10 Career Tips From Industry Leaders

We all need some advice every once in a while. Luckily, some of the most successful men and women in the world have gone on record with some of the best career advice you can receive.

1. 'Keep Things Simple' - Bill Gates

Few can deny the incredible success Bill Gates has achieved in his lifetime. He commonly makes the rotation as the richest person in the world and is always hovering around the top few spots. Gates made this statement when talking about his admiration for Warren Buffett, and his ability to keep business and his schedule as simple as possible. We can all learn something from this rule, and keep our lives and our workplace as simple and stress-free as possible.

2. 'Exercise Humility and Restraint' - Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is one of the most successful businessmen in the history of the world. His net worth exceeds $80 billion, and he's become one of the richest and most well-known philanthropists today. Buffett made this statement based on advice received from Thomas Murphy, who once told him that "he can tell a man to go to hell tomorrow, but to keep his mouth shut for today." We can all learn something from this statement when it comes to dealing with troublesome coworkers and clients. While it may feel good to say what you're feeling in the moment, it can seriously hurt your relationships in the long run.

3. 'Make Yourself Invaluable by Learning New Skills' - Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins is an American author and entrepreneur who is famous for his life-coaching seminars and self-help books. Because of his experience in promoting success in others, his career advice has rightly earned him a spot on this list. His advice is based on advice he received while trying to build his own career and meeting little success. Skills are what make you truly invaluable and set you apart from the rest.

4. 'Spend More Time Listening Than Talking' - Diana Tremblay

Diana Tremblay is the General Motors' vice president of global business services. Her experience in leadership roles has taught her this crucial piece of advice: Leaders should always spend more time listening than talking. Being in a leadership position doesn't necessarily mean you have all the answers and know the ins and outs of every situation. Because of this, it's important for leaders to take every available opportunity to listen and learn before acting.

5. 'Find Your Passion and Stick With It' - Kim Jeffery

Kim Jeffery is the former CEO of Nestle Waters North America. By the time she exited the company in 2013, it had grown to a whopping $4.7 billion in revenue. Jeffery's advice actually comes from his father, who told him to find his passion and build on it. Jeffery believes that we shouldn't look for success by asking ourselves how we can make more money, but rather by how happy we are in our career.

6. 'Know Yourself and Be Honest About It' - Jack Calhoun

One of the younger entries on this list, Jack Calhoun was the global president and chief executive of Banana Republic for eight years. Calhoun's advice is actually a composite of the idea that we should do what we love and his own belief is that we should do what we're good at. Calhoun believes it is important not only to know what we want to do, but also what we're good at and what our shortcomings are. This can be hard advice to hear, but it's important to know where we can improve and grow.

7. 'Don't Be a Know-It-All, Be a Learn-It-All' - Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella is the current CEO of Microsoft, and many say that his direction is responsible for bringing the tech giant back to relevance after a long drought. Nadella believes that, rather than relying on the knowledge we already have and acting lik a "know-it-all," we should recognize what we don't know and strive to become what he refers to as a "learn-it-all."

8. 'Take Every Opportunity' - Karen Kaplan

Karen Kaplan's story is as inspiring as anyone's on this list. She joined Hill Holliday in 1982 as a receptionist, and in just over 30 years, rose to become the CEO of the company. Kaplan says she achieved this success by taking every opportunity she had. Working late nights, staying for weekends, and going after promotions got her to the very top of the food chain.

9. 'Chill Out' - Lloyd Blankfein

Lloyd Blankfein is the CEO of global banking giant Goldman Sachs, one of the biggest names in finance. Lloyd's advice may seem contrary to what many believe, but that's exactly what makes it great. Blankfein says, "There's not an activity in life where, if you have a really hard grip, you are actually better." Blankfein believes that taking it easy is actually one of the best ways to promote success and go further in life.

10. 'Embrace Failure' - J.K. Rowling

While she's certainly not a business magnate like the others on this list, Rowling is most well-known for her "Harry Potter" book series, which is practically in every household at this point. She's as self-made as anyone else on this list, rising from her status as a single mother on welfare to one of the wealthiest women in the world. Her advice is something she's faced often -- dealing with failure. We've all faced it, and embracing failure is just a part of life.


Finding the right path and advancing your career can be a long and arduous process, but with the right advice and a a bit of help from Micro Tech Staffing Group, you can find as much success as any of the men and women featured on this list.

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