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Human ResourcesI am successful because I have always been a tortoise. I did not come from a rich family. I was not smart in school. I did not finish school. I am not particularly talented. Yet, I am far richer than most people simply because I did not stop. ~ Kiyosaki, Robert. Rich Dad’s Retire Young, Retire Rich (2002).

People who are successful simply want it more than people who are not. ~ Schrager, Ian. Sunday Times (London) (May 2000).

I have worked without thinking of myself. This is the largest factor in whatever success I have attained. ~ Giannini, Amadeo. Quoted in “America’s Banker,” Time 100: Heroes and Inspirations (December 1999).

Success is made of 99% failure. ~ Dyson, Sir James. Management Today (July 1999).

It takes years to make an overnight success. ~ Cantor, Eddie. Quoted in Treasury of Investment Wisdom (Cohen, Bernice, 1999).

I believe in the value of paranoia. Business success contains the seeds of its own destruction. The more successful you are, the more people want a chunk of your business and then another chunk and then another until there is nothing left. ~ Grove, Andrew S.. Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company and Career (1996), Preface.

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. ~ Gates, Bill. The Road Ahead (1995).


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