TIPS FROM THE TOP

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What do some of the great entrepreneurs of the world have to say about success?

In this series I will be examining some of the secrets and pearls of wisdom passed on by some of the global business icons of our time.  All of them have inspired me at some point in my life, and continue to do so. So here are some of the insights for the guys at the top of the tree...

~Richard Branson~

Screw it – let’s do it!

Sir Richard’s motto in life is ‘Screw it -- let's do it!’ and he generally tries to find more reasons to do things, than not do them.  This positive attitude has taken him a long way -- he doesn't believe in letting obstacles stand in your way.  He says...Richard Branson's positive attitude

~Bill Gates~

Bill Gates is a 55 year old self made billionaire, one of the World’s richest people. He dropped out of Harvard University in 1975 and soon after, started Microsoft with Paul Allen - also a billionaire. He lives in Washington, USA ,with his wife, Melinda and their 2 children. In a May 2006 interview, Gates commented that he wished that he were not the richest man in the world because he disliked the attention it brought.

In recent years, Gates has pursued a number of...Bill Gates Secret of Success

~Peter Jones ~

Dragon’s Den star, Peter Jones, passionately believes that you should start a company that you really believe in. Don't start something that you have no interest in, start something that you're passionate about! He also believes...Peter Jones - 'I want people to care'.

~Larry Ellison~

Started his business with just $1,400....in 2007 he earned a total compensation of $61,180,524 which increased to 84,598,700 in 2008 (with no stocks granted that year).

It is in record that for a short time in 2000, Larry Ellison, who was so much disadvantaged from birth, became the wealthiest man in the world. He later became America’s third richest man, and the sixth richest person in the world; as recorded by Forbes with a net worth of US $28 billion.

Not known for...Larry Ellison questions conventional wisdom

~Warren Buffett~

Born August 30, 1930) is an American investor, industrialist and philanthropist. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful investors in the world. Often called the "legendary investor, Warren Buffett", he is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world's second wealthiest person in 2009 and is currently the third wealthiest person in the world as of 2010.

Buffett is called...Warren Buffet - "The Oracle of Omaha"

~John Griffin~

John Griffin started out as a taxi driver and ended up with a successful company turning over £170 million!

He started his business in 1975 because he wanted to make his son proud – he never imagined it would be so successful.

Now his London company, Addison Lee, has over 10 million customers and he appeared on UK TV on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire on Christmas Eve, 2009. John started out in his first job as a trainee accountant for a paper merchant. He earned £13 per week and after tax cleared about £10.20 per week. He made some progress and became an articled accountant but found the work boring. He began working as a minicab driver when his son was small and decided he could do better than the companies he’d worked for. He started his business from scratch in Battersea and, although it was hard work, his business...John Griffin - "Who cares wins"