Words of Wisdom from 10 Top Business Leaders


Everyone needs some #MondayMotivation every once in a while. Start your week with encouragement and a fresh perspective from some of the top business leaders. Here are their words of wisdom.

1. Adapt, Don’t Complain

“What we need to do is always lean into the future; when the world changes around you and when it changes against you - what used to be a tail wind is now a headwind - you have to lean into that and figure out what to do because complaining isn't a strategy.” - Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon

2. Make the Next Big Opportunity Fit for You

“There is no perfect fit when you're looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.” - Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

3.  Seek Out Criticism

"Really pay attention to negative feedback and solicit it, particularly from friends. ... Hardly anyone does that, and it's incredibly helpful." - Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX

4.  Improve Yourself First

“The distance between number one and number two is always a constant. If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you. That is a big lesson. I cannot just expect the organization to improve if I don't improve myself and lift the organization, because that distance is a constant.” - Indra Nooyi, CEO and chair of PepsiCo

5. Find Your Direction and Team

"I think as a company, if you can get those two things right — having a clear direction on what you are trying to do and bringing in great people who can execute on the stuff — then you can do pretty well." - Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook

6. Hustle

“Work smart. Get things done. No nonsense. Move fast.” - Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube

7. Empower Others

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. - Bill Gates, co-founder Microsoft

8. Focus on Meaningful Work

“How do I define success? Let me tell you, money's pretty nice. But having a lot of money does not automatically make you a successful person. What you want is money and meaning. You want your work to be meaningful, because meaning is what brings the real richness to your life.” - Oprah Winfrey, CEO of Oprah Winfrey Network

9. Think Outside the Box

“Don’t be afraid to change the model.” - Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix

10.  Demonstrate Ownership

What I always say is, 'Do every job you're in like you're going to do it for the rest of your life, and demonstrate that ownership of it.” - Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors Company

Story By: Kris Martins