Advice every leader should know

It’s never been harder to start and run a business. With even more competition and economic uncertainty, remaining focused and motivated can be hard.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of advice from some of the top entrepreneurs in the world, that will keep you on the path to success. Every single person on the list has been where you currently are and know the struggles you’re facing. But like them, there’s a reason why you started your business – let their experiences and advice relight your entrepreneurial fire!

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek

“The best advice I’ve ever received is that you’re the average of the 5 people you associate with most. I’ve actually heard this from more than one person, including bestselling authors, Drew Houston of Dropbox, and many others who are icons of Silicon Valley.”

The people you surround yourself with influence who you are and shape who you become. Have a look around and see if the people you associate with most are helping you be the best version of you.

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

“Strive for authenticity over perfection.”

The more authentic you are, which includes being able to own up to your mistakes, will benefit you a lot more than striving for perfection.

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple

 “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

Time is precious. Life is too short to worry about other people’s opinions – listen to your intuition and do what you want to do.

Oprah, media executive and philanthropist 

“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.”

Words are powerful. Saying what you want out loud helps to make your thoughts more real and therefore feel more achievable.

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group

“My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had – everyday I’m learning something new.”

Life is an endless series of lessons. And the more you learn, the more fulfilled you’ll feel.

Barbara Corcoran, businesswoman and investor

“As entrepreneurs there is never a boring day – you might hate certain days – but there is never a boring day building your own business, because you have that wonderful great privilege of being in charge of your own destiny.”

It’s easy to forget the excitement you felt when you first started your business, but it’s important to remember to stay motivated. Remind yourself how incredible it is that you’re in charge of your own destiny.

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