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John Johnson Quotes on Business Success and Entrepreneurship

Today, I want to share with you some quotes on business success and entrepreneurship from John Johnson. John Johnson is the founder of Johnson Publishing Company; publishers of Negros Digest, Ebony magazine and Jet. He started Johnson Publishing from scratch and grew it into a success; and it’s these same business success strategies that he will be sharing with you today.

Without wasting much of your time, below are John Johnson quotes on business success and entrepreneurship.

                John Johnson Quotes on Business Success and Entrepreneurship

 

1.            When I see a barrier, I cry and I curse, and then I get a ladder and climb over it.

2.            I was a working child. I learned how to work before I learned how to play.

3.            Both my mother and I were determined that we weren't going to stay on welfare. We always worked toward doing better, toward having a better life. We never had any doubts that we would.

4.            Failure is a word I don't accept.

5.            The word I wanted to hear, then and now, was success. The energy I sought, then and now, was the energy that comes from focusing all your powers, like a beam, on a single point.

6.            I used to lock myself up in my office and say the word success out loud, over and over, like a Buddhist monk chanting his mantra. I used to say to myself, 'John Johnson you can make it, John Johnson, you can make it, John Johnson, you can make it. John Johnson you can make it, John Johnson, you can and must make it.

7.            Long shots do come in and hard work, dedication and perseverance will overcome almost any prejudice and open almost any door.

8.            I would tell young people to start where they are with what they have and that the secret of a big success is starting with a small success and dreaming bigger and bigger dreams, I would tell them also that a young Black woman or a young Black man can't dream too much today or dare too much if he or she works hard, perseveres and dedicates themselves to excellence.

9.            What a relief it was to discover that I wasn’t really an idiot! I simply had a learning disability.

10.          All have disappointments; all have times when it isn't worthwhile.

                John Johnson Quotes on Business Success and Entrepreneurship

 

11.          Dream small dreams. If you make them too big, you get overwhelmed and you don't do anything. If you make small goals and accomplish them, it gives you the confidence to go on to higher goals.

12.          Every day I run scared. That's the only way I can stay ahead.

13.          It's better to get smart than to get mad. I try not to get so insulted that I will not take advantage of an opportunity to persuade people to change their minds.

14.          My mother was the influence in my life. She was strong; she had great faith in the ultimate triumph of justice and hard work. She believed passionately in education.

15.          Retirement is not in this company's vocabulary. If you are well and able to work, you can stay at the company and that's what I plan to do.

16.          To succeed, one must be creative and persistent.

17.          When I go in to see people – and I sell an occasional ad now – I never say, 'Help me because I am black' or 'Help me because I am a minority.' I always talk about what we can do for them.

18.          You spend so much time in your profession it ought to be something you love.

19.          My management style is based on the art of communication. For communication is an art, not a science. It is an emotion, not a statistic. And the best communicators know instinctively that to communicate effectively you must bypass intellectual centers and tap into the deepest fears, hopes and emotions of your audience.

20.          I'm a hands-on, hands-in, hands-wrapped-around manager, and I believe it's impossible to separate good management from good communication.

                John Johnson Quotes on Business Success and Entrepreneurship

 

21.          If you can't finish this job today, maybe I can't sign your check on payday.

22.          If you don't understand it, how do you expect me to understand it?

23.          She believed in me and taught me to believe in myself. She taught me to dream, to dare and to never give up.

24.          I'm convinced that the only way to get ahead in this world is to live and sell dangerously. You've got to live beyond your means. You've got to commit yourself to an act or vision that pulls you further than you want to go and forces you to use your hidden strengths

25.          For you are stronger than you think you are. And what you need–what all men and women need–is an irrevocable act that forces you, on pain of disgrace, jail, or death to be the best you that you can be.

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