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  • "I typically work 70–80 hours a week. I’m also married, raising two children, I work out 3–4 times per week and I make sure that I spend no less than 20 days a year on the ski slopes. I’m also on the boards of three not-for-profit organizations in healthcare, arts, and education, and I still have dinner with my parents every Sunday night."
    Alison Mass, US executive at Goldman Sachs
    Source: Speech, Stern School of Business, New York University (May 13, 2010)
  • "If the history of Homo sapiens so far were represented as a single day, an average human lifespan would represent a little over half a second … So what you must do—being an intelligent, thinking creature—is make a very careful, well-informed judgement about how best you can spend your one and only half-second. You analyse yourself and your abilities; you match them to the world, its ways and possibilities, and you make a solemn decision to do what would most contribute to the well-being of the world and of yourself. Except you’ve got a deadline, Friday at noon. And your lover coming round on Tuesday. And there’s football on. This “busy” thing isn’t a commitment, it’s an evasion."
    Sebastian Faulks (1953–), British novelist and writer
    Source: Engleby (2007)
  • "Ownership is not the most important thing. IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT COUNTS."
    Felix Dennis (1947–), British entrepreneur and publisher
    Source: How to Get Rich (2006)
  • "It's hard enough to make money that you can't do it by accident. Unless it's your first priority, it's unlikely to happen at all."
    Paul Graham (1964–), US computer programmer, writer, and venture capitalist
    Source: Why Smart People Have Bad Ideas (2005)
  • "My #1 job here at Apple is to make sure that the top 100 people are A+ players. And everything else will take care of itself. If the top 50 people are right, it just cascades down throughout the whole organization."
    Steve Jobs (19552011), US cofounder, chairman, and CEO of both Apple and Pixar
    Source: Quoted in “Steve’s Two Jobs,” Time (Michael Krantz, October 18, 1999)
  • "Having a sick child has put life into perspective for me. I would not care if I had no money and no material possessions if I could have Georgina's health."
    Nicola Horlick (1960–), British fund manager
    Referring to the fact that her eldest child, Georgina, has leukemia.
    Source: Can You Have It All? (1997)
  • "Managing intellectual assets has become the single most important task of business."
    Thomas A. Stewart (1948–), US journalist and author
    Source: Intellectual Capital (1997)
  • "Survive first and make money afterwards."
    George Soros (1930–), Hungarian-born US financier, entrepreneur, and philanthropist
    Source: Soros on Soros (1995)
  • "First things first, second things never."
    Shirley Conran (1932–), British designer, fashion editor, and author
    Source: Superwoman (1975)

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