Recently LinkedIn published quotes from more than 70 hugely successful professionals across the business spectrum.  They were asked for the most influential advice they received.  Here are some of their responses.  Thanks also to BusinessInsider for the source article.

T. Boone Pickens credits his grandmother who essentially said, there’s no point in blaming others when you fail. 
"Here’s how she put it: 'Sonny, I don’t care who you are. Some day you’re going to have to sit on your own bottom.'

Tom Keene, editor at large for Bloomberg News: Read 5 books on a particular topic, before you start commenting on it.  The fourth book will still be showing you how little you know.  The fifth should sink in.

Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit, had this gem from his father:   He advised me that choosing the right job was not a sudden lightning bolt of realization, nor was it for most of us something we knew we wanted to do since we were kids (oh, how I envied those kids). Rather, it was a process of trial and error – a voyage of discovery."

Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup:  I love this; hope you guys do too.  This advice came from his dad.  'Your weaknesses will never develop,' he told me, 'while your strengths will develop infinitely.'"

Gretchen Rubin, author and blogger: From her father:  “If you’re willing to take the blame when you deserve it, people will give you the responsibility.”

Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin group.  From his Mom, “Have no regrets.”  Branson says this simple piece of advice has impacted every part of his life.