How To Get The Same Amount of Knowledge As A Book, In About 3-5 Minutes.

Being able to read, learn and study from books that teach us how to be stronger, wiser, and better are so valuable. Lately I have failed to get a lot of reading done, it has been a lot of focusing on programing applications instead. But I can still find a way to get knowledge in, and one of the ways I have enjoyed to gain new knowledge is simplify by reading a few very meaningful and insightful quotes from the most successful people in the world. A lot of chapters in books are normally to summarize a point, and sometimes the longer chapter does help up the lesson being taught. Although I still believe books are a great source of information, sometimes some of the most profound learning can be read in 2-3 seconds. Let me share some simply powerful information to you, and I think you’ll agree, the information is valuable, compact, powerful information in a sentence or two. Enjoy, here are some of the best ones I’ve found.

  • “The real money’s in the shovels, not the gold.” – Samuel Brannan (1819-1889)
    • The first publicist of the California Gold Rush bought every shovel in
      San Francisco before he ran through the street shouting, “Gold! Gold!
      Gold from the American River!” Cisco Systems has become a $32B company
      using a similar strategy, selling the routers and switches that form
      the backbone of the Internet.


  • “Cut out the middleman.” – Aaron Montgomery Ward (1844-1913)
    • Ward founded the world’s first mail-order business, Montgomery Ward
      Co., in 1872. Countless other catalog-based companies have followed in
      his footsteps, including information-age retailers like Amazon.com.


  • “Sell the razors cheap and the blades dear.” – King Camp Gillette (1855-1932)
    • Gillette’s loss leader strategy has been replicated by countless
      companies, Hewlett-Packard makes billions by peddling $30 ink
      cartridges for its $100 printers. And while Sony loses money on its
      PlayStations, it cleans up on the games.


  • “Long ago, Sir Isaac Newton
    gave us three laws of motion, which were the work of genius. But Sir
    Isaac’s talents didn’t extend to investing: He lost a bundle in the South Sea Bubble,
    explaining later, ‘I can calculate the movement of the stars, but not
    the madness of men.’ If he had not been traumatized by this loss, Sir
    Isaac might well have gone on to discover the Fourth Law of Motion:
    For investors as a whole, returns decrease as motion increases.”
    – Warrent Buffet

  • “As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do” – Andrew Carnegie

  • “I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people’s efforts than 100% of my own efforts.” – John D. Rockefeller

  • “The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets” – John D. Rockefeller

  • “The finest pieces of software are those where one individual has a
    complete sense of exactly how the program works. To have that, you have
    to really love the program and concentrate on keeping it simple, to an
    incredible degree.”
    – Bill Gates

  • I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If
    today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about
    to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days
    in a row, I know I need to change something.
    – Steve Jobs

  • “Tis better to be alone than in bad company” – George Washington

  • “High expectations are the key to everything.” – Sam Walton

  • “There is only one boss, and that is the Customer, and he can fire
    everybody from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money
    somewhere else.”
    – Sam Walton

  • Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become. – Jim Rohn

  • “One of the highest forms of human maturity is accepting full responsibility for our lives” – Jim Rohn

  • “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

  • “If I could live all over again, I would buy every square inch of Manhattan. “ – John Jacob Astor (First Millionaire in the United States)

  • “The first hundred thousand — that was hard to get, but afterwards it was easy to make more.” – John Jacob Astor

  • ““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.””
    – Ray Kroc – McDonalds

  • “Money equals business which equals power, all of which come from character and trust.” – J.P. Morgan

  • “When you expect things to happen – strangely enough – they do happen.” – J.P. Morgan

  • The major reason for setting a goal is for what it
    makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the
    far greater value than what you get.

    – Jim Rohn
  • “Why is it with all the information available today on how to be successful in small business, so few people really are?” – Michael Gerber – E-Myth
  • “If You Shall Search, You Shall Find.” – The Bible

Enjoy? Find More all over the place, I’m going to try what Steve Jobs does everyday from here on out. WikiQuotes.

Remember: Knowledge isn’t power, knowledge applied is power.

It’s all about applying the good ideas, if you found one good one here today that you like, use it, if you just use ONE idea from here, and actually implement it, you are going to do great. The rate at which we implement new ideas that are good, will be a major determining factor on how well we do in life.

Speed of implementation, not just implementation, but how fast we gather new ideas and implement them. Key.

  • There are some really nice quotes here, but this one is awful:

    “The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets”

    Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are cool, but the likes of Morgan and Rockefeller make me sick. The former two have built a fortune upon hard work and applied genius, while the latter two have been involved in so many shady deals and exploitations that the above quote makes perfect sense. If you are making money while blood is running in the streets, you are actually making blood money and your hands are tainted in blood. Disgusting.

  • True,

    I guess I thought of it more as, buy when the price is falling (stocks/realestate) when everyone is selling, and then of course your buying low and will hopefully, ride the wave up as “buying when blood is running in the streets”. I can’t say I’m familiar with all their scandals that you mention, I’ve read quite a bit on Morgan but not so much on Rockefeller!

  • Just1More

    All of the quotes here are very important for every aspect of life. I know for myself the quote by Michael Gerber hit home to me because this was me for so long!!! “Why is it with all the information available today on how to be successful in small business, so few people really are?”… Great Quotes Wes