15 Career Tips from the World’s Most Successful People


Warren Buffett

You don’t get much bigger or more successful than Warren Buffett. The Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO said to practice humility and restraint. He said it is always better, if you are feeling upset or strained to just hold back, keep your mouth shut, and see what tomorrow brings. For some this is easier to do than others, but the old saying of “cooler heads will prevail” is often the way to go, according to Warren Buffett, anyway.


Richard Branson

Richard Branson has created an empire, stretching from music stores to airlines and even space travel. He has done all of this while dropping out of school. His words of advice is to never look back and regret. Far too many people dwell in their past mistakes or their past glory. The problem here is it is in the past. What’s done is done. In order to be successful it is necessary to move on and onto the right thing.


Eric Schmidt

Google Executive Eric Schmidt gives the advice of “Say yes to more things.” Now, he doesn’t mean become a “yes” man, where you simply say yes to everything. Instead, say yes to things you normally wouldn’t. Maybe it is going out with friends when you would usually stay home or taking on a new task because it is out of your comfort zone. This will expand your comfort zone, expose you to more people and take you to new career heights.


Mark Bartels

Mark is the CEO of StumbleUpon. His advice is to take time for yourself. He knows it is easy too just spend so much time in your profession that you miss out on life. This not only takes away from the time you are on the planet, but it also burns you out faster. Instead, do what you love but also take time to enjoy the little things in life that make you happy.


T.J. Miller

T.J. Miller is an actor and comedian who appears on several hit HBO shows. He says to simply work harder than everyone else around you. If someone is working harder than you, they will be the ones getting better and nabbing the promotions. So, do the little things, focus on the big picture and always go beyond what others do. This sets you apart.


Suze Orman

Suze is a motivational speaker, author, and television host. She said that as you move up the ladder you’ll receive more and more unhelpful criticism. Her advice is to simply ignore it. It is far to easy to just start listening to the naysayers, become angry, or to let it hurt you. Instead, just block out the unhelpful criticism. You’ll learn along the way how to identify what is helpful and what is unhelpful. Once you do, block the unhelpful out.


J.K. Rowling

The author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling says to embrace your failure. She has given speeches about how she had failed in life and found herself at rock bottom. But her ability to embrace her failure and to spur herself into her one true passion made her what she is today. As J.K. Rowling points out, everyone fails, yet it is often seen as a negative. It only really is a negative if someone takes it as one. You can transform it into a positive and let it push you to bigger and better things.


George Stephanopoulos

Host of Good Morning America, his advice is to simply relax. As he puts it, what is affecting you today is likely not going to affect you tomorrow or a week down the road, so don’t let it stress you out. The only thing stress is going to do is cause more stress, health problems and take you away from the good things you’re experiencing.


Alexa von Tabel

Alexa is the founder and CEO of LearnVest, not to mention a New York Times bestselling author. According to Alexa, it is important to wake up excited, dress the part you’re aiming for (not the part you have) and to always show up, ready to go. This shows you’re ready to take on the world and ready to reach higher to bigger and better things.


Salli Setta

President of Red Lobster, Salli Setta says to never eat lunch alone. She means that when you go out with someone else and talk about work or anything else in general, you’ll gain a new perspective. Plus, it will put you on someone else’s radar.


Rick Goings

Rick, head of a billion dollar Tuppeware Brands company said to be nice to everyone. As he puts it, how you treat someone is how you treat the world around you.


Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane is a fashion designer and her advice is to be true to yourself. If you’re fake to receive a promotion or to land a certain job, it isn’t you. It might pay more money, but you’ll be unhappy. Do something that helps you feel real.


Deepak Chopra

Deepak is the founder of The Chopra Foundation. He wants everyone to embrace uncertainty. He says there is wisdom in it. So much in life is uncertain and yet far too many people avoid areas in life because of it. Instead, he says to embrace this and push forward.


Stewart Butterfield

Stewart is the co-founder of Flickr. He says to always have an experimental attitude. Basically, don’t be afraid to try new things. It is the best way to learn what you are good at, what you have a passion for and to expand your outlook.


Bill Gates

Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest individuals in the world. He also has some easy advice: keep it simple. Don’t overcomplicate things.