Howard Schultz appears to be the ultimate American success story. Born into a poor family, raised in a rough part of Brooklyn, and the first in his family to go to college – to being one of the most influential people on the planet and worth an estimated 1.6 billion dollars.
Along his rags-to-riches journey, he’s authored 2 books (Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time and Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul), owned an NBA team, and took a small time coffee company, Starbucks, and made it one of the most successful, well-known brands in the world. He’s always been one to speak his mind, face controversy dead in the eye, and has taken some unconventional strategic paths on his way to the top. These are just of a few of the things that have made him such a successful leader and entrepreneur. There is a lot to be learned from someone who has maintained a high rate of success for such a long period of time.
Here are some great quotes for success from the current Chairman and CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz.
“There are moments in our lives when we summon the courage to make choices that go against reason, against common sense and the wise counsel of people we trust. But we lean forward nonetheless because, despite all risks and rational argument, we believe that the path we are choosing is the right and best thing to do. We refuse to be bystanders, even if we do not know exactly where our actions will lead.” – Howard Schultz
“I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see and pursuing that vision.” – Howard Schultz
“Grow with discipline. Balance intuition with rigor. Innovate around the core. Don’t embrace the status quo. Find new ways to see. Never expect a silver bullet. Get your hands dirty. Listen with empathy and over-communicate with transparency. Tell your story, refusing to let others define you.” – Howard Schultz
“Dream more than others think practical. Expect more than others think possible. Care more than others think wise.” – Howard Schultz
“Remember: You’ll be left with an empty feeling if you hit the finish line alone. When you run a race as a team, though, you’ll discover that much of the reward comes from hitting the tape together. You want to be surrounded not just by cheering onlookers but by a crowd of winners, celebrating as one.” – Howard Schultz
“In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic.” – Howard Schultz
Howard Schultz On Leadership
“Early on I realized that I had to hire people smarter and more qualified than I was in a number of different fields, and I had to let go of a lot of decision-making. I can’t tell you how hard that is. But if you’ve imprinted your values on the people around you, you can dare to trust them to make the right moves.” – Howard Schultz
“One of the fundamental aspects of leadership, I realized more and more, is the ability to instill confidence in others when you yourself are feeling insecure.” – Howard Schultz
“If you examine a butterfly according to the laws of aerodynamics, it shouldn’t be able to fly. But the butterfly doesn’t know that, so it flies” – Howard Schultz
“Effective leaders share two intertwined attributes: an unbridled level of confidence about where their organizations are headed, and the ability to bring people along.” – Howard Schultz
“With the right mentor, don’t be afraid to expose your vulnerabilities. Admit you don’t know what you don’t know. When you acknowledge your weaknesses and ask for advice, you’ll be surprised how much others will help.” – Howard Schultz