…capitalism does live by crises and booms, just as a human being lives by inhaling and exhaling.
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Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one’s enemies.
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Reduce the layers of management. They put distance between the top of an organization and the customers.
The epiphany for me at William Morris was realizing, ‘They bullshit on the phone! I can bullshit on the phone too!’
I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.
When most people ask about a business growing, what they really mean is growing revenue, not just growing the number of people using a service. Traditional businesses would view people using your service that you don’t make money from as a cost.
[On Calvin Klein asking him ‘Why don’t you call it Geffen Records?’] People in the record business just don’t do that. They come up with names likes Asylum, Capricorn, or Island. [Calvin Klein said if you put your own name on the door ‘You’ll get laid more.’]
No matter what his position or experience in life, there is in everyone more latent than developed ability; far more unused than used power.
People in the beauty community don’t like copycats, so I think it’s important to stay true to who you are and people will stay your customer.
In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.
[On his first job in the mailroom of William Morris a casting agency] It was the first time in the my life that I thought ‘I can do that.’
There has never been a time when a career in the Penney Company was not a challenge that brought out the best in a man.
The relationship between a manufacturer and his advertising agency is almost as intimate as the relationship between a patient and his doctor. Make sure that you can life happily with your prospective client before you accept his account.