Expert Advice from Billionaires

Sometimes you have to hear something from someone else's mouth for it to really resonate, which is why this week we've gone further afield to find some top notch advice for students and grads about what to expect and how to act in the 'real world'. 

Take some time off!

Ross Perot Sr - founded Electronic Data Systems, worth $3.5 billion:

‘In your twenties I encourage you to travel and explore the world. Get to know and respect the citizens of this planet. Have some adventure and learn about yourself and discover true passions. And then I hope you bring it all back.’

Yes, that’s right have a little bit of time out; get to know what it is you want and the type of person you think you really are. We can guarantee you will feel much more refreshed when it comes to the job hunt!

Any job is a good job.

Mark Cuban - American businessman and investor, worth $2.3 billion:

'There is no such thing as the right job. Whatever job you take, you are getting paid to learn. You will learn more from a bad company than you did in school. I always recommend taking the job and learning as much as you can from it, and you can learn from any job, and then using that knowledge to help you get to the next job'.

Any job you get is a chance to gain that real world experience, learn and build your career, so don't be too fussy! 

Work hard because learning continues after university.

Michael Bloomberg - founder of Bloomberg L.P., worth $25 billion:

'The harder you work and the longer you work, the luckier you'll be'

You better believe it! We live an age where job processes and industries are continually changing and increasingly competitive so it is important that you always work hard and keep informed on the goings-on in the world! This can be as simple as reading a few magazines or blogs, (good start reading our Advice Blog).

Prepare yourself for failure, rejection and the unexpected.

Many graduates will have not experienced rejection but remember, rejection is not always a bad thing!

J K Rowling - author of the Harry Potter series, worth $1 billion:

'Failure can be the foundation of success.’ 

Sir Richard Branson - founder of Virgin Group, worth $4.2 billion:

'Business opportunities are like buses. There is always another one coming'. 

Failure and rejection may be painful but they are an opportunity to reflect and improve yourself the next time!

Pierre Omidyar - founder and chairman of eBay, worth $8.5 billion​: 

'Prepare for the unexpected'.

Put yourself out there and take risks!

John Paul Dejoria - founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems, net worth $4 billion:

'Do the things others don't want to do'.

It might not seem like the simplest of paths but often successes are made doing things that others are not willing to do so those of you with the entrepreneurial spirit, we say go for it! 

Eli Broad - American philanthropist and entrepreneur, worth $6.3 billion:

'You can’t be successful by being timid. No one ever made a million bucks by being cautious or timid.’

Patrick Bitature - businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist. He is one of the wealthiest people in Uganda, net worth $50 million : 

'You have to get out of your comfort zone, conditioned by your upbringing, culture, education and history'.

It is important that you take the opportunities that come your way whether they are related to your career or not. Get involved and network. You never know who you will meet and where these opportunities will take you. People only regret the things they never did, not the ventures they took!

Know what's important! 

Jeff Bezos - founder and CEO of, worth $27.2 billion:

'When you're eighty years old and looking back on your life, you want to have minimised the number of regrets you have. That's what should drive people. Not how much money they have'. 

So there you have it, real life advice from some of the most successful people on the planet. Now go forth into the world and put these life lessons into practice!

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