Asked for the best advice he ever got, business magnate and financier T. Boone Pickens credits his grandma with counseling him to take the rap for his own failures.
“If I had to single out one piece of advice that’s guided me through life, most likely it would be from my grandmother, Nellie Molonson. She always made a point of making sure I understood that on the road to success, there’s no point in blaming others when you fail,” Pickens says. “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.’ ”
After more than half a century in the energy business, Pickens finds her advice spot-on.
“My failures? I never have any doubt whom they can be traced back to,” he adds. “My successes? Most likely the same guy.”
— Adapted from “42 Successful People Share The Best Advice They Ever Received,” Business Insider.