Influences

Source: Iacocca An Autobiography
Original text: Lee Iacocca with William Novak

The ability to concentrate and use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business - or almost anything else, for that matter.

I am constantly amazed by the number of people who can't seem to control their own schedules. Over the years. I've had many executives come to me and say with pride: "Boy, last year I worked so hard that I didn't take any vacation." It's actually nothing to be proud of. I feel like responding: "You mean to tell me that you can take responsibility for an $80 million dollar project and you can't plan to take two weeks out of the year off to go be with you family and have some fun?"

If you want to make good use of your time, you've got to know what is most important and then give it all you've got.

Establishing priorities and using and using your time well aren't things you can pick up at the Harvard Business School. Formal learning can teach you a great deal, but many of the essential skills in life are the ones you have to develop on your own.

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- Amen, Mr. Iacocca, Amen to that.