It goes without saying that everyone’s career is unique. In fact, it can be argued that most career paths that people take are vastly different from each other. But if you take a step back, and really consider what a successful career path looks like, there is often more similarities than differences. Below is some career advice that cuts across all paths to success; advice from some of the most successful and influential individuals in business and life.
“People who know what they are talking about don’t need PowerPoint.”
-- Steve Jobs
“How are you first, only, faster, better, or cheaper than other people who want to do what you’re doing in the world? What are you offering that’s hard to come by? What are you offering that’s both rare and valuable?”
-- LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman
“It is the people around me who really make the difference.”
-- Richard Branson
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure."
-- Colin Powell
"You've got to develop relationships. You can't do things just in a formal context."
-- Ken Chenault, CEO, American Express
“Find a way to say ‘yes’ to things.”
-- Eric Schmidt
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
-- Thomas Edison
"Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Unless you listen to different points of view, your mind will eventually close, and you'll become a prisoner to a certain point of view that you'll never question.”
-- Mohamed El-Erian, CEO, PIMCO
"Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgment. Go some distance away, because work will be in perspective and a lack of harmony is more ready seen."
-- Leonardo DaVinci
“Don’t pick a job. Pick a boss.”
-- William Raduchel, former CIO, Sun Microsystems
“The key to a successful career is integrity, excellence, and exhibiting respect for each individual you come in contact with.”
-- Jerry Brenholz, President and CEO, ATR International
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