Aristotle Onassis claimed that “The secret of business is to know something nobody else knows.” But in the age of the Internet, business success is about much more. No matter which industry your journey takes you towards, the entrepreneurial advice of leaders who tread before you is worth absorbing and heeding.
Success requires wisdom, drive and consistency, and these leaders know how to achieve it. However, little tidbits of personal discovery have meant a lot to three successful entrepreneurs and we share their advice below.
Pete Cashmore, CEO of Mashable Says “Listen”.
Mr. Cashmore tells The Huffington Post that the best advice he ever received is to “keep listening.” The CEO of Mashable accredits his ability to listen and absorb what people say to his success.
He reminds us that we live in an era where the best and brightest minds are available to us with the click of a mouse. He learned what he knows by spending hours pouring over the advice and wisdom of his business heroes. He calls them “unknown mentors.”
Bob Parsons, CEO and Founder of GoDaddy Says “Stay out of your comfort zone”.
Mr. Parsons has come a long way since he started out as an entrepreneur and continues as a philanthropist. Bob Parsons, GoDaddy CEO, didn’t happen by accident. In his article “16 Rules for Success in Business and Life in General,” Parsons’ number one rule is to “Get out and stay out of your comfort zone.”
People who only do things that they’re comfortable with never do much anything of significance, Parsons warns. “Security is for cadavers,” he says.
Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist Says “Pick your battles.”
Craig Newmark knows a thing or two about how to launch a fresh and engaging business. He knows so much, in fact, that he jokingly refers to himself as a “know it all” to The Huffington Post. When Craig was starting out at IBM, his co-workers became so irked at his tendency to correct people that they lament the only time he was tolerable was when he was trying to make a joke. When Craig heard this feedback, he changed his focus, and his best advice is “don’t correct people when it matters little.”
It took harsh feedback for Craig to learn how to lasso his focus, but once he did, he was met with great success.