I subscribe to Fortune Magazine for two issues: “The Fortune 500 “and the “Best advice I ever got” issue, which came over the weekend. As we start what is going to be a slow week for many of us as we look forward to the upcoming holiday weekend (or are already on vacation), why not take time to reflect on the advice we have received over the years?
Here are a few from Fortune Magazine that I found fitting for those of us in the legal industry. Click on the link for the back story.
- Tiger Woods: Keep it Simple
- Jim Sinegal, Co-Founder & CEO, Costco: Show, don’t tell
- Mort Zuckerman, Chairman, Boston Properties; chairman, editor-in-chief, U.S. News and World Report: Do what you love
- Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and co-chief investment officer, Pimco: Push beyond your comfort zone
- Tory Burch, Co-founder and creative director, Tory Burch: Trust your instincts
- Mika Brzezinski, Co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough: Use failure to motivate yourself
- Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, CEO-in-residence, Accel Partners: Make an impression
- Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO, Google: Hire a coach
- Julian Robertson, Founder, Tiger Management: Don’t talk shop
- Niklas Savander, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Services & Software, Nokia: Be nice to people
For me, the best piece of advice I received was the worst piece of advice: Do a good job and they’ll notice you. I wrote about it here.
My immigrant grandfather built a garment manufacturing business right out of Outliers. I remember spending a couple summers working in our clothing factory “bagging and tagging” alongside everyone else. My father insisted I begin work when the factory bell rang. I took my breaks when the bell rang. And, I left work when the bell rang … just like everyone else. I remember the shock on the faces of the factory workers that my father expected the same out of me as he did out of them. The factory owners’ granddaughter was no better, and no worse, than they were.
If it is worth having, it is worth working for.