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8 Larry Ellison Quotes to Inspire Success and Innovation Oracle's billionaire co-founder has a few things to teach you on being a business leader.

By Rose Leadem

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Oracle's Larry Ellison's rag-to-riches story is one of inspiration and motivation. Before becoming an incredibly successful tech entrepreneur and one of the wealthiest people in the world, Ellison was raised by his aunt and uncle in Chicago, where he eventually went to college. After he dropped out, Ellison packed his bags and moved to Berkeley, Calif., where he worked various jobs and picked up important tech skills at companies including Wells Fargo and Amdahl Corporation.

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After Ellison landed a programming job at Ampex Corporation, Ellison and his team were asked to develop a database management system for the CIA under the codename "Oracle." Ellison and two of his colleagues eventually broke off from Ampex to launch Software Development Labs in 1977, which would soon become Oracle.

Fast forward 40 years, and Oracle is one of the most successful technology companies in the world. Ellison, its chairman and chief technology officer, is the seventh wealthiest person in the U.S. In addition to his success, Ellison is also a major philanthropist and investor, pledging to give a portion of his wealth to charity and helping to use his money to launch startups.

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Here are eight Larry Ellison quotes to inspire success, leadership and innovation.


On motivation

"Great achievers are driven, not so much by the pursuit of success but by the fear of failure." -- Larry Ellison


On innovation

"When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts." -- Larry Ellison


On mindset

"See things in the present, even if they are in the future." -- Larry Ellison

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On money

"Wealth isn't the same thing as intelligence." -- Larry Ellison


On confidence

"Always have a vision. Be passionate. Act confident, even when you're not." -- Larry Ellison


On success

"You have to believe in what you do in order to get what you want." -- Larry Ellison

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On leadership

"To model yourself after Steve Jobs is like, 'I'd like to paint like Picasso, what should I do? Should I use more red?" -- Larry Ellison


On growth

"Life's a journey. It's a journey about discovering limits." -- Larry Ellison

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