Carlos Slim Quotes

Who is Carlos Slim?

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

Born January 28, 1940
Age 83 years old

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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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

“Don’t stay local, go global.”

“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.”

“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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“Records are made to be broken. It is in man’s nature to continue to strive to do just that.”


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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“Inertia is in our minds always.”

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

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

“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.”

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

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“Getting to the point where a cause goes from being a terribly daunting task with a handful of adherents to an acknowledged success with momentum and many allies is a rarity.”


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