June 30, 2009

[Easier said than practiced] Quotes about Legacy

“When people say, what do you want your legacy to be, I, you know, I started out as assistant manager of the truck fleet. I don’t give a lot of thought to legacy”
—H. Lee Scott, who stepped down last month as Wal-Mart’s CEO (via NPR’s Wal-Mart CEO Stepping Down After 9 Years)

“Legacy is better than currency. Every business decision that I’ve ever made, every one of them, was always based on my long-term legacy ... It can’t be about the dollars you’re putting into your pocket. ... I much rather have a million friends right now than a million dollars. ... Everything has to start with how is this going to impact my global legacy? When you make legacy decisions, instead of quick-cash decisions or mid-range cash decisions, you’re going to win every time. ... Your social equity is far greater than your financial equity.”
—Gary Vaynerchuk, Proprietor and Host, Wine Library TV (via his Legacy is greater than Currency video)

“I was worth about over a million dollars when I was twenty-three and over ten million dollars when I was twenty-four, and over a hundred million dollars when I was twenty-five, and it wasn't that important because I never did it for the money.”
—Steve Jobs, Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO, Apple, Inc.