Think Outside The Box
During Facebook’s early years, Steve Jobs suggested Zuckerberg travel to India to open his mind – an experience that had shaped Jobs’ own approach to business. Zuckerberg said, “Having the opportunity to feel how much better the world could be, if everyone had a stronger ability to connect, reinforced the importance of what we were doing.”
Don’t Begrudge Their Success
In 2009, Lil Wayne signed the Canadian rapper to his Young Money Entertainment label. In 2010, Drake’s debut album, Thank Me Later, became one of the label’s most successful releases – a huge win for both. Still, Lil Wayne couldn’t resist a dig when asked if he was a better rapper than his protégé. “I annihilate that guy,” he laughed.
Be Inspired, But Don’t Imitate
Folk singer Woody Guthrie was arguably Bob Dylan’s biggest influence. But more than anything, Guthrie taught Dylan to be true to himself, a lesson that mirrored his admiration for great storytellers. “Because Dickens and Dostoevsky and Woody Guthrie were telling their stories much better than I ever could, I decided to stick to my own mind,” Dylan said.
Learn To Say ‘Yes’ And Take Opportunities
Saint Laurent started at the bottom, doing odd jobs in Dior’s Paris studio. But three years later, Dior passed away, leaving 21-year-old Saint Laurent at the helm. “He taught me the basis of my art,” Saint Laurent later said. “Whatever was to happen next, I never forgot the years I spent at his side.”
Mentorships Can Be A Two-way Street
“The relationship was symbiotic,” Warhol’s long-time assistant Ronnie Cutrone said of the pop artist’s connection to Basquiat. “Jean-michel thought he needed Andy’s fame, and Andy thought he needed Jean-michel’s new blood. Jean-michel gave Andy a rebellious image again.”