Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.— Ross Perot
The most special Ross Perot quotes that will activate your inner potential
We must return immigration to a logical, orderly process where people fill out their applications and wait for approval. We must make sure illegal immigrants stop storming our borders. We must establiesh the correct criteria, such as our need for certain job skills or education, for granting the right to immigrate into the United States.
When building a team, I always search first for people who love to win.
If I can't find any of those, I look for people who hate to lose.
Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility and commitment.
Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success.
The debt is like a crazy aunt we keep down in the basement.
All the neighbors know she's there, but nobody wants to talk about her.
So many people spend their lives chasing money and end up as the richest men in the cemetery. I don't want to be like that.
Never ask anyone to do what you haven't done before and wouldn't do again.
That's a pretty fundamental rule in leadership... treat them like you treat yourself. Things you don't like, they don't like.
I came from an environment where if you see a snake, you kill it.
At General motors, if you see a snake, the first thing you do is to hire a consultant on snakes.
Talk is cheap. Words are plentiful. Deeds are precious.
Most new jobs won't come from our biggest employers.
They will come from our smallest. We've got to do everything we can to make entrepreneurial dreams a reality.
The best way to make money is not to have money as your primary goal.
I've seen great people come into the business world primarily motivated to make money. Almost without exception they failed.
I honestly believe I'd make one of the worst elected officials in the history of this country.
If you see a snake, just kill it - don't appoint a committee on snakes.
Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.
Punishing honest mistakes stifles creativity.
I want people moving and shaking the earth and they're going to make mistakes.
It takes five years to design a new car in this country. Heck, we won World War II in four years.
My role in life is that of the grain of sand to the oyster-it irritates the oyster and out comes a pearl.
It is the individual's ability to deal with the unexpected that characterizes the difference between success and failure.
Modern politics has become little more than shirking responsibility and blaming somebody else.
The American dream. Those three short, simple words encompass the hopes and aspirations of all the peoples on earth. The words are not only short and simple. They are also fragile.
Anything that is excellent or praiseworthy stands moment by moment on the cutting edge and must be constantly fought for. Well placed priorities always sit on the edge.
A weak currency is the sign of a weak economy, and a weak economy leads to a weak nation.
Spend a lot of time talking to customers face to face.
You'd be amazed how many companies don't listen to their customers.
If someone as blessed as I am is not willing to clean out the barn, who will?
Japan is our rival, not our enemy. Japan is a competitor... Bashing a Toyota won't make a better car.
Action is greater than writing. A good man is a nobler object of contemplation than a great author. There are but two things worth living for: to do what is worthy of being written; and to write what is worthy of being read.
Revitalizing General Motors is like teaching an elephant to tap dance.
You find the sensitive spot and start poking.
Big is not beautiful. Big is inefficient.
The first EDSer to see a snake kills it.
At GM, first thing you do is organize a committee on snakes. Then you bring in a consultant who knows a lot about snakes. Third thing you do is talk about it for a year.
You don't have to be the biggest to beat the biggest.
The most successful people in the world aren't usually the brightest.
They are the ones who persevere.
Written reports stifle creativity.
Keep in mind our Constitution predates the Industrial Revolution.
Our founders did not know about electricity, the train, telephones, radio, television, automobiles, airplanes, rockets, nuclear weapons, satellites, or space exploration. There's a lot they didn't know about. It would be interesting to see what kind of document they'd draft today. Just keeping it frozen in time won't hack it.
Generosity is something we learn, from our parents, schools and community.
I love this country, I love the principles on which it's founded.
[In Moscow] we got through to [Soviet leaders] Brezhnev and Kosygin on the telephone. I think it was because nobody had ever tried to call them at home before.
Business is a cobweb of human relationships
We have to succeed, so we will.
If we really want to know who is responsible for the mess we're in, all we have to do is look in the mirror. You and I own this country, and we are responsible for what happens to it.
Don't run your life by what's legal or illegal. Run your life based on what's right or wrong.
If we decide to take this level of business creating ability nationwide, we'll all be plucking chickens for a living.
The one thing I know through experience .
.. is that people don't know why they come to work until they don't have to come to work.
There is no accountability in the public school system - except for coaches.
You know what happens to a losing coach. You fire him. A losing teacher can go on losing for 30 years and then go to glory.
I was born rich. Not in tangible things... but rich in the parents I had.
Success is like Halley's comet, you know. Every now and then it just comes around.
This planet is our home. If we destroy the planet, we've destroyed our home, so it is fundamentally important.
In business, people are held accountable.
In Washington, nobody is held accountable. In business, people are judged on results. In Washington, people are measured by their ability to get reelected.
One voice is tiny, and alone it cannot be heard above the din of politics as usual. The peoples voice, when it cries as one, is a great roar.