Harvey Mackay


American Businessman, Columnist and Author

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Goals give you more than a reason to get up in the morning; they are an incentive to keep you going all day. Goals tend to tap the deeper resources and draw the best out of life.

In a litigation-happy society, clear agreements often prevent small disagreements from becoming big ones.

Minds are like parachutes - not much good unless they are open.

People become successful the minute they decide to.

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to it until you get there.

Don't water your weeds.

Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, and a lot more rewarding.

It doesn't matter how much milk you spill as long as you don't lose the cow.

Most fears of rejection rest on the desire for approval from other people. Don't base your self-esteem on their opinions.

Be like the turtle. If he didn't stick his neck out, he wouldn't get anywhere at all.

Ego stops you from getting things done and getting people to work with you. That's why I firmly believe that ego and success are not compatible.

Good intentions aren't enough. People have good intentions when they set a goal to do something, but then they miss a deadline or other milestone.

It doesn't matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline.

My Golden Rule of Networking is simple: Don't keep score.

Being rich isn't about money. Being rich is a state of mind. Some of us, no matter how much money we have, will never be free enough to take time to stop and eat the heart of the watermelon. And some of us will be rich without ever being more than a paycheck ahead of the game.

Employee loyalty begins with employer loyalty. Your employees should know that if they do the job they were hired to do with a reasonable amount of competence and efficiency, you will support them.

Humility is becoming a lost art, but it's not difficult to practice. It means that you realize that others have been involved in your success.

It isn't the people you fire who make your life miserable, it's the people you don't.

Never forget, the real secret of giving advice is this: Once you've given it, don't concern yourself with whether it is followed or not, and refrain from saying 'I told you so.'

A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.

Believe in yourself, even when no one else does.

Ethical decisions ensure that everyone's best interests are protected. When in doubt, don't.

I believe that visualization is one of the most powerful means of achieving personal goals.

It's nice to be important, but more important to be nice. You don't know who your top customers will be five years from now or where you will be in 10 years. You may have a fancy title, but you will always need help from the people around you.

Ninety percent of the people that I share my philosophies with about organizing and using the

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American Businessman, Columnist and Author