Words of the Wise: Expert Advice for a Road to Success

“There are no secrets to success,” says Colin Powell, because “it’s the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” No matter which path you take or where it leads, certain key components are shared by successful people. You don’t need a trust fund, prodigious talent or a massive IQ to reach your dreams, you just need to follow the wise words of those who have reached theirs.

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Bob Parsons: Kiss Your Comfort Zone Goodbye

In his article “16 Rules for Success in Business and Life in General,” Bob Parsons, GoDaddy CEO, outlines his route to the top. His first hard and fast rule is that you must step out of your comfort zone to achieve anything significant. Parsons struggled for years before he made GoDaddy what it is today. In other words, your dream isn’t going to fall out of the sky and hit you on the head. You will never reach your goals if you don’t even allow yourself a chance and take a risk. 

Dave Kerpen: To Give is Better Than To Receive

The CEO of Likeable Local is very likeable because he practices the golden rule. Dave Kerpen owes his success to his father-in-law, the Honorable Stephen W. Fisher, who taught him to give instead of ask. When you want or need something from someone, extend a helping hand instead. It might be a paradox in business. You may not get your way in the end — but more often than not, you’ll establish yourself as a true friend and partner worth investing in.

Gretchen Rubin: Fess’ Up, Take The Blame

Author and prolific blogger Gretchen Rubin owes her success to her ability to take the blame for her own errors. By accepting your faults, you can learn from them. In a workplace, accepting blame establishes you as a strong individual who can own up to their mistakes. When you can identify yourself as someone who isn’t bloated with pride, people will look up to you with respect. 


Entrepreneurial success is not longer about making millions or billions and retiring to the beach. Indeed, monetary value is no longer an ideal measure for determining whether an entrepreneur is successful or not.

Today, entrepreneurial success is measured by how big is your impact on your society; in other words, your success as an entrepreneur is defined by how many life you impact with your services and/or products.

Stepping out of your comfort zone, giving more, and acknowledging your mistakes can bring you massive success. The question is, are you ready to take those advices?

Ivan Widjaya
Founder/CEO Biz Penguin

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