You can’t do the same things that other people are doing and expect to outperform. When you do what everyone else does you’re going to get the same results everyone else gets.
It’s not enough to be different — you also need to be correct.
The ability to risk looking like an idiot is necessary for being different. You never look like a fool if you look like everyone else.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are…the true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.
That’s the problem with wisdom, you can get it, but you cannot share it.
You don’t “succeed” because you have no weaknesses; you succeed because you find your unique strengths and focus on developing habits around them.
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.
Google doesn’t do what it does to be successful. It does it because it is successful.
The things that give us deep happiness are inherently things that take longer and have a big element of meaning in them. Running a marathon, writing a book, doing a start-up, climbing a mountain, being successful in some project… Whatever it is, the things that people report as important parts of their lives are ones that don’t fit with our pleasure principle. If you ask yourself what is it that all of those things have, it is meaning.
Alabbar isn’t short of confidence, charisma and cash — but the numbers also add up very much in his favour. Right now, e-commerce accounts for just 2 percent of total retail sales in the region, or around $3bn. By 2025, the e-commerce market is expected to be worth a staggering $70bn a year. Noon is building the world’s largest warehouse to store its products, adjacent to Dubai’s second airport, Al Maktoum International. It will be the size of 60 football pitches. Similar centres are planned in Saudi Arabia and later across the region, as Noon launches first in the UAE and Saudi Arabia before moving across the Middle East.
High Noon: Alabbar’s plan to conquer e-commerce
We invest in strength, not lack of weakness