Success is not necessarily about connections, or cutting corners, or chamba - the three Cs of bad business. Call it trite, but believe me: success can be achieved through hard work, frugality, integrity, responsiveness to change, and most of all, boldness to dream.

— John Gokongwei

The most perspective John Gokongwei quotes that will inspire your inner self

Choose to be entrepreneur because then YOU create value.

Choose to be an entrepreneur because the products, services, and jobs you create then become the lifeblood of our nation. But most of all, choose to be an entrepreneur because then you desire a life of adventure, endless challenge, and the opportunity to be your BEST SELF.


Success doesn't happen overnight. It's the small successes achieved day by day that build a company. So, don't be impatient or focused on immediate financial rewards.


I chose to live my life unafraid even during times when I WAS afraid.

I discovered that opportunities don't find you; you find your opportunities.


If you sell to the rich, you will become poor.

If you sell to the poor, you can become rich. It is easier to get one peso from a million poor people than to get one million from one rich person.


You have to love your work. You have to save money instead of spending all of it. Look for areas you can compete in. Work damn hard. Most importantly, you have to love it.


But everyone has a chance. Every big guy started off small.


Managers will work for a salary. Entrepreneurs create new businesses. Many people have capital, but instead of making money for business they build houses for rent. It's easy money to collect rental.


I dont rely on feng shui. I believe hard work brings us good luck and success.


You've got to be frugal. If you want to make one peso and you spent two, you'll never make it. You must be very stupid if you don't know what you should save on.


As a boy in school, I already had the drive to be No.

1. If I achieve my goals, OK, but if not, I always ask why and try to rectify myself.


I only take vitamin B complex. Before World War II, I used to take ionized yeast, because in the pre-war era we never heard about vitamins.


I dont usually make political comments, because I am a businessman, not a politician.


About John Gokongwei

Quotes 18 sayings
Profession Business magnate
Birthday August 11, 1926

Sun Cellular is the biggest investment in my business career.


Everything involves a risk. No risk, no reward.


It was during my first trip to America in 1953 - thats when I learned to visit museums. I was then 26 years old. When I travel, the first thing I do is to visit museums. When I go to New York City, I usually go to Broadway to see the shows.


Whether it's difficult or not, there will be a few people who are outstanding, who will rise above the rest.


Do what is right... do it with honesty and vigor. Be creative - thats important. Dont follow what other people are doing.