Category: Quotable

The True Entrepreneur is a Doer 0

The True Entrepreneur is a Doer

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now....

35 Habits: #28. Adjust your perspective. 0

35 Habits: #28. Adjust your perspective.

“Every Tuesday at noon, San Francisco administrators test the emergency alarm system, which I now use as a marker for a notable time each week. Every Tuesday at noon, I deliberately try to “let...

35 Habits: #27. Read the news about your industry first thing in the morning. 0

35 Habits: #27. Read the news about your industry first thing in the morning.

“The first thing I do once out of bed is read 15 to 30 minutes religiously. I jot down anything interesting for rumination vis-a-vis healthcare, [such as] Netflix’s god mode, or Jaguar’s brainwave tracker. It’s...

There is Only One Boss: the Customer 0

There is Only One Boss: the Customer

“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, founder of Walmart and Sam’s...

35 Habits: #25. Keep a close eye on the competition. 0

35 Habits: #25. Keep a close eye on the competition.

“I use the first 15 minutes of each day to read competitive websites and any press they might be receiving. Knowing what our competition is doing or thinking is critical to our ability to...

35 Habits: #24. Get coached. 0

35 Habits: #24. Get coached.

“Olympic athletes have coaches — so should CEOs. I have had a coach for years, Ed Batista, who I work with at least biweekly to recognize and improve my weaknesses.” –Douglas Merrill, former CIO of...

35 Habits: #23. Prepare budgets by initiatives and expected outcomes rather than by functions 0

35 Habits: #23. Prepare budgets by initiatives and expected outcomes rather than by functions

“Thinking about spending this way keeps me focused on how each dollar contributes to building the company.” –Mike Zivin, co-founder and CEO of Whittl, an online appointment booking platform for neighborhood businesses, which recently...

The Best Time to Invest in Yourself 0

The Best Time to Invest in Yourself

“Recessions are the best time to start a company. Companies fail. Others hold back capital. If you are willing to do the preparation and work, it is the best time to invest in yourself...

35 Habits: #22. Talk to People 0

35 Habits: #22. Talk to People

“This is often described as ‘managing by wandering around,’ but don’t undervalue it. Having random conversations with different people across the organization will help you keep your ear to the ground on what is really happening....