Below is a top-ten list of our most liked inspirational quotes in May from our Instagram page and a few facts behind each of these influential people.
10. Derek Bok
“If you think education is expensive, Try Ignorance!” – Derek Bok (22, March 1930 – Present) the former president of Harvard University lawyer and educator. He was a multi award winning educator and writer known for his book The Shape of the River. He was also a successful president at Harvard successfully putting together the seeds for the Radcliffs Colleges merger.
9. Jeff Bezos
“If you never want to be criticized, for goodness sake don’t do anything new.” – Jeff Bezos (12, January 1964 – Present) Bezos is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Amazon. He is an inventor and philanthropist, as well. Bezos created Amazon and it could potentially become the first trillion-dollar company. Check out his book First Mover: Jeff Bezos In His Own Words (In Their Own Words series) or become a Prime member and enjoy their services. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial
8. Shahid Khan
“Washing dishes gave me the sense of empowerment and feeling that I control my destiny.” – Shahid Khan (18, July 1950 – Present) Also known as Shad Khan is a Pakastani-American who came to America to achieve the “American Dream” and got that and more. We did an entire article covering Shad great story here.
7. Larry Page
“Optimism is important. You have to be a little silly about the goals you are going to set. You should try to do things that most people would not do.” – Larry Page (26, March 1973 – Present) Is the co-founder of Google and was the Chief Executive Officer. He is now the CEO of Alphabet Inc. under Googles assets. He is also one of the richest men in the world with $53.5 Billion in net worth as of the date of this article. If you would like to learn more about Larry page check out his book Measure What Matters.
6. Simon Sinek
“Dream big. Start small. But most of all, start. -Simon Sinek (9, October 1973 – Present) He is a business owner, motivational speaker and author. After starting his career off working at an ad agency. Later he would start his own successful company. He now does lots of consulting for leader ship and has four great book with his best known book Start with Why.
5. Thomas Edison
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” – Thomas Edison (11, February 1847 – 18, October 1931) Edison was an American businessman and inventor. He invented and sold many world-changing items, such as the motion picture camera, the long-lasting electrical light bulb, and many more. America may have ended up a different place without Edison’s knowledge and prowess. Check out The Quotable Edison for more on this American legend.
4. Ryan Allis
“Have the end in mind and everyday make sure your working towards it” – Ryan Allis (14, August 1984 – Present) A Harvard business school dropout and “serial entrepreneur” He is the CEO of a company call Hive Global and IContact and also he is an author. He believes in writing down your goals and displaying it in the open and he has done this and now is worth $40 million dollars. Check out his book called Zero to One Million.
3. Tim Ferris
“Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.” – Tim Ferris (20 July 1970 – Present) this young entrepreneur and bestselling author has accomplished many things that take people a lifetime to accomplish. Best known for his book The 4-Hour Workweek. Tim motivates his follows to be efficient and strive to accomplish their goals.
2. Albert Schweitzer
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer (14, January 1875 – 4, September 1965) was a humanitarian philosopher, physician and writer. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952 for his philosophy of the “reverence for life” which was a universal concept of ethics. He was a great man who wrote many excellent books like The Philosophy of Civilization and Out of My Life and Thought.
1. John D. Rockefeller
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller (8, July 1839 – 23, May 1915) Rockefeller was an industrialist, philanthropist, and is considered to be one of the wealthiest Americans of all time. He grew his small company into America’s largest company and monopoly on the oil trade – Standard Oil. He was also a very charitable man, giving millions of dollars to the University of Chicago and many grants to numerous universities. He placed a huge focus on education and provided a lot of money to keep schools running and kids well-educated. To this day, the Rockefeller Foundation is still running and giving back to the community. If you would like to learn more about Rockefeller, check out his book John D. Rockefeller: The Autobiography of an Oil Titan and Philanthropist.