General Patton | Veterans Day Business Motivation

Quotes on leadership for Veterans Day by General George S Patton on the 135th anniversary of his birth.

On Wednesday, the U.S. will observe a national holiday known as Veterans Day, “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.” Wednesday also is the 135th anniversary of the birth of General George S. Patton Jr., the renowned WWII general elevated into legendary folk-hero status by the 1970 film, “Patton,” winner of seven Academy Awards.

Top 10 General George Patton Motivational Quotes for those who own and run a small business.

"Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning"

Translation: You’ll never win an argument with a customer or client. Perhaps you can convince them that you are right and they are wrong, but you’ll soon learn that you haven’t actually won.

“We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”

Translation: Don’t make us slap you around, but that’s what we’re going to do if you don’t stop having endless planning meetings designed to convince yourself of doing something you know already you should do.

“Remember that the enemy is just as frightened as you are, and probably more so. They are not supermen.”

Translation: Focus on your strengths, don’t obsess over comparing yourself with the competition, as you’ll tend to focus on their strengths and your weaknesses.

“There are three ways that men get what they want; by planning, by working and by praying …”

Translation: “There are three ways that men get what they want: by planning, by working, and by praying. Any great military operation takes careful planning, or thinking. Then you must have well-trained troops to carry it out: That’s working. But between the plan and the operation there is always an unknown. That unknown spells defeat or victory, success or failure. It is the reaction of the actors to the ordeal when it actually comes. Some people call that getting the breaks; I call it God. God has His part, or margin in everything, That’s where prayer comes in.”

Accept that some things are outside your control and find a source of inner strength that can see you through those times.

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

Translation: Don’t start worshiping carved-in-granite “processes,” and never say, “because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Try: “This is what we want to accomplish.”

“Always do everything you ask of those you command.”

Translation: When you run a small business, employees work with you, not for you.

“Accept the challenges, so that you feel the exhilaration of victory.”

Translation: Ideas, plans, resources, luck. All of those are critical to the success of a business. But unless you are personally involved in the “doing” and not just the “investing in” and “suggesting to,” you’ll never fully experience the thrill of victory.

“Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.”

Translation: As much as you’d like to believe that technology, secret formulas, patents, location, planning or reading Labyrinth blog ( will make you successful, success comes from the talent, creativity and commitment of you and your people, not things.

“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”

Translation:  Prepare, prepare, prepare. Those who make something look so easy to do have spent hours and hours mastering their craft.

“A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied 10 minutes later.”

Patton felt most at home when with his troops, praising them, encouraging them and, as recounted in history, sometimes dressing-down those he believed weren’t performing their duties or showing the kind of fighting spirit the general demanded. Some who served in the Third Army would remember for the rest of their lives their brief glimpse of “Old Blood and Guts” rolling by on his Jeep.

Translation: Stay close to the people who really matter, because that’s where you’ll find the things that can be fixed easily. If you wait until you learn it from a consultant, you’ll be spending way more money for a far less satisfactory solution.

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