12 Really Simple Things You Can Do To Reach Optimal Health


What works for one person may not work for the next.

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Cut out processed food from your diet.

When making changes, some people (like me) prefer to go all-in and change everything at the same time. But others prefer the longer, slower approach… making small changes, one at a time.

Neither approach is better than the other, it’s just that people have different personalities and like to approach lifestyle changes differently.

This article is for those who prefer the longer, slower approach. It explains how to adopt a healthy, real food based diet in 12 simple, easily manageable steps.

You can do one step per week, one every two weeks, or one per month… whichever suits you. Waiting until you get used to one change before making the next is a good idea. Whatever you do, you should start seeing results right away, because each step can have a powerful effect.

When you’re done with this, you should have lost a significant amount of weight and improved your health, both physical and mental, in every way imaginable.

Remember… habit puts willpower on autopilot. Changes in lifestyle and behavior can be tough in the beginning, but become effortless when you turn them into a habit.

By mastering one small habit at a time, you will set yourself up for long-term success.

Here are 12 baby steps to optimal nutrition.

1. Eat More Protein to Boost Your Metabolism and Reduce Your Appetite, Making Future Changes Easier

Before we subtract, we add. This first step will change your metabolism in a way that makes subsequent changes easier.

First of all, protein actually boosts your metabolic rate… that is, how many calories you burn at rest. The studies show that high protein diets boost metabolism by 80 to 100 calories per day, compared to low protein diets (12).

Second of all, protein can reduce your appetite, making you automatically eat less of other calorie sources (34). In one study, eating protein at 30% of calories caused an automatic reduction in calorie intake of 449 calories per day. The people lost 4.9 kg (11 lbs) in 12 weeks, without intentionally restricting anything (5).

Of course… adequate protein also has many other benefits, including increased muscle mass, stronger bones, lower blood pressure, to name a few (678).

Good protein sources include meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs and full-fat dairy products (if you can tolerate them). Some people like beans and legumes, which areabsolutely fine if properly prepared. I recommend eating about 1.5-2.5 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight, or 0.7-1.1 grams per pound.

You don’t really need to weigh or measure this, but it may be a good idea to track your foods in the beginning to make sure you are getting enough. Eating more protein is the easiest, simplest and most delicious way to give your metabolism a nudge towards a lower body weight, reduced appetite and better health. It will also make the rest of the changes easier.

Bottom Line: Adding more protein to your diet will boost your metabolism and reduce your appetite, giving your metabolism a nudge and making subsequent changes much easier.

2. Start Eating a Healthy Breakfast, Preferably With Eggs

The second step involves changing one of your daily meals… breakfast. Most people are eating cereal or something similar for breakfast, but that really is the worst thing you can eat at the start of the day.

Most breakfast cereals are loaded with refined carbs and sugar (even the healthy looking ones). Eating this stuff for breakfast will spike your blood sugar, leading to a crash a few hours later… followed by cravings for another high-carb meal (9).

Instead, eat eggs for breakfast. Eggs are pretty much the perfect breakfast food… they’re high in protein, healthy fats and contain a ton of nutrients (10).

There are a few studies showing that if you replace a grain-based breakfast (bagels) with eggs, it can help you lose fat (1112). Eggs are best served with vegetables or a fruit… but you can have quality bacon with them if you want.

If you can’t eat eggs for some reason, any high-protein, nutrient dense food will suffice. There really is NO valid excuse not to eat a healthy breakfast. Once you get this into a routine, preparing an egg-based breakfast doesn’t take more than 5-10 minutes, at most. Just set your alarm a bit earlier.

That being said, there is no need to eat breakfast in the morning if you don’t feel like it, just make sure that your first meal of the day is a healthy one.

Bottom Line: Eating a healthy, nutrient-dense breakfast with protein and healthy fats is the best way to start the day.

3. Replace Crappy Fats and Oils With Good Fats and Oils

Simply replacing unhealthy fats and oils with healthier ones can have a major impact on your health down the line. Most people are eating a lot of seriously unhealthy fats… including trans fats and refined vegetable oils.

Although trans fat consumption has gone down in the past few years and decades, it is still way too high.

To avoid trans fats, make sure you read the label on anything you eat. If it says “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” anywhere on the label, avoid it.

Refined vegetable oils are also problematic. They have a different composition than other more natural fats, being unnaturally high in Omega-6 fatty acids. This includes corn oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil and several others.

Without getting into the details (you can read about them here), consuming vegetable oils may be leading to increased inflammation and oxidative damage in the body, potentially raising your risk of heart disease and cancer (13141516).

Instead of these nasty fats and oils, choose fats that are mostly saturated and/or monounsaturated. Grass-fed butter, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil and others. Whole nuts are an excellent source of fat as well.

Bottom Line: The relatively simple act of replacing trans fats and high Omega-6 vegetable oils with healthy, traditional fats should lead to some pretty impressive health benefits and make your body function better.

4. Remove Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Fruit Juices From Your Diet

Sugar is bad news… but sugar consumed in a liquid form is even worse.

Studies show that the brain doesn’t “register” liquid sugar calories in the same way as it does calories from other foods (1718).

So you might drink several hundred calories of soda in one day (not uncommon), but your brain doesn’t take them into account when it is trying to control your energy balance.

If you were to add a whole food to your diet, you would automatically eat less of other foods instead. In other words, your brain would “compensate” for those added calories.

That doesn’t happen with liquid sugar calories. Your brain doesn’t compensate for them, so you end up taking in more than you need. One study shows that consuming a single serving of sugar-sweetened beverages per day is linked to a 60% increased risk of obesity in children (19).

Many other studies support this… sugar-sweetened beverages may be the most fattening aspect of the modern diet (20). Keep in mind that fruit juice is just as bad. It contains the same amount of sugar as a sugary soft drink (21).

Bottom Line: Sugar may be the single worst ingredient in the modern diet, but consuming it in a liquid form is even worse.

5. Start Exercising… Find Something That You Enjoy and Can Stick to

Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for both physical and mental health, as well as disease prevention. On its own, it is unlikely to lead to significant weight loss (22).

However… it can help improve your body composition. You may not be losing weight, but you may be losing some fat and gaining a bit of muscle instead (23).

Exercise leads to so many benefits that it is beyond the scope of this article to list all of them… but let’s just say that exercise is highly protective against pretty much any chronic, Western disease (24). It is also incredibly beneficial for mood, well-being and avoiding depression, which is a very common problem today (252627).

When it comes to exercise, what you do exactly is not that important. What IS important is finding something that you enjoy doing and can stick to in the long run.

Although a combination of cardiovascular exercise and some type of resistance training may be the best, something as simple as walking also has incredibly powerful health benefits (28).

If you’ve already done steps 1-4, the function of your hormones should have improved and your energy levels increased, so starting an exercise program may not be that hard. Work your way up to doing some sort of exercise at least 3 times per week.

Bottom Line: Exercise is just as important as nutrition when it comes to optimal health. It can improve both physical and mental health, while being highly protective against most modern, chronic diseases.

6. Replace Sugar, Refined Carbs and Modern Wheat With Other Healthier Foods

Time to get rid of all the “bad” carbs. Sugar and refined carbs are some of the unhealthiest aspects of the modern diet.

They’re low in nutrients and fiber and contribute to overeating, which brings with it a plethora of metabolic problems and diseases (2930).

Wheat is in a league of its own. Modern dwarf wheat, introduced around 1960, is low in nutrients compared to older varieties of wheat and is much worse for celiac patients and gluten sensitive individuals than older types of wheat (313233).

Instead of the “bad” carbs, choose healthier carb sources instead. Vegetables, fruits, potatoes, sweet potatoes, healthier grains like rice, oats and quinoa, even legumes if you can tolerate them. For now, let this suffice and don’t restrict total carb intake (not until step #8).

Whatever you do, just get rid of the sugar and processed carbs from your diet. Eat real food instead.

Bottom Line: Sugar and refined carbs are some of the most damaging aspects of the modern diet. It’s time to get rid of them and eat healthier carbs instead.

7. Start Eating Meat or Fish and Plenty of Vegetables For Dinner

Now it’s time to transform another one of your daily meals… dinner.

Replace whatever it is that you’re eating with a meal based on either meat or fish, along with plenty of nutritious vegetables. I find that dinner is the easiest meal to fit in plenty of veggies.

If you enjoy starches (like potatoes or rice) with dinner, then feel free to eat those too. Definitely try to eat fatty fish at least 1-2 times per week for all the super healthy Omega-3s. If you can’t or won’t eat fatty fish, then supplement with fish oil.

Bottom Line: Start eating a healthy dinner based on meat or fish, with plenty of vegetables. Try to eat fatty fish at least 1-2 times per week.

8. Match Carb Intake to Your Metabolic Health and Activity Levels

Carbs are a highly controversial nutrient. Some think the biggest part of our diet should be coming from carbs, while others think they are downright toxic.

As with most things, the truth is somewhere in between and depends greatly on the individual. The optimal carb intake for any one individual depends on many factors… including metabolic health, activity levels, food culture and personal preference.

Whereas someone who is lean, healthy and lifts weights 5 times a week may function well eating a lot of carbs, someone who is overweight and doesn’t exercise much will probably do better with a low-carb diet. Although there is no scientific paper that explains exactly how to match carbohydrate intake to individual needs, I’ve personally found these guidelines to be effective:

  • 100-150 grams: People who are lean, healthy and physically active (some people may need even more than this).
  • 50-100 grams: People who are overweight and/or don’t exercise much.
  • 20-50 grams: People who have a lot of weight to lose, or have metabolic problems like type 2 diabetes.

If weight loss is your goal, you can slowly add back in healthier carb sources when you reach your ideal weight.

Bottom Line: Some people function best eating plenty of carbohydrates. For others, low-carb diets have life saving benefits. It’s important to match carbohydrate intake to your individual needs and preferences.

9. Take Care of Your Lifestyle… Emphasizing Adequate Sleep and Reduced Stress Levels

Often overlooked, sleep and stress levels can have a major effect on your health. Studies show that not getting enough sleep is strongly linked to many serious diseases, including obesity (3435).

Short sleep duration may actually be one of the strongest risk factor for weight gain. It is linked to a 55% increased risk of obesity in adults and 89% in children (36). There are many ways to improve sleep… such as sleeping in a completely dark room, avoiding caffeine in the afternoon and evening, as well as maintaining a consistent sleep schedule.

Another major lifestyle factor is chronic stress. Excess stress raises your levels of the hormone cortisol, which can make you gain a lot of fat in the abdominal cavity and raise your risk of all sorts of health problems down the line (3738).

Unfortunately, stress can be hard to deal with. Many of us are overwhelmed with various duties and worries. Meditation can help with this, but if you are severely stressed all the time and can’t find a way to change it on your own, then it may be a good idea to seek professional help.

Bottom Line: Lifestyle factors like getting adequate sleep and avoiding chronic stress are incredibly important for optimal health, but often overlooked.

10. Start Eating Healthy Lunches and Snacks… Now Each of Your Daily Meals Should be Healthy and Nutritious

Now that you’ve already taken care of breakfast and dinner, it’s time to move on to lunches and snacks. These meals tend to be the most problematic for a lot of people, because they are often eaten away from home.

A good way to always ensure you can eat something healthy for lunch is to cook an excessive amount at dinner, so you can eat leftovers for lunch the next day. But today, because the world is more health conscious than ever before, “fast food” places that serve healthy food have started appearing all over the place.

It might be a good idea to write down a list of places that serve healthier foods, so you always have some options on hand if you find yourself hungry away from home. Snacks are pretty easy… a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts works well. A few hard boiled eggs, a bag of baby carrots… all of these are easily portable.

Chances are that you won’t even need snacks at this point, since avoiding sugar and processed carbs tends to reduce hunger and lead to stable energy levels.

Bottom Line: It’s time to start eating healthy lunches and snacks every day. Now each of your meals should be healthy and nutritious. It can help to plan ahead and have a list of “fast food” places that serve healthy foods.

11. Cut Out All Processed Foods and Start Focusing on Quality

Now it’s time to go completely real food based. You should already be 90% there, but if you’ve been hanging on to anything that you think may be doing you harm, now is the time to get rid of it.

Clear out your pantry… throw away all soda, bread, cereals, flour, sugars, pastries and processed foods. Start focusing on quality ingredients… look for quality sources of animal foods, choose grass-fed if you can.

Eat quality produce and try to avoid any food with artificial ingredients. Remember… real food doesn’t need an ingredients list, because real food IS the ingredient.

Bottom Line: It’s time to clear your house of all unhealthy, artificial stuff. Start focusing on quality, unprocessed foods at every meal. Look for the healthiest sources of plants and animals.

12. Commit to a Lifetime of Improvement

The final step is a lifelong endeavour. Turn health and nutrition into a hobby.

Subscribe to some blogs and try to read a few health related books per year. Stay health conscious for the rest of your life and you will live longer, look better and avoid most of the chronic diseases that people suffer from in old age.

This post originally appeared at Authority Nutrition. Copyright 2014. Follow Authority Nutrition on Twitter.

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27 Executives Share The Advice That Made Them Successful


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In her upcoming book,Lean InSheryl 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

Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo

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“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.”

From Katie Couric’s book “The Best Advice I Ever Got,” excerpted by The Daily Beast

Shafqat Islam, CEO and co-founder, Newscred

Shafqat Islam, CEO and co-founder, Newscred

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

Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat

“For any business there are three levels of leadership. One is getting somebody to do what you want them to do. The second is getting people to think what you want them to think; then you don’t have to tell them what to do because they will figure it out.”

“But the best is getting people to believe what you want them to believe, and if people really fundamentally believe what you want them to believe, they will walk through walls.”

From a 2012 interview with The New York Times

Maureen Chiquet, Global CEO, Chanel

Maureen Chiquet, Global CEO, Chanel

AP

Mickey Drexler, CEO of Gap at the time, told Chiquet:

“I’m going to give you some important advice. You’re a terrific merchant. But you’ve gotta learn tolisten!

From a 2008 blog post at Harvard Business Review

Jeff Weiner, CEO, LinkedIn

Jeff Weiner, CEO, LinkedIn

LinkedIn

“As a child, I can’t recall a day that went by without my dad telling me I could do anything I set my mind to. He said it so often, I stopped hearing it.Along with lines like “eat your vegetables, I just assumed it was one of those bromides that parents repeated endlessly to their kids.

“It wasn’t until decades later that I fully appreciated the importance of those words and the impact they had on me.”

From a 2012 post at LinkedIn

Ursula Burns, CEO, Xerox

Ursula Burns, CEO, Xerox

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Ursula Burns’ most powerful advice, which she relates to employees, comes from her mother:

“Stuff happens to you, and then there’s stuff that you happen to.”

“Stuff that happens to you, please, let’s talk about it for five minutes, and you can cry, and let’s go through that, the healing process, but then it’s kind of done. I can’t hear about that two years from now.”

From a 2010 interview with the New York Times

Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder, Airbnb

Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder, Airbnb

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When Airbnb was going through Paul Graham’s Y Combinator program, the legendary programmer and startup mentor told Chesky:

“Build something 100 people love, not something 1 million people kind of like.”

From a 2013 interviewwith Pando Daily

Tory Burch, co-founder and creative director, Tory Burch

“When I started my company, many people said I shouldn’t launch it as a retail concept because it was too big a risk.They told me to launch as a wholesaler to test the waters — because that was the traditional way.

“But Glen Senk, [then] CEO of Urban Outfitters and a mentor of mine … told me to follow my instincts and take the riskI wanted to create a new way of looking at retail.”

From a 2009 interview with CNN Money

Terry J. Lundgren, CEO, Macy’s

Terry J. Lundgren, CEO, Macy's

AP

Gene Ross, the man who recruited Lundgren at Bullock, told him:

“You’re not going to do this forever. There’s a finite amount of time you’re going to be doing this. Do this really, really well. And if you do this really, really well, everybody will see that, and they’ll move you onto the next thing. And you do that well, and then you’ll move.”

From a 2009 interview with The New York Times

Richard Branson, founder and chairman, Virgin Group

“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. I have fun running ALL the Virgin businesses — so a setback is never a bad experience, just a learning curve.”

From an interview with The Good Entrepreneur

Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs

Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs

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His boss at Goldman during the 1980s told him:

“First, it’s good to solicit your people’s opinions before you give them yours. And second, your people will be very influenced by how you carry yourself under stress.”

From a 2009 interview with CNNMoney

Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

Business Insider / Matthew Lynley

When Sandberg was thinking she wouldn’t accept an offer to be Google’s general manager, Eric Schmidt told her, “Stop being an idiot; all that matters is growth.” She says that’s the best advice she ever got.

Source: All Things D

Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway director Thomas Murphy told him:

“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.

From a 2010 interview with Yahoo!

Larry Page, co-founder, Google

“In graduate school at Stanford University, I had about ten different ideas of things I wanted to do, and one of them was to look at the link structure of the web. My advisor, Terry Winograd, picked that one out and said, ‘Well, that one seems like a really good idea.’ So I give him credit for that.”

From a 2009 interview with CNN Money

Maria Bartiromo, anchor, CNBC

Maria Bartiromo, anchor, CNBC

“My mom says, ‘You have to have alligator skin. You can’t believe the good stuff, and you certainly can’t believe the bad stuff’ and that’s something I’ve come to accept.

“So when I see someone say anything nice about me in a magazine or anywhere, I probably won’t read it, because I don’t want to be in a place where I start believing my own press releases.”

From a 2010 interview with Business Insider

Bill Gates, chairman, Microsoft

Warren Buffett has taught me a lot of things, but he got me thinking very early on that at some point I’d have the opportunity and responsibility to give the wealth back.

“And so, literally decades before the foundation got started I was reading about philanthropists from the past … what they’d done and how it worked.”

From a 2012 interview with ABC News

Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks

Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks

AP

“Jim Sinegal, the founder of Costco, gave me fantastic advice because we were going down the wrong track. We brought him in to look at our plan and he said, ‘You know, I don’t want to be rude but this is exactly the wrong thing to do.’ This was my idea, and he was right.

“His advice was the cost of losing your core customers and trying to get them back post-recession would be much greater than trying to find new customers, so we completely shifted.”

From a 2011 interview with The Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Jim Rogers, chairman, Rogers Holdings and Beeland Interests

“Buy low and sell high. When I went to Wall Street. Actually all the old guys used to say ‘Figure out the money and you’ll figure out what’s going on.'”

From a 2012 interview with Business Insider

Richard Parsons, former chairman, Citigroup

Richard Parsons, former chairman, Citigroup

AP

Steve Ross, the former CEO of Time Warner, told him:

“Just remember, it’s a small business and a long life. You’re going to see all these people again.”

From the 2008 HACR Roundtable

Jennifer Hyman, CEO and co-founder, Rent The Runway

“Just do it. There’s no benefit to saying, ‘I’m just doing this because it will get me to this new place,’ or ‘I’m just going to go into this analyst program because it will prep me for X.’

If you’re passionate about something, go for it, because people are great at what they love and when they’re the happiest.”

From a 2011 interview with The Huffington Post

Edward Rust Jr., chairman and CEO, State Farm

Edward Rust Jr., chairman and CEO, State Farm

AP

“[My father] had the uncanny ability with just a couple of little phrases. One: ‘You know better… don’t you,’ and ‘you can do better… can’t you.'”

From the 2008 HACR Roundtable

Joe Uva, former CEO, Univision

Uva’s boss early on in his career at McCann Erickson told him:

Always have the courage of your convictions. Always state what’s on your mind. Follow your gut. And observe what other people are doing around you.”

From the 2008 HACR Roundtable

Roman Stanek, CEO and founder, GoodData

“10 years ago I had a meeting with a good friend of mine, and his first question was ‘What is your strategy? I was building a startup and I was looking at execution, so I told him what I was going to do, this is the model, and so on.”

“He said ‘No, no, no, what is your strategy? You have to understand where you’re going. You have to understand your assets are and what you’re leveraging. Even if you’re solving problems and running around and working 80 hours a week, it’s not enough. You have to have a strategy.'” 

From a 2012 interview with Business Insider

Kenneth Burdick, president and CEO, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota

Burdick received this message from various successful people he has met:

Surround yourself with good people. And part of that is surrounding yourself with people who think differently than you. Surrounding yourself with people who have different experiences than you. In business, it’s all about the team.”

From the 2008 HACR Roundtable

Steve Schwartzman, chairman and CEO, Blackstone Group

“[My high school] coach, a 50-year-old named Jack Armstrong … would shout, ‘Remember—you’ve got to make your deposits before you can make a withdrawal!’ …

“Coach Armstrong came to mind in one of my first weeks on Wall Street, 35 years ago. I’d stayed up all night building a massive spreadsheet to be ready for a morning meeting. … The partner on the deal, however, took one look at my work, spotted a tiny error, and went ballistic.

“As I sat there while he yelled at me, I realized I was getting the MBA version of Coach Armstrong’s words. Making an effort and meeting the deadline simply weren’t enough.”

From a 2008 blog post at Harvard Business Review

BONUS: Ben Silbermann, co-founder, Pinterest

“Don’t take too much advice. Most people who have a lot of advice to give — with a few exceptions — generalize whatever they did. …

“Every company carves its own path, and [founders] are under pressure to make their startups look like the last successful company everyone remembers.”

From a panel discussion at SXSW 2012.

42 Successful People Share The Best Advice They Ever Received!!!


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Along the way, they received some guidance that changed their views and, inevitably, got them to the top. 

In its latest “Influencers” seriesLinkedIn asked 70+ top professionals in banking, real estate, public relations, energy, technology, and media to answer the question: “What is the best advice you’ve ever received?”

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark was advised not to “correct people when it matters little” and Gallup‘s Jim Clifton was told that “your weaknesses will never develop while your strengths will develop infinitely.”

From T. Boone Pickens to Martha Stewart to Richard Branson, here are the lessons that changed the top minds in the world. We’re publishing the highlights with permission from LinkedIn.

 

T. Boone Pickens, Chairman of BP Capital Management

“If I had to single out one piece of advice that’s guided me through life, most likely it would be from my grandmother, Nellie Molonson. She always made a point of making sure I understood that on the road to success,there’s no point in blaming others when you fail. 

“Here’s how she put it: ‘Sonny, I don’t care who you are. Some day you’re going to have to sit on your own bottom.’ After more than half a century in the energy business, her advice has proven itself to be spot-on time and time again. My failures? I never have any doubt whom they can be traced back to. My successes? Most likely the same guy.”

Source: LinkedIn

Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

“The best advice I’ve ever received was from my father when I was 12 years old and willing to listen. He told me that with my personal characteristics, I could, if I set my mind to it, do anything I chose.

“This advice instilled in me a great sense of confidence, and despite the fact that sometimes I was a little nervous, I stepped out and did what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. I think it really often is up to the parents to help build confidence in their children. It is a very necessary part of growing up.”

Source: LinkedIn

Jim Kim, President at The World Bank

“… I received some great advice from Marshall Goldsmith, one of the preeminent authorities in the field of leadership. He told me this: ‘If you want to be an effective leader, listen to and accept with humility the feedback that comes from your team.'”

“The most fundamental commitment you have to make as a leader is to humbly listen to the input of others, take it seriously, and work to improve. Again, it sounds simple, but it’s not easy. Leadership, as Marshall always says, is a contact sport, and one has to constantly ask for and respond to advice from colleagues so you can improve.”

Source: LinkedIn

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group

“The best advice I ever received? Simple: Have no regrets. Who gave me the advice? Mum’s the word.

“If you asked every person in the world who gave them their best advice, it is a safe bet that most would say it was their mother. I am no exception. My mother has taught me many valuable lessons that have helped shape my life. But having no regrets stands out above all others, because it has informed every aspect of my life and every business decision we have ever made.”

Source: LinkedIn

Sallie Krawcheck, former President of Merrill Lynch, US Trust, Smith Barney

Sallie Krawcheck, former President of Merrill Lynch, US Trust, Smith Barney

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“One day, after some petty humiliation, I came home in tears. My mother sat me down and told me, in a voice that I thought of as her ‘telephone voice’ (meaning, reserved for grown-ups), that I should ignore the girls [from school]; the only reason they were treating me poorly was because they were jealous of me. Therefore I should ignore the chattering crowds and set my own course.”

Source: LinkedIn

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

LinkedIn

“As a child, I can’t recall a day that went by without my dad telling me I could do anything I set my mind to. He said it so often, I stopped hearing it … It wasn’t until decades later that I fully appreciated the importance of those words and the impact they had on me.

Source: LinkedIn

Peter Guber, CEO of Mandalay Entertainment co-owner of the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Dodgers

Pat Riley, President of the Miami Heat, told Guber to never visibly show how upset you are:

You are going to lose a lot! A lot! Get used to it! It’s a crucial part of the process! That behavior doesn’t help you or your team. You’ve got to always remain visibly positive! Managing losses is a challenge you must be up to! You can never give in to it!”

Source: LinkedIn

Vivian Schiller, Chief Digital Officer at NBC News, former CEO of NPR

Vivian Schiller, Chief Digital Officer at NBC News, former CEO of NPR

You’re never as good as your best review, and never as bad as your worst.’ I was given this advice by a former boss, and it has since stuck with me as a guide for getting through the best of times and the worst of times.

“Looking back on my career and all of the places I’ve been, there have been incredible highs and lows at each point along the way. What I’ve come to learn is that life is cyclical and the best way to stay focused is to ignore the swings and instead focus on the long run.”

Source: LinkedIn

Shai Agassi, founder of Better Place

Shai Agassi, founder of Better Place

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At a conference in 2006, President Clinton gave Agassi some advice on pricing for market disruption:

“‘By the time you will convince the rich folks in Israel to try it, then get the average folks in Israel to try it, then bring it to the U.S. for our rich folks … the world will run out of time. You need to price your car so that an average Joe would prefer it over the kind of cars they buy today — an 8-year-old used gasoline car, selling for less than $3,000. As a matter of fact, if you can give away your car for free, that’s a sure way to succeed.’

Pricing for market disruption is very different than pricing for a few early adopters. You have to plan your pricing from the target customer’s perspective, within the boundaries of your costs.”

Source: LinkedIn

Tom Keene, editor-at-large for Bloomberg News and host of Bloomberg Surveillance

“Everyone can read a book. Some read two books on a topic. Several read three books … As a general rule, to get up to LinkedIn speed on any topic, read five books.

“By now (four books) you have figured out exactly how dumb you are. So, the fifth book can be anything that floats your LinkedIn boat, say, Kent Osband’s hugely under-rated ‘Iceberg Risk.’ (I can just hear Taleb screaming, “Tom, they really should read my ‘Anti-fragile’ or at least ‘Dynamic Hedging’ as the fifth book.”)

“Get past the one-book and on to the next topic habit. Do the Rule of 5. All of these ‘risk’ books are important. Taken together, they get you to the power of not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, but, rather 5 … books. Discuss.”

Source: LinkedIn

Beth Comstock, CMO at GE

Beth Comstock, CMO at GE

GE

“Moving fast and being organized were my strong suits. The more there was to do, the more I felt alive.”

“Who better than me, then, to land a plum assignment working for Jack Welch, Mr. Speed and Simplicity. Imagine my surprise when he called me into his office that day and admonished me for being too efficient. My zeal to do everything on my to-do list — along with my reserved, even shy nature — made me come across as abrupt and cold. I started every meeting by jumping right in and left with every action under control.

“‘You have to wallow in it,’ he said. ‘Take time to get to know people. Understand where they are coming from, what is important to them. Make sure they are with you.’ I heard Jack loud and clear. But honestly, it took a long time for the impact of his words to sink in, and even longer to change my behavior. After all, those same attributes had led to my being in the role in the first place.”

Source: LinkedIn

Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow

Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow

Zillow

“The best advice I have ever gotten was to always hire people who are even better than you.

You have to try to be comfortable enough with your own position that you hire people beneath you who are extraordinary. Too often middle managers — subconsciously or consciously — hire mediocre people beneath them in order to look good by comparison.”

Source: LinkedIn

Brad Smith, President and CEO at Intuit

Smith’s dad gave him career advice when he finished college:

“He advised me thatchoosing the right job was not a sudden lightning bolt of realization, nor was it for most of us something we knew we wanted to do since we were kids (oh, how I envied those kids). Rather, it was a process of trial and error – a voyage of discovery.”

Source: LinkedIn

Ilya Pozin, founder of Ciplex

“Most of us are trained to believe that practice makes perfect; but the best advice I’ve ever received preaches the exact opposite: Don’t be a perfectionist. Today I embrace this, but when I first heard this 7 years ago, I refused to accept it.”

Source: LinkedIn

Pete Cashmore, CEO of Mashable, Inc.

“… I had access to the best guidance available: We all do. In the era of blogging, many of the leading thinkers in the web industry were publishing their thoughts online for free. 

“I learned about venture capital thanks to the insights of Fred Wilson, and got my first look at the world of digital marketing thanks to Edelman’s Steve Rubel. Charlene Li of Forrester Research was unknowingly my mentor in the realm of web trends.

“Now many of these industry experts have moved to newer platforms like Twitter and Facebook, where they continue to distill their invaluable advice and insights to the world. And everyday (sic), without knowing it, they are actually giving me the best advice: Keep listening.”

Source: LinkedIn

Caryn Seidman Becker, CEO of CLEAR

“When I was 13, I had a problem that seemed like an absolute disaster (as most things do when you’re young). Tired of hearing me whine, my grandfather said, ‘Caryn, just pull yourself up by the bootstraps and move forward.’ Today they call that being resilient, and it’s the single best trait needed to succeed through tough times.

“I now live that advice multiple times a week. Throughout both my personal and professional life, his words have helped me overcome obstacles big or small. There will always be issues and setbacks, but the worst thing you can do is get hung up on a problem. Instead, you have to be resilient to find a good solution.”

Source: LinkedIn

Michael Moritz, Chairman of Sequoia Capital

“‘Follow your instincts’ was the terse, three-word suggestion I received 25 years ago from Don Valentine, founder of Sequoia Capital.

“‘Follow your instincts’ shouldn’t be confused with ‘trust your gut,’ ‘ignore reality,’ ‘rely on your sniffer’ or ‘go for glory.’ The rough translation is ‘do your homework well, analyze things carefully, assess the options but eventually trust your judgment and have the courage of your convictions – even if they are unpopular.”

Source: LinkedIn

Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup

“The best advice I ever received came from my dad, Don Clifton. It was actually a piece of simple, yet profound wisdom that has shaped my life. ‘Your weaknesses will never develop,’ he told me, ‘while your strengths will develop infinitely.'”

Source: LinkedIn

Michael Fertik, CEO at Reputation.com

‘You are not required to finish your work, yet neither are you permitted to desist from it.’ This is from Pirke Aboth, or “The Ethics of the Fathers” … a collection of wisdom from the Jewish Talmudic sages, in this case, Rabbi Tarfon. This particular instruction has resonated with me for years. It’s something I think about nearly each day, and I find myself applying it to everything: My day job, my family life, my long-term hopes, even my sense of responsibility as a citizen.

“It’s a beautiful concept. It says you have an obligation to labor, to continue trying and making your way through the world, in essence, making a difference. At the same time, the instruction also focuses you on the effort, not the outcome. The main idea is the project, not the success.”

Source: LinkedIn

Zach Coelius, CEO of Triggit

“As a startup founder I can honestly say I have lost track of how many times I’ve wanted to quit. The job is simply too hard not to regularly feel dispirited.”

“Throughout these trials and tribulations I have found the best place to turn for counsel is from those who have gone before me as fellow travelers on the entrepreneurship path. … Through their words and deeds, through the stories they shared and the feelings they bared, they taught me thatregardless of how bad things might be, I should always remember how insanely lucky I am to get do this and I should enjoy it while I can.”

Source: LinkedIn

Paul Kedrosky, Investor at SK Ventures

Paul Kedrosky, Investor at SK Ventures

You can’t push on a rope. A fourth-year engineering school professor told me that most of engineering could be reduced to two things: F=ma, and you can’t push on a rope.

The former, while important, is computational and self-explanatory; the latter, however, is weirdly helpful even when you don’t have a calculator around. Because you can’t push on ropes, whether physical, relational or metaphorical.”

Source: LinkedIn

Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Local

Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Local

Dave Kerpen

“My father-in-law, the Honorable Steven W. Fisher … taught me this essential business paradox: when you want something from someone, give them something instead, with no strings attached or expectations. Ask how you can be of service. Act like a true friend, even before you’ve established a friendship. Are you guaranteed to be able to leverage this later? Absolutely not. But that’s not the point – the point is that when you act unselfishly – when you behave as you would to a great friend – trustworthy and trusting, respectful and kind – then more often than not, good things will come in the relationship.”

Source: LinkedIn

Nilofer Merchant, HBR Writer and founder of Rubicon Consulting

When I was 20-something … I walked into my boss’s office, the division leader … I told him that I felt like on any given day I was facing a tsunami of things I could pay attention to, and there was no way I could work any harder to make stuff happen. I was asking for more resources, as the answer. And he sat me down as he might one of his many kids and gave me this advice: Feed the Eagles and Starve the Turkeys.

Feed the Eagles. There are only a few things that matter. Know what they are. And place your energy into them. They aren’t always right in front of you so you need to look up and out more. Starve the Turkeys – lots of things are right in front of you … pecking around, making noise, and demanding attention. Because they are right in front of you, it’s easy to pay attention to them most and first. Ignore them. They will actually do fine without you.

Source: LinkedIn

Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist

Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist

Stephanie Canciello, unali artists

“I’m a nerd, seriously hard-core, and sometimes that translates into being a know-it-all. People got tired of that while I worked at an IBM branch office in Detroit in the eighties. My boss told that that it had become a real problem with about half my co-workers.

“However, he said that my saving grace was my sense of humor. When trying to be funny, well, didn’t matter if I was funny or not, at least I wasn’t being an a**hole. The advice was to focus on my sense of humor and worry less about being exactly right. For sure, don’t correct people when it matters little.”

“It took a while to get noticed, but it did get noticed, and some tension got less tense. That felt pretty good.

Source: LinkedIn

D.J. Patil, Data Scientist at Greylock Capital Partners

“I had the good luck as a young doctoral student to have the famous Jim Yorke (yes, those are his shoes) as one of my Ph.D. advisers … One of the things that Jim is best known for is naming the field of Chaos Theory.

“Late one day in the empty, long hallway of our department, I ran into Jim and seized the opportunity to impress him. I quickly launched into the explanation of the problem I was thinking about, talking fast and gesturing wildly. Jim waited patiently until I was done. Then: Silence. Fearful that I hadn’t been clear, I started up again. Finally, I was out of breath and energy. My reward? More silence. Jim just looked at me with an intense look and slowly nodded his head up and down. I thought to myself; yes, I’ve said something awesome! Then he said: Simple problems quickly become hard. Complex problems become intractable. He nodded some more, raised one eyebrow, and turned and walked away.”

Source: LinkedIn

Anand Chandrasekaran, Entrepreneurial Product Leader at Yahoo

“A few years ago, I received J. Krishnamurti’s ‘The Book of Life‘ as a birthday gift. In it was one of my favorite pieces of advice:Always cultivate a beginner’s mind. In typical JK fashion, the book does not spell out *exactly* what that means — except that in the beginner’s mind, the possibilities are endless. In an expert’s mind, the possibilities are few.

Source: LinkedIn

Tim Brown, CEO of Ideo

Tim Brown, CEO of Ideo

“I received one of my most valuable and sustaining pieces of advice from my mentor Bill Moggridge soon after I started working with him in the late 1980’s. He had something called the ’10 day rule’ that he applied religiously to his own life and suggested strongly that I did the same to mine. 

The 10 day rule dictated that he was never allowed to travel away from his wife, Karin, for more than 10 days at a time. He would go to whatever lengths necessary to make it back home within the 10 days even if it meant flying the next day to another client meeting. His view was that this design constraint made him more efficient with travel and also reminded him to keep a balance between home and work life. I have found both of these to be true and have applied the 10 day rule throughout my career. I am convinced it has helped me maintain a great relationship with my own wife, Gaynor, for the last 27 years.”

Source: LinkedIn

Naomi Simpson, founder of RedBalloon

“The greatest piece of advice I had more than a decade ago – when my business was tiny – was simply: ‘If it’s meant to be, it is up to me.'”

“To me this does not mean that I have to do all the work … in fact what a bad leader I would be if I toiled 20 hours a day. What it means to me is that I am accountable. And I can live in a world without blame.”

Source: LinkedIn

Jordy Leiser, co-founder of STELLAService

Jordy Leiser, co-founder of STELLAService

“The best advice I ever received was not really advice but more of an approach to living. It applies to several aspects of life: careers, relationships, sports; health and wellness, and probably many others: The harder you work, the luckier you get.

“There’s some debate about who first made this statement. Ben Franklin apparently once said ‘Diligence is the mother of good luck,’ although more recently people think of legendary South African golfer Gary Player as the person who coined the phrase. That’s probably how it was eventually passed along to me, as my Dad started teaching me golf and its many truisms at an early age (there are conveniently plenty of great life lessons learned by analogy on the golf course – one shot at a time; you can’t control a bad break; manage the highs and the lows; forget your opponents and play against par).”

Source: LinkedIn

Randall Rothenberg, CEO of Interactive Advertising Bureau

Here are some of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten; each told to me personally:

On management, from U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley (D – N.J.):

Never eat before a big game.

On marketing, from Joe Nemec, senior partner at Booz Allen Hamilton:

You put your suits in the window, but underwear is the revenue driver.

On leadership, from John Harris, senior partner at Booz Allen Hamilton:

A leader must not be afraid to repeat himself, until everyone in the organization can channel the leader’s point of view, objectives, and mission.

On patience, told to me by my dad, Marvin J. Rothenberg, when I was 2 years old.:

“Hey, you can only put your pants on one leg at a time.”

On finance, from Manuel Fives, my grandfather, in response to my question, asked at age 8, “Pop Pop, is a penny a lot of money?”

Well, if you got a penny, it’s not a lot of money. But if you don’t got a penny, it’s a hell of a lot of money.

Source: LinkedIn  

Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer.com

“Probably the first piece of advice that really resonated with me was from an old guy that was selling a business to my parents when I was about sixteen years old. [He said that] if someone ever asks you if you can do something and is willing to provide you an opportunity, just jump on it. You can figure out how to deliver after you get the job! I didn’t go to CEO school. I just seized the opportunity and then figured out what to do later.

“Too many capable people limit their options because they think they don’t have enough experience or feel that they need to work their way up the corporate ladder by visiting every single rung on the way up. Too many people tell me that their dream is to leave their boring cog in the machine day job and start their own business, but they couldn’t possibly think of doing that because they’ve never had experience running one – well that’s a bit chicken and egg! Carpe diem! The time is now! Time and tide waits for no man. No one is going to hand you your future on a plate.”

Source: LinkedIn

Inge Geerdens, founder of CVWarehouse

If you want a partnership to flourish, it needs to be a win-win. If you come out of a meeting with the feeling that you’ve won and the other party has lost the negotiations, you will also lose in the end. Nobody will truly invest time, effort or money in a deal when there’s little or no gain to expect. Drop the deal.”

Source: LinkedIn

Hilary Mason, Chief Scientist at Bitly

“I’ve heard and read quite a lot of good advice, most of which I’ve probably ignored, but one thing that I did internalize was a bit of advice about, oddly enough, travel: pack half as much stuff as you think you’ll need, and twice as much money.

“The more I travel this way the more I bring the same attitude to every new project. You can’t know what’s going to happen, so don’t worry — just take what you need, and jump in.”

Source: LinkedIn

Bill Drayton, CEO at Ashoka

“The worst kind of advice can sometimes come with the best of intentions, from those who really care for you. The best advice then is the advice you give yourself – to stop listening to the naysayers and to trust your vision. The worst advice I (and almost everyone) have received and still receive, dose after dose, is: ‘Don’t do that.’ The supporting arguments vary little: ‘It’s not practical. It won’t work. You can’t make that fly. It will cost too much. It’s a crazy idea.’ “

“Here’s my advice: The first step to becoming a changemaker (the only secure job going forward) is to give oneself permission, i.e. to ignore — politely, of course — all those who say ‘Don’t do it.’ “

Source: LinkedIn

Kevin Chou, CEO of Kabam

“At [a] difficult juncture I remember a piece of advice I received from a VC colleague: “Business change is never popular and a messy affair, but survival depends upon it.” In the world of business, I believe corporate Darwinism is playing out in increasingly rapid cycles. It is neither the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

Source: LinkedIn

Gretchen Rubin, author and blogger

“My father: ‘If you’re willing to take the blame when you deserve it, people will give you the responsibility.’ This was perhaps the best advice for the workplace I ever got.”

Source: LinkedIn

Christopher Schroeder, writer and angel investor, former CEO of HealthCentral

“In my recent incantation as a temporary writer, I needed all the help I could get on my book Startup Rising — The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East, which will be published by MacMillan and Palgrave this summer. I asked my friend; the great Washington Post investigative journalist, editor, author, and now also documentarian David Hoffman, to review my book proposal.

“‘Look,’ he wrote me, ‘This isn’t a board memo. Stop trying so hard. Show us what you’re seeing and experiencing, don’t tell us what you saw. Show, don’t tell! Make us feel we are there with you!‘ ” My great editors and every writer I spoke with subsequently gave me the same advice. All had received it themselves at some point in their careers. And it makes all the difference.”

Source: LinkedIn

Nicholas Thompson, senior editor at The New Yorker magazine

Thompson’s former soccer coach, Bruce Cochrane, told him that losing doesn’t matter:

“It sounds like a trite lesson now: another version of ‘it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.’ But it was much more powerful. He was explaining thatthere was a certain artistry to what we were trying to do, and a certain dignity that we had upheld even in defeat.”

Source: LinkedIn

Olivier Fleurot, CEO of MSLGROUP

“‘Be brave, imaginative and decent‘: this is how Dame Marjorie Scardino signed her first letter to all staff when she took the helm of Pearson in 1997.

“What many managers lack most, when their businesses are confronted with profound transformations, is bravery. Most of them find excuses not to face reality. They just try to manage their way through the storm, hoping that good times will come back and business will go back to the good old ‘normal.’ “

Source: LinkedIn

Jeff Selingo, columnist and author

“The advice came from Clint Williams, an editor at the paper. Near the end of the summer, many of the fellows were figuring out where to focus our job search or weighing job offers. Many of us didn’t know what to do next. What would make us happy?

“Clint had a rule of thirds for happiness in life. He told me to ask three questions: Are you happy with your job? Are you happy where you live? Are you happy who you’re with (depending on your circumstances that could mean friends, spouse, partner, etc). If you answer Yes to at least two out of three, you found your spot for the moment. If not, you need to make a change to one of them.

Source: LinkedIn

Charlene Li, founding partner at Altimeter Group

“In my second year at Harvard Business School, I took a career management course because I had no idea what I was going to do upon graduation. At the start of the course, the professor gave me the best advice: That the most important asset I would ever manage would be my career and because of that, I should give it the proper time, attention and investment that it deserved. No other asset I would ever manage would ever come close to the net present value of my career.

“His specific advice was to evaluate my career status about every 18 months. It’s 18 months because that’s about how long it takes for a person to master a job — and begin to look for new challenges. Either you find those challenges in the existing job or you have to and find new opportunities. Regardless, that regular evaluation keeps you honest about managing your career, rather than passively going along with the situation that you are currently in.”

Source: LinkedIn

Michael Schrage, researcher at MIT’s Media Lab

“Both as a teacher and advisor, I’d grow frustrated and even angry that my students and clients often didn’t seem to care as much about solving their important problem or really understanding a mission-critical issue as much as I did. In spite of my best efforts to inform, cajole, persuade, threaten and / or beseech, they were resolute in their relative indifference.

“Reading the truly excellent work of service counselors and consulting gurus Peter Block and Gerald Weinberg on ‘flawless consulting,’ authenticity and accountability, one key admonition leapt out: Don’t care more about your client’s problem than the client does. This advice transformed how I relate to clients and students alike. I make it clear that I will make every professional effort to align with their level of passion, commitment and caring. But I will not care more about their problems and challenges than they do.

“Caring too much can be as professionally destructive as caring too little. I’ve learned that my clients, my students and I have healthier relationships when I recognize and respect their levels of caring and commitment. They’re more productive relationships, too.”

Source: LinkedIn