The key to succesInspired by the article The Best Advice I Have Ever Received, in which the author provides five pieces of advice that helped him advance his professional career, I created a list of business insights that enabled me to overcome obstacles while working in a fast-paced office setting. Hopefully these key business virtues are relatable and will assist others on their path to success.

1.) The best deal benefits all parties involved: This for me is the golden rule of conducting business, and a topic which I tout over and over. If faced with the option to make a profit at the expense of another company, or make a profit along with said company – choose the latter every time. It builds trust and positive reputation, which most business people will tell you is often more valuable than dollars and cents.

2.) If you want something, don’t quit trying until you get it: One of the hardest things in life for people to wrap their head around is that failure and rejection are in fact stepping stones on the road to success. Note here that, “trying again” implies you learn from your errors and don’t make the same mistake twice. What’s the point of attempting again at something you failed at, if you don’t survey the situation and approach the obstacle from a fresh perspective next time?

3.) Choose long-term gain over short-term profit: This is not the advice that our parents’ financial advisors taught, but since the 2008 financial market crash (where Wall Street investment bankers established huge profit margins from toxic long-term investments), we find that making quick money is not a wise choice when it leads to bankruptcy, and worse, legal troubles in the future.

4.) Say Yes to an opportunity even if you’re not sure you can do it: It is financially beneficial to proactively put yourself in situations that are outside your professional comfort zone. If a supervisor asks for assistance on a task that is new and/or challenging, it would behoove anyone to take responsibility and learn the steps to complete that task. Even though the first attempt may not be executed with as much grace as one would hope, it will automatically give the participant a competitive advantage over all the other folks left inexperienced and naïve about the process.

There are always more lessons to learn, and advice to give. That is why we challenge the reader to provide one or two pieces of advice which have positively impacted their careers. Leave a comment below or email directly to


-Lee Sumner, Research Analyst