Friday Fun: What’s Your Favorite Business Quote?

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Here are some of mine (from some pretty random sources).

Godot never comes! – Thom Singer (from a recent comment on Chris Brogan’s blog).

Waiting (and waiting) for perfection, or for someone to save you, won’t move you forward. Instead of waiting, do something. It’s OK if it fails, which leads me to..

Give yourself a D – Seth Godin (Linchpin)

Failure happens. If it does, you’ve learned something.

I have always believed that writing advertisements is the second most profitable form of writing. The first, of course, is ransom notes . . . ~ Philip Dusenberry

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds – Albert Einstein

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am for myself only, what am I? And if not now, when? – Hillel

This may not seem to have a lot to do with marketing, but it does. If you only give and give you will be poor and hungry. It is OK to want to earn money for your work, and be paid accordingly. However, if you only interrupt people and act selfishly, you will be perceived as greedy and self-centered. Give some things away (but not everything). What are you waiting for? If it’s Godot, he’s not coming.

What are your favorites? Share them below.

3 thoughts on “Friday Fun: What’s Your Favorite Business Quote?

  1. Thanks for the mention. I always remember that play when people say they are waiting for something. I always respond with “Godot Never Comes”…. but most people have absolutely NO IDEA to what I refer!

    Have a great day.


  2. “You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I didn’t try to earn an honest living.”
    — George Bernard Shaw

    Not quite about business, but Shaw was always giving people the business…

  3. Well, there might be some business lessons in things Shaw said (or almost said), such as the lyrics in “My Fair Lady” when Eliza sings, “without you pushing them the clouds roll by” – a good lesson for business to remember that the world doesn’t revolve around them – and to frame their offerings in terms of their customers’ needs, rather than their own.

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