We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking John Caudwell Quotes. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
I’m a wealth creator. I’m not interested in saving in the least. While I do spend a lot, I don’t spend money like other billionaires. I’m probably quite unusual, albeit I do have some of the significant trappings. But I always try to make my assets work for a living.
I will give away at least half my wealth during my lifetime and after my death. In the meantime, I’ll continue to grow my wealth as much as possible so that the amount I bequeath to charities and worthy causes can be as substantial as possible.
OK, I’ve made a preposterous amount of money. But I was born with the attributes needed to do it.
Business is about being the best that you can be, and there are always glowing examples of people that we can all learn from.
E-mails are the cancer of modern business.
I’m addicted to the deal, to the next thing. It’s irresistible.
In any business opportunity, you’d be looking, probably, primarily at the risk and return. Some business can be very risky with a low return; what you want is the lowest risk with the biggest return.
There are lots of brownfield sites in Stoke, but they are not suitable for building executive homes. It needs to be surrounded by fields. It needs to be on greenbelt land. That’s what executives want.
At the end of the day, if you’ve got the great idea, and someone judges you’ve got the managerial capability, you’ll probably get the backing for it.
As the years passed, and I was nine, 10, 11 years old, it became obvious I was going to start up a business of some sort.
When my back’s to the wall, I want to fight.
Really good customer service will deliver sales. You are training salesmen to give the best possible advice and then to achieve the sale. People actually like you to ask for a sale because it shows you value their business.
My main commitment is to Caudwell Children. I put more than £1m a year into the charity, besides a lot of time and effort.
It’s important to show children love, affection and balance and invest time in their moral upbringing.
I do not put my tastes as incredibly expensive, but they are incredibly expensive for an average man.
Sometimes your worst competitors are the ones which are dying because they do stupid things.
Journalists like to say I started off sweeping the pottery floors. But it was just a short-lived part time job doing that after I left school.
I realised I’ve got quite a talent for coming up with ideas for design. I’ve got so many ideas about fashion.
Those of us who have yet to find philanthropy may find there is a far greater reward from it than from wealth creation.
I was bullied at school for my red hair; today I still come out fighting hard. I give as good as I get. In business, it’s about finding solutions, not being rolled over.
Mine was quite a working-class childhood with very little money, and my father was out of work a couple of times, which had quite a traumatic effect.
Some of the things I did in my early career were massive learning curves because I had no one to guide me. You learn very quickly because it costs you torment and trouble.
Knowing that my ancestry had all been quite wealthy and owned their own businesses probably left me with the ambition to replicate what they’d done.
My philosophy is very much to encourage my children to forge their own success and happiness, even though that will undoubtedly involve much more modest levels of wealth creation.
I have a helicopter that I use for U.K. business trips, and I fly myself. I have a yacht in Antibes in the south of France, which is a sort of indulgence, as we only use it for about four weeks a year. The rest of the time, it is chartered out to people as a business.
I always felt, right from a youngster, that it was my destiny to be a success. It sounds a little bit egotistical, but I felt I had a calling to do something.
I make no apology for wanting to make a profit – the more I make, the bigger percentage will go to charity. So most of the work I do now is motivated by that.
People are much more important than superficial environments.
Business gives you a massive high. Doing a great deal, coming up with an inspirational solution… It’s very addictive. But it doesn’t last long. In isolation, it’s a bit sterile. It doesn’t reward the soul.
My father was unwell when I was 11, had a stroke at 14 and died when I was 18. My mother going to work at seven in the morning and coming back to look after him and me and my brother left its mark on me.