Jeff Bezos Quotes

Jeff Bezos Quotes

Introduction,

Jeff Bezos is an American entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist who is best known as the founder and CEO of Amazon.com. He was born on January 12, 1964, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. Bezos grew up in Houston, Texas, where his mother was a teenager when he was born, and his biological father was a bike shop owner.

Bezos attended Princeton University, where he studied electrical engineering and computer science. After graduating, he worked on Wall Street before starting his own company, Amazon.com, in 1994. The company started as an online bookstore, but quickly expanded into other areas, including electronics, clothing, and streaming services.

Under Bezos’ leadership, Amazon became one of the most successful and valuable companies in the world, with a market cap of over $1 trillion as of 2021. Bezos is also known for his philanthropy, having donated billions of dollars to various causes, including education and climate change.

Bezos is still alive as of March 2023 and remains one of the most influential people in the world of business and technology. In 2021, he stepped down as CEO of Amazon to focus on other ventures, including his space exploration company, Blue Origin. His legacy as an innovator and entrepreneur is sure to continue for many years to come.

We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.


Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.


If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.


Invention is in my blood. I have always looked at life as one continuous, giant experiment.

A company shouldn’t get addicted to being shiny, because shiny doesn’t last.


One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.


I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.


I strongly believe that missionaries make better products. They care more. For a missionary, it’s not just about the business. There has to be a business, and the business has to make sense, but that’s not why you do it. You do it because you have something meaningful that motivates you.


The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?


The best customer service is if the customer doesn’t need to call you, doesn’t need to talk to you. It just works.

Jeff Bezos Quotes
Jeff Bezos Quotes


Life’s too short to hang out with people who aren’t resourceful.


What we need to do is always lean into the future; when the world changes around you and when it changes against you – what used to be a tail wind is now a head wind – you have to lean into that and figure out what to do because complaining isn’t a strategy.


I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.


If you can’t tolerate critics, don’t do anything new or interesting.


There’ll always be serendipity involved in discovery.


Work hard, have fun, make history.


The best way to predict the future is to invent it.


If you never want to be criticized, for goodness’ sake don’t do anything new.


The balance of power is shifting toward consumers and away from companies. The right way to respond to this if you are a company is to put the vast majority of your energy, attention, and dollars into building a great product or service and put a smaller amount into shouting about it, marketing it.


In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.

Jeff Bezos Quotes
Jeff Bezos Quotes


We innovate by starting with the customer and working backwards. That becomes the touchstone for how we invent.


You don’t want to negotiate the price of simple things you buy every day.


The one thing that offends me the most is when I walk by a bank and see ads trying to convince people to take out second mortgages on their home so they can go on vacation. That’s approaching evil.


If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.


We’re not competitor obsessed, we’re customer obsessed. We start with what the customer needs and we work backwards.


The thing that motivates me is a very common form of motivation. And that is, with other folks counting on me, it’s so easy to be motivated.


The human brain is an incredible pattern-matching machine.


A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.


The human brain is an incredible pattern-matching machine.


What’s dangerous is not to evolve.

Jeff Bezos Quotes
Jeff Bezos Quotes


What consumerism really is, at its worst is getting people to buy things that don’t actually improve their lives.


Life’s too short to hang out with people who aren’t resourceful.


We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.


I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.


What we need to do is always lean into the future; when the world changes around you and when it changes against you – what used to be a tail wind is now a head wind – you have to lean into that and figure out what to do because complaining isn’t a strategy.


I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.


If you’re competitor-focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something. Being customer-focused allows you to be more pioneering.


It’s not an experiment if you know it’s going to work.


There’ll always be serendipity involved in discovery.


If you can’t tolerate critics, don’t do anything new or interesting.

Jeff Bezos Quotes
Jeff Bezos Quotes


If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.


We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient.


If you don’t understand the details of your business you are going to fail.


The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’


The special ops guys and the firefighters around the world have this great phrase. They say, ‘Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast,’ and that is true. Everything I’ve accomplished in my life has been because of that attitude.


Great industries are never made from single companies. There is room in space for a lot of winners.


Because, you know, resilience – if you think of it in terms of the Gold Rush, then you’d be pretty depressed right now because the last nugget of gold would be gone. But the good thing is, with innovation, there isn’t a last nugget. Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities.


The book is not really the container for the book. The book itself is the narrative. It’s the thing that people create.


If you only do things where you know the answer in advance, your company goes away.


The thing that motivates me is a very common form of motivation. And that is, with other folks counting on me, it’s so easy to be motivated.

Jeff Bezos Quotes
Jeff Bezos Quotes


I strongly believe that missionaries make better products. They care more. For a missionary, it’s not just about the business. There has to be a business, and the business has to make sense, but that’s not why you do it. You do it because you have something meaningful that motivates you.


My view is there’s no bad time to innovate.


A company shouldn’t get addicted to being shiny, because shiny doesn’t last.


I have won this lottery. It’s a gigantic lottery, and it’s called Amazon.com. And I’m using my lottery winnings to push us a little further into space.


Our motto at Blue Origin is ‘Gradatim Ferociter’: ‘Step by Step, Ferociously.’


The reason we chose vertical landing as our recovery architecture is that vertical landing scales really well.


I don’t want to use my creative energy on somebody else’s user interface.


For people who are readers, reading is important to them.


You don’t want to negotiate the price of simple things you buy every day.


There are two kinds of companies, those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second.

The best customer service is if the customer doesn’t need to call you, doesn’t need to talk to you. It just works.