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The Best Advice Ever
What was the best advice you've ever received?

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The Best Advice Ever

by Andy Kaufman


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"What is the best advice you have ever received?"

It's a thought-provoking question that Fortune magazine and CNN.com posed to 22 influential leaders. Their responses range from the obvious (Baidu CEO Robin Li: "under-promise and over-deliver") to the intriguing (Tiger Woods' dad to his son: "Pick a spot and just hit it.")

"What is the best advice you have ever received?"

I've benefited from the advice of so many people over the years. Perhaps the most valuable came from my father, who worked for decades as a bricklayer. I learned what real work was when I labored for him during high school.

One day when we were talking about my future he told me: "Find something that you really enjoy and work hard at it." My hard working father saw the wisdom in telling me to pursue more than just what pays the bills: find something that also brings joy.

Another mentor later in my career put it this way: "Find something that you're good at, enjoy, and can make a living doing." The idea is you can be good at something but not enjoy it, or enjoy a career but not cover your bills.

I'm living the trifecta today, thanks in great measure to the advice of my father.

Beyond that, the most impactful advice for my career (and life) is that people matter. This wisdom has been shared from many people over the years and remains a core value of who I am and how I go about business.

It's the essence of our new keynote entitled The Dirty Little Secret of Business, which received one of the highest keynote scores ever recorded at a recent conference.

What is this dirty little secret? That's it's all about relationships.

Though that's not dirty, little, or a secret, we too often don't sufficiently invest in relationships with others.

Join Me for a Free Webcast!

Finding the time to build and maintain relationships can be a challenge. But I have some ideas to help! I invite you to join me for a free webcast on July 9, 2009. I'll be sharing a webcast version of The Dirty Little Secret keynote. You will receive practical ideas on how to leverage what may be one of the most important pieces of advice you'll ever get: it's all about relationships.

Click here to register for the webcast. I look forward to interacting with you on the webcast!

What's the best advice you've ever received? I look forward to hearing from you!

To your success,

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keynote speaker Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman

Speaker, Author, Consultant

President, Institute for Leadership Excellence & Development Inc.

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In Case You Missed It


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Here are some blog entries to check out as well:

Enjoy this free learning for you and your team!

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