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    If you never want to be criticized, for goodness sake don't do anything new.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: goodness 
     
    Our premise is there are going to be a lot of winners. It's not winner take all. Other people do not have to lose for us to win.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: people 
     
    If you're competitor-focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something. Being customer-focused allows you to be more pioneering.
    — Jeff Bezos
    We are our choices. Build yourself a great story.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: choice  stories 
     
    Do something you're very passionate about, and don't try to chase what is kind of the "hot passion" of the day.
    — Jeff Bezos
    Entrepreneurs must be willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: time  entrepreneur 
     
    If you can't feed a team with two pizzas, it's too large.
    — Jeff Bezos
    All businesses need to be young forever. If your customer base ages with you, you're Woolworth's.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: young  age  forever  business 
     
    Work hard, have fun and make history.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: work  fun 
     
    If you are going to do large-scale invention, you have to be willing to do three things: You must be willing to fail; you have to be willing to think long term; and you have to be willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: time 
     
    Focusing on the customer makes a company more resilient.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: company 
     
    Things never go smoothly.
    — Jeff Bezos
    We can't be in survival mode. We have to be in growth mode.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: growth  survival 
     
    Obsess about customers, not competitors.
    — Jeff Bezos
    Everything you are comes from your choices.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: choice 
     
    People who are right most of the time are people who change their minds often
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: time  people  right  mind 
     
    A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: people  company 
     
    One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don't choose your passions; your passions choose you.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: people  mistakes  passion 
     
    Though we are optimistic, we must remain vigilant and maintain a sense of urgency.
    — Jeff Bezos
    One of the things that gets me up in the morning is knowing that customer expectations are always rising, and I find that very exciting.
    — Jeff Bezos
    Go to bed early and wake up early. The morning hours are good.
    — Jeff Bezos
    If your customer base is aging with you, then eventually you are going to become obsolete or irrelevant. You need to be constantly figuring out who are your new customers and what are you doing to stay forever young.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: young  forever  aging 
     
    The common question that gets asked in business is, 'why?' That's a good question, but an equally valid question is, 'why not?'
    — Jeff Bezos
    Percentage margins don't matter. What matters always is dollar margins: the actual dollar amount. Companies are valued not on their percentage margins, but on how many dollars they actually make, and a multiple of that.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: company 
     
    I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: innovation  invent 
     
    We watch our competitors, learn from them, see the things that they were doing for customers and copy those things as much as we can.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: learn 
     
    I think technology advanced faster than anticipated. In that whirlwind, a lot of companies didn't survive. The reason we have done well is because, even in that whirlwind, we kept heads-down focused on the customers. All the metrics that we can track about customers have improved every year.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: technology  company  year 
     
    If you make customers unhappy in the physical world, they might each tell 6 friends. If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: world  friends  internet 
     
    If you decide that you're going to do only the things you know are going to work, you're going to leave a lot of opportunity on the table.
    — Jeff Bezos
    What I want to talk to you about today is the difference between gifts and choices. Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice. Gifts are easy-they're given after all. Choices can be hard. You can seduce yourself with your gifts if you're not careful, and if you do, it'll probably be to the detriment of your choices.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: kindness  choice  gift 
     
    Advertising is the price you pay for unremakable thinking.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: thinking 
     
    A lot of people " and I'm just not one of them " believe that you should live for the now. I think what you do is think about the great expanse of time ahead of you and try to make sure that you're planning for that in a way that's going to leave you ultimately satisfied. This is the way it works for me.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: time  people  work  live  believe 
     
    If you only do things where you know the answer in advance, your company goes away.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: company 
     
    The one thing that offends me the most is when I walk by a bank and see ads trying to convince people to take out second mortgages on their home so they can go on vacation. That's approaching evil.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: evil  people 
     
    Your brand is formed primarily, not by what your company says about itself, but what the company does.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: company 
     
    We're not competitor obsessed, we're customer obsessed. We start with the customer and we work backwards.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: work 
     
    If you want to be inventive, you have to be willing to fail.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: fail 
     
    Invention is by its very nature disruptive. If you want to be understood at all times, then don't do anything new.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: time  nature 
     
    If you think about the long term then you can really make good life decisions that you won't regret later.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: regret  decision 
     
    When you receive criticism from well-meaning people, it pays to ask, "Are they right?' And if they are, you need to adapt what they're doing. If they're not right, if you really have conviction that they're not right, you need to have that long-term willingness to be misunderstood. It's a key part of invention.
    — Jeff Bezos
    tags: criticism  people  key  right 
     
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