Our most popular post to date — by far — has been “The Best Advice Received — and Passed On — by Leaders of Industry.” That post referred to advice by some of our best-known business “luminaries,” who have managed large firms.
However, there is also quite A LOT that we can learn from the entrepreneurs who have introduced and managed successful businesses that started out quite small.
Recently, Entrepreneur‘s Matt Villano interviewed several company founders and titled the article: “The Best Business Advice You’ll Ever Get.” [Notice the similarity in the title of our earlier post. :-) ] As Villano notes:
“Being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Most successful business owners will tell you they could not have accomplished their goals without help — from a mentor, colleague, even mom and dad. For many, their ability to evaluate, internalize, and act on the counsel they received was instrumental in getting their companies off the ground. In an effort to tap some of this wisdom, we called on business gurus to tell us the very best piece of advice they’ve received. From hiring to philanthropy and more, their responses were as varied as the companies they run.”
These are some the executives whom Villano interviewed and who provided advice:
- Dennis Crowley, CEO, Foursquare
- Rick Alden, Founder, Skullcandy
- Petera Relan, Founder, 9+
- Sheila Johnson, Founder and CEO, Salamander Hotels & Resorts
- Melinda Emerson, Founder and CEO, Quintessence Group
- Christine Day, CEO, Luvo
- Rehan Choudhry, Founder, Life is Beautiful
- Reece Pacheco, Founder, Shelby.tv
- Nick Lazaris, President and CEO, Coravin
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