Secrets to Success of Top Business Leaders

| December 5, 2005 | 0 Comments

If you want to know the secrets to success of top business leaders, check out Business 2.0’s December 2005 issue. They interviewed 30 top business visionaries (the best of the best) — from Warren Buffett to Richard Branson to Russell Simmons and many more — and asked them the single philosophy they swear by. The results are very interesting, and definitely worth cutting and putting in your bulletin boards.

Here are some of them:

Warren Buffett (CEO, Berkshire Hathaway)

Ask yourself what you’d like others to read about it (what you do that day) on the frontpage of tomorrow’s newspaper. You’ll probably do things a little differently if you keep that in mind.

George Steinbrenner (Owner, NY Yankees)

Surround yourself with people smarter than you … The people I work with are not only smarter than I am, possessing both intellectual and emotional intelligence, but also share my determination to succeed. I will not make an important decision without them.

Ivan Seidenberg (Chairman & CEO, Verizon)

Work hard, have high standards, and stick to your values, because somebody’s always watching.

Blake Ross (Co-creator, Firefox)


The next best thing is whatever makes the last big thing usable … Focus on the everyday problems that nag at everyday people. There are more than enough to g around without imagining new ones.

Craig Newmark (Founder, Craigslist)

Choose your mistakes carefully. When someone points out a mistake to you, deal with it – don’t go into denials.

Looking at the philosophies of these interesting men, there are a number of common threads as to the secrets to business success — work hard, fulfill a need, learn from your mistakes, get help from people smarter than you, and go for it (and be happy in the process). These are not really “secrets”; they’re common knowledge!! Except these men lived these philosophies and used them to shape their lives.

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