Ziad K Abdelnour

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Ziad K Abdelnour (born December 03, 1960) is a Lebanon-born American investment banker, Wall Street financier, philanthropist, activist and author of Start-up Saboteurs and Economic Warfare Chairman President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners Inc. He is also a Founder and Chairman of the board of the Financial Policy Council

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Economic Warfare Quotes[edit]

Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics


  • “Your place in history depends on what you do for others, not what others do for you.”
  • “If there's a proven track record, the odds are higher that success can be repeated. This is what we investors always hope for.”
  • “Our MANDATE at Blackhawk is to create mega-millionaires. Period. More wealth for our clients, more power for all of us ...the People.”
  • “The odds will always favor the man with a plan.”
  • “I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because he will find an easy way to do it.”
  • “Almost 1/2 the world’s wealth ($110 trillion) is owned by just 1% of its population”
  • "One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.”
  • “Never explain yourself. Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it.”
  • “I’m not Democrat or Republican: I Vote Entrepreneur”
  • “The longer the explanation, the bigger the lie… Always remember that.”
  • "The Financial Policy Council's mission is to develop and encourage sound public policy based on the principles of free enterprise and wealth development as envisaged by the American Founding Fathers’ ideals."
  • “Power doesn’t always roar… The art of exerting power is an art used in doses – the more hidden it is more effective.”
  • “Always remember... Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots.”
  • “Don't promise when you're happy, Don't reply when you're angry and don't decide when you're sad.”
  • “Don't trust people whose feelings change with time... Trust people whose feelings remain the same, even when the time changes.”
  • “Seek respect, not attention. It lasts longer.”
  • “True Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders”

StartUp Saboteurs Quotes[edit]

StartUp Saboteurs: How Incompetence, Ego, and Small Thinking Prevent True Wealth Creation

  • “Nobody wants a sales pitch. So instead of trying a hard sell, focus on telling a story that captivates your audience by painting a vivid picture of your vision. When you get good at storytelling, people want to be part of that story, and they’ll want to help others become part of that story too.”
  • “It’s one thing if a mistake occurs because of circumstance or a miscalculation or the unexpected or inexperience; it’s another if it’s part of a pattern of carelessness or ineptitude or laziness. Then it becomes a choice.”
  • Stanford Silverman, Founder, and CEO, Minerva Capital Management opines, “Ziad Abdelnour’s take no prisoner’s book is to wealth creation what Richard Gatling’s gun was to modern warfare. Start-Up Saboteurs dispenses true-to-life advice on establishing a winning mindset, building a strong team, pitching investors, raising capital, facing down competition, and modifying your business to embrace disruption.”
  • “Just as no two entrepreneurs are alike, there is no one-size-fits-all start-up.”
  • “Too often entrepreneurs are reactive to the challenges inherent when building a company... the most successful founders are proactive.”
  • “Humility is the flipside of pride. It doesn’t mean suddenly being selfless; it means realizing that others might have a better answer than you or a better solution. It means accepting you might not always be the smartest person in the room. Being confident and humble are not mutually exclusive. Embracing humility will help give you an open mind and a clearer vision of how to beat the odds and make your start-up a success.”
  • "When you get good at storytelling, people want to be a part of that story—and they want to help others become part of that story too."