Life-Changing Quotes From 13 Tech Giants


You know them as the computer wizards, tech geniuses, and glamorous geeks who’ve brought you such inventions as Facebook, Apple and Twitter.

But these tech giants have more than just their inventions and wealth– they have experience. Throughout the trials and tribulations that accompany any start up, there’s also the opportunity to learn. Remember the old saying “If I’m right I’ll win, if I’m wrong, I’ll grow wise.” Lucky for us, the following 13 industry leaders were able to exploit every experience they’ve had in business, in order to bring you their incredible insights.

Here are our favorite life changing quotes from 13 tech giants:

Michael Dell, Dell Inc. Founder and CEO


“People ask me all the time, ‘How can I become a successful entrepreneur?’ And I have to be honest: It’s one of my least favorite questions, because if you’re waiting for someone else’s advice to become an entrepreneur, chances are you’re not one.

— Michael Dell

“You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.

— Michael Dell

Marissa Mayer, Yahoo President and CEO


“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.

— Marissa Mayer

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Co-Founder and CEO


“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.

— Mark Zuckerberg

“The companies that work are the ones that people really care about and have a vision for the world so do something you like.

— Mark Zuckerberg

Jack Dorsey, Twitter Co-Founder


“The strongest thing you can cultivate as an entrepreneur is to not rely on luck but cultivating an ability to recognize fortunate situations when they are occurring.

— Jack Dorsey

Steve Jobs, Apple Co-Founder and CEO


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

— Steve Jobs

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.

— Steve Jobs

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

— Steve Jobs

Steve Case, AOL Co-Founder


“You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.

— Steve Case

Bill Gates, Microsoft Co-Founder


“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.

— Bill Gates

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.

— Bill Gates

Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO Amazon

“One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.

— Jeff Bezos

Naveen Jain, Moon Express Co-Founder and Chairman

“Success doesn’t necessarily come from breakthrough innovation but from flawless execution. A great strategy alone won’t win a game or a battle; the win comes from basic blocking and tackling.

— Naveen Jain

“We begin to change the world when we stimulate long-term prosperity using technology. There is not a problem that’s large enough that innovation and entrepreneurship can’t solve.

— Naveen Jain

Biz Stone, Twitter Co-Founder


“The most rewarding thing for me has been this affirmation for me that people are basically good and smart, and if you give them a simple tool that allows them to exhibit that behavior, they’ll prove it to you every single day.

— Biz Stone

“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.

— Biz Stone


Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Co-Founder


“Entrepreneurs are like visionaries. One of the ways they run forward is by viewing the thing they’re doing as something that’s going to be the whole world.

— Reid Hoffman

“I actually think every individual is now an entrepreneur, whether they recognize it or not.

— Reid Hoffman

Larry Ellison, Oracle Co-Founder and Former CEO


“When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts.

— Larry Ellison


Andrew Mason, Groupon Founder and Former CEO


“I’ve been very lucky, from the beginning. I’ve found that as long as you’re fundamentally good – as long as you’re not being bad to people – people give you a lot of room to be yourself, because being yourself is being honest. And that’s what people want to see.

— Andrew Mason

If you don’t have those moments where you go too far, then you’re probably not going far enough.

— Andrew Mason

Life is too short to be a boring company.

— Andrew Mason

Feeling motivated yet? Stop learning the hard way and take it from those who have been there before (and come away with massive success!) Let their wisdom guide you through your next startup and enrich your life.

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