I’m often disturbed by the notion of the so-called glass ceiling, but you know, glass can be broken. I’ve never liked hearing people say, “You can’t do this” or “You can’t do that.” The point, though, is not to just say [you can do it]. It’s important to be prepared to act and sacrifice; to accept that if this is what you want, just wishing it would happen is not enough. You’ve got to follow through and take the necessary steps to make it happen.
— Reginald F. Lewis (1942-1993), legendary Wall Street financier who completed the landmark $985 million acquisition of Beatrice International Foods in 1987. TLC Beatrice International remains the only black-owned company to break the billion-dollar mark in annual revenues, peaking at $2.2 billion in 1996.