J. Paul Getty Quotes For Entrepreneur Inspiration


Jean Paul Getty was the founder of Getty Oil and one of the richest businessmen of all time. An oil barren through and through, he made fortunes in the United States as well as jump-starting Saudi Arabia's oil industry. The oil and gas industry isn't usually viewed in a positive light, and although Getty has often times (including recently in the movie "All The Money In The World" and the FX television show "Trust") been portrayed as cold and miserly, you still can't deny his incredible business achievements. And while most people found his extreme frugality comical, I was mostly impressed with the financial discipline he displayed throughout his career. Here are my favorite motivational business quotes from J. Paul Getty:

1)  "No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or 'get rich' in business by being a conformist."

2)  "In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy."

3)  "The meek shall inherit the earth, but not its mineral rights."

4)  "If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars."

5)  “Buy when everyone else is selling and hold until everyone else is buying. That’s not just a catchy slogan. It’s the very essence of successful investing.”

6)  “The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.”

7)  “To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.”

8)  "My formula for success is rise early, work late, and strike oil."

9)  “I would rather earn 1% of the effort of a 100 people’s efforts than 100% of my own efforts.”

10)  “Getting results through people is a skill that cannot be learned in the classroom.”

11)  “Age doesn’t matter unless you’re cheese.”

12)  “Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing of even the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying.”


I hope you enjoyed these inspirational business quotes from American-British industry titan J. Paul Getty.

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