Finding success and happiness is what drives most people, but it is easier said than done. So here is a roundup of some of the best insights from those who have achieved success in business or happiness. They cover everything from tips when running a business to being successful at work through to becoming the person you want to be. I've listed them by whom said the quote and the book from which the quote came. If you have any more you'd like to add them pop them in the comment box below.
Jason Fried - Rework
"Don't let yourself off the hook with excuses.”
“Meetings: "They often include at least one moron who inevitably
gets his turn to waste everyone’s time
“It's like when you're on hold and a recorded voice comes on telling you how much the company values you as a customer. Really? Then maybe you should hire some more support people so I don't have to wait thirty minutes to get help.”
Gary Vaynerchuk - Crush It! & Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook
"People are chasing cash, not happiness. When you chase money, you're going to lose. You're just going to. Even if you get the money, you're not going to be happy."
"Live your passion. What does that mean, anyway? It means that when you get up for work every morning, every single morning, you are pumped because you get to talk about or work with or do the thing that interests you the most in the world."
“If you’re in business, first and foremost, you have to be nice. Show your customers you care"
“Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read.”
Seth Godin - Linchpin
"The act of giving someone a smile, of connecting to a human, of taking initiative, of being surprising, of being creative, of putting on a show—these are things that we do for free all our lives. And then we get to work and we expect to merely do what we’re told and get paid for it."
“Perhaps your challenge isn't finding a better project or a better boss. Perhaps you need to get in touch with what it means to feel passionate. People with passion look for ways to make things happen.”
“Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.”
“Finding security in mediocrity is an exhausting process. You can work only so many hours, fret only so much. Being a slightly better typist or a slightly faster coder is insufficient. You’re always looking over your shoulder, always trying to be a little less mediocre than the guy next to you. It wears you out.”
Charlotte Joko Beck - Everyday Zen
“My dog doesn’t worry about the meaning of life.”
Eckhart Tolle - A New Earth
"What you react to in another, you strengthen in yourself"
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