The most well-respected entrepreneurs have worked hard to get to where they are. In fact, you might even call them insane, since they are so driven to bring their visions and dreams into fruition. Entrepreneurs need to persevere and be resilient to make things happen.
So, if these people are insane, does that mean they say insane things? You be the judge of that.
1. “The higher you go in a company, the less oxygen there is, so supporting intelligent life becomes difficult.” – Guy Kawasaki
Basically, what Guy Kawasaki says is that not everyone at the top of the corporate ladder got there by honest means. You have visionaries and hard workers, but you also have backstabbers and brown-nosers. While we all like to think that successful people got to the top through sheer work, that’s not always the case. Kawaski drives the point home by saying some higher-ups are utter idiots.
Lesson learned? Either deal with these people, or go off and start your own thing. That way, you get to choose who the higher-ups are.
2. “If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.” – Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon
The founder and CEO of one of the largest companies in the world believes that groups should be small, usually about 5 – 7 people. What happens when teams grow bigger? They become less efficient. Some negative things tend to creep in, such as office politics, or even miscommunication. Less efficiency leads to less output, therefore wasting the potential of your workers.
If pizza sounds strange to you, go ahead and change the analogy. Feel free to switch it to a kettle of coffee, an economy tub of peanut butter and soda crackers, or even a 5-pound turkey. You get the idea.
3. “I don’t think an economic slump will hurt good ideas.” – Rob Kalin, Etsy founder
For those who think living in a bad economy means they shouldn’t start a business, think again. Rob Kalin is telling you that’s not a good enough excuse. Instead, you should try to make things move forward and take this opportunity to become the one that stands out. Ideas are free and plentiful, so get cracking!
Business geniuses have cropped up all throughout history. Will you be the next one?
4. “High expectations are the key to everything.” – Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart
Being disappointed is not a bad thing and according to Walton, it’s actually good for the best. Always try to have your expectations as high as possible, it would rise your idea and develop your business. Entrepreneurs should always try to make the best out of their ideas, and expect the best from them.
Disappointed? Not a big deal. Try again, and as long as it takes to reach your goals. Once these goals meet your expectations, then you could you say you succeeded. And you certainly couldn’t have done better. So be optimistic, and rise your expectations.
5. “If you live for weekends or vacations, your shit is broken.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
In other words, stop being lazy. Whether or not you’re a fan of profanity, Vaynerchuk’s words ring true. Living for weekends and vacations means you’re not focused on the task at hand, which is growing a successful business. Daydreaming about days off isn’t going to help you, particularly when your cash flow doesn’t give you the opportunity to go on vacation in the first place.
What Vaynerchuk is also trying to say is that you should enjoy your work. If all you’re doing is looking forward to when you don’t have to do your work, then it’s time to consider changing your occupation, using another business model, or selling a different product.
6. “Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” – Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder
How many times have you read this sentence before getting the meaning? You should focus on details. That’s what it’s all about: details.
What Jack Dorsey tries to tell you here is that everything should require your attention. To neglige things could be prejudiciable as details have the capacity to make things better. The perfect balance between the quality and the quality of details can turn something good into something perfect. Now, is your little finger telling you that you may have left something behind?
If you have any other Insane Quotes by Successful People, please share them below in the comment section.
Written by Ilan Nassimi for Fueled, a digital product design and development incubator globally recognized for its work in the mobile space. At Fueled, we don’t just build apps; with teams of designers, developers and strategists based in New York, Chicago and London, we create visually stunning products that redefine the technical boundaries of today’s mobile development standards.