Today’s advice comes from Jeff Hoffman, founder and CEO of Priceline.com, via his speech during Marquette Entrepreneurship Week:“The problem with my life was that I was taking advice from golfers, and I want to be a baseball player. Everybody I talked to in my world wanted to be a golfer.”
Confused by his entrepreneurial ventures, Hoffman was watching a show on ESPN where a baseball player failed at swinging the club because he swung as if he was on the baseball field. It was then that Hoffman came to the realisation that he’d been taking advice from the wrong people.
According to Hoffman, if you want to succeed, you should be getting input from people who have proven successful in a field you are trying to succeed in. People may often think that getting advice from someone with a proven track record in any given field is enough, but that person may not understand the obstacles and inner-workings of the type of business you are trying to build.
“I went out and found people whose careers I wanted to emulate, and not the people who were conveniently around me.”
Want your business advice featured in Instant MBA? Submit your tips to [email protected]. Be sure to include your name, your job title, and a photo of yourself in your email.
NOW WATCH: Ideas videos
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.