Quotes about Achievement

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."

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"Peter Drucker once differentiated between doing things right and doing the right thing. Doing this right has to do with efficiency, hence knowledge. Doing the right has to do with effectiveness, hence wisdom. Much of the knowledge I see being transmitted and shared is about efficiency not effectiveness. The righter we do the wrong thing, the wronger we become."

Russell Lincoln Ackoff (12 February 1919 – 29 October 2009) was an American organizational theorist, consultant. Ackoff was a pioneer in the field of operations research, systems thinking and management science.


"Unless structure follows strategy, inefficiency results."

Alfred DuPont Chandler, Jr. (September 15, 1918 – May 9, 2007) was a professor of business history at Harvard Business School, who wrote extensively about the scale and the management structures of modern corporations.


"There are only two qualities in the world: efficiency and inefficiency and only two sorts of people: the efficient and the inefficient."

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama and he wrote more than 60 plays.


"Smart is an elusive concept. There is a certain sharpness, an ability to asorb new facts. It is to ask an insightful question. It is also certain creativity that allows people to be effective."

William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, philanthropist, author and chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen. He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third.


"Results ! Why man, I have forgotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work."

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor, scientist, and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.


"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself."

Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 – March 8, 1887) was a prominent, Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and speaker in the mid to late 19th century. An 1875 adultery trial in which he was accused of having an affair with a married woman was one of the most notorious American trials of the 19th century.


"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."

Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was an American football coach. He is a legendary football figure, best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s.


"Excellence means when a man or woman ask of himself more than others do"

José Ortega y Gasset (9 May 1883 – 18 October 1955) was a Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist working at the beginning of the 20th century while Spain oscillated between monarchy, republicanism and dictatorship.


"The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake."

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