What is the greatest advice you ever got?

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What is the greatest advice you’ve ever got? And what great deeds did it inspire?

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hanks  to LinkedIn and LinkedIn Inlfuencers, some of the world’s greatest leaders shared with the public the best advices they ever got and the ones that inspired them to do great things. 

Here are some of my favorite ones:

1. Richard Branson: HAVE NO REGRETS and PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH

“The best advice I ever received? Simple: Have no regrets.

My mother has taught me many valuable lessons that have helped shape my life. But having no regrets stands out above all others, because it has informed every aspect of my life and every business decision we have ever made.

She explained to think of setbacks as part of a learning curve. Sometimes it will be steep, but if you concentrate on looking forward rather than back, the climb will be easier.”

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2. Deepak Chopra: TRUE SUCCESS COMES FROM SELF-POWER

“The best advice I got in life came from my parents. My mother was the archetypal goddess of wisdom symbolized in Saraswati, and my father was the archetypal healer and warrior. His name was Krishna and, like the divine Krishna, he embodied the knowledge and perseverance that guides us on the battlefield of life. From an early age they impressed upon me through their words and actions that ‘True success comes from self-power“. Furthermore, I was told that my core being was a field of infinite possibilities, infinite creativity, comfortable with uncertainty, synchronicity, and imbued with the power of intention and choice. These simple principles have guided my entire life and my journey as a physician and healer.”

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3. Beth Comstock: SOMETIMES YOU HAVE YOU GO SLOW BEFORE YOU GO FAST

“My life in media—especially network news—had been an adrenaline rush, racing from deadline to deadline. If you don’t make it to air, there is nothingness. Moving fast and being organized were my strong suits. The more there was to do, the more I felt alive. Productive. Efficient. Every to-do list item was checked, with urgency as my soundtrack. I loved the thrill, and I was good at keeping up with it.

Who better than me, then, to land a plum assignment working for Jack Welch, Mr. Speed and Simplicity.

Imagine my surprise when he called me into his office that day and admonished me for being too efficient. My zeal to do everything on my to-do list—along with my reserved, even shy nature—made me come across as abrupt and cold. I started every meeting by jumping right in and left with every action under control.

“You have to wallow in it,” he said. “Take time to get to know people. Understand where they are coming from, what is important to them. Make sure they are with you.”

Time to think and time to connect with people are as important as getting everything done. Sometimes you have to go slow before you go fast.”

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4. Jim Kim: IF YOU WANT TO BE AN EFFECTIVE LEADER, LEARN TO LISTEM TO YOUR TEAM

“Ever since I was a boy and played on sports teams, I’ve been fascinated by the challenge of leadership. How can you inspire or guide groups of people to success – sometimes to heights that they never dreamed of reaching as individuals?

Years later, I received some great advice from Marshall Goldsmith, one of the preeminent authorities in the field of leadership. He told me this: “If you want to be an effective leader, listen to and accept with humility the feedback that comes from your team.”

But what I’ve come to learn in my career is that while everyone acknowledges that leadership is important, few put in the time and effort it takes to become a more effective leader.

Creating a sense of shared purpose within often very diverse groups can be extraordinarily difficult, but when it happens, even large, unruly groups can tackle just about anything.”

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5. Peter Guber:  SUCCESS HAS MANY FATHERS AND FAILURE IS AN ORPHAN

“Winning is as much about attitude as aptitude especially when the chips are down. Leadership is about providing inspiration to your team, not just perspiration. It’s about recognizing that winning and losing are often very close together. You as a leader must recognize that success has many fathers and failure is an orphan. That’s when your leadership is most needed.”

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6. Spencer Rascoff: ALWAYS HIRE PEOPLE BETTER THAN YOU

“The best advice I have ever gotten was to always hire people who are even better than you. This is very difficult for most people, especially as they move up the ranks, because one’s natural tendency is to worry about being out-shined by your subordinate.

You have to try to be comfortable enough with your own position that you hire people beneath you who are extraordinary.”

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What is the best advice you’ve ever got? 

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