The Top Minds Reveal: “The Advice That Changed My Life The Most.”

Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk is a well respected entrepreneur, best selling author, and passionate believer in the power of old-fashioned hard work. He has a net worth of over $10 million, and has been an advisor and investor in several highly successful companies. This quote highlights the power of a promise, and living so your promises mean something to the people you offer them to:

My dad spit in his palm, shook my hand, and said, 'your word is bond.' ~G. Vaynerchuck Click To Tweet

Mindy Kaling


Mindy Kaling is most famous for her work on the television series The Office, but is widely regarded as one of the best female comedians around. The advice she recalls receiving from her mother is incredibly poignant, and can be applied to almost any relationship:


“My mom always said, ‘You should judge your relationship not by how a guy makes you feel when you’re with him, but by how he makes you feel when you’re not with him.’”


Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is one of the richest men on the planet, and is often regarded as the best financial trader in history. He is not only famous for his wealth, however, but also his generosity. He has donated billions to charity, and still lives modestly. He has cited the advice about self control and confrontation he received from Berkshire Hathaway board-of-directors member Thomas Murphy, as being incredibly valuable, especially in our world of lightning speed communication:


“Never forget Warren, you can tell a guy to go to hell tomorrow — you don’t give up the right. So just keep your mouth shut today, and see if you feel the same way tomorrow.”


Richard Branson

Richard Branson, like Warren Buffett, has a fortune well in the Billions. And he built this fortune on innovation, bravery, and the construction of an internationally respected brand. The brand itself, Virgin, represents his attitude towards business and life. Always have an open mind, and a new-comer mentality. His quote reflects that:


“My mother always taught me never to look back in regret but to move on to the next thing. The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures rather than putting that energy into another project, always amazes me.”


Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns is the current CEO of Xerox, one of the largest companies in the world. This advice that she received from her mother is deceptively simple, but offers a helpful way of categorizing events in your life.

Stuff happens to you, and then there’s stuff you happen to. ~ Ursula Burns Click To Tweet 

Somerset Maugham

Somerset Maugham is considered one of the finest writers of the 20th century, with most of his books still in print, and heavily studied to this day. This advice is humorous, but conveys an important message about the unpredictability of art.

There are three rules for the writing of a novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are. ~ S. Maugham Click To Tweet


T. Boone Pickens

Boone Pickens is the CEO of BP Capital and TBP Investments management, and has a net worth of over a billion dollars. This advice he received from his father reminds us that talent can often be trumped by hard work and preparation:

A fool with a plan can outsmart a genius with no plan any day. ~ T. Boone Pickens Click To Tweet


John Donahoe

John Donahoe is the CEO and president of ebay, and actually received this advice from former President Bill Clinton:


“The one option in life that is almost always the wrong option is walking away and choosing not to be in the game.”


Brad Keywell

Brad Keywell is the co-founder of Groupon, one of the most successful and innovative companies in the recent software boom. His advice from his tennis coach hits on one of the most important keys to success: play to your strengths.

Change the game. You're losing this one, so try another. ~ Brad Keywell Click To Tweet 

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Walker Edwards is a passionate writer, reader, meditator, and learner. He reads a book a day and hardly sleeps at all.