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Eight business leaders unveil best advice given to them by their father

Ahead of 18 June, we canvassed the web to unveil how sage advice from their father was key to the work ethic of eight successful bosses.
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Father’s Day is just around the corner, and in a bid to celebrate the occasion, we unveil how some of the world’s most successful business leaders dedicate their success to their father.

1) Richard Branson, founder Virgin Group

One of the most resounding lessons I learned from my father was the importance of dreaming. My dad didn’t get to live out his dream to be an archaeologist; he followed in the footsteps of his father, a High Court judge.

“Dad struggled in his career as a barrister, but instead of mourning a life he could have lived, he made sure I learned from his mistakes, giving me remarkably free rein to find my own way, and live out my dreams. Even when I messed up, which I have done many time throughout my life, he always stood by me; knowing that by showing me unconditional love I would become the man I was meant to be.”

2) Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx

“My father used to ask my brother and me at the dinner table what we had failed at that week. I can remember coming home from school and saying, ‘Dad, I tried out for this and I was horrible!’ and he would high-five me and say, ‘Way to go!’ If I didn’t have something that I had failed at, he actually would be disappointed.

“He gave me the gift of retraining my thinking about failure. Failure for me became about not trying, instead of the outcome.”

3) Meg Whitman, CEO of HP

“I’ll never forget my father telling me that I had been mean to someone. He said, ‘There is no point in being mean to anyone at any time. You never know who you’re going to meet later in life. And by the way, you don’t change anything by being mean. Usually you don’t get anywhere.'”

4) Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple – cited by biographer Walter Isaacson

Paul Jobs was a salt-of-the-earth guy who was a great mechanic. And he taught his son Steve how to make great things.

“Once they were building a fence. And he said, ‘You got to make the back of the fence that nobody will see just as good looking as the front of the fence. Even though nobody will see it, you will know, and that will show that you’re dedicated to making something perfect.'”

Read on for quotes from Bill Gates and Indra Nooyi.

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Shané Schutte

Shané Schutte is a senior reporter at Real Business, with a particular specialism in employment and business law, human resources, information technology and sales/marketing.

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