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A supreme collection of Carlos Slim Quotes about business, life and success!

  • Full name: Carlos Slim Helú
  • Born: 28 January 1940 (age 80 years), Mexico City, Mexico
  • Profession: Mexican business magnate, investor and philanthropist
  • Net worth: $53 billion USD as of 2020
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All times are good time for those who know how to work and have the tools to do so.

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With three work days a week, we would have more time to relax; for quality of life.

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When we decide to do something, we do it quickly.

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You cannot have people in your organization who are pessimists. They take you to mediocrity.

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Live the present intensely and fully, do not let the past be a burden, and let the future be an incentive. Each person forges his or her own destiny.

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I’ve always said that the better off you are, the more responsibility you have for helping others. Just as I think it’s important to run companies well, with a close eye to the bottom line, I think you have to use your entrepreneurial experience to make corporate philanthropy effective.

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Firm and patient optimism always yields its rewards.

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Most people try to make a better world for our children when what they should be doing is making better children for our world.

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Courage taught me no matter how bad a crisis gets… any sound investment will eventually pay off.

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Maintain austerity in good times to avoid layoffs in bad times.

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When there is a crisis, that’s when some are interested in getting out and that’s when we are interested in getting in.

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Staying occupied displaces preoccupation and problems, and when we face our problems, they disappear.

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Well, when I was very young, maybe 12 years, I began to make investments.

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Work well done is not only a responsibility to yourselves and society; it is also an emotional need.

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When we face our problems, they disappear. So learn from failure and let success be the silent incentive.

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Do not allow negative feelings and emotions to control your mind. Emotional harm does not come from others; it is conceived and developed within ourselves.

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Poverty isn’t solved with donations.

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The truth is, you leave this world with nothing. What you are is a temporary administrator, and you must administer well… the wealth in your care, and generate more. The surplus can be used to do many things for people.

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Money is not a goal. The goal is to make companies grow, develop, be competitive, be in different areas, be efficient to have a great human team inside the company.

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Choose the right employees and then set them loose.

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I learned from my father that you continue to invest and reinvest in your business – including during crises.

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Mistakes are normal and human. Make them small, accept them, correct them, and forget them.

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Competition makes you better, always, always makes you better, even if the competitor wins.

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Anyone who is not investing now is missing a tremendous opportunity.

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You cannot live without doing something.

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In business, you invest when things are not in good shape. When you invest at these times, you take a better position than your competitors. When there is a recession and your competition does not invest, they are giving you the advantage.

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Technology is going to transform people’s lives and society everywhere in the world. I spend most of my time studying new technologies. My main task is to understand what’s going on and try to see where we can fit in.

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It’s important to give a better country to your children, but it is more important to give better children to your country.

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When you live for others’ opinions, you are dead. I don’t want to live thinking about how I’ll be remembered.

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All businesses make mistakes. The trick is to avoid large ones.

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I still have my laptop but I haven’t used it. I’m a paper man, not electronic.

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When you are convinced what to do and what you need to do, it’s not hard to do that.

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The biggest things in life are not materials.

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Inertia is in our minds always.

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If you are in business, you are not enjoying. You are working.

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People need to feel very good about their achievements. They get pride from what they are doing.

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Think of an athlete. He may be very good in his own house, but not as good as his neighbours. You have to go beyond your home. You have to go worldwide.

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I think entrepreneurs… can think long term and find solutions and go in the way for long term solutions and not short-term.

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In this new wave of technology, you can’t do it all yourself, you have to form alliances.

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The only way you finish with poverty is with jobs.

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In this new wave of technology, you can’t do it all yourself, you have to form alliances.

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One of the big errors people are making right now is thinking that old-style businesses will be obsolete, when actually they will be an important part of this new civilization. Some retail groups are introducing e-commerce and think that the bricks are no longer useful. But they will continue to be important.

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Anything that has privileges have responsibility and all people that is clear about their responsibility has compromise.

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The people inside the group need to have some conditions to follow. We have a philosophy of leadership, ideas, and concepts. They need to share that.

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The fruit of wealth is income.

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The key is the Internet. The United States is by far the most advanced country in this new digital culture, so we have to be there. The Internet is the heart of this new civilization, and telecommunications are the nervous system, or circulatory system.

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It’s very important for leaders in business to work to create human capital, a team that has the same sense of purpose and alignment.

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Focus on essentials and try not to get distracted and bogged down by things that don’t add value to the bottom line.

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The combination of non-profit organizations like the foundations and profit businesses can work together in some areas.

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With good perspective of history, we can have a better understanding of the past and present, and thus a clear vision of the future.

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