Every once in a while I come across quotes from business leaders or provocative thinkers that inspire me to do more. I figured I would start compiling a list of quotes I come across and stash it away on this blog so I can reference it in the future if I’m in need of some inspiration.
Last night I was reading a great article on Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler ($FCAU), a stock I owned for a little while and one I’m still contemplating buying ahead of the upcoming Ferrari IPO. Sergio is a tremendously hard worker, reportedly putting in 100 hour work weeks. He’s also well educated and speaks fluent Italian and English. He’s a chain smoker and coffee drinker whose work ethic and lifestyle will probably put him in a coffin early. But the best part of him is his blunt honesty. His background isn’t in the auto industry which allows him to think more outside of the box than others in the industry yet also puts him at odds with a lot of people.
The New York Times wrote an article about him recently and part of it quoted his philosophy on how he runs FCA:
“I’ve always had this incredible sense of urgency,” he said. “I’ve always had this desire not to let things fester and to really seize the moment, because it’s serendipity.”
He paused. “You create the conditions for it, and it just keeps producing outcomes or opportunities for you to pick,” he said. “And if you don’t pick them, then it’s your own damn fault.”