'If you sat down and logically analyzed the statistics and the probabilities in starting a new business, you probably wouldn't do it. I was too dumb to know better.'
"I'll give you the truth about what motivates me. Money. I mean I love to see goals attained, sure, but I ain't going to kid you. My goal is to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. I'm working my butt off to make money."
-- C. R. Michaels, Lomak Petroleum Inc.
"If you say you can build a better mousetrap, you'd better be able to deliver it. And you'd better make sure people need it."
-- Barry Bronfin, Scientific Leasing Inc.
"We have no organization chart. We get consistent results without a lot of controls. Frankly, I don't know how we do it. We just work everybody's ass off."
-- Franklin Bishop, Matrix Corp.
"If a public company has a hiccup, the whole world hears."
-- John R. Folkerth, Shopsmith Inc.
"I've never taken a full week's vacation in my life. Twice a year I can get away for a long weekend, but then all I want to do is sleep."
-- John Inda, Barton Valve Co.
"People work for money. If you want loyalty, buy a dog."
-- Harold Katz, Nutri/System Inc.
"Being the CEO is like being the commanding officer of an aircraft carrier. Drive that baby over the rocks, and you're the one who hangs."