30 Inspirational Kevin O’leary Quotes About Business & Success

Kevin O’Leary is a Canadian businessman, author, and television personality. He was the co-founder of two companies, O’Leary Funds and SoftKey.

* O’Leary is a native of Northern Ireland. He hails from a farming family in the town of Moneygall, Co. Offaly in the Republic of Ireland. In his youth, he attended St. Joseph’s C.S.J. where he played Gaelic football. O’Leary later attended University College Dublin, and graduated and studied marketing. He now lives in Toronto, Ontario.

I wish I were smart enough to be Kevin O’Leary, but instead I’m in sales and marketing, and if you know Kevin O’Leary you’ll understand that those two jobs are very similar.

30 Inspirational Kevin O’Leary Quotes

When money has a value, then it is valuable, when it is not, and all it makes is more of it, it has no value. The same can be said about the people who send their money out to fight wars. The soldiers return with more of it, which makes it more valuable. And so, it is valuable.

Kevin O’Leary says that he likes to take calculated risks, in order to make huge profits.

The more money (money you don’t have to give back to the government for the income tax you pay) you make, the more you can put into your children’s future. I suggest you stop spending, live within your means and give to your kids.

Money is the root of all evil. It should be abolished. It should not be used to buy things people want or things they need to sustain their lives. People should be limited to just what they need. As for those who make money by doing so, it should be redistributed.

Many opportunities to practice negotiation abound for people in every field. So even if you aren’t in business, you can practice negotiating skills and become a more effective decision maker.

The most important attributes of an entrepreneur are being clear about your vision and being bold enough to share that vision with the world. If you can become a leader even if you are unsure of how to do something, your ability to communicate your vision to the world and be bold enough to share it will lead you to be a successful entrepreneur.

Kevin O’Leary states that he retains between 5% and 10% of his net worth in venture ideas, and that he’s a venture investor who takes the risks himself.

O’Leary’s statement does not seem to be true: If a man has a gun and refuses to put it down, the law is on his side.

As always. If you chase the wrong opportunities, you’ll lose money and time. Do you have the resources to chase the right market, the right product, the right customers? Kevin says to be careful. Don’t chase bad opportunities because they may not even be opportunities at all.

The brain needs physical exercise to prepare it for long periods of concentration.

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If you are going to do business in this country, you have to treat your customers the way they want to be treated – like Americans.

Kevin O’Leary said that business is a kind of war and that you can’t love your competitors. He also said that business is a game where you fight with the competitor and that you want to make them fear you.

A bit on the random side, but I think I read somewhere that they use special software where they ask Kevin O’Leary a question and his computer programs it all based on his responses. I can’t say I’ve never done that myself.

No one is better placed to assess an entrepreneur’s character, talent and judgement than other entrepreneurs. If you believe in yourself and work hard, then you will be successful, and you’ll always have a mentor. There will be plenty of time later to invest in a “failed” entrepreneur.

Even when you admit you don’t have the skills, you need to have positive self-talk, and you need to work to keep yourself positive.
What I like about Kevin O’Leary is he’s very candid about failure. He admits his failures, and he learns from it, which is good.

A friend of mine told me if you start your own business and the business does not make money, you will be out of a job.

You get the side with people who know the law and can understand how the law works.

It’s important to work hard, but it’s not easy to work hard 24 hours a day. Most people have other things going on in their lives – a family, spouse, kids, hobbies, etc. This doesn’t mean that someone who needs to work harder is lazy, but there is a difference between working hard and working 24 hours a day.

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The first thing was that Kevin said that business is tough. But he’s right.

This is the most important point I have made in this book. If you have not had great success in your life, stop right now and start over again. If you have had success, find someone who hasn’t had success and learn from them. Find the best and the brightest and tell them your secrets for success so they can pass it along to others.

Kevin O’Leary is a businessman and investor. He has also appeared on Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den. In May of 2015, he was announced as a candidate for the Conservative leadership.

As an entrepreneur who’s been in the business world for a long time, Kevin O’Leary is a proponent of learning as much as you can about your niche and your market before you start your business. A great entrepreneur will do research first to learn about their idea and the current market to set expectations of what you can expect to earn.

I hate money and everything it stands for.
I live on my reputation and don’t care what others think about me. I live well and well beyond my means.
I am a good person and that is all the money I need.
The best people I know are self-made. Money is just a vehicle.
When you are rich, people give you credit for good things you have done.
When you have money, you can buy anything you want.
If you want to get rich, don’t save money, spend other people’s money.
There’s a difference between money and wealth.
I am a money manager.

An entrepreneur who is constantly working to improve their business as they are operating it, will never become bored. They will constantly be working on ways to improve their business and make it more profitable. They will also have the ability to work 9 to 5 as an entrepreneur, as they will have the freedom to do so, as they will not be under any time constraints.

When investing in a stock, you look at the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the investment, but there’s a third aspect: the feeling you get from the investment.

Being an employee is not a good outcome. It’s an opinion. I do think it’s an opinion that you can hold and you can disagree with it.

“If you’re rude and arrogant, I don’t care whether you can sell, I want someone that I can have a conversation with.”

Now we have all these famous entrepreneurs that are like this. I think that there’s something wrong with being polite.

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People don’t know how to use a book. It’s expensive. People think they can use books as business cards.

There is nothing wrong with the way you want to make money. However, you may want a friend, if you choose to buy a dog.

> **Case Study:** This has been mentioned in the previous example.

The way money is made is that people put in money and it gets repaid with interest.


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