Jay Samit

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No obstacle is so big that one person with determination can't make a difference.

Jay Samit (born 31 January 1961) is an American digital media innovator, who has pioneered advancements in music and video distribution, social media, and ecommerce. He is the CEO of SeaChange International.

Quotes[edit]

Disrupt You! (2015)[edit]

Disrupt You! Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation (2015); page numbers refer to the 2015 Flatiron Books 288 page edition, ISBN 1250059372.


  • All disruption starts with introspection.
    • p. 5
  • You have a choice: pursue your dreams or be hired by someone else to help them fulfill their dreams.
    • p. 7
  • Lifelong learning is no longer a luxury but a necessity for employment.
    • p.64
  • All businesses — no matter if they make dog food or software — don't sell products, they sell solutions.
    • p. 4
  • There is a difference between failing and failure. Failing is trying something that you learn doesn't work. Failure is throwing in the towel and giving up.
    • p. 12
  • Disruption causes vast sums of money to flow from existing businesses and business models to new entrants.
    • p. 17
  • There are riches to be found simply by capturing the value released through others' disruptive breakthroughs.
    • p. 22
  • The majority of people are not willing to risk what they have built for the opportunity to have something better.
    • p. 24
  • Would you rather work forty hours a week at a job you hate or eighty hours a week doing work you love?
    • p. 24
  • Security doesn't rob ambition; the illusion of security robs ambition.
    • p. 25
  • Disruption isn't about what happens to you, it's about how you respond to what happens to you.
    • p. 27
  • Self-disruption is akin to undergoing major surgery, but you are the one holding the scalpel.
    • p. 30
  • In life, you get what you believe you deserve.
    • p. 35
  • A negative mind will never find success. I have never heard a positive idea come from a person in a negative state.
    • p. 39
  • The most successful people have the same twenty-four hours in a day that you do.
    • p. 42
  • A dream with a deadline is a goal.
    • p. 42
  • Your energy is a valuable resource, distribute it wisely.
    • p. 42
  • Accepting that the odds are against you is the same as accepting defeat before you begin.
    • p. 46
  • If you don't know where you want to be in five years, how do you ever expect to get there?
    • p. 47
  • Starting each day with a positive mindset is the most important step of your journey to discovering opportunity.
    • p. 49
  • You can truly have it all, just not all at the same time.
    • p. 50
  • Plan for ways to get more enjoyment into your life and you will get more joy out of it.
    • p. 51
  • A career is just a longer trip with a whole lot more baggage.
    • p. 51
  • You will have more regrets for the things you didn't try than the ones you tried and didn't succeed at.
    • p. 53
  • Building a career or a company is about living a few years of your life like most people won't so that you can spend the rest of your life living at a level most people can't.
    • p. 55
  • The difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful ones know that the most unprofitable thing ever manufactured is an excuse.
    • p. 56
  • Be the best at what you do or the only one doing it.
    • p. 61
  • The most important tool you have on a resume is language.
    • p. 65
  • Whether driven by ambition or circumstance, every career gets disrupted.
    • p. 75
  • The business world is littered with the fossils of companies that failed to evolve. Disrupt or be disrupted. There is no middle ground.
    • p. 82
  • Corporate planning cycles are a classic example of generals fighting the last ware over again instead of preparing for what might lie ahead.
    • p.84
  • An average idea enthusiastically embraced will go further than a genius idea no one gets.
    • p.93
  • "Speed to Fail" should be every entrepreneur's motto. When you finally find the one idea that can't be killed, go with it.
    • p.101
  • If you can imagine a solution, you can make it happen.
    • p.104
  • A disruptor finds opportunity and profit from his misfortunes.
    • p.107
  • Problems are just businesses waiting for the right entrepreneur to unlock the value.
    • p.109
  • Insight and drive are all you need. Everything else can be hired.
    • p.109
  • The trouble with most entrepreneurs is that they would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
    • p.115
  • Data has no ego and makes an excellent copilot.
    • p.119
  • Success doesn't teach as many lessons as failure does.
    • p.122
  • Data is the most rational and productive member of any startup team. Data may disappoint, but it never lies.
    • p.124
  • Most startup failures result from entrepreneurs who are better at making excuses than products.
    • p.128
  • Every threat to the status quo is an opportunity in disguise.
    • p.132
  • Billions of dollars in research knowledge lie dormant at universities waiting for the right disruptor to come along and create a business.
    • p.140
  • The harder I work, the luckier I get.
    • p.151
  • Those who recognize the inevitability of changes stand to benefit the most.
    • p.168
  • What's at the heart of all sales and marketing: creating demand even in the absence of logic.
    • p.169
  • The customer is always right. Even when they're wrong.
    • p.177
  • Solve for others to solve for you.
    • p.198
  • You'll never know how close you are to victory if you give up.
    • p.201
  • Crowdsourcing is the ultimate disruptor, because in a most Zenlike fashion, the content is controlled by all and none at the sme time.
    • p.206
  • Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves.
    • p.219
  • A free and open Internet is a despot's worst enemy.
    • p.235
  • Your future -our world's future- is far more malleable and controllable than most people realize.
    • p.240
  • No obstacle is so big that one person with determination can't make a difference.
    • p.241
  • No leader got there by following another's path. Better to walk alone than follow a crowd going in the wrong direction.
    • p.241

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