„I like thinking big. I always have. To me it's very simple: if you're going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big. Most people think small, because most people are afraid of success, afraid of making decisions, afraid of winning. And that gives people like me a great advantage.“
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
1980s, p. 46
„Even people who do cleaning work can write fairy tales. And they can even make better work than me. The problem is that no one encourages them to do so. The most essential thing that people seek is appreciation by others. That is what largely decides one's success or failure.“
— Zheng Yuanjie Chiese writer 1955
Zheng Yuanjie (2004) in: "Zheng Yuanjie's 19 years in fairy tales" on chinadaily.com.cn, May 10, 2004 ( online http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-05/10/content_329434.htm).
„We're not afraid of change. Most companies, when they become successful, resist change no matter what. I believe it's less risky, long-term, to embrace change.“
— Charlie Ergen American businessman 1953
The Verge: "Dish chairman Charlie Ergen challenges broadcasters and carriers, 'we're not afraid of change'" https://www.theverge.com/2013/2/11/3978746/dish-chairman-charlie-ergen-challenges-broadcasters-carriers (11 February 2013)
„The university is well structured, well tooled, to turn out people with all the sharp edges worn off, the well-rounded person. The university is well equipped to produce that sort of person, and this means that the best among the people who enter must for four years wander aimlessly much of the time questioning why they are on campus at all, doubting whether there is any point in what they are doing, and looking toward a very bleak existence afterward in a game in which all of the rules have been made up, which one cannot really amend.“
— Mario Savio American activist 1942 - 1996
"An End to History," http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/savioendofhistory.html Humanity (December 1964).
— Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success
„Successful people do things, and get over with it, and leave others to live their life off it. I DO them. And then I leave it to others to live their life off it.“
— Shahrukh Khan Indian actor, producer and television personality 1965
From interview with Anshul Chaturvedi
„You have to work like mad to make people understand… Even if I don't make it, you know, I really insist on believing, and then I fall off the edge because there's nobody else to follow it. And I would just fall off the edge.“
— Edie Sedgwick Socialite, actress, model 1943 - 1971
Edie : American Girl (1982), Context: Everything that happened to me has been a paradox for life. The very things that I should have done would have been the trap. The very things I might have given into, that demanded, that said, this is your life. I mean, this is your only way to survive, are the things I found hardest to end. 'Cause I believed in something else. You have to work like mad to make people understand... Even if I don't make it, you know, I really insist on believing, and then I fall off the edge because there's nobody else to follow it. And I would just fall off the edge.
„Doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal importance, is NOT laziness. This is hard for most people to accept, because our culture [American] tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity.“
— Timothy Ferriss American author, entrepreneur, angel investor and public speaker 1977
The 4-Hour Workweek (2007)
„In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have (and which is the most difficult one of all to learn or fake) is the ability to take on responsibility.“
— Michael Korda British writer 1933
Success! (1977), Context: Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility. You have to assume all the problems, difficulties and doubts of other people, and to reflect back your capacity for decision-making and action, and for enduring without visible signs of worry or panic. In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have (and which is the most difficult one of all to learn or fake) is the ability to take on responsibility. It is easy to be responsible for things you control and are sure of; but to be successful you must make yourself responsible for the blunders of the people who work for you as well. Responsibility requires a highly developed ego and a good deal of courage, but it is ultimately the one test you cannot afford to fail. You must be willing to accept personal responsibility, for the success of your assignments, for the actions of the people who work for you and for the goals you have accepted or been given. p. 14; often quoted in the form: Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility... in the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have... is the ability to take on responsibility.
„She never seemed to get near the edge. She lived on other people's edges. And when they fell off, she'd admire how pretty they looked as they fell.“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951