11 Fascinating Simon Sinek Quotes
“There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak.”
The only time I waste is time I spend doing something that, in my gut, I know I shouldn’t. If I choose to spend time playing video games or sleeping in, then it’s time well spent, because I chose to do it. I did it for a reason – to relax, to decompress or to feel good, and that was what I wanted to do.Simon SinekWorking from home and being my own boss has changed my life. Without a structured schedule I find myself doing what I want all the time. At no time do I feel I’m going against my gut. On the contrary going to work went against my gut.
Starbucks was founded around the experience and the environment of their stores. Starbucks was about a space with comfortable chairs, lots of power outlets, tables and desks at which we could work and the option to spend as much time in their stores as we wanted without any pressure to buy. The coffee was incidental.Simon SinekBy starting with “why” instead of “what”, which is what most companies do, Starbucks created a following like Apple did with the iPhone. People will come up with excuses like “it’s the coffee”, or “the latte” that does it for me, when it’s really the way Starbucks makes them feel like they are part of something bigger.
If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood, sweat, and tears.Simon SinekThat is the broken model society still runs by. Until companies and people start with “why” instead of “what” and “how”, it will never change. What people need is an income doing what they love by working toward their why.
One of the best paradoxes of leadership is a leader’s need to be both stubborn and open-minded. A leader must insist on sticking to the vision and stay on course to the destination. But he must be open-minded during the process.
Simon SinekI love this paradox, I can totally see this playing out in my journey towards entrepreneurship. I need to be stubborn enough to keep doing what is working, and open-minded enough to keep improving and looking for more and better ways to achieve success.
Champions are not the ones who always win races – champions are the ones who get out there and try. And try harder the next time. And even harder the next time. ‘Champion’ is a state of mind. They are devoted. They compete to best themselves as much if not more than they compete to best others. Champions are not just athletes.Simon SinekThis quote is so powerful… I should have put it first. This applies to life in general, being a champion is not limited to sports. Always strive to achieve the next level in everything you do…
Wal-Mart’s size and scale is so vast they literally have the ability to change the face of the entire country. If Wal-Mart were to make a decision tomorrow to refuse to sell a single product made with partially hydrogenated oils, for example, we’d probably see rates from heart disease decline a few years later. That’s how powerful Wal-Mart is.
Simon SinekWow, read that quote again… Really READ THAT QUOTE AGAIN.
Great leaders state out loud what they intend to do and in doing so, they get things done.Simon SinekThis goes back to the Major Definite Purpose described by Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich. Everyday I start by stating my definite purpose, and again before bed.
Directions are instructions given to explain how. Direction is a vision offered to explain why.
Simon SinekI love this quote! It’s so simple, yet so powerful. Adding the “s” to direction makes a huge difference… A great leader uses both.
The most basic human desire is to feel like you belong. Fitting in is important.
Simon SinekWhen a company starts with “why”, like Apple or Harley Davidson, people are drawn into their vision, not the product, they want to be a part of something bigger, to fit in…
People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.Simon SinekThe best quote for last. Sell your story, people buy you, not what you’re selling.
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