In her upcoming book, Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg talks about the invaluable mentors who have helped her succeed — including Larry Summers, Mark Zuckerberg, and others.
We can all learn something from those around us, no matter how vastly different their worldview, if we’re open to it. That’s how the world’s most successful people got to where they are today.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt — who also gave Sandberg her best advice — says that you have to “find a way to say ‘yes’ to things. Say ‘yes’ to invitations to a new country, say ‘yes’ to meet new friends, say ‘yes’ to learn something new. ‘Yes’ is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids.”
We’ve compiled Schmidt’s advice and more from the world’s top executives.
Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo
“My friend Andre said to me, ‘You know, Marissa, you’re putting a lot of pressure on yourself to pick the right choice, and I’ve gotta be honest: That’s not what I see here. I see a bunch of good choices, and there’s the one that you pick and make great. I think that’s one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten.”
From a 2011 interview with the Social Times
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman, Google
“Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids.”
Shafqat Islam, CEO and co-founder, Newscred
“If you’re not getting told ‘no’ enough times a day, you’re probably not doing it right or you’re probably not pushing yourself hard enough.
“I think that’s a good piece of advice for anyone building a company because you hear ‘no’ so many times and I think that’s normal, I think that’s a good thing, that means you’re trying to do something that’s disruptive, that’s ground breaking.”
From a 2012 interview with Business Insider