65 Marc Benioff Quotes On Success In Life

Marc Russell Benioff is an American internet entrepreneur, with a net worth of $8.8 billion as of May 2020. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Salesforce, an enterprise cloud computing company. As of June 2020, he owned 3.36% of Salesforce shares, worth $4.8 billion. Marc Benioff Quotes will motivate you.

Best Marc Benioff Quotes

  1. “You need to get to the future, ahead of your customers, and be ready to greet them when they arrive.” ~ Marc Benioff
  2. “The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.” ~ Marc Benioff
  3. “Most of all, I discovered that in order to succeed with a product, you must truly get to know your customers and build something for them.” ~ Marc Benioff
  4. “You have chosen the wrong path if it’s not fun. And you are probably not taking enough risk if it’s not hard and rocky sometimes.” ~ Marc Benioff
  5. “The only constant in the technology industry is change.” ~ Marc Benioff

  6. “Once you know what you want and what is important for you to achieve, also define the values associated with it. What is important? That is something a lot of entrepreneurs pass by too quickly. For us, the things that were important were, No. 1, customer success. Nothing is more important to us than making sure every customer is successful in our service.” ~ Marc Benioff
  7. “I always tell people: Life is the dance between what you desire most and what you fear most. You’ve got to be able to deal with the threshold of control.” ~ Marc Benioff
  8. “I’ve seen how important this concept is in business. To be truly successful, companies need to have a corporate mission that is bigger than making a profit. We try to follow that at salesforce.com, where we give 1% of our equity, 1% of our profits, and 1% of our employees’ time to the community. By integrating philanthropy into our business model our employees feel that they do much more than just work at our company. By sharing a common and important mission, we are united and focused, and have found a secret weapon that ensures we always win.” ~ Marc Benioff
  9. “You must always be able to predict what’s next and then have the flexibility to evolve.” ~ Marc Benioff

  10. “I’ve seen how important this concept is in business. To be truly successful, companies need to have a corporate mission that is bigger than making a profit. We try to follow that at salesforce.com, where we give 1% of our equity, 1% of our profits, and 1% of our employees’ time to the community. By integrating philanthropy into our business model our employees feel that they do much more than just work at our company. By sharing a common and important mission, we are united and focused, and have found a secret weapon that ensures we always win.” ~ Marc Benioff
  11. “You need to have a beginner’s mind to create bold innovation.” ~ Marc Benioff
  12. “I think a critical part of being successful in our industry is having a beginner’s mind” ~ Marc Benioff
  13. “I know Donald Trump quite well. We’ve never shared values, he and I. But I respected his ability to turn it around. So I respect somebody who can turn things around and be successful. I think the president’s communication style is the most difficult thing because he actually does care, people who know him know he cares. But his style of communication, his combative approach, the elements of ego that are obviously there in all of us but seem to be easier to see in the president sometimes than other people, get in the way of his capacity to lead, unfortunately.” ~ Marc Benioff
  14. “If there wasn’t any competition, I’d be very worried, because it would mean we were not doing very well.” ~ Marc Benioff
  15. “Life grows relative to one’s investment in it.” ~ Marc Benioff

  16. “As we talk about devices, you should never forget that behind every one there is a person – a customer. It“s not the Internet of Things, but the Internet of People – of customers. We are moving to one-to-one relationships.” ~ Marc Benioff
  17. “Staying relevant is key. When you’re telling your story, you better have a modern story to tell. If I was still saying the same story I was saying 10 years ago, it would not be that interesting.” ~ Marc Benioff
  18. “One problem we discovered, for example, was that our “create a new account” button was in the wrong place…By simply moving it to the left side, mirroring the way people read, we saw a huge improvement in the way people used the site.” ~ Marc Benioff
  19. “Don’t forget to do something for other people.” ~ Marc Benioff

  20. “Relationships with the media are really important. The media has a more important voice today than it has ever had. We don’t advertise. We only have one marketing vehicle, which is editorial, and our ability to get our message out and communicate it effectively.” ~ Marc Benioff
  21. “There is no finish line when it comes to system reliability and availability, and our efforts to improve performance never cease.” ~ Marc Benioff
  22. “The world is being reshaped by the convergence of social, mobile, cloud, big data, community and other powerful forces. The combination of these technologies unlocks an incredible opportunity to connect everything together in a new way and is dramatically transforming the way we live and work.” ~ Marc Benioff
  23. “I don’t look at business as a zero-sum game. I don’t. I’ve never seen it play out that way in our industry, and I think you innovate and you add value, deliver value back to customers, and you get value back from the world.” ~ Marc Benioff
  24. “When I look out from my own business career, I tried to learn from some of the best people, regardless of the industry.” ~ Marc Benioff

  25. “Business requires an unbelievable level of resilience inside you, the chokehold on the growth of your business is always the leader, it’s always your psychology and your skills – 80% psychology, 20% skills. If you don’t have the marketing skills, if you don’t have the financial-intelligence skills, if you don’t have the recruiting skills, it’s really hard for you to lead somebody else if you don’t have fundamentally those skills. And so my life is about teaching those skills and helping people change the psychology so that they live out of what’s possible, instead of out of their fear.” ~ Marc Benioff
  26. “The future of communicating with customers rests in engaging with them through every possible channel: phone, e-mail, chat, Web, and social networks. Customers are discussing a company’s products and brand in real-time. Companies need to join the conversation.” ~ Marc Benioff
  27. “Presentation skills are key. People who work for you represent your brand. You want them to present themselves – and represent you – in a certain way.” ~ Marc Benioff

  28. “Learning to code at a young age opened my eyes to the incredibly exciting world of technology and entrepreneurship. Our youth deserve the opportunity to learn the skills that will enable them to succeed in our connected world.” ~ Marc Benioff
  29. “I’m amazed by the potential of more companies employing integrated philanthropic initiatives at earlier stages in their life cycle. What if this were done on an even more massive scale? Consider what would happen if a top-tier venture-capital firm required the companies in which it invested to place 1% of their equity into a foundation serving the communities in which they do business.” ~ Marc Benioff
  30. “You don’t want to be the only car company. When you’re the only car company and there’s no competition, customers may not know what a car is, the roads may not be developed for cars, there may not be gas stations everywhere.” ~ Marc Benioff
  31. “The real joy in life comes from giving. It comes from service. It comes from doing things for other people. That is what is so powerful about this. Nothing will make you happier than giving.” ~ Marc Benioff

  32. “I believe a balanced life is essential, and I try to make sure that all of our employees know that and live that way. It’s crucial to me as a manager that I help ensure that our employees are as successful as our customers and partners.” ~ Marc Benioff
  33. “If you look at the top 10 enterprise software companies, a lot of them are important but irrelevant companies. It’s really important to be relevant and important.” ~ Marc Benioff quotes
  34. “In business, we say that people overestimate what you can do in a year and underestimate what you can do in a decade. This is true in philanthropy as well.” ~ Marc Benioff
  35. “I also think that employees these days expect less of a separation of work and personal life. That doesn’t mean that work tasks should encroach upon our personal time, but it does mean that employees today expect more from the companies for whom they work. Why shouldn’t your workplace reflect your values? Why is “giving back” not a part of our jobs? The answer for us is to integrate philanthropy with work.” ~ Marc Benioff
  36. “In school, all I wanted to do was build technology. That’s what I loved.” ~ Marc Benioff

  37. “I just cannot understand why we can’t have better schools. That private schools are the only option for the kind of high-net-worth crowd, I think, is ridiculous. It should be a major initiative. It should be something we’re all working on. We have to get our head out of the clouds.” ~ Marc Benioff
  38. “Customers want new functionality, but they don’t want the traditional complexity that has marred products in the past.” ~ Marc Benioff
  39. “I love software and I love technology.” ~ Marc Benioff
  40. “The concept that I like the most, and the one that I’ve taken most to heart, is the belief that people can’t be united or focused unless they share a common philosophy – a philosophy that gives their effort a greater meaning.” ~ Marc Benioff
  41. “We strive always to have a beginner’s mind.” ~ Marc Benioff

  42. “Our focus was directed at developing the best possible and easiest to use product, and this is where we invested our time. Realize that you won’t be able to bring the same focus to everything in the beginning. There won’t be enough people or enough hours in the day. So, focus on the 20 percent that makes 80 percent of the difference.” ~ Marc Benioff
  43. “This is what our customers are asking for to take them to the next level and free them from the bondage of mainframe and client-server software.” ~ Marc Benioff
  44. “All this green stuff is great, it’s great we don’t have plastic bottles or plastic bags and all of that, but how about some great schools?” ~ Marc Benioff
  45. “The elites – or managers in companies – no longer control the conversation. This is how insurrections start.” ~ Marc Benioff

  46. “When I explain our company values and the foundation to prospective employees, they realize that they have an opportunity to do much more than change the way businesses manage and share information. When you take a workforce of smart, creative, dedicated people and say “take this company time to serve your community, and bring along your coworkers, customers, and partners” great things happen.” ~ Marc Benioff
  47. “Philanthropy isn’t just about big gifts; it’s about participation. It is about the grace that comes from working together.” ~ Marc Benioff
  48. “Multi-Tenancy is a requirement for a SaaS vendor to be successful” ~ Marc Benioff
  49. “We believe in the art of war. We are trying to get our competition to attack us with angry, virulent energy, so we can transform that into larger market share.” ~ Marc Benioff
  50. “90% of the world’s data was created in the last two years” ~ Marc Benioff

  51. “I had one goal. I wanted people to really learn the tools that could change because I taught finance for years, I network with people in their 20s, obviously, and all ages I’ve worked with. But I wanted to just take that to another level, and I also, quite frankly, was just angry. I was angry about the level of abuse I saw in 2008 that happened to people. I knew what happened, I had made a fortune during that time because when things meltdown – and they’re going to again; life is cyclical – it’s one of the greatest opportunities in your life.” ~ Marc Benioff
  52. “I’ve worked with a variety of presidents over the years on both sides of the aisle and congressmen and senators, so I’m not into trying to demonize anybody. It used to be that people would fight like hell on the floor of the house and they’d go have a beer together. Now it’s like you’re radioactive if you talk to the other side, which keeps us from getting anything done. I’m an independent personally, and I vote for who I believe will make the biggest difference.” ~ Marc Benioff
  53. “Customers get vested in certain paradigms of computing, and those large vendors will try to keep those customers in those paradigms of computing for as long as possible. That’s where you basically get the term cash cow.” ~ Marc Benioff

  54. “My summers at Apple had taught me that the secret to encouraging creativity and producing the best possible product was to keep people fulfilled and happy. I wanted the people who built salesforce.com to be inspired and to feel valued.” ~ Marc Benioff
  55. “Some people would argue the other side: that the business of business is business, and companies should only be focused on profits. But in today’s world, I don’t think corporations can only be focused on profits, because they are inextricably linked with the communities that they serve. I do not believe you can be a leader in your industry without being a leader in your community. It’s a fundamental shift in how you think about business.” ~ Marc Benioff
  56. “Philanthropy can be integrated into business. I believe strongly that companies can be incredible agents of good in the world.” ~ Marc Benioff
  57. “Social embedded business processes that solve concrete needs are key to enterprise social collaboration.” ~ Marc Benioff
  58. “The CMO is expected to spend more on technology than the CIO by 2017.” ~ Marc Benioff

  59. “Although I loved working on technology – I’ve always been a computer geek at heart – my professors encouraged me to get a real-world job working with customers.” ~ Marc Benioff
  60. “The cloud services companies of all sizes; the cloud is for everyone. The cloud is a democracy.” ~ Marc Benioff
  61. “I have failed a lot in my philanthropy, where I will make philanthropic contributions and they just won’t be effective.” ~ Marc Benioff
  62. “Learning how to interact with customers is something that anyone starting any business must master. It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to learn the ropes at an established company and then employ your expertise at your own company.” ~ Marc Benioff
  63. “Journalists immediately think of me as a resource for a quote or comment because they know that I will be available to offer fresh insight and meet their deadlines.” ~ Marc Benioff
  64. “You never want to be completely alone at what you do. Competition is good for everyone.” ~ Marc Benioff
  65. “Mult-Tenancy is really the future of our industry.” ~ Marc Benioff

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