Blake Mycoskie is an entrepreneur from Arlington, Texas who is best known for founding and running TOMS shoes. TOMS shoes is an amazing company that has donated thousands of pairs of shoes to children in developing countries. Along with his shoe company, he has also written books and created documentaries about his efforts. Below is a great list of some of Mycoskies best quotes.
“The thing that distinguishes the ultimate successes from the ultimate failure is this: What do you do with them?”
“Start giving now so you can enjoy the benefits throughout your life.”
“The most important step of all is the first step. Start something.”
“The most important things are actually the easiest to obtain: great friends, good food, and a decent bottle of wine.”
“You don’t always need to talk with experts; sometimes the consumer, who just might be a friend or acquaintance, is your best consultant.”
— Blake Mycoskie (@BlakeMycoskie) September 11, 2015
“When you have a memorable story about who you are and what your mission is, your success no longer depends on how experienced you are or how many degrees you have or who you know.”
“They teach that having a story may be the most important part of your new venture; that fear can be useful; that having vast resources is not as critical as you might think; that simplicity is a core goal in successful enterprises; that trust is the most important quality you bring to your company; and, finally, that giving may be the best investment you’ll ever make.”
“Complicated lives and heaps of possessions don’t necessarily bring happiness; in fact, they can bring the opposite.”
“Facts are important, but the story matters. Poorly presented facts can even get in the way of the story’s impact.”
“I believe each of us has a mission in life, and that one cannot truly be living their most fulfilled life until they recognize this mission and dedicate their life to pursuing it.
With TOMS, I found a way to create sustainable giving and consistently help those who are in need.”
“We are all human beings and I believe that we all should have equal rights.”
“Life is more fun when yous top caring what other people think.”
“The goal isn’t how much money you make, but how much you help people.”
“Anyone can make a difference.”
“I always have my journal with me. It was handmade by a guy at the San Telmo market in Buenos Aires. If you go there he can make you one. It’s leather and bronze and I’m able to replace the paper when it runs out. It has a lion on the cover that I say is there to protect my thoughts.”
“I would have never imagined that I’d become a shoe salesman so that I could give away shoes. I mean that idea is ludicrous.”
— Blake Mycoskie (@BlakeMycoskie) August 24, 2015
“The story is what’s going to get people excited.”
“The power of a single idea, acted upon, can change people’s lives.”
“I love what I do, but it is hard to have a personal relationship when you’re never home.”
“People always ask me, when I had the idea for TOMS, did it change my life? As romantic and noble as it is, no it did not change my life. But when I went to Argentina on that first shoe-drop, it did change my life.”
“My goal was to go back to Argentina and give them away. Not just to give them away, but to place them on each child’s foot.”
“I did what I think a lot of entreprenuers do. I started putting up a lot of ads on Craigslist for interns.”
“People had never heard about someone giving something away every time they sold something.”
— Jeff Roy (@jroy5) June 2, 2015
“TOMS is no longer a shoe company…we’re a one for one company.”
“Giving does not just feel good, but it’s really, really good for business, and it’s good for your personal brand.”
“When you incorporate giving into your business, you attract the most amazing partners.”
“Our employees do it not because we pay them more, but because they want to be part of something.”
“The greatest competitive advantage is to allow your employees to be part of something. Something bigger than what you’re doing.”
“If she had that much passion to tell a stranger, how much passion did she have telling people she actually knows?”
In this video, Blake discusses his new market plan, one on one. He explains how it works and the benefits that it can have for a company.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of some of my favorite Blake Mycoskie quotes!
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