Quotations by Jean Paul Getty

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Jean Paul Getty, American industrialist and founder of Getty Oil

Jean Paul Getty (December 15, 1892 - June 6, 1976) was an American industrialist and founder of the Getty Oil Company. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, into a family already in the petroleum business, he was one of the first people in the world with a fortune of over 1 billion U.S. dollars. He was an avid collector of art and antiquities, and his collection forms the basis of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California. (Source: Wikipedia)


Jean Paul Getty
  1. I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people's efforts than 100% of my own efforts.

  2. If you can actually count your money you are not really a rich man.

  3. If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars.

  4. Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train - Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still?

  5. My father said: "You must never try to make all the money that's in a deal. Let the other fellow make some money too, because if you have a reputation for always making all the money, you won't have many deals."

  6. My formula for success is rise early, work late, and strike oil.

  7. No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or "get rich" in business by being a conformist.

  8. The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might of the force of habit and must understand that practices are what create habits. He must be quick to break those habits that can break him and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires.

  9. The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.

  10. There are always opportunities through which businessmen can profit handsomely if they will only recognize and seize them.

  11. To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.

  12. Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even, the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying.


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