Piotr Jakubowski – Mind over Marketing

Some Great Advice
April 6, 2007, 1:33 am
Filed under: advice, Business, learning, passion, success

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago for the American Advertising Federation Mosaic Career Fair. I also had the chance to go on agency tours at Draft FCB and Downtown Partners, a pair of well-respected Chicago agency.

At Downtown Partners we had the priviledge of having the President and CEO, Ray Gillette, present to us. Being a former executive at BBD Chicago, Mr. Gillette had a great deal of advice to give out. Here are some of the best pieces:

Find your passion
Success doesn’t happen without passion

Linear career paths don’t exist
They’re based on experimentation and opportunity

Don’t settle for Mediocrity

Imagine if Michelangelo said “I don’t do ceilings”
Everything is an opportunity
Take risks and go out on the limb
Detest Mediocrity

You’re responsible for how people perceive you
Lead by example
Generate trust
Jerks don’t last long