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  • Writer's pictureYvonne Root

Timely Quotes From American Veterans




Because Veteran’s Day is coming up this week, and because we often focus on leadership skills in the posts that find their way to this construction contractor-focused blog, it seemed time to highlight a few valuable quotes from American Veterans from the past and present.


That means that what follows is NOT quotes about Veterans; instead, it contains quotes BY Veterans.


It’s What You Believe

“You have got to have something in which to believe. You have got to have leaders, organization, friendships, and contacts that help you to believe that, and help you to put out your best.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower


“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future”. President John F. Kennedy


“There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.” Phil Knight (founder of Nike)


“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves... self-discipline with all of them came first.” President Harry S Truman



It’s What You Do

“System in all things is the soul of business. To deliberate maturely and execute promptly is the way to conduct it to advantage. With me, it has always been a maxim, rather to let my designs appear from my works, than by my expressions.” President George Washington


“You need to know exactly where you stand in a business at all times. Measure everything, because everything that is measured and watched improves.” Bob Parsons (founder of Go Daddy)


“Take care of your customers and employees first, and the profits will follow.” Jack Taylor (founder of Enterprise Rent-A-Car)


“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” President Ronald Reagan


“Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new.” Bob Parsons (founder of Go Daddy)


“The essence of leadership is to get others to do something because they think you want it done and because they know it is worthwhile doing -- that is what we are talking about.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower


“A manager is not a person who can do the work better than his men; he is a person who can get his men to do the work better than he can.” Fred Smith (founder of FedEx)



It’s About Taking Risks

“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.” President John F. Kennedy


“The riskiest strategy is to try to avoid risk altogether.” Fred Smith (founder of FedEx)


“Tremendous progress can be made if we persevere through difficult challenges.” President Jimmy Carter



It’s About Integrity

“The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name. It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” President Theodore Roosevelt


“The American Dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, accomplishing something. And then I’d add to that, giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others.” President George H. W. Bush


“Still I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain (what I consider the most enviable of all titles) the character of an honest man.” President George Washington



To Veterans

If you are an American Veteran, we salute and thank you! If you have American Veterans in your life, remember to honor and thank them.



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