74 inspiring quotes from Guy Kawasaki's latest book

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, a trusted advisor to the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and an award-winning author. Read on to learn more about his latest book, Wise Guy, and to download some of his most inspiring quotes.

Silicon Valley has long attracted interest from around the globe, becoming a melting pot of innovation and disruption. And now, bestselling author and tech guru Guy Kawasaki gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build a fruitful career within it—and the lessons you can learn from seemingly ordinary experiences.

First entering the tech scene as part of Apple’s original team in the 1980s, Guy has become a respected source of wisdom when it comes to the turbulent world of entrepreneurship and business growth.

Wise Guy is an honest account that takes us through Guy’s fascinating journey so far, while also encouraging us to take a moment and enjoy the ride.

From starting his career in the jewelry business to telling Steve Jobs, “That’s okay, Steve, I don’t trust you either,” (true story) this book is a thoughtful account for leading a more joyous, productive, and meaningful life.

Get your copy of Wise Guy and download some of Guy’s most stand out quotes along the way.

A roast duck isn’t going to fly into your mouth as you stand by the side of the river. —Guy Kawasaki

Honor the people who came before you by helping the people who came after you. —Guy Kawasaki

I have never met anyone who wished they had started working earlier. —Guy Kawasaki

Answering email doesn’t matter. —Guy Kawasaki

What are you going to tell your grandchildren? —Guy Kawasaki

Ask, “So what?” —Guy Kawasaki

Adoption is a beautiful thing. —Guy Kawasaki

You don’t get the full parenting experience until the kids outnumber the adults. —Guy Kawasaki

“Parental control” is an oxymoron. —Guy Kawasaki

Daughters rule. —Guy Kawasaki

Life regresses to the mean. —Guy Kawasaki

Showing weakness is a sign of strength. —Guy Kawasaki

Everyone does stupid things. —Guy Kawasaki

Be positive or be silent. —Guy Kawasaki

Help people who cannot help you. —Guy Kawasaki

Default to yes. —Guy Kawasaki

Never lie, seldom shade. —Guy Kawasaki

Enable people to pay you back. —Guy Kawasaki

A players hire A+ players. B players hire C players. —Guy Kawasaki

Adverbs are for wimps. —Guy Kawasaki

You are not doing anyone a favor by lowering your standards. —Guy Kawasaki

One book can change your life. —Guy Kawasaki

Embrace the inspiration of other people’s success. —Guy Kawasaki

Take responsibility for your fate. —Guy Kawasaki

Live off your parents as long as possible. —Guy Kawasaki

Pursue joy, not happiness. —Guy Kawasaki

Challenge the known and embrace the unknown. —Guy Kawasaki

Learning is a process, not an event. —Guy Kawasaki

Learn to like yourself, or change yourself, until you can like yourself. —Guy Kawasaki

Play to win, and win to play. —Guy Kawasaki

Honesty is a test of your competence and character. —Guy Kawasaki

The wiser the person, the more they yearn for the truth. —Guy Kawasaki

Whatever is gold, touch. —Guy Kawasaki

Big challenges beget big accomplishments. —Guy Kawasaki

Changing your mind is a sign of intelligence. —Guy Kawasaki

The opposite of success isn’t failing--it’s learning. —Guy Kawasaki

Use stories, not adjectives. —Guy Kawasaki

The upside of paying it forward far exceeds the downside of being exploited. —Guy Kawasaki

People aren’t good or bad. Good people can do bad things, and bad people can do good things. —Guy Kawasaki

You are influencing people who are watching you. —Guy Kawasaki

There are no traffic jams on the high road. —Guy Kawasaki

You learn more from the people who challenge you than from those who don’t. —Guy Kawasaki

Thank the people who helped you succeed before they are gone. —Guy Kawasaki

Don’t let people make mistakes. Be a devil’s advocate and explain why they might be making one. —Guy Kawasaki

Don’t worry about what motivates you. What’s important is that you are motivated. —Guy Kawasaki

Don’t flatter yourself. We’re all specks of dust in the universe. —Guy Kawasaki

Life is easier if you are not easily offended. —Guy Kawasaki

Cover your ass when you’re bending the rules. —Guy Kawasaki

Sweat the big stuff and ignore the chatter.v —Guy Kawasaki

Life is short, and you can’t make everyone happy. —Guy Kawasaki

There is no greater recommendation than when an author tells you to read someone else’s book. —Guy Kawasaki

Stop reading inspirational quotes and get to work. —Guy Kawasaki

Always leave a place neater than you found it. —Lucy Kawasaki

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. —Pericles

People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around. —Terry Pratchett

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead. —Aldous Huxley

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. —William Arthur Ward

Yes, we can. It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness. —Barack Obama

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. —C. S. Lewis

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. —Oscar Wilde

You’ve baked a really lovely cake, but then you’ve used dog shit for frosting. —Steve Jobs

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. —Bruce Lee

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. —Roy Disney

A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires. —Paulo Coelho

The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. —Steve Jobs

[A] quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business. —A. A. Milne

Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. —Stephen King

What people in the world think of you is really none of your business. —Martha Graham

Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing. —Emma Donoghue

Everyone is talented, original, and has something important to say. —Brenda Ueland

Be careless, reckless. Be a lion, be a pirate, when you want to write. —Brenda Ueland

Women should neglect their housework to write. —Brenda Ueland

You do not know what is in you. —Brenda Ueland

Some things need to be believed to be seen.

Eat when served.

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