Carlos Slim quotes

Who is Carlos Slim?

Carlos Slim Helú is a Mexican business magnate, engineer, investor and philanthropist.

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“Acknowledge that as your business grows you may have to install a CEO and several management layers, but try to keep management as flat as possible, so that it stays close to operations because, ultimately, that’s where the money is made.”

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“All businesses make mistakes. The trick is to avoid large ones.”

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“All times are good time for those who know how to work and have the tools to do so.”

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“Any personal crisis—you have to use it to get stronger.”

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“Anyone who is not investing now is missing a tremendous opportunity.”

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“Be optimistic, and not guided by your fears.”

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“Be practical, and have clear and attainable goals.”

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“Choose the right employees and then set them loose.”

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“Competition makes you better, always, always makes you better, even if the competitor wins.”

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“Courage taught me no matter how bad a crisis gets… any sound investment will eventually pay off.”

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“Do not allow negative feelings and emotions to control your mind. Emotional harm does not come from others; it is conceived and developed within ourselves.”

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“Don’t overwork your employees, make sure that they’re able to maintain a healthy work/life balance.”

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“Don’t stay local, go global.”

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“Don’t try to be and do everything yourself; rather, create alliances and partnerships with others.”

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“Firm and patient optimism always yields its rewards.”

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“Focus on essentials and try not to get distracted and bogged down by things that don't add value to the bottom line.”

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“I don't believe too much in luck. I believe in circumstances. I believe in work.”

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“I learned from my father that you continue to invest and reinvest in your business – including during crises.”

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“I think entrepreneurs can think long term and find solutions and go in the way for long term solutions and not short-term.”

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“I've always said that the better off you are, the more responsibility you have for helping others.”

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“If you are in business, you are not enjoying. You are working.”

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“If you're in business, you need to understand the environment. You need to have a vision of the future, and you need to know the past.”

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“In business, you invest when things are not in good shape. When you invest at these times, you take a better position than your competitors. When there is a recession and your competition does not invest, they are giving you the advantage.”

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“In this new wave of technology, you can't do it all yourself, you have to form alliances.”

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“Inertia is in our minds always.”

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“Invest prodigiously in your business, especially when others aren’t investing in theirs, and do so for the long-term.”

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“It is not important not to make mistakes, but the mistakes to be small.”

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“It’s very important for leaders in business to work to create human capital, a team that has the same sense of purpose and alignment.”

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“Live the present intensely and fully, do not let the past be a burden, and let the future be an incentive. Each person forges his or her own destiny.”

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“Maintain austerity in good times to avoid lay offs in bad times.”

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“Mistakes are normal and human. Make them small, accept them, correct them, and forget them.”

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“Most people try to make a better world for our children when what they should be doing is making better children for our world.”

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“People need to feel very good about their achievements. They get pride from what they are doing.”

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“Poverty isn’t solved with donations.”

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“Relish competition, and understand that it’s healthy and will make you and your business stronger.”

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“The biggest things in life are not materials.”

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“The fruit of wealth is income.”

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“The only way you finish with poverty is with jobs.”

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“The truth is, you leave this world with nothing. What you are is a temporary administrator, and you must administer well... the wealth in your care, and generate more. The surplus can be used to do many things for people.”

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“When there is a crisis, that's when some are interested in getting out and that's when we are interested in getting in.”

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“When we decide to do something, we do it quickly.”

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“When we face our problems, they disappear. So learn from failure and let success be the silent incentive.”

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“When you are convinced what to do and what you need to do, it’s not hard to do that.”

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“When you live for others' opinions, you are dead. I don't want to live thinking about how I'll be remembered.”

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“With good perspective of history we can have a better understanding of the past and present, and thus a clear vision of the future.”

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“With three work days a week, we would have more time to relax; for quality of life. Having four days off would be very important to generate new entertainment activities and other ways of being occupied.”

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“Work well done is not only a responsibility to yourselves and society; it is also an emotional need.”

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“You cannot have people in your organization who are pessimists. They take you to mediocrity.”

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“You cannot live without doing something.”

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“You cannot make thousands of universities or hundreds of thousands of professors, but with technology and the Internet you can have great courses and make a digital university.”

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“You have to have an international reference of competition. You have to go beyond your home.”

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