39 Mind Blowing Kevin O’Leary Quotes

Kevin O’Leary is a Canadian-Irish businessman, author, and television personality best known for his role on SharkTank. Co-founder of O’Leary Funds, he has achieved much business success in the development and sale of software geared towards family education and entertainment. Here is a look at some of the most notable Kevin O’Leary quotes to know.

“Building fast-growing globally competitive companies is tough.”

“Business is war. I go out there, I want to kill the competitors. I want to make their lives miserable. I want to steal their market share. I want them to fear me and I want everyone on my team thinking we’re going to win.”

“Don’t cry about money, it never cries for you.”

“Downturns are the best time to start businesses, because you develop discipline that’s very lean and mean in terms of how to spend money. And those habits serve you very well in good times.”

“Here’s how I think of my money, as soldiers, I send them out to war everyday. I want them to take prisoners and come home, so there’s more of them.”

“I actually think being an entrepreneur is a state of mind. If you’re going to be an entrepreneur, my thesis is that you have to sacrifice everything for some period in your life to be successful.”


“I have had some great successes and great failures. I think every entrepreneur has. I try to learn from all of them.”

“I have met many entrepreneurs who have the passion and even the work ethic to succeed – but who are so obsessed with an idea that they don’t see its obvious flaws. Think about that.”

“I keep a constant diary of where I’m at and why I’m there.”

“I like gold because it is a stabilizer; it is an insurance policy.”

“I like to take risks. That’s how I make money. But they are calculated risks.”

“I never, ever, ever let emotion get in the way of an investment.”

“I think a book is your calling card, your business card.”

“I’m not planning on giving my kids any of my wealth. They know when their education is over, I’m pushing them out of the nest. The bird you see dead under the nest is the one who didn’t think about the future.”

“I’m not trying to make friends, you wan’t a friend? Buy a dog. I’m trying to make money.”

“I’d rather invest in an entrepreneur who has failed before than one who assumes success from day one.”

“If I were the president of the United States, I would make unions illegal. They no longer serve a functional purpose in democracy, in my view.”

“I’m not a tough guy. I’m just delivering the truth and only the truth and if you can’t deal with it, too bad.”

“I’m not trying to make friends, I’m trying to make money.”

“It pains me to see good entrepreneurs chase bad opportunities.”

“Life is hard, money doesn’t care, your tears don’t add value.”

“Money equals freedom.”

“Money has no grey areas. You either make it or you lose it.”

“Money is my military, each dollar a soldier. I never send my money into battle unprepared and undefended. I send it to conquer and take currency prisoner and bring it back to me.”

“My partners… taught me that in order to create wealth, I needed to pair up with people whose strengths compensated for my weaknesses.”

“Nobody forces you to work at Wal-Mart. Start your own business! Sell something to Wal-Mart!”

“People are aware of what I stand for through television. Nobody gets rich on TV but you build brand. That’s what I’m attempting to do.”

“So much of life is a negotiation – so even if you’re not in business, you have opportunities to practice all around you.”

“The best motivator in the world is money and if that doesn’t work try more money.”

“The biggest mistake entrepreneurs can make is trying to do everything themselves. They usually blow up when they try. ”

“The only reason to do business is to make money; that’s the only reason for doing business.”

“The road to riches is never straight and narrow. It can be riddled with financial land mines.”

“There’s only one side with me You get the right side. You get the correct version of the facts.”

“Vision is nothing without a plan to execute it.”

“We need physical exercise to prepare our brain for long periods of concentration.”

“When you’re an investor, you can look at the quantitative and qualitative elements of an investment, but there’s a third aspect: What you feel in your gut.”

“You may lose your wife, you may lose your dog, your mother may hate you. None of those things matter. What matters is that you achieve success and become free. Then you can do whatever you like.”

“You’d rather own gold; not the miner.”

“You’re dead to me.”

Kevin O’Leary shares his story and some great knowledge on making investment choices easily.