By Bruce Powell, Founder & Executive Recruiter

We could all use some career advice from time to time. Whether it’s simply for motivation, to gain a new perspective, or to get help with a specific career issue, there is no shortage of people willing to help.

If you want to get the best advice it’s a good idea to listen to what the world’s best business leaders have to say. Recently, Business Insider put together a collection of career advice from some of the world’s most successful people. Here are some of the best pieces of career advice:

1. Richard Branson: Don’t waste energy on your so-called failures

“The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures, rather than putting that energy into another project, always amazes me,” the Virgin Group founder and chairman told The Good Entrepreneur. “I have fun running ALL the Virgin businesses — so a setback is never a bad experience, just a learning curve.”


2. Jerry Seinfeld: Focus on doing good work, not on self-promotion

You have to do more to promote yourself. That’s the worst advice. The best advice is to do your work, and you won’t have to worry about anything else.”

3. Tech investor Gary Vaynerchuk: “Reverse engineer” your career

If I had to pick one habit that has really changed everything for me, I would have to say it is this: being able to reverse-engineer the finish line of my career in real time. When I say reverse-engineer, I’m talking going back, step by step, from that big dream you have to this very moment in time. Figure out what the steps are.”

4. Steve Jobs: Ask for help

“I’ve never found anybody that didn’t want to help me if I asked for help.”

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5. Sheryl Sandberg: Don’t let fear stop you

“Believe you can do anything. This is important for everyone and especially for women. Don’t let anyone tell you can’t have both a meaningful professional career and a fulfilling personal life. When you hear someone say you can’t do something, know that you can and start figuring out how. Ask yourself, ‘What would I do if I weren’t afraid?'”

6. Taylor Swift: Above all, know yourself

“I thought about this a lot. And what I established in my brain was that a lack of self-awareness was always the downfall. That was always the catalyst for the loss of relevance and the loss of ambition and the loss of great art. So, self-awareness has been such a huge part of what I try to achieve on a daily basis. It’s less about reputation management and strategy and vanity than it is about trying to desperately preserve self-awareness, since that seems to be the first thing to go out the door when people find success.”

If you are looking to take the next step in your career, or if it’s just time for a change, contact our recruiters in Toronto or Vancouver and take a look at our current job opportunities.



IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm with offices in Toronto and Vancouver. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Financial Services & Insurance, Marketing Communications & Media, Emerging Tech & Telecom, Consumer Goods & Retail, B2B & Industrial, Technology, Accounting & Finance, HR & Operations and Mining & Engineering. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Bruce Powell Executive Search

Bruce Powell

Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.

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