Guy Kawasaki Quotes

Who is Guy Kawasaki?

Guy Takeo Kawasaki is an American marketing specialist, author, and Silicon Valley venture capitalist.

Born August 30, 1954

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Best 60 Quotes by Guy Kawasaki

“A real business is one with something to sell — not one where people have business cards and letterhead.”

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“As a rule of thumb, when I see a projection, I add one year to delivery time and multiply revenues by 0.1.”

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“Better to fail at doing the right thing than to succeed at doing the wrong thing.”

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“Call me idealistic, but the genesis of great companies is answering simple questions that change the world, not the desire to become rich.”

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“Don’t stop paying attention to a project because it gets boring.”

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“Eat like a bird, poop like an elephant.”

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“Entrepreneur is not a job title. It is a state of mind of people who want to alter the future.”

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“Evangelism is selling a dream.”

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“Everyone is better than you at something. If you have a tough time accepting others, it’s probably because you think you’re superior to them. However, you’re not superior to every person in every way.”

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“Faith, not facts, moves mountains.”

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“Greatness is won, not awarded.”

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“How about first ensuring that people within a twenty-mile radius like the food before worrying about scaling the restaurant?”

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“How long should our business plan be? Answer you’re looking for: You shouldn’t write a business plan. You should get customers.”

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“I aim to fight as if I am right, and listen as if I am wrong — and to teach my people to do the same thing.”

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“If you are a guru or an expert, people will know it. If you aren’t one, no one is going to believe you.”

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“If you can’t describe your business model in ten words or fewer, you don’t have a business model.”

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“If you make meaning, you’ll probably also make money.”

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“Investors are looking for people who can implement ideas, not only come up with them.”

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“Life is too short to deal with orifices.”

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“Meaning is not creating a cool place to work with free food, Ping-Pong, volleyball, and dogs. Meaning is making the world a better place.”

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“My hypothesis is that the more an entrepreneur insists on a nondisclosure agreement, the less viable the idea.”

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“Organizations are successful because of good implementation,not good business plans.”

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“Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.”

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“Simple and to the point is always the best way to get your point across.”

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“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.”

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“Pursuing your passions makes you more interesting, and interesting people are enchanting.”

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“Steve Jobs has a saying that A players hire A players; B players hire C
players; and C players hire D players. It doesn't take long to get to Z
players. This trickle-down effect causes bozo explosions in companies.”

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“Steve Jobs proves that it's OK to be an asshole... He just has a different OS.”

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“Take my word for it: More people will like you if you believe that people are good until proven bad.”

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“The first good reason to write a book is to add value to people’s lives.”

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“There are two kinds of people: eaters and bakers. Eaters think the world is a zero-sum game: what someone else eats, they cannot eat. Bakers do not believe that the world is a zero-sum game because they can bake more and bigger pies.”

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"APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur" Quotes

“A successful self-publisher must fill three roles: Author, Publisher, and Entrepreneur—or APE.”

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APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“Do not write to impress others. Authors who write to impress people have difficulty remaining true to themselves. A better path is to write what pleases you and pray that there are others like you. Your first and most important reader is you. If you write a book that pleases you, at least you know one person will like it.”

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APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“Do you know what the difference is between PR and advertising? Advertising is when you say how great you are. PR is when other people say how great you are. PR is better.”

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APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“Go APE: Author a great book, Publish it quickly, and Entrepreneur your way to success. Self-publishing isn’t easy, but it’s fun and sometimes even lucrative. Plus, your book could change the world.”

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APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“If achieving success were easy, more people would do it.”

Guy Kawasaki
APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“If you don't toot your own horn, don't complain that there's no music.”

Guy Kawasaki
APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“Man who waits for roast duck to fly into mouth must wait very, very long time.”

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APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“Suck up with subtlety.”

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APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“The self-edited author is as foolish as the self-medicated patient.”

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APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind; or, if not, should never be published at all.”

Guy Kawasaki
APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“Want to change the world? Upset the status quo? This takes more than run-of-the-mill relationships. You need to make people dream the same dream that you do.”

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APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

Products by Guy Kawasaki

“When you’ve worked hard and done well and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you.”

Guy Kawasaki
APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“Writing a book isn’t an easy process nor is it always enjoyable, but it is one of life’s most satisfying achievements.”

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APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“Writing is the starting point from which all goodness (and crappiness) flows.”

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APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“Writing is therapeutic. It helps you cope with issues that seem gargantuan at the time. The process of expressing yourself about a problem, editing your thoughts, and writing some more can help you control issues that you face.”

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APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“You’ll learn that the key to a great book is editing — grinding, buffing, and polishing — not writing.”

Guy Kawasaki
APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

"Enchantment" Quotes

“A magnificent cause can overcome a prickly personality, but your ability to enchant people increases if they like you, so you should aspire to both. You’ll know that you’re likeable when you can communicate freely, casually, and comfortably with people.”

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Enchantment

“Defy the crowd. The crowd isn’t always wise. It can also lead you down a path of silliness, sub-optimal choices, and downright destruction. Enchantment is as necessary for people to diverge from a crowd as it is to get people to join one.”

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Enchantment

“If you want to make a good first impression, smile at people. What does it cost to smile? Nothing. What does it cost not to smile? Everything, if not smiling prevents you from enchanting people.”

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Enchantment

“Knowledge is great. Competence is great. But the combination of both encourages people to trust you and increases your powers of enchantment. And in this world, the combination is a breath of fresh air.”

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Enchantment

“People deserve a break. The stressed and unorganized person who doesn’t have the same priorities as you may be dealing with an autistic child, abusive spouse, fading parents, or cancer. Don’t judge people until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Give them a break instead.”

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Enchantment

“Remember that nobodies are the new somebodies.”

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Enchantment

“While we're living, we need to get over ourselves and accept others if we want to enchant people.”

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Enchantment

"The Art of the Start" Quotes

“Entrepreneurship is at its best when it alters the future, and it alters the future when it jumps curves.”

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The Art of the Start

“Good enough is good enough. There is time for refinement later. It’s not how great you start—it’s how great you end up.”

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The Art of the Start

“If you think that leadership is deciding what you want and telling people to do it, I feel sorry for you. Reality is going kick your ass so far that not even Google will find you.”

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The Art of the Start

“The next time you think that there's something that you can't live without, wait for a week and then see if you're still alive or not.”

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The Art of the Start

“The purpose of a pitch is to stimulate interest, not to close a deal.”

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The Art of the Start

“Worse than a paranoid entrepreneur is a paranoid entrepreneur who only talks to his dog. You have more to gain than to lose by freely expressing your ideas – feedback, connections, doors to open. If plainly arguing your opinion makes it vulnerable, then you really don't have an opinion.”

Guy Kawasaki
The Art of the Start