8 Important Lessons From the World's Most Successful People
Do you ever wish you could have Steve Jobs or Sheryl Sandberg on speed dial whenever you came upon a difficult time in your career? While this might not be physically possible, there are tons of lessons that you can easily pick up from those who have been successful.
We’ve scoured the web to find the best advice you can learn from some of the most successful people in business—read on for their wisdom.
- Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In is controversial to some, but it does teach the importance of seizing opportunity when you want it as opposed to waiting for it to come. (Forbes)
- One of Steve Jobs’ best leadership lessons? He taught employees how to focus on one product at a time. (Harvard Business Review)
- Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer reminds us that no matter what role we play in a company, a top priority should always be customer service. (Salesforce)
- Google co-founder Larry Page has many lessons to share, including the importance of avoiding bureaucracy whenever possible. (Fortune)
- PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi learned quickly why it is crucial to bring your whole self to a job and never take anything for granted. (Fast Company)
- Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh reminds us that the core of any company is its culture. (The Guardian)
- Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix, preaches the importance of not making the same mistakes over and over again. (VentureBeat)
- Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz illustrates that even large corporations can seek to make the world a better place. (Businessweek)
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