Stephen A. Schwarzman



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What It Takes: Lessons in t...

4.15 avg rating — 4,429 ratings — published 2019 — 13 editions
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“it’s as hard to start and run a small business as it is to start a big one. You will suffer the same toll financially and psychologically as you bludgeon it into existence. It’s hard to raise the money and to find the right people. So if you’re going to dedicate your life to a business, which is the only way it will ever work, you should choose one with the potential to be huge.”
Stephen A. Schwarzman, What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence

“The best executives are made, not born. They absorb information, study their own experiences, learn from their mistakes, and evolve.”
Stephen A. Schwarzman, What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence

“If you ever felt overwhelmed by work, I said, pass on some of your work to others. It might not feel natural. High achievers tend to want to volunteer for more responsibility, not give up some of what they have taken on. But all that anyone higher up in the firm cares about is that the work is done well. There is nothing heroic or commendable about taking on too much and then screwing it up. Far better to focus on what you can do, do it well, and share the rest.”
Stephen A. Schwarzman, What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence



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