J. Paul Getty was at one time the richest man in the world.
He was an ultra-successful entrepreneur and businessman.
He was a wildcatter in the oil industry, where he built his fortune.
He’s also the author of the great book “How to Be Rich.”
If you’ve never read the book yourself, do yourself a favor and buy a copy.
Study the book.
The lessons are time tested and very valuable.
What I want to do in the paragraphs below is share some of my favorite quotes from the book.
These are quotes that I think will be beneficial for network marketers specifically.
Each quote is in bold and italics.
At the end of each quote I will also share my own two cents. Enjoy.
# 1 In business, and in politics, it is never easy to go against the beliefs and attitudes held by the majority.
If everyone agrees with what you are doing, you are probably going down the wrong path. Look at the masses and do the opposite.
# 2 There will always be room for the man with energy and imagination, the man who can successfully implement new ideas into new products and services.
The world loves doers. If you are a person of action you can accomplish just about anything you set your mind to.
# 3 There is plenty of room at the top.
Only the bottom is crowded. There is always room for successful people, especially in our great industry.
# 4 It’s not easy to build a business and make a million. It takes hard-extremely hard-work. There are no nine to five hours and no five day weeks for the boss.
Entrepreneurs put in long hours. It comes with the turf. There is no such thing as fast, free or easy success.
# 5 Almost without exception, there is only one way to make a great deal of money in the business world – and that is in one’s own business. The man who wants to go into business for himself should choose a field which he knows and understands.
If you want to build wealth, work for yourself.
# 6 Luck, knowledge hard work – especially hard work – a man needs them all to become a millionaire.
The harder I work the luckier I get.
# 7 The first acid test of an executive is his ability to think and act for himself.
You must be able to lead yourself and make tough decisions.
# 8 Any seasoned top level executive would much rather have his mistakes pointed out to him early by a subordinate than have those mistakes make themselves painfully apparent later in the company’s profit and loss statement.
Successful people are always look for ways to improve and are open to constructive criticism.
# 9 Example is the best means to instruct or inspire others.
Always lead by example. People will do what you do, not what you say.
# 10 The best leader never asks anyone under him to do anything he is unable – or unwilling – to do himself.
Be the tip of the spear and lead from the front.
# 11 Praise should always be given in public; criticism should always be delivered in private.
This should be common sense to most people. If you have an issue with someone, pull them aside and address it.
# 12 Businessmen and executives must run their workdays on the tightest of schedules.
Plan your work and work your plan.
# 13 A businessman has to be willing to take risks.
Take calculated risks. Minimize your risks whenever possible, but don’t be scared to take risks.
# 14 There’s nothing wrong in asking the opinions of others and in taking them into consideration. The mistake lies in accepting and following other people’s advice blindly, in accepting their opinions without first determining if they are backed up by facts.
Seek counsel from qualified people, but always trust your instincts. Get the facts whenever possible.
# 15 I still believe that the less overhead there is in business the better. What’s great about our industry is the low overhead.
# 16 The truly great giants and geniuses of American business habitually worked 16 and 18 hour days – often seven days a week – and seldom took vacations.
If you want success, you must put in the time.
# 17 An ambitious executive must know how to summon the best from those around him, regardless of the pressure, or lack of it.
You won’t make it to the top by yourself. Surround yourself with great people whenever possible.
# 18 The perfect business does not exist.
There is no perfect business or perfect person.
# 19 The successful businessman – the true business leader – is the individual who develops the ability to retain his composure in times of stress and in the face of setbacks.
Stay calm, cool and collected whenever possible.
# 20 All top businessmen I know have made their biggest strides up the success ladder because they were able to see the possible in what others rejected or ignored as the impossible.
You must be able to see things before they exist. You need to have vision if you want to succeed in business.
# 21 In my opinion, no one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or get rich in business by being a conformist.
You must go against the grain. Entrepreneurs don’t follow trends. They create trends.
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About J. Paul Getty
Born in 1892, J. Paul Getty was an industrialist and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Getty Oil. In 1957 he was named the richest man in the world by Forbes Magazine.
About the Book
This is a classic “success” book for any executive, network marketer or entrepreneur. It talks about everything from mindset, to investing, to success tips, etc. It was written many years ago, but the principles are still valid today. You can buy a copy online or at your local bookstore.
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In review, these are my favorite J. Paul Getty quotes for network marketers. Which quote is your favorite and why? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you. Have a great day.