The Best Career Advice by Moe Abdou


A few years ago, I caught a glimpse of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett sharing the stage, town hall style, with a group of graduating seniors to discuss business, career and life advice.  Gates talked about the blessing he gained when his parents challenged him to extend his comfort zone, and to do things that he wasn’t particularly good at.  Not only did that teach him stick-to-itiveness, more importantly, it’s what exposed him to the leadership opportunities that shaped the person he is today.  Warren Buffett, on the other hand, focused on the power of investing in yourself.  “Investing in yourself,” he said “has an incredibly high return on investment”, and if you know anything about him, you surely know about his relationship with his professor and mentor Benjamin Graham

In 1949, Buffett picked up a copy of Graham’s, Intelligent Investor and as he’s often heard saying, “that was the luckiest day of my life, because it not only changed my investment philosophy, it changed my whole life.”  Buffett remains the prototypical exemplar of why those who get ahead in life never stop learning.  Caroline Ceniza-Levine knows a thing or two about helping you advance your career, but you might be surprised to hear why she thinks focus is overrated.



Further Reading
  • Michael Serbinis: What I've Learned — Visionary Entrepreneur, investor and CEO and Founder of the new healthcare startup, LEAGUE, Michael Serbinis shares what he learned building three disruptive startups, selling two of them and working with Kimbal and Elon Musk.
  • The Startup Glossary: Founders Share Their Go-To Learning Tools — Whether you mispronounced your boss’ name (It’s just Mike, not Mique) or were caught taking a selfie in the elevator, we all have our collection of embarrassing office moments. My most cringeworthy thus far happened when my dad asked our team to go around the table and share the resources we use to learn.
  • How Being Present Laid the Foundation for Rachel Blumenthal's Success — It’s become a running joke between my dad and me that I have a new best friend every day. The adage stems from the common practice I’ve adopted sprinting out of my interviews and exclaiming “I love them!” seconds after I hang up with our guests on Skype. Hosting 33founders is an enormous blessing for so many reasons.


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