Sam Walton

I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time.
Sam Walton

High expectations are the key to everything.
Sam Walton

There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
Sam Walton

We let folks know we’re interested in them and that they’re vital to us. cause they are.
Sam Walton

I have always been driven to buck the system, to innovate, to take things beyond where they’ve been.
Sam Walton

Capital isn’t scarce; vision is.
Sam Walton

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.
Sam Walton

Each Wal-Mart store should reflect the values of its customers and support the vision they hold for their community.
Sam Walton

We’re all working together; that’s the secret.
Sam Walton

In the beginning, I was so chintzy I really didn’t pay my employees well.
Sam Walton

The way management treats associates is exactly how the associates will treat the customers.
Sam Walton

Loosen up, and everybody around you will loosen up.
Sam Walton

If you love your work, you’ll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you – like a fever.
Sam Walton

The key to success is to get out into the store and listen to what the associates have to say.
Sam Walton

Give ordinary folk the chance to buy the same things as rich people.
Sam Walton

Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.
Sam Walton

Appreciate everything your associates do for the business.
Sam Walton

Control your expenses better than your competition. This is where you can always find the competitive advantage.
Sam Walton

Exceed your customer’s expectations. If you do, they’ll come back over and over. Give them what they want – and a little more.
Sam Walton

You can make a lot of mistakes and still recover if you run an efficient operation. Or you can be brilliant and still go out of business if you’re too inefficient.
Sam Walton

Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom.
Sam Walton

If everybody is doing it one way, there’s a good chance you can find your niche by going exactly in the opposite direction.
Sam Walton

All that hullabaloo about somebody’s net worth is just stupid, and it’s made my life a lot more complex and difficult.
Sam Walton

I probably have traveled and walked into more variety stores than anybody in America.
Sam Walton

Most of us don’t invent ideas. We take the best ideas from someone else.
Sam Walton

What am I supposed to haul my dogs around in, a Rolls-Royce?
Sam Walton

I got into retailing because I wanted a real job.
Sam Walton

Maybe I was born to be a merchant, maybe it was fate. I don’t know about that. But I know this for sure: I loved retail from the very beginning.
Sam Walton

I don’t know what would have happened to Wal-Mart if we had laid low and never stirred up the competition. My guess is that we would have remained a strictly regional operator.
Sam Walton

One person seeking glory doesn’t accomplish very much.
Sam Walton

I learned this early on in the variety business: You’ve got to give folks responsibility, you’ve got to trust them, and then you’ve got to check on them.
Sam Walton

I’ve never been one to dwell on reverses.
Sam Walton

I learned early on that one of the secrets of campus leadership was the simplest thing of all: speak to people coming down the sidewalk before they speak to you. I would always look ahead and speak to the person coming toward me. If I knew them I would call them by name, but even if I didn’t I would still speak to them.
Sam Walton

Share your profits with all your associates, and treat them as partners. In turn, they will treat you as a partner, and together you will all perform beyond your wildest expectations.
Sam Walton

All of us profit from being corrected – if we’re corrected in a positive way.
Sam Walton

Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures.
Sam Walton

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