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Quotations by Lee Iacocca

Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don’t just stand there, make it happen.

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 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.

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.

I learned about the strength you can get from a close family life. I learned to keep going, even in bad times. I learned not to despair, even when my world was falling apart. I learned that there are no free lunches. And I learned the value of hard work.

If I had to sum up in a word what makes a good manager, I’d say decisiveness. You can use the fanciest computers to gather the numbers, but in the end you have to set a timetable and act.

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.

I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.

Management is nothing more than motivating other people.

My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, then you’ve had a great life.