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Ten entrepreneurs share the advice that made them successful

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do.”

REGARDLESS OF HOW we define it, success can feel like a fleeting and often elusive target. It takes confidence, passion and drive to accomplish your goals and to recognise success when you’ve achieved it.

Here’s how ten influential executives and entrepreneurs describe the key to their success.

Bill Gates

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.

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Steve Jobs

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

Barbara Corcoran

People want to do business with someone they like. If people like you, they’re going to want to do business with you.

Marissa Mayer

I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this’, and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.

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Jeff Bezos

If you’re competitor-focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something. Being consumer-focused allows you to be more pioneering.

Jack Dorsey

Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.

Angela Ahrendts

Remember, the universal language is not texted, emailed or spoken. It is felt.

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Richard Branson

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.

Warren Buffet

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently

Mark Zuckerberg 

The biggest risk is not taking any risk … In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.

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Mike Nudelman and Richard Feloni

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