Ten Pieces Of Great Advice From Buffett, Bloomberg, And More by Anne VanderMey, Fortune

In her new book, Getting There: A Book of Mentors , Gillian Zoe Segal (see her article on ValueWalk here) surveys a number of business stars for insights on how they got to the corner office. Here, some selected advice.

Warren Buffett: CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

“You could have a 300 horsepower motor and get 300 horsepower out of it or you can get a lot less. The people who I see function well are not the ones with the biggest motors, but the ones with the most efficient ones.”

Matthew Weiner: Mad Men creator

“When someone rejects your work, register the fact that they don’t’ like it, but don’t listen to the reason why. People feel that they have to say something, and they often give a capricious justification to keep from hurting your feelings.”

Michael Bloomberg: CEO, Bloomberg LP

“Use the words ‘we’ and ‘us’ when referring to your business. Never use ‘I’ and ‘me.’ It sounds egotistical.”

Les Moonves: CEO, CBS

“When you have to say no, do it nicely. We get pitched about five hundred television shows a year and only put four new ones on the air … but we want those same people to come back to us when they have a hit show.”

See full article here by Fortune

Getting There: A Book of Mentors – Description

The path to success is rarely easy or direct, and good mentors are hard to find. In Getting There: A Book of Mentors, thirty leaders in diverse fields share their secrets to navigating the rocky road to the top. In an honest, direct, and engaging way, these role models describe the obstacles they faced, the setbacks they endured, and the vital lessons they learned. They dispense not only essential and practical career advice, but also priceless wisdom applicable to life in general. Getting There: A Book of Mentors is for everyone—from students contemplating their futures to the vast majority of us facing challenges or seeking to reach our potential.

Getting There: A Book of Mentors – Review

“Successful people make it look so easy—but they never said it was. In Getting There: A Book of Mentors, the highest achievers share some of their lowest moments, and there is much wisdom to be gained from those struggles. Captivating, thought-provoking, humorous, and uplifting, this book delivers straight-from-the-source accounts of what it is really like to achieve something meaningful.”

(David Faber, CNBC)

“Kudos to Gillian Zoe Segal for assembling this remarkable group of visionaries and helping them all tell their stories without filters or false bravado. Getting There is both empowering and illuminating.”

(Piper Kerman, New York Times bestselling author of Orange Is the New Black)

“Reading Getting There: A Book of Mentors is like having an intimate, one-on-one talk with some of the world’s most fascinating and accomplished people. You will be taken aback by their honesty, entertained by their anecdotes, and, most of all, learn invaluable lessons about both business and life. This book is fantastic—you will not be able to put it down!”

(JJ Ramberg, MSNBC)

Getting There is a great book whether you’re just starting out or well into your career. Somehow, Gillian Zoe Segal has gotten these leaders to share their stories in a unique, authentic, and revealing way. Their insights will inspire you and help clarify many of the key challenges you must face in building a successful professional life.”

(Robert Steven Kaplan, senior associate dean and professor, Harvard Business School)

About the Author

Gillian Zoe Segal is the author of New York Characters. She received a bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law.

Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal

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