Highly successful people are great at what they do for many reasons. From offering advice on following your passions, being ambitious, and learning how to embrace failure, these professionals have words of wisdom that will help any job seeker find the confidence they need to enhance their career. Read on for words of wisdom from some of the most successful people in business, and then get out there and succeed yourself!
“Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: opportunity.” – Bill Gates
Bill Gates, as you know, is one of the most successful people...ever. His success came from taking every opportunity he could and following his passions, so much so that he dropped out of college to pursue a job in tech. Don't be afraid to begin your career in a job that seems less than glamours. These first steps you take will open the doors to opportunity if you let them.
"I don't think we talk about failure enough. It would've really helped to have someone who had had a measure of success come say to me, 'You will fail. That's inevitable. It's what you do with it.'" – J.K. Rowling
Failure often goes hand in hand with success. J.K. Rowling's empire was born out of failure. The Harry Potter author had many rejections before she ultimately had Harry Potter published, but she never let failure bring her down. If you have failures, let them drive you, and keep pushing through. Pretty soon, you'll find your success.
"Some people will know exactly what they want to do at a very young age, but the odds are low. I feel like people in their early- to mid-20s are very earnest. They're very serious, and they want to feel like they've accomplished a lot at a very young age rather than just trying to figure stuff out. So I try to push them toward a more experimental attitude." – Stewart Butterfield
The cofounder of Flickr and Slack is right - sometimes, you're going to know what you want to do, but if you don't, experiment! Don't be afraid to try new things, embrace new skills, and take a few risks when looking for that perfect position. It's out there, and you will find it.
“The smartest thing you can ever do is to constantly ask questions, especially when you’re trying something new. Ask questions that matter. Listen.” – Anne Sweeney
Anne Sweeney, former co-chair of Disney Media, is right on the money. Be inquisitive and listen intently - these two seemingly simple tasks are crucial to advancing in your career.