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Inspiring quotes by T. Boone Pickens

The top 10 most inspiring quotes by T. Boone Pickens

  • A plan without action is not a plan. It’s a speech.
  • Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader. Don’t fall victim to what I call the ‘ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome’. You must be willing to fire.
  • A Fool with a Plan is better off than a Genius without a Plan!
  • When you are hunting elephants, don’t get distracted chasing rabbits.
  • Work eight hours and sleep eight hours, and make sure that they are not the same eight hours.
  • Far too many executives have become more concerned with the four P’s — pay, perks, power and prestige — rather than making profits for shareholders.
  • Work hard. Come early, stay late. That’s the way leadership has to approach it.
  • It has become cheaper to look for oil on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange than in the ground.
  • I’m a Republican. I don’t want to go to heaven and have to face my family up there and tell them I voted for a Democrat.
  • Money is to be respected one of the worst things you can do is handle another person’s money without respect for how hard it was to earn.

T. Boone Pickens (1928-2019) was an influential American business magnate, financier, and philanthropist. Born in Holdenville, Oklahoma, he began his career at Phillips Petroleum before founding Mesa Petroleum in 1956.

Pickens was known for his aggressive corporate raiding tactics in the 1980s, targeting major oil companies and significantly influencing the energy sector. Later, he founded BP Capital Management, focusing on energy futures and investments. Beyond his business ventures, Pickens was a passionate advocate for alternative energy, promoting natural gas and wind power through the Pickens Plan.

His philanthropic efforts included substantial donations to educational and medical institutions, with a notable $165 million gift to Oklahoma State University, his alma mater. A larger-than-life character, Pickens authored several books and remained a vocal commentator on energy policies until his death. His legacy is marked by his contributions to both the energy industry and philanthropic causes.

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