„Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.“

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American business consultant 1909 - 2005

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„The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.“

—  Jean Giraudoux French novelist, essayist, diplomat and playwright 1882 - 1944

As quoted in Murphy's Law Book Two : More Reasons Why Things Go Wrong (1980) by Arthur Bloch, p. 47; similar statements became a routine part of the comedic performances of George Burns.
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„For the first ten years or so, you would always question whether the decisions were right or wrong, but you have to learn to put things behind you once a decision is made. You can't be wishy-washy about it.“

—  Anson Chan Hong Kong politician 1940

Source: From Anson Chan's speech commenting on her handling the controversial 1986 child custody case on the eve of her retirement on April 27, 2001.

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„Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again.“

—  Michael Jordan American retired professional basketball player and businessman 1963

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„Once a decision was made, I didn't worry about it afterward…“

—  Harry Truman American politician, 33rd president of the United States (in office from 1945 to 1953) 1884 - 1972

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„If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. If you've got a business, you didn't build that, somebody else made that happen.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

Misquoted by Mitt Romney " These Hands http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLZpMFbxyxU" campaign ad ()
[2012-07-19, Romney video deceptively edits Obama speech to make it sound anti-business, Greg, Sargent, The Plum Line, The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-morning-plum-romney-video-deceptively-edits-obama-speech-to-make-it-sound-anti-business/2012/07/19/gJQAoRpavW_blog.html, 2012-10-08]
The Web version of the ad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lr49t4-2b8 uses a <span style="color:grey">longer misquote</span>: "If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, "well, it must be because I was just so smart." There are a lot of smart people out there. "It must be because I worked harder than everybody else." Let me tell you something — if you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.
Splices two parts of a speech in Roanoke, Virginia on (see above). Full quote:
<p>There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn't — look, <span style="color:darkgrey">if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own.</span> <span style="color:grey">You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, "well, it must be because I was just so smart." There are a lot of smart people out there. "It must be because I worked harder than everybody else." Let me tell you something —</span> there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.</p><p>If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges; <span style="color:darkgrey">if you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.</span> The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.</p>
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„Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

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„How do you achieve success? By two words: Correct decisions“

—  Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Jordanian businesspeople 1938

How do you make correct decisions? By one word: Experience
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„Often, firms that were successful start to fail after a successful CEO departs, largely because they spent little time mentoring the successor in making successful decisions. … I think we are seeing this play out at Apple at the moment …“

—  Rob Enderle American financial analyst 1954

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„Sometimes you have to take a hard decision and when you take such decision, you have to stand by it. It’s not everybody who sees what you are seeing.“

—  Ibukun Awosika Nigerian business magnate 1962

Cited in " 8 business quotes from First Bank Chairperson Ibukun Awosika http://enterprise54.com/insights-from-ibukun-awosika-to-help-entrepreneurs-in-their-businesses/", 26 February 2013

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„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 American businessman 1966

Fortune: "Ben Horowitz: There's a fine line between fear and courage" http://fortune.com/2011/08/05/ben-horowitz-theres-a-fine-line-between-fear-and-courage/ (5 August 2011)

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„Think a hundred times before you take any decision, but once a decision is taken, stand by it as one man.“

—  Muhammad Ali Jinnah Founder and 1st Governor General of Pakistan 1876 - 1948

Address to the League Lucknow session in 1937, following elections held under the Government of India Act, as quoted in Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Founder of Pakistan (1976) by Ziauddin Ahmad Suleri, p. 1

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