Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages. One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do. Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one. Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement. As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities. Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them. My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own. Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty. The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed. A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time. It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste. The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life. Whatever you have, you must either use or lose. Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success. There is one rule for the industrialist and that is Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible. Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it. I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done. You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year. There are no big problems, there are just a lot of little problems. Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service. I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible. There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can. Money is like an arm or leg – use it or lose it. If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. Don’t find fault, find a remedy. Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service. I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
Thoughts to Inspire Success in Your Life and Business