30 Top-Notch Verne Harnish Quotes

Verne Harnish is an entrepreneur and founder of the Young Entrepreneur’s Organization. Harnish has been referred to as one of the top 10 minds in small business. With several books under his belt, here is a look at some of the best Verne Harnish quotes ever documented.

“Any data more than a week old is history and is not useful for making the fast decisions necessitated by our highly connected global economy.”

“Discerning the Core Values is a discovery process.”

“Do you have consistent sources of cash, ideally generated internally, to fuel the growth of your business?”

“Don’t define Core Competencies too narrowly.”

“Establish an effective daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual meeting Rhythm to keep everyone in the loop. Those who pulse faster, grow faster.”

“Goals without routines are wishes; routines without goals are aimless. The most successful business leaders have a clear vision and the disciplines (routines) to make it a reality.”


“If the Core Values are the soul of the organization, the core Purpose (some call it “mission”) gives it heart.”

“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”

“In the end, what matters most in life are the depth of your relationships with friends and family; and the sheer number of people you’ve helped along the way. These represent true measures of wealth.”

“Individuals or organizations with too many priorities have no priorities and risk spinning their wheels and accomplishing nothing of significance.”

“It needs to hurt to break a promise; otherwise, it’s too easy to let the moment pass.”

“It wasn’t until a friend and client mentioned that she was using the website as a source of ideas — but buying the experiences directly from the vendors — that Simson had an “Aha!” moment.”

“Leaders have to balance two often competing demands on the business — People and Process.”

“Letting go and trusting others to do things well is one of the more challenging aspects of being a leader of a growing organization.”

“Many people have dreams. However, a vision is a dream with a plan.”

“People join companies. They leave managers.”

“Read that definition again. They are not implying that you have to pay beyond what your business model can sustain. ”

“Scaling up is every entrepreneur’s dream — and nightmare. Hypergrowth is terrifying, and it’s most often success that kills great companies.”

“Successful athletes know the power of having a strong core, no matter what the sport.”

“That’s why it is good to remind ourselves that in business and in life, the journey, not the destination, is the reward.”

“The company calls this promise, which is technically a pricing guarantee, a “100% Pleasure Guarantee,” to fit its brand.”

“There are no straight lines in nature or business.”

“These represent true measures of wealth. Financial wealth, then, is seen as a resource for fostering your relationships.”

“They do mean that you need to attract the largest and most capable talent pool excited about the job and willing to accept your compensation package.”

“Those who can read, and don’t, are only marginally better off than those who can’t.”

“To get to 10 employees, founders must delegate activities in which they are weak. To get to 50 employees, they have to delegate functions in which they are strong!”

“To paraphrase Steve Jobs, “I’m always amazed how overnight successes take a helluva long time.”

“We have the answers, all the answers; it’s the question we do not know.”

“Winning in this game is all a matter of understanding how to capitalize on the strengths of each piece and timing their moves just right.”

“You don’t have a real strategy if it doesn’t pass two tests: First, what you’re planning to do really matters to enough customers; and second, it differentiates you from your competition.”

Here is a great interview with Verne Harnish as he discusses the Entrepreneurial Blueprint and how to capitalize in your industry.