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How Leadership Lessons Can Help Us in Our Careers - Advice That Never Changes

Updated on August 4, 2017

Age-old Philosophies

Whilst reading I came across an article that piqued my interest and I would like to share part of it with you readers.  It was a piece that was written by Alina Dizik concerning workplace issues.  The article was entitled, "Career Lessons from the World Top Leaders".  What is amazing is that the philosophies are age-old but still apply to what can be learnt today.  The leadership lessons have never been forgotten and some career advice never seems to change.  We would now look at the leadership philosophies of iconic leaders and how they can help you to get ahead in your career.

Iconic Leaders

  1. Colin Powell: - "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure."

The career lesson from this is: - When it comes to your career, it is impossible to take the easy way out. Most persons who achieved success, did it with hard work and determination. Moving up in a company/business is always done by striving to do your best.

2. Thomas Edison: - "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

The career lesson is: - Not everyone gets it right 100 percent of the time, and the ability to rebound from mistakes is just as important as getting it right the first time around.

3. Albert Einstein: - "Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere."

The career lesson is: - Be unique! These days, innovation is a buzz-word. Solving problems creatively is a valuable skill. Your ideas and imagination can help you to go places and doors and avenues will open up for you.

4.  Ralph Waldo Emerson: -  "Finish everyday and be done with it.  You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

The career lesson is:-  Do not dwell on mistakes.  What is done is done.  Do not waste time over what could have been.  Dwelling on mistakes can prevent you from making progress.

5. Confucius: - "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

The career lesson is: - Just because a specific career is associated with a high salary that doesn't mean you should pursue it. When you choose a profession that you really love, it makes it easier to enjoy your work. Your work can appear as a hobby because of your enthusiasm which can result in your working harder just because of your zeal.

6.  Mark Twain: -  "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

The career lesson is: - Do not be weighed down by negative opinions.  Finding great mentors and avoiding those who don't believe in you is a must as you start your career.

7. Leonardo da Vinci: - "Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgment. Go some distance away, because work will be in perspectve and a lack of harmony is more readily seen."

The career lesson is: - It is good to take a break sometimes. It is just as important as working hard and it is also a very healthy approach. Getting burned out will be a lot worse for your productivity than simply stepping back once in a while.

8.  Henry Ford: -  "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.  The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."

The career lesson is: - Never stop learning despite your age.  Keep abreast of new innovations.  Stay on top of your profession.  Keep your passion alive.

True Success

I remember as a teenager I learnt that: - 

Big minds discuss Ideas; Medium minds discuss Subjects and Small minds discuss People.  That is so true today.  We must always feed our minds with positive and worthwhile ideas.  When we truly want to succeed in our careers and our lives, we have to forget the 'naysayers' and the negative people around us. We just have to focus on what is ahead - our dreams and aspirations.

These iconic leaders have been tested in their lifetime - they were sometimes bruised and battered in their efforts, but they never gave up.  Determination and mental fortitude paved the way for their success.  In the present time, we can learn so many lessons from these great men that can advance us in our careers.  The only stumbling block in our way is - Ourselves!  Therefore, let us make a grave effort to go -  Forward  Ever and Backward Never!                                                                                                               

Philosophical books written by great authors, men who were determined to succeed in life


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      CARIBQUEEN 6 years ago

      Faithdream & Claudin - Glad you can stop by for a read. Yes, these age-old philosophical sayings are really great and still apply to us today. We have leaders who paved the way before us and gave us their tools, so we do not have to reinvent the wheel. Thanks for your comments.

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      Claudin_Dayo 6 years ago from Southeast Asia

      Children, parents and everybody needs a sight of this hub =) I loved the quotes and the point of the author.. .

      Inspiring, beautifully written in short: good job :-)

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Some age old philosophies that never die. These lessons are just as important today as they were back then. Great article.