Sometimes you just need a little inspiration to get your career moving to the next level or explore other options for your future. If you’re stuck in a rut and need some motivation to keep moving forward, consider turning to great leaders for advice and inspirational messages. Many of today’s strong leaders have paved their way and made their mark on the world by overcoming challenges, obstacles and setbacks that you may be facing at this very moment.
Here are just five lessons from great leaders:
“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” Bill Gates
If you aren’t paying attention to complaints from customers — or even your clients and potential employers — you aren’t doing yourself any favors. Any feedback you get from people you want to be doing business with or working for is valuable information you can use to change your approach.
“The client is not always right.” Enzo Ferrari
Many people and businesses operate on the philosophy that the customer is always right. However, Enzo Ferrari would beg to differ. With this perspective, you need to understand how to communicate with a dissatisfied customer or client to show them there is a better way — and how it can help them get what they want.
“I never fall down. I always fight." Gianni Versace
Being able to stand up after falling down is one of the keys to success. If you settle for staying down when you fall down, you have given up. Be prepared to put up a good fight so you can keep moving forward.
“Success is best when it’s shared.” Howard Schultz
Don’t forget the people who helped you become successful and encourage others to join you on the journey. Nobody gets to the top alone, and even when you do get to the next level there will be another level to work towards. Share your opportunities and successes with others and keep others motivated to keep the momentum going.
“If you can push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking a risk, really amazing things can happen.” Marissa Meyer
Everybody feels scared no matter where they are on their journey to the top. If you can work up the courage to keep going and face your fears, you’ll be more likely to succeed. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and take some risks to get to where you want to be.