Michael Dell Quotes About Entrepreneurship and Success

“Don’t spend so much time trying to choose the perfect opportunity, that you miss the right opportunity.” – Michael Dell

Inspirational Michael Dell Quotes

  1. “I started Dell with $1000 dollars. Now it’s a billion dollar company. Impossible is nothing.”
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2. “The most dangerous thing is not taking a risk.” 

3. “Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.”

4. “As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own.”

5. “It’s not enough to hire to fill a job. It’s not even enough to hire on the basis of one’s talents. You have to hire based upon a candidate’s potential to grow and develop.”

6. “It had always made sense to me to build a business based on what people really wanted, rather than guess what we thought they might want.”

7. “The point is, you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect it to keep working.”

8. “The very thing you fear could be the best thing to ever happen to you.” 

9. “Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people or find a different room.”

10. “We are all gifts to each other, and my own growth as a leader has shown me again and again that the most rewarding experiences come from my relationships.” 

Famous Michael Dell Quotes

11. “I started Dell 28 yrs ago with $1000. Revenues in 1984 were $6 million. Last year $62.1 billion. Impossible is nothing.” 

12. “Each day that you’re moving toward your dreams without compromising who you are, you’re winning.”

13. “Anything that can be measured can be improved.”

14. “If you have to go through life being unhappy to conform to society around you, that’s not a very good deal.”

15. “Ignore the people who tell you it won’t work and hire people who embrace your vision.”

16. “Recognize that there will be failures, and acknowledge that there will be obstacles. But you will learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others, for there is very little learning in success.” – Michael Dell

17. “There is no better catalyst to success than curiosity.”

18. “By questioning all the aspects of our business, we continuously inject improvement and innovation into our culture.”

19. “You can’t be afraid to fail because that’s when you learn.”

20. “As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own.”

Michael Dell Quotes on Success

21. “I do think a founder has special permission to make sweeping changes across an organization.”

22. “If you’re the smartest person in the room find a different room.”

23. “You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.” – Michael Dell

24. “I had to give it a full go and see what happened.”

25. “Visionaries have the unique ability to dream of what’s possible and then make it a reality.”

26. “Each day that you’re moving toward your dreams without compromising who you are, you’re winning.”

27. “Regrets are born of paths never taken.”

28. “How successful you are is really a function of how well you deal with failure—and how much you learn from it.”

29. “Collaboration equals innovation.”

30. “It had always made sense to me to build a business based on what people really wanted, rather than guess what we thought they might want.” 

Michael Dell Quotes Business and Startups

31. “It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell. There’s always an opportunity to make a difference.”

32. “Sometimes it’s better not to ask-or to listen-when tell you something can’t be done. I didn’t ask for permission or approval. I just went ahead and did it.”

33. “I had to give it a full go and see what happened.”

34. “Our lean beginnings created the strategic management principles that define our culture: Less is more. Information is better than inventory. Ingenuity is better than investment. Execution is everything. No excuses.” – Michael Dell

35. “If you want to sustain excellence over a long time, you’d better come up with a system that works well. Anyone can sprint for a little while, but you can’t sprint for forty years.”

36. “Don’t spend so much time trying to choose the perfect opportunity, that you miss the right opportunity.”

37. “Whether you’ve found your calling, or if you’re still searching, passion should be the fire that drives your life’s work.”

38. “Our business is about technology, yes. But it’s also about operations and customer relationships.” 

39. “Every breakthrough business idea begins with solving a common problem. The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity. I discovered a big one when I took apart an IBM PC. I made two interesting discoveries: The components were all manufactured by other companies, and the system that retailed for $3,000 cost about $600 in parts.” – Michael Dell

About Michael Dell

Michael Dell is an American businessman, investor, philanthropist, and writer. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Dell Technologies, one of the world’s largest technology infrastructure companies.

His 243.35 million shares of Dell stock were worth $3.5 billion in 2011, giving him a 12% stake in the company.

His remaining wealth of approximately $10 billion is invested in other businesses and managed by DFO Management, which bears his initials.

In January 2013, it was announced that he had made a $24.4 billion bid to take Dell Inc. private in the largest management buyout since the Great Recession.

Dell Inc. went private in October of 2013. In December 2018, the company went public again.

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