41 Inspirational Sayings by Sam Walton-Walmart Founder

Inspirational Sayings By Sam Walton

Sam Walton was the founder of Walmart, who changed the course of retails business across the world. He founded Walmart in 1962 , called the Wal-Mart Discount City store and never look back again. As of today Walmart has over 11000 store in 28 countries. It is also world’s largest company controlled by Walton family.

It is Sam’s entrepreneurship, risk taking ability, hard work and crystal clear vision  to take retail industry to new heights makes Wal-Mart Stores success around the world.

To know more about american merchant king thinking , aspirations related to retail business and straight from shoulder style , you can take a glimpse inside Sam Walton autobiography: Sam Walton: Made In AmericaI have collected some of best Sam Walton words of wisdom which might help you to re-align your goals and priorities in life.

List of 41 Inspirational Sayings by Sam Walton-Walmart Founder

1. “There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else”

~Sam Walton

2. “You can make a positive out of the most negative if you work at it hard enough”

~Sam Walton

3. “If we are to lead and set a good example at any level , we must first learn what it means to serve and support our fellow associates”

~Sam Walton

4. “Our partnership with our associates is the reason our company has been able to consistently outperform the competition and even our own expectation”

~Sam Walton

5. “The two most important words I ever wrote were on that first Wal-Mart sign, ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed”

~Sam Walton

6. “We need to feed our egos not on our individual  accomplishments but by the accomplishments of our associates”

~Sam Walton

7. “Ignore the conventional wisdom. If everybody else is doing it one way, there’s a good chance you can find your niche by going in exactly the opposite direction”

~Sam Walton

8. “If you don’t listen to your customers, someone else will”

~Sam Walton

9. “Individuals don’t win, Teams do”

~Sam Walton

10. “We started out swimming upstream and it’s made us strong, lean and alert”

~Sam Walton

11. “High expectations are the key to everything”

~Sam Walton

12. “Nothing can substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free – and worth a fortune”

~Sam Walton

13. “Listen to everyone in your company, and figure out ways to get them talking. The folks on the front lines – the ones who actually talk to the customer – are the only ones who really know what’s going on out there”

~Sam Walton

14. “Share your profits with all your associates, and treat them as partners. In turn, they will treat you as a partner, and together you will all perform beyond your wildest expectations”

~Sam Walton

15. “If you take someone who lacks the experience and the know-how but has the real desire and the willingness to work his tail off to get the job done, he’ll make up for what he lacks. And that proved true nine times out of ten”

~Sam Walton

16. “Communicate  everything you can with your partners. The more they know, the more they’ll understand. The more they understand, the more they’ll care. Once they care, there’s no stopping them. Information is power, and the gain you get from empowering your associates more than offsets the risk of informing your competitors”

~Sam Walton

17. “You can learn from everybody”

~Sam Walton

18. “I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time”

~Sam Walton

19. “If you want a successful business, your people must feel that you are working for them—not that they are working for you”

~Sam Walton

20. “If you want the people in the stores to take care of the customers, you have to make sure you’re taking care of the people in the stores. That’s the most important single ingredient of Wal-Mart’s success”

~Sam Walton

21. “Capital isn’t scarce; vision is”

~Sam Walton

22. “I’ve never been one to dwell on reverses”

~Sam Walton

23. “One person seeking glory doesn’t accomplish very much”

~Sam Walton

24. “The way management treats associates is exactly how the associates will treat the customers”

~Sam Walton

25. “I learned this early on in the variety business: You’ve got to give folks responsibility, you’ve got to trust them, and then you’ve got to check on them”

~Sam Walton

26. “I have always been driven to buck the system, to innovate, to take things beyond where they’ve been”

~Sam Walton

27. “All that hullabaloo about somebody’s net worth is just stupid, and it’s made my life a lot more complex and difficult”

~Sam Walton

28. “Most of us don’t invent ideas. We take the best ideas from someone else”

~Sam Walton

29. “If I had to single out one element in my life that has made a difference for me, it would be a passion to compete”

~Sam Walton

30. “Celebrate your success and find humor in your failures. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Loosen up and everyone around you will loosen up. Have fun and always show enthusiasm. When all else fails, put on a costume and sing a silly song”

~Sam Walton

31. “I had to get up everyday with my mind set on improving something”

~Sam Walton

32. “Focus on something the customer wants, and then deliver it”

~Sam Walton

33. “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish”

~Sam Walton

34. “It is a story about entrepreneurship, and risk, and hard work, and knowing where you want to go and being willing to do what it takes to get there. It’s a story about believing in your idea even when maybe some other folks don’t and about sticking to your guns”

~Sam Walton

35. “Commit to your business. Believe in it more than anybody else”

~Sam Walton

36. “Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune”

~Sam Walton

37. “Many of our best opportunities were created out of necessity”

~Sam Walton

38. “Take the best out of everything and adapt it to your needs”

~Sam Walton

39. “I think I overcame every single one of my personal shortcomings by the sheer passion I brought to my work. I don’t know if you’re born with this kind of passion, or if you can learn it. But I do know you need it”

~Sam Walton

40. “There’s absolutely no limit to what plain, ordinary, working people can accomplish if they’re given the opportunity and encouragement to do their best”

~Sam Walton

41. “If you love your work, you’ll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you—like a fever”

~Sam Walton

Last thing to my readers , I would like to hear from you…

Let me know in comments, Which of the above inspirational sayings by Sam Walton you like the most ?

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Neeraj Kaple

Neeraj Kaple is a software engineer based in Mumbai. He writes articles which motivates/inspire people to achieve their goals. He also writes about software's, blogging tools, internet marketing and how-to guides on his another Blog Techmazic.com.

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