Lee Iacocca

Lee Iacocca

American businessman and CEO of Chrysler

Lived from: 1924-

Category: Economists and businessmen

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    Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen.
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    Boys, there ain't no free lunches in this country. And don't go spending your whole life commiserating that you got the raw deals. You've got to say, ''I think that if I keep working at this and want it bad enough I can have it.'' It's called perseverance.
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    I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership.
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    I have always found that if I move with seventy-five percent or more of the facts that I usually never regret it. It's the guys who wait to have everything perfect that drive you crazy.
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    I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you're trying to accomplish and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.
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    I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
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    If you want to make good use of your time, you've got to know what's most important and then give it all you've got.
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    Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
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    My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
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    No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?
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    People say to me, ''You were a roaring success. How did you do it?'' I go back to what my parents taught me. Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make something happen.
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    People want economy and they'll pay almost any price to get it.
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    So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don't sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.
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    The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything.
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    The company with the best distribution system will win all the marbles.
    Source: Speech at shareholder's meeting
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