The choice is yours. Sometimes your gut is right, and sometimes the outside source nails it. And sometimes ...well, sometimes ...you get advice that just sticks with you.
Last week I asked my LinkedIn network what advice they had received that they never forgot? Some answers were from the heart, others shared quotes that have inspired them. All were inspirational and great advice.
Here are 24 pieces of advice you will never forget.
1. Aaron Harrison - Marketing Manager | Technology Enthusiast | Road Trip Junkie
"I'd rather be first than perfect." It's a quote from Howard Schultz, but it was fed to me from my agency's President. It resonates so well though.
Today's innovation and leadership are about iteration, not perfection. The real disrupters and drivers are those capable of distilling 5-year plans into release cycles.
2. Mariagiovanna P - Licensed personal banker at Astoria bank
I love this quote "Take care of your people and they will take care of your customers."
3. Troy Markowitz - Transforming Learning into Opportunity
Always keep in mind how you can provide VALUE to others and not just what they can do for you.
4. Bethany Wallace - Career Coach
"Be selective when working with clients. It's okay to say no." My mentor Samantha Hartley gave me this advice, and it's proven valuable in preserving my happiness as a business owner. I'd rather be happy than be rich.
5. Ivan Camacho - National Director of Higher Education at NEOGOV
You can't take a donkey to the derby! Not everyone will have the mental capacity or fortitude to see things through the end.
6. Vonnie Bielefield - Career and Transfer Services Center SPA at Folsom Lake College
"Growth happens outside your comfort zone." This advice has motivated me though the toughest of times professionally... and personally. I continue to share it today with the students I work with when they are struggling
7. Jason Copeland - Vice President of Sales at SurePayroll
All you know about a business plan is that it's wrong. What matters is how long it takes you to figure that out and what you do about it once you do.
8. Alana H. Parker - Owner & CEO - Rocket City Drywall & Supply, Inc.
My grandfather told me that you earn business one of two ways - being the cheapest or being the best. My grandmother told me that a woman should never be cheap.
9. Donna Massaro - Chef/Owner
Have a plan.
10. Andra Fecioru - Product Manager | CBAP | P2P
If you're not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late
11. Jim Morris - Owner, Executive Advisor, and Lead Facilitator at The Alternative Board - Tennessee Valley
"Only a fool says everything he thinks." This definitely applies in business.
12. Jennifer Herbst - Marketing Project Management Professional
Don't start a campaign thinking you'll figure out how to pay for it later.
13. Dan Potocki - Strategy + Development + Partnerships
"Do good work, and when you are done, do more good work." Harvard University advisor.
14. Robin Krout Wilde, PHR - Workforce Development, Human Resources, and Higher Education Professional
Don't be afraid to spend money in the short term in order to realize a long term gain.
15. Lakshmi Narayanan - Serial Entrepreneur
Profit is the most sacred word in business.
16. Elaine Blaylock - Owner / CEO Professional Personnel Systems
Think before you speak !
17. Gretchen Hofaker - Director of Major & National Sales at Morris Publishing Group
"Liking the people you work with is a luxury. Respecting them is a necessity.
18. Robert Judge, Ph.D., MBA - Lecturer at San Diego State University
After a screw up at work, my boss handed me a quote of day from his calendar: "Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it."
19. Antonio Betzu - Account Director and Interim CFO at Autodelta S.r.l./Eurocasse S.r.l.
Don't ignore what you don't want to deal with.
20.James Wilde - Data Analyst-Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment at Education Management Corporation
Remember, in marketing, your number one public ("customer") is your own organization.
21. Mark Goldman - Helping companies operate more efficient and cost-effective
If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room. Disrupt or be disrupted!
22. Travis Allen - Workday's Workday@College trained, HRIS Intern at Cubic Corporation
A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week." George S. Patton. Tattooed on the arms of my Basic Training Instructor, recited by us when punished for failing to be first at anything during training.
23. Kathaleen Cole - Campus President
If you're not growing then you're going, out of business.
24. Megan Yaussi - Director of Marketing - Topeka Performing Arts Center
I read this in an article, but it stuck. "Do what you love and the rest will come." Happiness is key. If you lose that, production and drive are usually right behind it walking out the door.
Wrapping it all up.
What do you think? Did they touch on it all? Did they miss any? Share in the comments, or find me here, and let me know what is some advice that you'll never forget?