Ray Kroc Love Quotes and Sayings
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Raymond Albert “Ray” Kroc (October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984) was an American businessman. He joined McDonald’s in 1954 and built it into the most successful fast food operation in the world. Kroc was included in Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century, and amassed a fortune during his lifetime. He owned the San Diego Padres baseball team from 1974 until his death in 1984. Similar to another fast-food giant, KFC founder Harland Sanders, Kroc’s success came late in life when he was past his 50th birthday.
Sayings by Ray Kroc
1. Adversity can strengthen you if you have the will to grind it out.
2. Building dream castles was one thing; actually getting into the restaurant development business was a seemingly insurmountable problem.
3. I considered myself a connoisseur of kitchens. I prided myself on being able to tell which operations would appeal to the public and which would fail.
4. I have always believe that each man makes his own happiness and is responsible for his own problems. It is a simple philosophy.
5. As long as you’re green you’re growing, as soon as you’re ripe you start to rot.
6. I didn’t invent the hamburger. I just took it more seriously than anyone else … We take the hamburger business more seriously than anyone else.
7. I believe that if you hire a man to do a job, you ought to get out of the way and let him do it. If you doubt his ability, you shouldn’t have hired him in the first place.
8. I don’t believe in saturation. We’re thinking and talking worldwide.
9. I was 52 years old. I had diabetes and incipient arthritis. I had lost my gall bladder and most of my thyroid gland in earlier campaigns. But I was convinced that the best was ahead of me.
10. I never considered my dreams wasted energy; they were invariably linked to some form of action. When I dreamed about having a lemonade stand, for example, it wasn’t long before I set up a lemonade stand. I worked hard at it, and I sold a lot of lemonade.
11. I was never much of a reader when I was a boy. Books bored me. I liked action. But I spent a lot of time thinking about things. I’d imagine all kinds of situations and how I would handle them.
12. If I had a brick for every time I’ve repeated the phrase QSC and V (Quality, Service, Cleanliness and Value), I think I’d probably be able to bridge the Atlantic Ocean with them.
13. I like to get people fired up, fill them with zeal for McDonalds, and watch the results in their work.
14. If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.
15. I learned that you could influence people with a smile and enthusiasm and sell them a sundae when what they’d come for was a cup of coffee.
16. It’s a matter of having principles. It’s easy to have principles when you’re rich. The important thing is to have principles when you’re poor.
17. Morris Goldfarb [in 1976] said he was certain … that Ray Kroc has made millionaires of more men than any other person in history. I don’t know about that; I appreciate Morrie’s view, but I would put it another way. I’d rather say I gave a lot of men the opportunity to become millionaires. They did it themselves. I merely provided the means. But I certainly do know a powerful number of success stories.
18. There’s almost nothing you can’t accomplish if you set your mind to it.
19. Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.
20. There are things money can’t buy and hard work can’t win. One of them is happiness.
21. I like people who level with me and speak their minds. I always say exactly what I think; it’s a trait that’s gotten me in trouble plenty of times, but I never have problems getting to sleep at night with a guilty conscience. That’s why I could never be a politician.
22. When times are bad is when you want to build! Why wait for things to pick up so everything will cost more?
23. I was an overnight success all right, but thirty years is a long, long night.
24. McDonald’s is a people business, and that smile on that counter girl’s face when she takes your order is a vital part of our image.
25. None of Us is as Good as All of Us.
26. Competition can try to steal my plans and copy my style. But they can’t read my mind; so I’ll leave them a mile and a half behind.
27. Take calculated risks. Act boldly and thoughtfully. Be an agile company.
28. The first dollar is the most you will get if you don’t love what you are doing.
29. The more I help others to succeed, the more I succeed.
30. Perhaps without that adversity I might not have been able to preserve later on when my financial burdens were redoubled. I learned then how to keep problems from crushing me. I refused to worry about more than one thing at a time, and I would not let useless fretting about a problem, no matter how important, keep me from sleeping.
31. The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
32. The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it.
33. I’ve never been too proud to grab a mop and clean up the restrooms, even if I happened to be wearing a good suit.
34. It is impossible to grant someone happiness. The best you can do … is to give him the freedom to pursue happiness. Happiness is not a tangible thing, it’s a by product – a by product of achievement.
35. I found my customers appreciated a straightforward approach. They would buy if I made my pitch and asked for their order without a lot of beating around the bush.
36. If you believe in something, you’ve got to be in it to the ends of your toes.