No matter where you are on your career path, it always helps to get some good advice from those in the know. That's why we've gathered together some advice from the best in the business. Here are 10 top tips and inspirational quotes from high performing CEOs to spur you on to success.
1. Work out what you want from your career
Be honest about what your goals are and don't let yourself be distracted. In the words of Virgin Group CEO Sir Richard Branson:
To me, business isn't about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It's about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials."
2. Monitor your money
Keep close tabs on your finances to avoid making costly mistakes. As world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett says:
Rule No. 1: Never lose money; Rule No. 2: Don't forget Rule No. 1.
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3. Do what you love
The best way to succeed and be happy is to enjoy the job you do. The late, great Apple Founder Steve Jobs put it best when he said:
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."
4. Don't be afraid to fail
If you're prepared to take a risk, you're far more likely to succeed. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos knows all about risk, and how to take it in his stride:
I knew that if I failed I wouldn't regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.
5. Learn from your mistakes
If things go wrong, take what you've learnt and use it as a way to improve. As Microsoft Founder Bill Gates said:
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
6. Roll with the punches
The world is constantly changing, so always be prepared to change with it. Few people appreciate this better than Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, who said:
You have to be very nimble and very open minded. Your success is going to be very dependent on how you adapt.
7. Be positive
Work out what you can bring to the table and make the most of it. According to AOL CEO Steve Case:
You shouldn't focus on why you can't do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.
8. Keep the faith
Believe in both yourself and your ideas. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison know all about sticking to his guns:
"When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts."
9. Push yourself
Leave your comfort zone - you never know what you can achieve by doing something you've never done before. Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer can tell you why:
I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that's how you grow.
10. Prioritise what is important to you
Finding the right balance between your career and home life is the key to long term success. Denise Morrison of the Campbell Soup Company has some sage advice here:
There are going to be priorities and multiple dimensions of your life, and how you integrate that is how you find happiness.
Posted by Money Dashboard