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Advice From 5 CEOs on How to Get Ahead at Work

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The other piece of advice that stuck with me is push yourself out of your comfort zone.

4. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. In a Fortune Magazine interview, Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo!, says “when you do something you’re not ready to do, that’s when you push yourself and you grow.” She goes on to say “it’s when you sort of move through the moment of discomfort, ‘wow, what have I gotten myself into this time?” If all you do is the same work you’ve done yesterday, you can’t get ahead at work. You have to master your current role in order to prove yourself and then ask for more responsibilities.

Kaizen = Continual Improvement

This one rang true to me also - hard work makes a difference.

3. Work harder than everyone else. In a Fortune Magazine interview, Joe Echevarria, the CEO of Deloitte, said that “you have to outwork everyone else.” Then he explains that “if you don’t, talent will not help you. Find somewhere you really want to work and prove yourself by working hard and doing a great job.” Opportunities just don’t come to you – you have to go to them with persistence and hard work. The harder you work, the more luck you’ll have because you’ll be setting yourself up for better opportunities. If you slack off, people will notice and you won’t get very far.

And this one too.

5. Read as much as you can. In a Levo League “Office Hours” event, Warren Buffet, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, said that he reads six hours each day in order to learn everything he can about his industry or the ones he invests in. “I knew a lot about what I did when I was 20. I had read a lot, and I aspired to learn everything I could about the subject,” he said. The more you know about your industry and your profession, the more you can talk about with your colleagues, the more you can bring to the table and the faster you will rise through the ranks at work.

Six hours a that is a lot of reading.

I don't like advice that tells me to work harder than everyone else.

I'd rather work smart than work hard.

Also, I don't like advice to tells me to read as much as possible.

I'd rather read fewer awesome things than many okay things.


How about reading many awesome things?

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