Legendary CEO Quotes

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It’s been three years since I made the leap from successful accountant to entrepreneur. Before making the jump I read quotes from successful leaders to motivate myself. Here are some of the quotes that inspired me then and some more recent ones that have inspired me since. Whether you?ve just started a company or have been running one for awhile, there is a lot you can learn from some of the most successful CEOs.?

This list compiles some of the best advice out there from CEOs on success, working with your team, becoming a CEO, being a CEO and dealing with customers as a CEO. Every quote has helped me become a much better leader myself.

On success:

1. ?When you start a company, it’s more an art than a science because it’s totally unknown. Instead of solving high-profile problems, try to solve something that’s deeply personal to you. Ideally, if you’re an ordinary person and you’ve just solved your problem, you might have solved the problem for millions of people.? Brian Chesky, Airbnb.

2. ?I never set out to be CEO. I always set out to be a good team member, a good colleague.? John Stumpf, Wells Fargo.

3. ?Every time you make the hard, correct decision you become a bit more courageous, and every time you make the easy, wrong decision you become a bit more cowardly. If you are CEO, these choices will lead to a courageous or cowardly company.? Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz.