Orfelea: Success is all around us

Paul Orfelea at Stanford Graduate School of Business

Paul Orfelea, the founder of Kinko’s, had some interesting things to say. This is more or less what he said.

“My mother didn’t care about my grades.
She taught me to care about learning.

Look at places where people are standing in line.
How much money are they making?
That’s how I started my photocopier business, Kinko’s.

Look for opportunities.
All products that you buy are successful endeavors.
We’re surrounded by success.

Work, love and play!
There must be a balance.
Success is having your kids come home for the holidays.”

Our personal brand is a project in constant development. Learning is a big part of bettering ourselves.

Update August 28, 2010:

To learn to think like Paul is vital. We are entering an age where changes will overwhelm us. To thrive, we must permanently be on the alert to anticipate and take advantage of the opportunities that are open to us.

In other words, constant changes mandate constant learning and constant repositioning of ourselves. If we do not control our boat’s steering, the rapid’s turbulence and rocks will surely wreak havoc on our lives.

Where are my lines?

2 Comments to “Orfelea: Success is all around us”

  1. […] you remem­ber any­thing from Orfelea’s pre­sen­ta­tion, it should be that we are sur­rounded by […]

  2. […] than its costs, then the company is in business because its gained a customer. Which reminds me of Paul Orfelea’s comments on opportunities: “Look at places where people are standing in line. How much money are they making? That’s how […]


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