1. Tim Ferriss
Choose Your Friends Wisely
“The best advice I’ve ever received is ‘you are the average of the 5 people you associate with most.’ I’ve actually heard this from more than one person, including bestselling authors, Drew Houston of Dropbox, and many others who are icons of Silicon Valley. It’s something I re-read every morning. It’s also said that ‘your network is your net worth.’ These two work well together.”
2. Sheryl Sandberg
Seize Incredible Opportunities That Come Your Way
“The best advice I ever received was from Eric Schmidt, when he was Google’s CEO & I was thinking about not taking the offer from Google. He told me that when picking a job, only one criterion mattered: fast growth. He said, ‘If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, you don’t ask what seat. You just get on.”
Sheryl, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer is very focused on empowering women to become leaders in business through her book and frequent speaking engagements with her organization, LeanIn.
3. Guy Kawasaki
Listen To Your Customers (While You Still Have The Chance)
“I’ve had lots of good advice but this one is one of the best. ‘As long as people are complaining, they still want to do business with you. When they stop complaining is when you need to worry.’ It was from Marty Gruber, president of a jewelry manufacturer that I was working for in Los Angeles, way before my tech career.”
Guy is an immensely successful startup founder, best-selling author, and investor. He’s currently the chief evangelist at Canva, an online graphics design service.
4. Vanessa Van Edwards
Seek Learning Opportunities In Everything
“Every time you think to yourself, ‘I already know this’ or ‘This isn’t for me,’ try turning it around by asking, ‘How can I make this work for me?’ This instantly puts you into a learning mindset and helps you see opportunities everywhere. I learned this from Marie Forleo and it has fundamentally changed how I approach my business life.”
Vanessa is a brilliant behavioral scientist on a quest to teach people how to effectively communicate and accomplish your dreams. Check out her online class,Master Your People Skills.
5. Tara Gentile
Know Your Customers Inside-Out
“I’ve learned to really think about who I actually want to sell to, instead of some generalization or profile of who might buy from me. Every time I’ve named individual people and created content with them in mind, those people have actually worked with me. No solicitation, just genuine connection by tailor-making what works best for them. Of course, I’ve also met many other amazing people who needed the same things.”
Tara is an entrepreneur and prolific business strategist. She teaches small and medium sized business owners how to truly unlock their potential and connect with their customers. Check out her in-depth class on Building a Stand-Out Business.
6. Michael Port
Never Stop Chasing Your Dreams
“I asked a friend, who made more than 30 million dollars by the time he was 30, why he thought he was successful. His response: “there’s all this money our there, someone’s going to pick it up, it might as well be me.”
Michael is an accomplished entrepreneur, actor, author, and speaker. His Book Yourself Solid framework has helped many business owners and freelancers grow their business by getting the right clients that help them achieve their best work.
7. Chase Jarvis
The best business advice I’ve ever received was from the legendary Sir Richard Branson (an investor in CreativeLive and mentor/inspiration to me). His simple but brilliant advice is to always manage the downside. “When you prepare against catastrophic downsides (avoid “betting it all” or “mortgaging everything”) it allows you to create a culture where you can take lots of small to mid-size risks, learn and build.” Put simply – it’s exceedingly rare that greatness comes from a single blind all-in swing or a brash act. Boldness is required but the boldness that sticks around to experiment regularly, to fail small and often, and cultivate a culture of risk taking is what generates the most big wins in the end.
Chase is the co-founder of CreativeLive and is an award-winning
Written By RYAN ROBINSON