There's much to be learned from the uber-wealthy and successful!
So, you want to be a billionaire?
Billionaires share similar innate qualities. Now, I obviously can't promise you that elusive status, but we can take away from their willingness to share advice with us a few lessons to help each of us on our way.
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One common and specific trait among our favorite billionaires and their abounding successes is their ability to create an exceptional personal brand. Which billionaire's philosophy most resonates with you?
1.) As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. -- Andrew Carnegie
2.) Too many companies want their brands to reflect some idealized, perfected image of themselves. As a consequence, their brands acquire no texture, no character and no public trust. -- Richard Branson
3.) If you never want to be criticized, for goodness' sake don't do anything new. -- Jeff Bezos
4.) Loyalty is not won by being first. It is won by being best. -- Stefan Persson
5.) I never wanted to be on any billionaires list. I never define myself by net worth. I always try to define myself by my values. -- Howard Schultz
6.) Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars. -- Warren Buffett
7.) For better or for worse, our company is a reflection of my thinking, my character, and my values. -- Rupert Murdoch
8.) If your business is not a brand, it is a commodity. -- Donald Trump
9.) If people believe they share values with a company, they will stay loyal to the brand. -- Howard Schultz
10.) Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it's not going to get the business. -- Warren Buffett
11.) You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. -- Henry Ford
12.) All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me, Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called you. -- Tom Peters
13.) I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. -- Oprah Winfrey
14.) Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room. -- Jeff Bezos
15.) I will not quit this game because of what the media has done to me. -- Michael Jordan
16.) Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. -- Dale Carnegie
17.) It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -- J. K. Rowling
18.) All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it... You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win. -- Ted Turner
19.) I consider a good reputation is a great part of the human happiness. Some people, if they are very, very rich can permit themselves certain negligence to their reputations. -- Aristotle Onassis
20.) It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently. - Warren Buffett
21.) High expectations are the key to everything. - Sam Walton
22.) Make every detail perfect, and limit the number of details to perfect. -- Jack Dorsey