We're all working together; that's the secret.
There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.
The way management treats associates is exactly how the associates will treat the customers.
We let folks know we're interested in them and that they're vital to us. cause they are.
The key to success is to get out into the store and listen to what the associates have to say.
If you love your work, you'll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you - like a fever.
Maybe I was born to be a merchant, maybe it was fate. I don't know about that. But I know this for sure: I loved retail from the very beginning.
Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom.
You can make a lot of mistakes and still recover if you run an efficient operation. Or you can be brilliant and still go out of business if you're too inefficient.
Capital isn't scarce; vision is.
All that hullabaloo about somebody's net worth is just stupid, and it's made my life a lot more complex and difficult.
Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures.
Each Wal-Mart store should reflect the values of its customers and support the vision they hold for their community.
High expectations are the key to everything.
All of us profit from being corrected - if we're corrected in a positive way.
I learned this early on in the variety business: You've got to give folks responsibility, you've got to trust them, and then you've got to check on them.
Control your expenses better than your competition. This is where you can always find the competitive advantage.
I don't know what would have happened to Wal-Mart if we had laid low and never stirred up the competition. My guess is that we would have remained a strictly regional operator.
If everybody is doing it one way, there's a good chance you can find your niche by going exactly in the opposite direction.