The Best Business Advice I Ever Received

Just like doctors and lawyers have to study their craft, entrepreneurs have to also study- to learn what it takes to build a successful business. Thankfully there are tons of brilliant women and men who chose not to keep their business wisdom to themselves.

I’m convinced that my greatest strength, as an entrepreneur, is my ability to learn from the dynamic business leaders who came before me. Though I’m pretty good at navigating the different situations I find myself in, I’m glad to know that I don’t have to have all the answers. I just have to know where to get the advice I need to keep my business going strong. Listening to my business mentors helps me avoid the pitfalls that knock others down, so I’m happy to take time each day to seek their advice. The least I could do is share some of their powerful tips with you.

Here’s some of the best business advice I ever received
(take notes and don’t forget to share your own tips below)

You know what real power is? Real powers when you are doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing, the best it can be done. And nobody has to tell you, “You go, girl,” because you know, you’re already gone. - Oprah Winfrey

Delegate with confidence. Surround yourself with people who are wise and competent. Empower them to perform and do not become intimidated by their expertise. - Bishop T.D. Jakes

Know who you are dealing with and do not offend the wrong person. There are many different kinds of people in the world, and you can never assume that everyone will react to your strategies the same way. Choose your victims and opponents carefully. - Robert Greene

Consider making your life one long gift to others… All that lasts is what you pass on. The rest is smoke and mirrors. - Stephen King

Those three things autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward - are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. - Malcolm Gladwell

Everything you want is out there waiting for you. Everything you want also wants you back. But you have to take action to get it. - Jack Canfield

Look around. You’ll see the marketplace (every marketplace) rewards innovation: things that are fresh, stylish, remarkable, and new. - Seth Godin

There’s a redemptive power that making a choice has, rather than feeling like you are an effect to all the things that are happening around you. Make a choice. Just decide who you’re going to be, how you are going to do it. Just decide and from that point the universe will get out of your way. - Will Smith

I learned the way to get stories you actually want is to treat the reporter as your customer. You can’t control the press, and you can’t expect reporters to tell a story that obviously serves your self-interest. You need to become the expert in your field, the person who is quoted day in and day out. - Barbara Corcoran

Experience taught me a few good things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make. - Donald Trump

We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction. - Bill Gates

Entrepreneurs, what’s the best business advice you ever received? Add your tip below…

Be great!


  1. Michael Dillard
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 11:48 AM | Permalink

    What got you here, wont get you there. Be a well of innovation!

  2. Posted September 26, 2010 at 9:19 AM | Permalink

    One of my favorite quotes is “The harder you work, the luckier you’ll get”.

  3. Posted October 8, 2010 at 11:29 AM | Permalink

    Here is some additional business advice I found vital to success and learned along the way, albeit in the line of fire: Delegate and build a strong organization with people who are as good, or even better, than you are in their roles; Supply the market with what it needs, not the other way around; Be prepared to change, because the market is always changing with lightening speed and you need to change with it; Stay focused and lead your team.

  4. Posted April 20, 2011 at 4:07 PM | Permalink

    Best business advice I have ever had.
    1. Learn to fail fast.
    2. Learn to say NO.

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