10 Times Kevin O’Leary Reminded Us What Being a Real Shark Means

The famous Mr. Wonderful is the Shark Tank investor with whom dozens of entrepreneurs, who come to the show, dream of striking a deal with. Direct, brutally honest and uncompromising with his investment decisions, Kevin O’Leary never hesitates to speak up his mind. He is a true “shark” and never misses a chance to remind us that. Like he did with the following 10 quotes!

Business comes first: “I actually think being an entrepreneur is a state of mind. If you’re going to be an entrepreneur, my thesis is that you have to sacrifice everything for some period in your life to be successful. You have to be myopic and completely focused and unbalanced in every way. Once you’ve achieved success, you’re free to do whatever you like.” Kevin O’Leary

When you make a deal, make sure you look at the bigger picture: “I see negotiations as an honest attempt to reach a deal that’s great for everyone at the table. But sometimes, for whatever reason, that’s impossible. You need to accept that possibility–don’t make a deal for the sake of making a deal. If you do, chances are it will fall apart later anyway, with costs and headaches for everyone involved. And once you walk away, don’t come back.” Kevin O’Leary

Difficult times are the best times to learn: “Downturns are the best time to start businesses because you develop a discipline that’s very lean and mean in terms of how to spend money. And those habits serve you very well in good times.” Kevin O’Leary

Surround yourself with the right people: “My partners… taught me that in order to create wealth, I needed to pair up with people whose strengths compensated for my weaknesses.” Kevin O’Leary

Don’t waste your talent, time and money on ideas that have no potential: “It pains me to see good entrepreneurs chase bad opportunities.” Kevin O’Leary

Make money work for you, not the other way around: “Here’s how I think of my money: as soldiers. I send them out to war every day. I want them to take prisoners and come home, so there’s more of them.” Kevin O’Leary

Don’t stop fostering your creativity: “Nobody has a monopoly on good ideas.” Kevin O’Leary

On your way to building an empire, it is impossible not to make any enemies: “I’m not trying to make friends. I’m trying to make money.” Kevin O’Leary

Taking risks pays off only if you know what you are doing: “I like to take risks. That’s how I make money. But they are calculated risks.” Kevin O’Leary

Don’t be afraid to ask: “Assholes get rich because they’re not afraid to ask for what they want.” Kevin O’Leary

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