Saturday, March 19, 2005

The Best Advice They Ever Got

The March 21st edition of Fortune has a neat article, The Best Advice I Ever Got, where they ask 28 "luminaries" about the people who most influenced their lives - and the best advice they ever got. Most of it's along the bland lines you would expect, but a few threw some interesting tidbits in there that I will share with you.

Vivek Paul, 46
President and CEO of Wipro Technologies

Don't limit yourself by past expectations.

The best advice I ever got was from an elephant trainer in the jungle outside Bangalore. I was doing a hike through the jungle as a tourist. I saw these large elephants tethered to a small stake. I asked him, "How can you keep such a large elephant tied to such a small stake?" He said, "When the elephants are small, they try to pull out the stake, nd they fail. When they grow large, they never try to pull out the stake again."

Anne Mulcahy, 52
CEO of Xerox

From Albert C. Black, Jr., president and CEO of On-Target Supplies & Logistics: When everything gets really complicated and you feel overwhelmed, think about it this way: You gotta do three things. First, get the cow out of the ditch. Second, find out how the cow got into the ditch. Third, make sure you do whatever it takes so the cow doesn't go into the ditch again.

Rick Warren, 51
Minister, founder of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose-Driven Life

In life you need mentors and you need models. Models are the people you want to emulate. IA recommend that your models be dead. I'm serious. You don't know how people are going to finish up. A lot of people start out like bottle rockets. They look great, but then the last half of their life is chaos. That can be quite devastating.


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