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Michael Dell, CEO, Dell Computers

University of Texas at Austin (2003)

Michael Dell, who founded Dell Computers with $1,000 and the idea to sell computers directly to customers, says there’s not much to learn from success.

“As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own …

“[D]on’t spend so much time trying to choose the perfect opportunity, that you miss the right opportunity. Recognize that there will be failures, and acknowledge that there will be obstacles. But you will learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others, for there is very little learning in success.”

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