No matter what your occupation is, be it self-employed or corporate climber, getting ahead and staying ahead has long been a major concern of all who are not content with merely earning a living. In our eager, sometimes feverish, pursuit of personal pot of gold (and the power and prestige that comes with it), ambitious men and women have sought the knowledge of those who have achieved success before them.
The Mafia Manager provides for the first time in a book the knowledge and precepts of the ruthless bosses whose genius at organization and management contributed far more to profitability and growth than did the brute strength and recourse to violence of the common, unsophisticated gangster or the conventional wisdom of the legitimate CEO.
If you are an entrepreneur or business owner and you have not read The Mafia Manager, then you are probably denying yourself knowledge of some no-nonsense leadership and business management techniques for accelerated business growth.
Today, I want to share with you 50 Notable quotes about life and business from The Mafia Manager. These quotes about life and business are just a tip of the iceberg with respect to what is contained in The Mafia Manager.
* If you think and act solely for your own benefit, you will reach the top.
* As we all know, there's plenty of room at the top, though never enough to sit down.
* Beginner's rule - Keep your mouth shut, your eyes open, your fly zipped and do what you are told.
* Associate with those better than you and pay full expenses.
* Never ever get your meat where you get your bread.
* He who can never endure the bad will never see the good.
* To survive, be patient - watch, listen and say little. To win, be patient - survive, plan, and then strike swiftly.
* In the office, don’t stand out, fit in.
* Remember, the hunter's surest weapon is patience.
* What you can't buy, you can steal (but don't get caught), and what you can't buy or steal, you can beat out of someone, metaphorically, of course...
* Sometimes it is better to take a loss than make a gain - especially when you have no choice.
* If the pot is boiling over, use a long spoon. If the house is on fire; warm yourself.
* Friends are not as important as family. Do not confuse the loyalty of friendship with the bond of blood.
* A man without enemies is a man without qualities. Even Jesus Christ had many enemies.
* If you can’t win by fighting fair, fight foul. Or have a third party do your fighting.
* Even a mouse keeps three holes.
* God will provide, but you must provide till he does.
* A thousand enemies is not enough; a single enemy is. There is nothing as a ‘harmless’ enemy.
* The best friend of a hungry buzzard is a dead horse. That is in another way of saying; even the son of a bitch has his uses.
* Do business with strangers as if they were brothers and with brothers as if they were strangers.
* If you can genuinely and sincerely fake honesty, you'll be a success, never doubt it.
* The golden rule of business - Whoever has the most power makes the rules and takes the gold.
* Mind your own business, but keep your eyes on other successful businesses. If your neighbor gets up early, you get earlier.
* Never give business advice to another that doesn't profit you and your own interest.
* In the free enterprise system, it is big thieves hanging the little ones all the time.
* When you make an example of someone, make sure that everyone knows what the lesson is. Punish one, teach a hundred.
* Never worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow, you might inherit a million dollars or be run over by a truck. Or inherit a million dollars and be run over by a truck.
* You can be rich without knowing how to be powerful but you cannot be powerful without money.
* Get others to do as much as they can for you.
* The best thing to invest in your business is your time.
* Business comes first, before anything else. Nothing gets in the way, not even wife or girlfriend.
* Don’t become involved in any office political battle without first asking yourself, ‘What’s in it for me?’ and then ‘What’s in it for them?
* If you must lie, be brief.
*When you hunt, let the game come to you.
* Fear your enemies, not to fear them invites disaster.
* For peace to reign, be ready for war.
* Let sleeping dogs lie unless you have a lion on your leash.
* Better that your enemies overestimate your stupidity than your shrewdness.
* When stumped for a solution to a particularly difficult problem, look to the past for a solution.
* Be prepared for betrayal from anyone on your staff, but especially from those you have the most trust in. Every betrayal must be repaid as quickly and as publicly as possible. If you should let a betrayal go unpunished, you are through as a leader.
* Remember, not even a machine is 100 percent efficient. Don’t expect the humans who work for you to be.
* Don’t be too familiar with your followers; it may at first inspire affection but eventually, like all familiarity; it will breed contempt.
*Don’t encourage overtime. Tell your people that the best way to impress you is to do a great job in the time allotted for it and then go home and relax.
* Don't hire more than two members of the same household and never hire lovers, no matter how necessary their skills maybe.
* Never hire someone of the opposite sex in hopes of future erotic reward, unless all you want to do is look. But which of us ever stopped there?
* The only person you can ever trust completely ever, under any circumstances is yourself.
* Do not criticize beyond necessity and seldom in public. Always precede criticism with a few words of praise.
* You can get bad advice from good friends, very bad advice from very good friends.
* You cultivate the loyalties of others by showing them that their profit lies where yours does.
* Some workers will never be satisfied, no matter how much money they make.
* Some of your employees are going to steal from you. It is human nature, count on it.
* Staring, by most humans and all dogs, is taken as an unfriendly, even menacing, act.
* People respond from greed, people respond out of fear. That is human nature.
* Be wary of people who talk too much, this is frequently a symptom of the compulsive liar.
* Being kind or a nice guy never put a carpet on anyone's office floor. If you want to be loved, buy a beagle.
Well this is all the facts about life and business I have for you, if you have read the book and have other facts I didn't pen down, please do share it with us on the comment box below.