The Best Advice I Ever Got

Fortune asked a wide variety of people what was the best advice they ever got. It’s remarkable how many credited a former boss.

ArticleThe Best Advice I Ever Got

Some of my favorites:


  • Michael Bloomberg: Always ask for the order and when the customer says yes, stop talking.
  • Tina Fey: Sign your own checks.
  • Peter Peterson: Focus on things you do better than others.
  • Nelson Peltz: Get sales up and keep expenses down.
  • Charlene Begley: Spend a ton of time with your customers.
  • Andrea Guerra: In your first years, don’t chase fancy titles; find people who can teach you something.
What’s the best advice you ever got?


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