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Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes

When I first saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew
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The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary
And then you meet one person and your life changes forever
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I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work
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My mother used to make the most amazing yogurt  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) Most Americans descend from the very people who built this country with their bare hands  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) What happened was I saw this ad for a yogurt plant for sale. It was in my junk mail pile, and I threw it into the garbage can. And then about half an hour later, with the dirt on it, I picked it up from the garbage can, and I called out of curiosity.  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) Just about anyone can make a good product, but it’s the people that count. In the end, it’s the employees who will take it from a kitchen-table idea to the next level. There are a lot of important things in business, but the people portion comes first.  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) Everyone asks me why someone Turkish is making Greek yogurt. In Greece, it is not called ‘Greek yogurt.’ Everywhere in the world it is called ‘strained yogurt.’ But because it was introduced in this country by a Greek company, they called it ‘Greek yogurt.’  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) There are a lot of studies about small businesses and how they make a difference in their community and create a lot of jobs and values. So we need to focus on small businesses or entrepreneurs who want to start manufacturing or making things.  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) I didn’t have a business degree. I didn’t have experience to work in somebody else’s office. I never built or ran a department. So I was on this journey, and when the time came to make a decision, I was just going with my gut.  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) I came to the U.S. in 1994 to learn English and go to business school, but I took only a few business courses at the State University of New York at Albany and didn’t finish.  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) For a startup, you need to stay small so the others don’t attack, or you aim to be one of the big guys. If you don’t do it right, you might lose everything.  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) We took a plant that was being closed by a big company thinking there was no good use for it, and we came in with a different perspective. We bought some used equipment, as simple as we could.  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) Every small business will give you an entrepreneurial way of looking at things. I guarantee you that for every plant that closes, if you gave it to one small-business person in that community, he or she would find a way to make it work. The small-business attitude is you always find a way to make it work.  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) Entrepreneurship is seen as if you’re in Silicon Valley or New York City and starting an app business or a social-media business, which is cool. But what we really have to focus on is people who make things, and how can we fund them, and how can we encourage people to stay in their community and make a difference in their community  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) Growing up in eastern Turkey, I was not really involved with the family business - sheep and cow farming, yogurt and cheese making. But I think I learned from my father the unspoken business language or instincts that go back thousands of years  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) Unlike the objective of far too many companies, manufacturing is not about a quick exit. It is centered on long-term value creation  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) I believe that as an entrepreneur, when you share success, it grows  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) A closed plant is like a cemetery; it really is. The walls will talk to you; the machines will talk to you if you really talk to them  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes) Every small business will give you an entrepreneurial way of looking at things. I guarantee you that for every plant that closes, if you gave it to one small businessperson in that community, he or she would find a way to make it work. The small business attitude is you always find a way to make it work  (Hamdi Ulukaya Quotes)