people who know it. Obsess over it. Live and breathe it. Get your whole company on board.” – Evan Williams
  67. “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh
  68. “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.” – Ingvar Kamprad
  69. “What ultimately constraints the performance of your organization is not its operating model, nor its business model, but its management model.” – Gary Hamel

These quotes reflect a broad spectrum of business wisdom, from leadership and innovation to resilience and strategic risk-taking, offering inspiration and guidance for those navigating the complexities of the business world.



  • Edwin Korver

    Edwin Korver is a polymath celebrated for his mastery of systems thinking and integral philosophy, particularly in intricate business transformations. His company, CROSS-SILO, embodies his unwavering belief in the interdependence of stakeholders and the pivotal role of value creation in fostering growth, complemented by the power of storytelling to convey that value. Edwin pioneered the RoundMap®, an all-encompassing business framework. He envisions a future where business harmonizes profit with compassion, common sense, and EQuitability, a vision he explores further in his forthcoming book, "Leading from the Whole."

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