Memorable Quotes from Sam Zell’s Entrepreneurship Talk- by Thomas Zurbuchen

Sam Zell is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur and his colorful speeches are legendary. So, I was ready with a note-pad when he gave a recent speech. Here are some snippets of his speech.

“An entrepreneur is a guy who thinks outside of the box, a person who does not accept the conventional. He constantly asks “what if?”, “could I?”, or “should I?””

“Entrepreneurs have lots of energy – they are very, very close to ADD!”

“Fear and courage are very closely related. Anybody who does not understand fear does not know courage.”

“It is lonely being an entrepreneur. Often, you turn around and ask: where is everybody?”

“Entrepreneurs don’t fail – things sometimes just don’t work out. But, that’s it.”

“Entrepreneurs don’t just deal with risk, they have risk appetite. They look for change that will make the difference.”

“Michigan graduate Arthur Miller did a huge disservice to entrepreneurship by writing Death of a Salesman. Salesmen are not scummy and dirty – people you would not want to ring your doorbell. In fact, all successful entrepreneurs are salesmen.”

“Don’t get confused by education: Simpler solutions are most often better solution!”

 “It is extraordinarily important to constantly and increasingly perpetuate entrepreneurship and to empower entrepreneurs. It is the future of our country.”

Daniel Burnham said: “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.” Think big – it’s more fun!”

“There is a Confucian saying: “The definition of a schmuck is someone who reached his goal.” Entrepreneurs always keep going – they never stop. ”

 “How can I retire? I never had a job…”

Comments (2)
  • Forrest Gump

    November 11, 2010

    Entrepreneurs understand that “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get”.

  • Joshua Cintron

    May 3, 2013

    Nice list of quotes. I will definitely bookmark for future use. Fear isn’t external, rather it’s an internal struggle between the will to want to do something and failing. ~Josh

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