The best CEO quotes ever
We’ve all had moments where we wondered “How the hell did they get there?”
So If you’re looking for inspiration on how to make the most out of your career, there is nothing like taking advice from the best. We’ve gathered the most precious tips from those who’ve reached the top of the corporate ladder while helping others climb with them:
“Do something you are passionate about, do something you love. If you are doing something you are passionate about, you are just naturally going to succeed, and a lot of other things will happen that you don’t need to worry about.”
– Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors.
“I don’t think it matters how small or how big the task is, if you can do it just a little bit better than what is expected, you will be noticed and rewarded. At DreamWorks, with every movie we make, we start out with the ambition and the goal to exceed the expectations of our audience. We may not succeed every time, and you may not either, but we sure do try.”
– Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder of Dreamworks.
“My advice to young people is if you find yourself in a company where you’re being asked to do something that you don’t think is right or you’re feeling uncomfortable about the leadership and the direction of the company run, do not walk, for the doors.”
– Meg Whitman, chairman, president and CEO Hewlett-Packard.
“Never define yourself as a product and, in fact, I would augment it; never define yourself by your competition, either. If you live and define yourself by your product or competition, you will lose sight of who your customer is.”
– Ginni Romety, chairman and CEO of IBM.
“Never stop learning. Whether you’re an entry level employee fresh out of college or a CEO, you don’t know it all. Admitting this is not a sign of weakness. The strongest leaders are those who are lifelong students.”
– Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of Pepsi Co.
“The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures, rather than putting that energy into another project, always amazes me. I have fun running ALL the Virgin businesses – so a setback is never a bad experience, just a learning curve.”
– Richard Branson, chairman and founder of The Virgin Group.
“Some people will know exactly what they want to do at a very young age, but the odds are low. I feel like people in their early- to mid-20s are very earnest. They’re very serious, and they want to feel like they’ve accomplished a lot at a very young age rather than just trying to figure stuff out. So I try to push them toward a more experimental attitude.”
– Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of Flickr and chief executive of Slack.
“Whatever career you’re in, assume it’s going to be a massive failure. That way, you’re not making decisions based on success, money and career. You’re only making it based on doing what you love.”
– Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb.
“I like to check with the driver, our receptionist, and my assistants on how the candidate interacted with them. How you treat others means the world!”
– Rick Goings, CEO of Tupperware Brands.
“Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids.”
– Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google.
Author: Regina Nogueira