Best quotes by Harvey Mackay

Harvey Mackay

Harvey Mackay

Business Guru & Motivational Speaker

Harvey Mackay is a renowned American author, businessman, and motivational speaker, born on March 6, 1932. His impactful insights into business, networking, and personal development have earned him a prominent place in the world of entrepreneurship.

Mackay's best-selling book "Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive" (1988) propelled him to international recognition. Known for his practical advice and memorable anecdotes, he has empowered individuals and business professionals to achieve their goals and excel in their careers.

Throughout his career, Harvey Mackay's unwavering dedication to personal growth and effective business practices has inspired countless individuals to reach new heights of success and navigate the challenges of the corporate world.

All quotes by Harvey Mackay:

Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back.

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about those who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would most likely be worth it.

It all comes down to this: If you want one year of happiness, grow grain If you want 10 years of happiness, grow trees If you want 100 years of happiness, grow people

Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, and a lot more rewarding.

Mackay's Moral: If you are persistent, you will get it. If you are consistent, you will keep it.

Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.

When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It's all a matter of perspective.

None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone's help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you.

A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves.

Your day usually goes the way the corners of your mouth turn. The most powerful single thing you can do to influence others is to smile at them.

A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.

Anyone too busy to say thank you will get fewer and fewer chances to say it.

If you don't look ahead, you'll always be behind.

Look in the mirror every day and say, I am in charge. You might not have control over every phase of your life, but you have more control than you realize, and you are responsible for your own happiness and success.

Happiness can be thought, taught and caught... but not bought.

It doesn't matter how much milk you spill as long as you don't lose the cow.

Life is series of opportunities. The often neglected fact of life is that opportunities multiply as you take advantage of them.

Every morning brings new potential, but if you dwell on the misfortunes of the day before, you tend to overlook tremendous opportunities.

Being rich isn't about money. Being rich is a state of mind. Some of us, no matter how much money we have, will never be free enough to take time to stop and eat the heart of the watermelon. And some of us will be rich without ever being more than a paycheck ahead of the game.

Failure is an attitude, not an outcome.

For the real winners, there are no finish lines.

Many successful people are no more talented than unsuccessful people. The difference between them lies in the old axiom that successful people do those things that unsuccessful people don't like to do.

Your past is not your potential.

One mistake will never kill you. The same mistake over and over again will.

The ten most powerful two-letter words in the English language are: If it is to be, it is up to me.

Expect to make some mistakes when you try new and different approaches. Sometimes colossal failures lead to spectacular successes.

Most fears of rejection rest on the desire for approval from other people. Don't base your self-esteem on their opinions.

Surrounding yourself with creative, imaginative people is a good strategy for success whether you're an entrepreneur seeking innovation or an artist looking for inspiration.

When a person with money meets a person with experience, the person with the experience winds up with the money and the person with the money winds up with the experience.

Winners surround themselves with other winners. A winner knows he's a winner. He doesn't need second-raters and yes-men around to feed his ego. He knows he'll win more, and go further, with associates who not only can keep up with him but who also are capable of teaching him something.

People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.

If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it.

Don't water your weeds.

If you wish others to believe in you, you must first convince them that you believe in them.

Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It's up to you to choose which you will be.

Pessimism doesn't grow your business or even maintain the status quo. The pessimists on your staff make the job harder for everyone around them. They make difficulties out of opportunities.

You'll never please everyone, but you only have to please a few people to get an offer.

You're as old as you behave.

All the technology in the world will never replace a positive attitude.

The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your relationships. The quality of your business is no different.

Goals give you more than a reason to get up in the morning; they are an incentive to keep you going all day.

Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and you will accomplish your object.

Failure is not falling down but staying down.

A great accomplishment shouldn't be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward.

To be a champion, you have to learn to handle stress and pressure. But if you've prepared mentally and physically, you don't have to worry.

If you want to double your success ratio, you have to double your failure ratio.

Deep down inside of all of us is the power to accomplish what we want to, if we'll just stop looking elsewhere.

Deadlines aren't bad. They help you organize your time. They help you set priorities. They make you get going when you might not feel like it.

We all start out in life with one thing in common; We all have the same amount of time. It's just a matter of what we do with it.

Employee loyalty begins with employer loyalty. Your employees should know that if they do the job they were hired to do with a reasonable amount of competence and efficiency, you will support them.

Many, perhaps most, people who lose their jobs are mistaken about the reason for which they lost their jobs. Some will say that they're failures, others that their boss had it in for them, and others yet that they were sure their career ended because of a stupid faux pas they made at the company picnic.

It doesn't matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline.

What could you accomplish if no one told you it was impossible?

When you're thirsty, it's too late to think about digging a well.

Are you worried about pressure? I look at it this way: Pressure is having to do something you are not totally prepared to do.

our lives change in two ways :through the people we meet and the books we read

You only get one chance to make a good first impression, and yours may be in the hands of the receptionist.

Don't wait for a funeral to pay a compliment. You may not make it in time.

Laugh often. Starting your day with a good laugh, or at least a big smile, is as beneficial to your health as it is to your mood. Scientific studies at Northwestern University and Fordham University concluded that laughter benefits the heart, lungs, stomach and other organs. It relaxes tensions, changes attitude, and increases the body's natural painkillers. And it has no harmful side effects.

Don't let ups and downs leave you down and out.

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There is a time to provide advice and offer an opinion, and there is a time not to. Don't be too quick to offer unsolicited advice. It certainly will not endear you to people.

Hard work often leads to success. No work seldom does.

Minds are like parachutes-not much good unless they are open.

If you want to stay youthful, stay useful.

Don't confuse visibility with credibility.

Failures don't plan to fail; they fail to plan.

I believe that visualization is one of the most powerful means of achieving personal goals.

If you believe, as I do, that your employees truly are your most valuable asset, you will do whatever you can to help them do their jobs as well as possible.

Many people may listen, but few people actually hear.

The cost of praising someone is nil - but every psychological study shows the payoff is huge.

Don't equate activity with efficiency. You are paying your key people to see the big picture. Don't let them get bogged down in a lot of meaningless meetings and paper shuffling. Announce a Friday afternoon off once in a while. Cancel a Monday morning meeting or two. Tell the cast of characters you'd like them to spend the amount of time normally spent preparing for attending the meeting at their desks, simply thinking about an original idea.

It's way easier to stay in the comfort zone, especially when things are going good than to go out on a limb and take some risks. My philosophy is exactly the opposite: Sometimes it's risky not to take a risk.

Fatigue makes fools of us all. It robs you of your skills and your judgment, and it blinds you to creative solutions. It's the best-conditioned athlete, not the most talented, who generally wins when the going gets tough.

You can't be passionate when you feel like it. You have to be passionate about your job, product or cause all the time. There's no off switch on a tiger.