10 Biggest Leaders of Silicon Valley Explain The Advice That They Would Give Their Teenage Selves

Who we call successful in the world of technology, were once the people without names but with big dreams. What if they are given a chance to make it happen again, would their strategies differ?

This question, most frequently asked, tells us about how we want to learn more from the people who have achieved the things we aspire to have. The leaders in the tech industry are there because they noticed something unnoticeable that no one else could. So they’d mostly answer this question with a motivational or informative advice for their younger selves.

AdView, a digital advertising firm, accumulated the quotes from across the internet and made inspirational posters for their series, namely, “What Would You Tell Your Teenage Self?”.

Following are some of the most inspiring ones:

Bill Gates

“Smartness is not single dimensional and not quite as important as I thought it was back then.”
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Last year, at Bill Gates’ Reddit AMA, the questions was coined by UncomfortableChuckle “if you could give 19-year-old Bill Gates some Advice, what would it be?”

He responded with, “I would explain that smartness is not single dimensional and not quite as important as I thought it was back then. I would say you might explore the developing world before you get into your forties. I wasn't very good socially back then but I am not sure there is advice that would fix that - maybe I had to be awkward and just grow up...."

Sheryl Sandberg

“Find work you love. Believe you can do anything. There is no straight path to where you are going."

A Quora user asked this question from Sandberg and she responded in detail with three points:

1. Find the work you love. Believing in your effort, your work will help you combine your passion with a contribution, which, in reality, is a gift. Keep aiming at what you want and you will find it… and once you achieve it, it’ll be crushed by you.

2. Believe that you can do anything. This is necessary for everyone, in particular, for women. Don’t let anyone misguide you into believing that you can’t have both a fulfilling personal life and a significant professional life. When you are faced with discouragement that you’re incapable of doing something, believe that you can and begin figuring out how. Keep asking yourself “What if I weren’t afraid?”

3. There is no straight road that leads you to your destination. If you try to find it and follow it, you will not only get it wrong but also miss big opportunities. as per Pattie Sellers from Fortune Magazine says “ Careers are not ladders but jungle gyms.” It’s not imperative to have it all known and figured out, have more than one goal.

Jack Dorsey

“A healthier lifestyle ultimately makes me more creative and allows me to think more cohesively.”

That’s how Jack Dorsey, the founder, and CEO of Twitter and Square responded to the question in an interview by Y Combinator in 2016.

"When I was young I didn't understand the value of exercise or health and how that affected my intellect," he added. "I think it was useful for me to go to all the extremes to find the balance I have now, but I wish I focused more on being healthier in the past. A healthier lifestyle ultimately makes me more creative and allows me to think more cohesively.

Mark Zuckerberg

"You're going to make mistakes no matter what you do. People spend a lot of time focusing on not making mistakes or regretting them but you shouldn't strive to be right about everything."
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Mark Zuckerberg answered in this was when asked the question in 2015 user Q&A that was live streamed by the company.

Peter Thiel

"Before getting swept up in the competitors that define so much of life, ask yourself whether you even want the prize on offer."

Founders Fund partner Peter Thiel responded to Student Magazine Intercollegiate Review with this in 2015, according to Business Insider.

Sam Altman

"No matter what you choose, build stuff and be around smart people. 'Stuff' can be a lot of different things ... but, obviously, sitting around talking with your friends about how you guys really should build a website together does not count."

The CEO of Y Combinator, Sam Altman’s entire response was:

"Usually, people are deciding between going to college (and usually working on side projects while they do so), joining a company, or starting their own startup. The secret is that any of these can be the right answer, and you should make your decision based on the specific circumstances of each option.

"The critical point is that you want to do the thing that is most likely to get you on a path to do something great. No matter what you choose, build stuff and be around smart people. 'Stuff' can be a lot of different things — open source projects outside of class, a startup, a new sales process at a company you work at — but, obviously, sitting around talking with your friends about how you guys really should build a website together does not count."

Tim Cook

"The joy is in the journey.”

CEO of Apple, Tim Cook has repeated this many times in his interviews. But most recently, he answered a question from the audience in an in-person interview in March with this statement.

Tony Heish

"Be unapologetically true to yourself, both in business and in life in general ... if you do, and broadcast that to the world, over time, the right people will find you."

Zappos’ CEO, Tony Heish replied with this to an email from a show host Shivad Singh.

Aicha Evans

"Enjoy failing fast rather than spending so much time figuring out how to be perfect, or even worse, being paralyzed by fear of being perfect."

Senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Intel, Aicha Evans’ response to the question.

Richard Branson

"Never see being different as a flaw or think that something is wrong with you. Being different is your biggest asset and will help you succeed."
Richard Branson "Never see being different as a flaw or think that something is wrong with you. Being different is your biggest asset and will help you succeed."
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Words of the founder of Virgin Group, Richard Branson.

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