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Ingvar Kamprad quotes

born March 30, 1926; Founder of IKEA

I'm not afraid of turning 80 and I have lots of things to do. I don't have time for dying.
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Only those who are asleep make no mistakes.
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What else could I do at my age? Grow tomatoes in an allotment behind the house? I don't
know how to do anything apart from sell furniture. I am your classic specialized idiot.
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Now I have told you all I can. Can one get forgiveness for such stupidity?
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IKEA is not completely perfect. It irritates me to hear it said that IKEA is the best company in
the world. We are going the right way to becoming it but we are not there yet.
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It's our duty to expand. Those who cannot or will not join us are to be pitied. We are on to a
glorious future.
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A better everyday life means getting away from status and conventions - being freer and
more at ease as human beings.
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Time is your most important resource. You can do so much in 10 minutes' time. Ten minutes,
once gone, are gone for good. Divide your life into 10-minute units and sacrifice as few of
them as possible in meaningless activity.
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If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example. I have to do so for
all the IKEA employees.
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People say I am cheap, and I don't mind if they do.
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Our idea is to serve everybody, including people with little money.
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Making mistakes is the privilege of the active. It is always the mediocre people who are
negative, who spend their time proving that they were not wrong.
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Happiness is not reaching your goal. Happiness is being on the way. It is our wonderful fate
to be just at the beginning.
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It is better to be a bit stingy than throw money out of the window.
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There are few people who have made so many fiascos in my life as I have.
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If you want to maximize results, it's not enough to preach. You have to set a good example.
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Simplicity and common sense should characterize planning and strategic direction.
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Waste of resources is a mortal sin at IKEA.
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What is good for our customers is also in the long run good for us.
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To design a desk which may cost $1,000 is easy for a furniture designer but to design a
functional and good desk which shall cost only $50 can only be done by the very best.
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Simple routines have a greater impact. It is not just to cut costs that we avoid luxury hotels.
We do not need fancy cars, posh titles, tailor made uniforms or other status symbols.
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IKEA is not completely perfect. It irritates me to hear it said that IKEA is the best company in
the world. We are going the right way to becoming it but we are not there yet.
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We have to still develop the IKEA group. We need many billions of Swiss francs to take on
China or Russia.
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We discuss too much and in doing so we lose touch with reality.
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How the hell can I ask people who work for me to travel cheaply if I am traveling in luxury? It's
a question of good leadership.
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Being humble isn't the same as keeping a low profile. If you have something important to say,
say it. Being humble means admitting your weaknesses, and trying to put them right.
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I could regularly travel first class, but having money in abundance doesn't seem like a good
reason to waste it. Why should I choose first class? To be offered a glass of champagne from
the air hostess? If it helped me arrive at my destination more quickly, then maybe.
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To do business with a clear conscience is an attitude that pays. We have to find more time
for ourselves and to regain respect for the environment in which we live.
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The word impossible has been and remains deleted from our dictionary.
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I'm stingy and I'm proud of the reputation.
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Ikea people do not drive flashy cars or stay at luxury hotels.
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We claim that we don't need status symbols. What we really mean by that is that setting a
good example should be the manager's most persuasive quality.
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Everything we earn we need as a reserve. We have to still develop the Ikea group. We need
many billions of Swiss francs to take on China or Russia.
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