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Quotes Every CEO Can Grow From

Looking to grow? Here are some great quotes every CEO can learn from.

As a business leader, you can never stop growing. This means being able to motivate others, as well as yourself, to achieve all the goals necessary for your business to succeed.

And it helps, from time to time, to find inspiration in the words of other leaders as you seek your own path as a CEO. Hey, it’s not always easy, right? So, maybe shut the door for a few minutes, turn on your favorite Spotify playlist, and consider these quotes on not only motivation, but also vision, forward-thinking, and building confidence, teamwork, enthusiasm and other admirable qualities in both yourself and others:

  • On change: From Rupert Murdoch of 21st Century Fox: “The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.” And from Larry Page of Google: “If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning.”

  • On breaking the rules for the right reason: “It’s in our best interest to put some of the old rules aside and create new ones and follow the consumer – what the consumer wants and where the consumer wants to go” from Robert Iger of Walt Disney. And from Larry Ellison of Oracle, “When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.”

  • On integrity: “A (person) must be big enough to admit (their) mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them” in the words of John C. Maxwell of The John Maxwell Company. And as stated by Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric, “I’m responsible for this company. I stand behind the results. I know the details, and I think the CEO) has to be the moral leader of the company … I think high standards are good, but let’s not anybody be confused, it’s about performance with integrity. That’s what you have to do.”

  • On marketing and influence: From Pete Cashmore of Mashable: “We’re living at a time when attention is the new currency. With hundreds of TV channels, billions of Web sites, podcasts, radio shows, music downloads and social networking, our attention is more fragmented than ever before. Those who insert themselves into as many channels as possible look set to capture the most value. They’ll be the richest, the most successful, the most connected, capable and influential among us. We’re all publishers now, and the more we publish, the more valuable connections we’ll make. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, Fitbit and the SenseCam give us a simple choice: participate or fade into a lonely obscurity.”

  • On vision and direction: From Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook: “I think as a company, if you can get these two things right – having a clear direction on what you are trying to do and bringing in great people who can execute on the stuff – that you can do pretty well.” And in a short but sweet statement from Sam Walton of Wal-Mart: “Capital isn’t scarce. Vision is.”

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