Career & Life Advice From People Who Made It To The Top

Success means different things from one person to another. There are various routes you can take to get to the top. Unfortunately, those routes are not a one-size-fits-all, and that is why you should learn from the most successful people on the planet. Get some career and life advice from those who have succeeded before you. They might have done something great, that you might wish to follow or even better in your own way.

Know who you are and what you want in life

According to Curt Richardson, the founder of Otterbox, understanding who you are and what you want is the key to success. In other words, you need to know what is in your heart.

If you know that you want to be an entrepreneur, you need to follow that dream. You will never find success until you find the core of what you want to build. Knowing what truly matters is vital. By finding a way to make it as your career, then you’ll see opportunities in every corner.

Taylor Swift also believes that not knowing yourself is the downfall of every person. She considers self-awareness as an integral part of helping her achieve her goals.

Cast a wide net

The head of HP Inc in the UK, George Brasher, worked in various places and played different functions for 26 years at HP. And he considered the experience as invaluable. By casting a wide net, he learned what he is good at and what he enjoyed doing. He also valued working in various areas of the firm because he had time to build his network, which is crucial in his career later on. Without many contrasting experiences, you might never find out what your true passion is in life.

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Don’t dwell on failures

Richard Branson, the CEO of Virgin Group, advised to never look back with regret. In other words, don’t waste your time dwelling on failures. Instead, use your energy for another project. He considers a setback as a learning curve but not a bad experience.

Reverse engineer

Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder and CEO of VaynerMedia, said that “reverse-engineer” has changed him. By reverse-engineer, he means that he goes back to his big dream and find out what steps need to be taken to realize his dream. He further added that you do not need to mimic what one successful person did. Instead, you must only do what is right for you.

Exercise restraint

Warren Buffett said that one of the best pieces of advice he got that helped his career was from one of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway, Thomas Murphy. He told Buffett that he could tell one person to go to hell tomorrow. But keep your mouth shut today. In other words, you need to practice restraint.

It was his key to build his networks, which are vital in business. Warren also stated that you need to emulate those people you admire and adopt their qualities if you wish to make friends and get along with your colleagues.

Build necessary skills 

Tony Robbins, regarded by many as the greatest success coach in history, said that Jim Rohn gave him advice that helped his career. He said that Jim taught him to find a way to build invaluable skills that can add value to the company, employees, and clients.

As you build those skills, your gifts will easily make room for you. In other words, you need to develop and enhance skills that you lack. And these skills must be something that no one else can do in your company.

Get any job 

Melanie Whelan, the CEO of SoulCycle, advised new college graduates just to get a job, any job, and work hard. Whatever job you have, you will learn a lot of things. She said not to stress too much about what kind of job it is or where it is. Just take it and work hard. Melanie said that job seekers must live in the present and stop focusing on what is ahead of them. The most important thing here is that you work hard and learn from it. By doing so, you can expect good things to happen or follow.

Ask for help 

Steve Jobs called tech founder Bill Hewlett to ask him if he could give him spare computer parts. But the tech founder ended up giving Steve a job. Steve said that the key to success is to ask for help. If you ask for help, people will assist you.

Love what you do

The most successful people in the world are also the happiest in their careers. Dr. Anne Chapas, the owner of Union Square Laser Dermatology, said that her mother reminded her always to love what you do every day as you will spend most of your day doing that job. That’s why you need to find your passion and interest. In that way, you can enjoy the challenges. Dr. Anne likes going to work, and her kids see it. She encourages them to find their own passion, too, and develop it into a career.

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