The Best Advice I Ever Received

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Posted: December 13, 2012

The November edition of Fortune magazine had a great section titled, “The Best Advice I Ever Got.”  This advice was solicited from well known leaders in business.  Here are a few of my favorites that I believe apply to any profession, particularly sales. 

Sara Blakely – Founder of Spanx

“I used to sit at the dining room table as a kid and my dad would ask me what I failed at that week.  If I didn’t win, he would high-five me.  He always encouraged me to fail.   My dad taught me that failing simply leads you to the next great thing.”

John Hickenlooper – Governor of Colorado

“My mom was twice widowed and raised four kids by herself.  She was frugal and competitive.  She frequently told us, “You can’t always control what happens to you in a game or in life, but you can control how you respond—you should never quit.” 

Lori Goler – VP of Human Resources, Facebook

“I would say the best career advice I’ve got is from Sheryl Sandberg.  I didn’t have a lot of experience in recruiting.  Her advice was that most men wouldn’t let that get in the way.  She told me to jump right in.” 

So what’s the best advice you have ever received?  We’d love to hear your story.

Good Selling,

Colleen Stanley

President, SalesLeadership