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The Best Advice These 11 Successful People Ever Received

What’s the No. 1 piece of advice your closest mentor ever gave you?

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July 20, 2017

Mentors reduce your learning curve by years through mastering the best of wiser, more experienced role models. These 11 entrepreneurs share the No. 1 piece of advice their closest mentor ever gave them.

Related: 8 Ways to Create a Killer Relationship With Your Mentors

Kevin Harrington1. Time is the most valuable thing you have.

My father, Charlie Harrington, was my first and best mentor. He taught me to analyze my day on a dollar-a-minute basis. Every Sunday, I examine the week ahead. I evaluate where to dedicate my time before moving things around. I ask, How long will this take? What’s my upside? What’s the opportunity cost?

I turn down free equity in people’s businesses every day because they want too much of my time: a weekly one-hour call, a monthly face-to-face meeting, a quarterly retreat. But it’s a startup. If it makes $1 million in three years, I’ll get 5 percent, which is $50,000. The math isn’t worth it.

I recently acquired 2 million shares of stock in a public company, trading at 60 cents a share. They only asked for a quarterly board meeting—two in person. The upside made it worth my time.

Kevin Harrington, inventor of the infomercial, pioneer of the “As Seen on TV” industry, and original Shark onShark Tank

11 Ways to Stay Motivated From People Who Refused to Quit2. Your income correlates with the value you bring.

I met my mentor, Bill Mitchell, at 20 years old. I vividly remember his best advice: He asked about my goals, and I replied, “To earn $250,000 in commissions.” Laughing, he said, “Don’t focus on making money until after 30 years old.”

This seemed crazy because he was wildly successful, so I asked, “Why not?” He explained if you chase money, you’ll always just chase money and rarely be happy. “Instead, become more valuable than anyone. Deliver more service, help everyone achieve goals and become their best. And guess what will happen? Buckets of money will be given to you.”

Too many in today’s world want life’s riches, but very few understand and act on my mentor’s advice: Your income always directly correlates to the value you bring to the market.

—Tom Ferry, founder and CEO of Tom Ferry International, ranked the No. 1 real estate coach by the Swanepoel Power 200, and New York Times best-selling author of Life! By Design

Danae Ringelmann3. Humbly say yes.

My mentor taught me, “The world likes inertia. It loves to say no. As an entrepreneur, it’s your job to keep saying yes and create the change that the world doesn’t yet know it needs. Don’t expect any thanks or pats on the back. Seeing the change you helped shepherd will be enough reward in itself.

Danae Ringelmann, founder and chief development officer of Indiegogo

10 Morning Routines of Wildly Successful Entrepreneurs4. Remember the human touch.

Bill Draper, my father, told me that it doesn’t matter who is doing the selling or who is doing the buying; it’s the human connection that counts. I think about that every time I raise a fund or hear an entrepreneur pitch me.

Tim Draperfounding partner of legendary venture capitalist firm DFJ

michael oved5. Don’t get in your own way.

The advice I’ve carried throughout my career is, “Three things bring great people down: fear, greed and ego.” If you look back at the downfall of any leader throughout history, you’ll find they exhibited at least one of these traits, if not all of them.

Vinnie Viola, a man who beat the odds by becoming a self-made billionaire after growing up on the streets of Brooklyn, and whose father was a truck driver, told me this one night over a drink while we were in Austin. His advice guided me to make some of the most successful business partnerships by focusing my efforts on people who are level-headed, generous and humble. And I too strive to exhibit these qualities in my own life.

Michael Oved, founder of Swap Protocol; passionate about a future where people fearlessly trade digital value without third-party intervention

Bret Lockett6. Be very careful how you spend the first and last two hours of each day.

My closest mentor—one of the most successful leaders in the financial industry—gave me this tidbit early in my career: “Most people wake up reactively, adhering to the world’s needs, not their own.” In a world of unlimited communication, people don’t disconnect from society to analyze their lives.

The first two hours of your day should be spent aligning your short-term efforts with your long-term goals. I wake up during the week at 3:30 a.m., taking the time to meditate and read for 20 minutes. Then I spend an hour doing an intensive workout like circuit training or hiking.

The last two hours of your day dictates your energy for the next day. I spend an hour studying or learning a new skill, and the last hour planning my next day.

Learn to work harder on yourself than your job.

Bret Lockett, former NFL player, entrepreneur, and senior partner ofM2Jets; private luxury travel, wealth management and financing for high net-worth individuals

Yuli Ziv7. Think big; don’t be afraid to be bold.

Becoming an entrepreneur takes you from making a nice salary to suddenly raising or juggling budgets worth the same amount. Your scale completely changes. At times, it’s terrifying to think of the risk taken with the money you could have lived off for a long time.

One of the investors in my first company, who was a successful entrepreneur with multiple businesses, pushed me to scale quickly and not waste time on building things slow. His advice: “Think big; don’t be afraid to do bold things that will put your ideas and business on the map.”

It pushed me to try bold strategies that still pay off today. Whether it’s investing in a new product that generates press buzz or betting on an expensive employee who will pay off with dividends, “not afraid to think big” became my mantra.

Yuli Ziv, founder and CEO of Style Coalition, bestselling author ofMillionaire Influencer, and immigrant entrepreneur who bootstrapped her business from zero to millions

alison dunn8. Choose your spouse wisely.

A mentor once shared this powerful piece of advice: “The only person in your whole life you get to choose is your spouse—everyone else is given to us: parents, siblings, schoolmates, co-workers, neighbors, even your children—so choose wisely.”

I wholeheartedly believe that choosing a life partner is one of the single greatest influences on our life’s journey—from our health to our wealth, from the depth and breadth of the life we live.

Whether you’re single, married or divorced, now is the time to work on “who you need to be” to attract, evolve or improve the relationship with your current or future soul mate. It’s a choice—choose wisely.

Allison Dunn, president and CEO ofDeliberate Directions, and award-winning executive business coach

Joe Kakaty9. Invest in authentic relationships.

Business is personal.Be willing to give in relationships happily, whether it’s your time, a favor or information relevant to the success of their business. Authentic relationships require an investment of time, energy and effort, so select the right people to spend time with, and enthusiastically invest in those relationships.

Additionally, integrity and character will always matter if your goal is to build real and trusting relationships. Be the type of person you would want to do business with.

Joe Kakaty, co-founder and president of Poker Central

Joshua Harris10. Live within your means.

The best piece of advice I ever got was, “Don’t numb your desire for success by using debt to live outside your means.” Using debt to acquire luxuries or a lifestyle outside your current income takes away any fire to hit your success goals. You in effect put the work and reward backward.

I didn’t take a vacation for years until I got my business to a consistent point that my lifestyle cannot even make a dent in it. If you’re living well within your means and investing in education and skills, one day you’ll wake up with more than enough to afford the things you want, and have the cash reserves.

Joshua Harris, founder of Quantum Jump Consultingstarted first business at 12 and now teaches entrepreneurs how to start and grow a digital marketing business from scratch

11 Ways to Stay Motivated From People Who Refused to Quit11. Be grateful, have fun and take care of others.

My amazing parents will always be my favorite mentors. As immigrants, they did whatever it took to take care of our family as six of us packed in a two-bedroom apartment in Redondo Beach, California.

They both worked two full-time jobs, yet made time to go dancing, take us to the beach, and give food or money to those less fortunate. They both eventually became successful businesspeople, yet continued to live by the same altruistic principles no matter how much they were worth monetarily.

Today, my extended family still takes the time to have fun together, gratefully enjoy the things money can’t buy and give back to those in need. It makes the good days sweeter and the tough days easier.

—Nafisé Nina Hodjat, founder and managing attorney of The SLS Firm

Related: The Best Career Advice, From Successful People Who Made It to the Top

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​Why should #journalists from all around the world be in #Karbala now making full coverage of #Alarbaeen?

​Al Arbaeen, the 40th day, following the martyrdom of Imam Husain in Karbala in 61 Hegira has become a universal Day attended by millions of people from all around the world. On this Day, free journalists should free themselves from mainstream media mindset and be where citizens choose to be. They should bring cameras and all recording tools and make full coverage of the amazing peaceful and flow of humans to the Shrine of Imam Husain, greeting him: O Husain, Son of Ali and Fatima, peace be upon you. 
People who have into mediation, humanity, kindness and quantum touch should consider the one thousand wounds that cut off the Holy body of Husain by the sword of devil, envy, bad intentions, destruction acts, greedy and wrongness. They should stand in peace from wherever they are in the comfort zone or mediating space sending support thought and healing energy from distance to this most noble human~ Husain. 
Human rights activists affiliated to care organizations in the world should consider the rights of humanity Husain sacrificed his soul to revive. 
Citizenship media and platforms should unite with those citizens who choose to walk hundreds of miles to record their stance and move in history: hello, we are here, defending humanity and renewing the pledge to  implement the goals of Husain that should be the Universal goals of the millennium on top of which are: Islam of Prophet Muhammad is neither KSA, wahhabi thought, al Qaeda or ISIS; Islam is education, knowledge, wisdom, peace, care for parents, observing citizens rights and make a satisfactory living standards.
Universities, heads of universities and departments, students and graduates should join this mass march to Imam Husain, peace be upon him, interviewing people, investigating why they are there. 
Live broadcast coverage and correspondents there right now are asking one simple question whose answer is open-ended and flow of expression of their faith in this brave reformer whom they miss everyday with every merge of every crisis; he is their shelter, their resort, their beginnings and ends; he is their answer to all package of local and global sufferings humanity is facing today. 
People walking to Husain are those who defeated ISIS advance, reduced its killings and crimes; defeated ISIS and all the states, arms traders and manufacturers, and loosing consciousness and humanity sense drugs providers behind. 
These people are affirming and confirming that life flows with two pillers: justice and reform. 
That is Islam; that is Shiism; that’s Ahlul-Bayt school of thought and the art of following them to upgrade life standards and impact on every human on this planet. 
People walking to Husain are those who defeated ISIS advance, reduce its killings and crimes; defeated ISIS and all the states, arms traders and manufacturers, and loosing consciousness and humanity sense drugs providers. 
These people are affirming and confirming that life flows with two pillers: justice and reform. 
That is Islam; that is Shiism; that’s Ahlul-Bayt school of thought and the art of following them to upgrade life standards and impacts on every human on this planet. 

These people are heading to their perfection and purification. They are in discipline. They stop to pray on time and remind each other that is what Husain did before getting ready to defend himself against the savagery attacks of an army of three thousand soldiers – as in today’s term which we witnessed in the flamed and fueled conflicts- the mortazaqa. 
These people are mentally mediating while walking to Husain, Son of Ali and Supreme Lady Fatima. They put themselves under focus. They care for perfecting their acts, thoughts, intentions and plans for today and future. 
They are here because they know their march to Husain vibrate amazing energy and register amazing supplications and blessed words in the universe. 
They are flowing like gentle breeze touching leaves of trees by the sides on the right and the left. 
Each one seems like a drop coming from I don’t know where or how just pouring in a vast vast ocean pouring themselves to the source of their energy and wellbeing- heading to Husain for a touch that no words could explain how it leaves you that so strong man or woman for a year ahead. 
It is walking to Husain- the journey that is full of mysteries that no camera may catch.
Study carefully the soundbites of every rich and poor visitor; study the arrangement that seems simple but in harmony- there are no event makers there; no Public relations graduates; no millions of funding raised from here and there. You may be amazed by this quote one of the organiser of food for free provider in the name of love of Imam Husain: 

 



FROM NOTHING WE HAVE EVERYTHING / من ماكو شي، اكو شي


FROM NOTHING WE HAVE EVERYTHING / من ماكو شي، اكو شي