Quotes by Lee Iacocca

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The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.

If you want to make good use of your time, you've got to know what's most important and then give it all you've got.
My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything.
So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don't sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.
People say to me, You were a roaring success. How did you do it? I go back to what my parents taught me. Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make something happen.
I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you're trying to accomplish and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.
When the product is right, you don't have to be a great marketer.
The one word that makes a good manager -- decisiveness.
Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance.
The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
The trick is to make sure you don't die waiting for prosperity to come.
We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
Boys, there ain't no free lunches in this country. And don't go spending your whole life commiserating that you got the raw deals. You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it bad enough I can have it. It's called perseverance.
I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
I have always found that if I move with seventy-five percent or more of the facts that I usually never regret it. It's the guys who wait to have everything perfect that drive you crazy.
The kind of people I look for to fill top management spots are the eager beavers, the mavericks. These are the guys who try to do more than they're expected to do -- they always reach.
We at Chrysler borrow money the old fashion way. We pay it back.
People want economy and they'll pay almost any price to get it.
Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen.
Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them, and reward them if they perform. If you do all those things effectively, you can't miss.

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