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What's the Best Advice Anyone Ever Gave You?

Apr 01, 2005

Since it's Friday, I'll keep it relatively light again. (I'm back in for a full schedule next week, so be ready with your trigger fingers…)

The March 21 edition of Fortune magazine has an article of very interesting, brief interviews with many business "superstars," re: the best advice they've ever gotten. Here's a quick rundown:

Warren Buffett

CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

You're right not because others agree with you, but because your facts are right.

Richard Branson

Founder, Virgin Atlantic Airways

Make a fool of yourself. Otherwise, you won't survive.

Howard Schultz

Chairman of Starbucks

Recognize the skills and traits you don't possess, and hire people who have them.

A.G. Lafley

Chairman/CEO, Proctor & Gamble

Have the courage to stick with a tough job.

Sumner Redstone

Chairmain/CEO, Viacom

Follow your instincts, not those of people who see the world differently.

Meg Whitman

CEO/President, eBay

Be nice, do your best—and most important, keep it in perspective.

Jack Welch

Former Chairman/CEO, G.E.

Be yourself.

Sallie Krawcheck

CFO of Citigroup

Don't listen to the naysayers.

Vivek Paul

President/CEO, Wipro Technologies

Don't limit yourself by past expectations.

Dick Parsons

Chariman/CEO, Time Warner

When you negotiate, leave a little something on the table.

Andy Grove

Chairman, Intel

When "everyone knows" something to be true, nobody knows nothin'.

Anne Mulcahy

CEO, Xerox

Remember the parable of the cow in the ditch.

Brian Grazer

Imagine Entertainment

All you really own are ideas and the confidence to write them down.

Rick Warren

Author, The Purpose-Driven Life

Regularly sit at the feet of Peter Drucker.

Jim Collins

Author, Good to Great

The real discipline comes to saying no to the wrong opportunities.

Peter Drucker

Business Consultant

Get good—or get out.

Ted Turner

Founder, CNN; Former Vice Chairman, Time Warner

Start young.

David Neeleman

CEO of JetBlue

Balance your work with your family.

Mickey Drexler

CEO of J. Crew

Bail out of a business that isn't growing.

Brian Roberts

CEO of Comcast

Let others take the credit.

Mark Benioff


Incorporate philanthropy into your corporate structure.

Hector Ruiz


Surround yourself with people of integrity and get out of their way.

Donny Deutsch

CEO of Deutsch Inc.

If you love something, the money will come.

Klaus Kleinfeld

CEO, Siemens

Keenly visualize the future.

Ann Fudge

Chairman/CEO, Young & Rubicam

Don't start your career path too soon.

Herb Kelleher

Founder/Chairman, Southwest Airlines

Respect people for who they are, not for what their titles are.

Clayton Christensen

Professor, Harvard Business School

You can learn from anyone.

Ted Koppel

Anchor of ABC's Nightline

Do what you love.

Well, I've already practiced Richard Branson's tip. Huh. Maybe that's how I've survived.

Read, think, and enjoy your weekend.