How to succeed in 2007

SuccessCNNMoney has gathered a number of success tips from high-flyers in the business world like Sergey Brin, Michael Dell, Richard Branson, etc. You probably already know most of these tips already, but it’s always interesting to hear which ones have been important to successful people.

  1. Sergey Brin, Google: Simplicity is crucial.
  2. Chris DeWolfe, MySpace: Be true to your community’s values.
  3. Rachael Ray: The foundation of your empire must be your passion.
  4. Richard Branson, Virgin: Learn how to say no, without discouraging people.
  5. Howard Schultz, Starbucks: Look after your people and their trust in you.
  6. Chad Hurley, Youtube: a) Prototype and test first. b) Listen to other people, don’t assume you know what’s right. c) Think of your partners as customers too.
  7. Anne Mulcachy, Xerox: Stay true to your values and make them a part of your business.
  8. Michael Scott, Comedian: Motivate your staff with love, fear, and chocolate.
  9. Michael Dell, Dell: Think big. The world is a lot bigger than your country.
  10. Andre Agassi: You can succeed at anything if you’re true to yourself.
  11. Kevin Rose, Let the users run the show, or they’ll leave.
  12. Carly Fiorina, HP: Learn from your mistakes and move on.
  13. Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank; Winner, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize: Find the simplest solution to every problem.
  14. Donald Trump: Focus on solutions.
  15. Reed Hastings, Netflix: Don’t make excuses for your weaknesses. Market your strengths instead.
  16. Craig Newmark, Craigslist: Give your customers the power to help themselves and each other.
  17. Chris Albrecht: Trust your gut.
  18. Laura Scher, Working assets: Support society, and society will support you.
  19. Stewart Butterfield, Flickr: It has to be about more than the money, else your business will collapse and you’ll feel lost when you’ve “made it”.
  20. Malcolm Gladwell: Teamwork.
  21. Debra Lee, BET Networks: Don’t burn bridges, because you never know who you’ll be dealing with later.
  22. Ram Shiram, Google: Hire smart, define the problem, simplify the solution.
  23. Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly: 1) Be first, 2) Define a new category so you can be first, 3) Position yourself at the leading edge of a new wave, 4) Tell a big story that includes your product.
  24. Brad Anderson, Best Buy: Women rule the world, listen to them.
  25. Gary Hamel, Leading the Revolution: Keep testing your beliefs, otherwise you can’t learn anything new.