If you could have a face-to-face conversation with some of the world’s most successful CEOs, what would you ask them?
I know what I would’ve asked them when I was in your shoes: “How did you get to where you are? And what can I do to open the door to wealth and success?”
But I bet you’re sick of waiting around for that opportunity, that’s why I’m going to tell you how these 4 successful CEOs answer that question…
Barbara Corcoran, co-star of Shark Tank/CEO of The Corcoran Group
Corcoran sums up the question in a very short sentence: “Invent as you go.”
She states that she got to where she is today by avoiding the process of overthinking things. She says she “hates entrepreneurs with beautiful business plans.”
What she’s really saying is those who overthink things will get stuck, continually getting caught up on the little things.
Just dive into your ambitions head-first. There’s no need to worry about business tax, sales strategies, and other corporate etiquettes. If you have a great idea, run with it—if it’s good enough, the best business people will flock to you and everything else will fall into place.
Tony Hsieh, CEO of online shoe and clothing store Zappos
Hsieh is somebody you should look to when attempting to attract success and wealth. Hsieh is a second-generation immigrant from Taiwan, but took America by storm.
The CEO of Zappos once co-founded a company that was sold to Microsoft for $265 million. That’s why you should listen to his advice: “Be resourceful.”
Now, this piece of advice takes a little more thinking than Corcoran’s, but it’s still very simple to execute.
What Hsieh means by this is that if you make excuses that you can’t find “this resource or that resource,” you’ll never reach your goals.
Make do with what you have. Find the resources amongst the skills and tools you already possess.
Micha Kaufman, CEO of online freelance marketplace Fiverr
Kaufman’s advice is a mix of Corcoran’s and Hsieh’s: “Let yourself fall down, so you can pick yourself back up.”
Taking Corcoran’s approach will probably have you falling down quite a bit, but using Hsieh’s advice of being resourceful will help you back up.
Too many people are afraid of making mistakes that they never truly understand their ability of finding their way out of a tight spot.
I think 99% of the world’s CEOs would agree with me when I say: finding your way out of a tight spot is one of the best things you can do to encourage the achievement of success and wealth.
Stephane Bourque, CEO of Canadian-based software company Incognito Software
There’s a lot to learn from the CEOs in the tech industry, because they’ve seen it all.
They’re always working toward something new and it takes a lot for them to give up on something.
This CEO’s advice might be the most important of all: “Ask for forgiveness, not permission.”
All of the world’s successful people have this engrained in them, whether they know it or not.
And you could have it inside you, as well.
To put it simply: Don’t ask for permission to do something you think is innovative; try it out, and if it doesn’t work you can apologize afterward.
This mindset is so brilliant because people will commend you for trying something new, even if it doesn’t work out so well.
It’s the people who mess up the old practices and procedures that get frowned upon.
If you ever get the chance to ask a CEO the question, “How did you get to where you are? And what can I do to open the door to wealth and success?” It wouldn’t surprise me if you got something very similar to these 4 answers I’ve just handed you.