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Quotes of the day: Michael Eisner

Published Monday, March 07, 2016 @ 5:24 PM EST
Mar 07 2016

Michael Dammann Eisner (b. March 7, 1942) is an American businessman. He is best known as the chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company from 1984 until 2005. Prior to Disney, he was president and CEO of rival movie studio Paramount Pictures from 1976 to 1984, and had brief stints at the major television networks NBC, CBS and ABC. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Eventually the consumer will come to appreciate the editorial point of view of every different brand. User-generated content without editorial oversight will simply be background noise.

Graduate school is a place to hide for a couple of years.

I don't think individual achievement in business is the most meaningful way for it to operate.

I find that, once you get into a position where you can afford a pair of shoes and a decent level of living, success in itself is empty.

I grew up Jewish. I am Jewish. I went to an Episcopal high school. I went to a Baptist college. I've taken every comparative-religion course that was available. God? I have no idea.

If it's not growing, it's going to die.

If you are not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road.

In every business, in every industry, management does matter.

It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless. If you are lucky it happens once in a lifetime.

Many people you think are individual achievers in fact have either a strong spousal partner over many years or a business partner who's either in the background, not given enough publicity or less egocentric.

Nobody has a bigger cult than Warren Buffett.

Recovering from failure is often easier than building from success.

Sometimes you have to be worn out and burnt out to become authentic and original.

Succeeding is not really a life experience that does that much good. Failing is a much more sobering and enlightening experience.

The odds of being successful are the same for every group that is educated in America. It's just that the group that is not wealthy is 95 percent of the population. So if there are 100 successful people in a room, probably 95 out of 100 came from more modest means.

There's a fine line between what would characterize you as a troglodyte and what would characterize you as a brilliant, avant- garde, forward-thinking genius. There's some middle ground.

There's no good idea that can't be improved on.

To punish failure is yet another way to encourage mediocrity.

When I read biographies, I'm only interested in the first few chapters. I'm not interested in when people become successful. I'm interested in what made them successful.

When you're trying to create things that are new, you have to be prepared to be on the edge of risk.

You either play by the rules, change the rules, or get out, altogether.

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