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On Twitter and Facebook, I asked people to tell me the best business advice they’ve ever received (in 140 characters or less).

The advice ranged from etiquette tips to perseverance guidance and the business advice people have received is diverse, inspirational and plentiful, so take a minute to read the advice below and add yours in comments!
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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Linda Davis

    June 26, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Don’t be attached to the outcome.

  2. Joe Loomer

    June 26, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Expect positive results every time. Add the word “Next” to your vocabulary.

  3. Jay Thompson

    June 26, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Have fun.

  4. Ilene Haddad

    June 26, 2009 at 10:07 am

    There’s no room for drama in business.

  5. Ken Brand

    June 26, 2009 at 10:14 am

    The market for HOPE is infinite. ~Hugh MacLeod

    Love the added fizz-twitter-wrappers. Has anyone told you lately that you’re insanely clever?


  6. Ray

    June 26, 2009 at 10:16 am

    “There are no asterisks in this business, only scoreboards.” – Ari Gold: Entourage

    The full quote actually is: “There are no asterisks in this business, only scoreboards. And ours is currently reading f**ked!”

  7. Elaine Reese

    June 26, 2009 at 10:21 am

    A CEO impressed upon us (for time mgmt) that “if it doesn’t move the business forward … don’t do it”.

  8. Mike Simonsen

    June 26, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Never be afraid to share your idea. If it’s any good, people won’t steal it, you’ll have to shove it down their throats.

  9. Matt Stigliano

    June 26, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Lani – Love the article (was looking forward to it). I like Jay’s in the comment section. “Have fun.” I truly don’t think any work should seem like it’s not fun. Sure there are moments, but those moments are fleeting. You have to demand fun from your work. If it won’t give it to you, sometimes you have to slap work around the head a few times and make it relent.

    I heard something the other day that really got to me.

    Are you worthy of what you’re getting out of your work? If your work is not producing results that you’re worthy of then it’s time to raise the outcome to your standards.

  10. Steven Stearns

    June 26, 2009 at 10:30 am

    As usual, AG comes up with love for common sense and ties it to business advice: It is free, and up to us to take it.

    “Have fun.” Jay Thompson, Not playing favorites here , just sayin’… 🙂

  11. Lisa Sanderson

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Had I known you were taking screen shots, I would have ditched the Shrek avatar. Oh well. Also, If I wasn’t worried about giving you a big head, I’d agree with Ken’s ‘insanely clever’ comment. 🙂

  12. Erion Shehaj

    June 26, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Set goals and hold yourself accountable to them

  13. Missy Caulk

    June 26, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Track where you business is coming from. If it is producing results put more add more $ to it.

    If it isn’t then STOP.

  14. Judy M

    June 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    What a great idea for an article, Lani! It was so much fun reading through all of the replies. Lots of pearls of wisdom on this page.

    And…just to add a few giggles to the mix – advice from a very “old-world” stepmother – “when all else fails, marry a rich man.” (hey don’t cringe – I said she was old world, which is older than old skool and old fashioned combined! lol)

  15. BawldGuy

    June 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    From Dad: “Producing results in business is the #1 factor that matters, and there is no #2. Integrity is assumed.”

  16. Matthew Hardy

    June 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Just stellar. I love life… and always love being reminded of that.

  17. Mark Jacobs

    June 26, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    You have one mouth and two ears, use them in direct proportion to what God gave you.

  18. John Wake

    June 27, 2009 at 5:02 am

    Jay and I are on the same wavelength.

    Have Fun.
    Help People.
    Make Money.

  19. stephen mccarthy

    June 27, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Remember your boss is not your friend

  20. tomferry

    June 30, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Strategy matters and passion rules … now more than ever!

    (I loved reading all of the other comments- great stuff, btw.)

  21. Tina Macaya

    November 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Love this one
    “Control your reaction; you have a chance. Don’t control it; you have no chance.” — Dirk Zeller.

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