How to prosper in tough business times?

Business Promotion and Success QuotesWhether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes. – Bill Gates

Be systematically heroic in little unnecessary points, do every day or two something for no other reason than its difficulty, so that, when the hour of need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved or untrained to stand the test. – Daniel Akst, We Have Met the Enemy: Self-Control in an Age of Excess, 2011

The trick of it, she told herself, is to be courageous and bold and make a difference. Not change the world exactly, just the bit around you. Go out there with your double-first, your passion and your new Smith Corona electric typewriter and work hard at … something. Change lives through art maybe. Write beautifully. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully well. Experience new things. Love and be loved if at all possible. Eat sensibly. Stuff like that. – David Nicholls, One Day, 2010

It is a great ability to be able to conceal one’s ability. – Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 – 1680), Maxims, 1665

Martyrdom… is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability. –  George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950), The Devil’s Disciple (1901) act 3

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. – Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

Dressing up is inevitably a substitute for good ideas. It is no coincidence that technically inept business types are known as “suits.” – Paul Graham, September 2004

Nerds don’t just happen to dress informally. They do it too consistently. Consciously or not, they dress informally as a prophylactic measure against stupidity. – Paul Graham, September 2004

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