The best advice I ever got - Fortune


Hire extraordinary people

Talent is critical to your success – look at core competencies and how well they fit into your office culture.

There is no shortcut to success

If you are going to be significant at something, you’ll have to learn it from the ground up.

Always go for best quality

If your business isn’t the best quality, it will not succeed.


Never quit

So many people do not pursue their ideas because they are afraid of what could happen.

Failing leads you to the next great thing.

You can’t always control what happens to you in business or in life, but you can control how you respond – you should never quit!

It’s who you know

It’s not (only) what you know, but who you know. New opportunities, jobs, deals, etc. in business are mostly about relationships. Never take them lightly.

Best advice is often painful

The best advice is often the most painful, and you have to trust the person who is giving it to you. If it hurts, he/she is probably right.

No can change, no must worry

Worry about the things you can change and don’t worry about the things you can’t. If you can fix it, do it. If you can’t, you’re wasting time with worry.

Break new barriers all the time

When you fall into a pattern of playing it with the same approach, look further. Don’t stick to one set, break new barriers all the time.

Jump right in

Don’t think you have to have all the necessary qualifications, skills, or assets before you start something.

Just jump right into it.

November 2012

A selection from “The Best advice I ever got” – Mindy Grossman, Ron Johnson, Tracy Reese,

Ron Conway, Beth Comstock, John Hickenlooper, Sara Blakely, Victoria Ransom, Maguns

Carlsen, Lori Goler.