100 pieces of business advice – by you

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[tweetmeme]Last week I ran a couple of social media workshops and wanted to show live examples of how you can use the tools on the day. I decided to ask a question to show the kind of response you can get from social media and both tweeted the question and added it to Linked In.

The question I asked came from an interesting chat in the pub with the guys at Mat Dolphin (our studio buddies): What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

The responses came flooding in (for which I thank you all) and I loved them. So much so that I thought I’d make the most of them in a blog post of their very own. Et voila:

  1. Always be true to yourself
  2. Always be straight forward in your dealings be it personal or professional
  3. What doesn’t kill you makes you a funny motherf***er
  4. Do what you enjoy. No one is good at things they don’t enjoy so don’t do them if you don’t have to
  5. Sometimes it’s smart to give up and move on
  6. Promise great results but deliver excellent results. Overdeliver always!
  7. Don’t sweat the small stuff
  8. The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice you give to others.
  9. Do not imitate anyone, you will end up being a second class version, be yourself be original
  10. Get it right. Write it tight. Make it bright. And make it march
  11. It is all about finding right people. If you find them, you do not need contracts. If you find wrong people even the best contracts will be of no use
  12. Breathe
  13. Never say never
  14. Take responsibility and accountability for your actions and decisions. If something does not go the way you wanted it to then you should analyse the situation being honest enough to admit where you caused or added to the problem
  15. Embrace the concept of the “internal client.” Deal with your boss, colleagues and staff as if they were your clients
  16. You can do anything you put your mind to
  17. You’ll never get rich working for someone else
  18. You can’t get what you don’t ask for
  19. Always make that extra call of the day. It might be the one that makes all the difference
  20. Don’t stub a stone that’s not in your way
  21. Don’t be afraid to use your own life to create a niche for yourself
  22. It’s hard to beat somebody when they dont give up – Babe Ruth
  23. You have two ears and one mouth — use them proportionately
  24. Never run out of cash
  25. Get it right, get it quick, get it out, and get it over… your problem won’t improve with age
  26. Money talks & BS walks
  27. Resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other guy dies
  28. Follow your heart
  29. If you don’t really want the answer, don’t ask the question
  30. Get connected but keep in mind you are what you post
  31. Indecision is a bigger killer than wrong decisions
  32. Stop taking yourself and others so God d*** seriously
  33. Only buy what you love and be willing to live with it for the rest of you life
    It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
  34. Think before you speak
  35. You want people to smile when they see you coming
  36. Be the change you wish to see in the world
  37. You are who you walk with
  38. Everybody puts their pants on one leg at a time
  39. Life is about priorities
  40. Take a chance! You cannot succeed if you never try
  41. Rock the boat
  42. Give more than you receive and actually care
  43. Don’t wait for something to happen
  44. Always remember it’s a moving picture, not a still!
  45. Think ahead. Read markets. Understand how fashions in communication change. Constantly.
  46. A stitch in time saves nine
  47. Body is a device to carry the brain so take care of the TWO.
  48. Always look at the half glass full then empty.
  49. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten
  50. Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much
  51. Truth is everybody is going to hurt you, you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for
  52. Ask questions if you don’t understand
  53. Listen, really listen
  54. If you don’t know the answer to something when asked, be honest and say so, then find the answer from someone who does and close the loop.
  55. Know when to be quiet
  56. Stick to your guns and shoot them if necessary
  57. It is you who decides on which problems you want
  58. Don’t be jealous of others’ success unless you’re prepared to work as hard as they have
  59. Know when to stop asking for advice and just do it
  60. Don’t eat yellow snow
  61. Always split the 8s
  62. Always Always go with your instinct
  63. Always pay your insurance
  64. Always have your fare
  65. it takes 10 years to be an overnight
  66. Failure is an option, fear is not
  67. Don’t give advice. People never take it
  68. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know
  69. Don’t put petrol in a diesel car
  70. Give me the strength to change things I can and the wisdom to recognise the things I
  71. Go with your gut
  72. Watch the ball all the way onto the bat
  73. Stay Happy & Don’t Die
  74. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and then try again
  75. Only employ people better than yourself
  76. Party on and be excellent to each
  77. Ignore advice
  78. There are 3 businesses – yours, mine and God’s – keep your nose in the right one
  79. Lot’s of people will give you advice, just smile, nod and say ‘what a good idea’
  80. Stop dithering and just [insert expletive] do it
  81. Never assume
  82. Your own negative thoughts can be your own worst enemy. See past them
  83. Tell clients what you’re going to deliver and when, then deliver it. Leads to happy clients
  84. Don’t hurry, don’t worry and smell the flowers along the way
  85. Be true to yourself
  86. Start with the end in mind
  87. What you focus on determines how you feel
  88. Never burn your bridges
  89. You make your own reality
  90. Stop complaining and do something about it
  91. Never lose sight of your vision, even when the bad stuff grinds you down
  92. Asking the right questions, Staying grounded, Working to one’s strengths.
  93. If you fail to prepare then prepare to fail
  94. Don’t give advice if you’re not asked for it
  95. You can’t teach old gorillas to walk in the woods
  96. Work hard, tell the truth and don’t be resentful
  97. Plan, plan and then plan again
  98. If you look backwards you’ll only walk into something. Look forwards. Always
  99. Fake it to make it. Visualise what you want, imagine it happening now and it will be
  100. Just do it!

Do you have a favourite? Do you have any more to add?

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  1. Thanks for this Gemma, what a lovely collection of positive thoughts !! My favourite is the one I put in but also like: Never lose sight of your vision, even when the bad stuff grinds you down

    Thanks again 😀

  2. David Sealey says:

    I created a Wordle based on all the advice which I thought was a useful way of picking out the main advice:

    David Sealey

  3. Gemma Went says:

    Great isn’t it. Really pleased with the responses.

  4. Gemma Went says:

    I love it! Thanks David

  5. Trevor says:

    These are some really good pieces of advice! I like 34, 37 and 44the most.

    Thank you for compiling them.

  6. Gemma Went says:

    You’re welcome. I rather enjoyed it. Liking your personal faves

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