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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.”

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