Question: As a young entrepreneur, what's your #1 source of practical business advice and why?
Ask Experienced Businesspeople
"Although there are countless pieces of valuable advice that can be found both online and in books, nothing beats getting insight from people in your network. Consulting individuals that have long and diverse careers in the businesses world enables you to get personalized and customized advice from a demographic that has both talked the talk and walked the walk."
Read the Best Books
"Blogs and social media are awesome, but there's something really special that happens when you read a book that essentially condenses twenty years of experience from an author. You get to learn from their mistakes, and it also teaches you to apply their ideas in our modern world so you can hone your creative thinking skills too."
Pool From Fellow Entrepreneurs
"Reading a ton of books can only get you so far when you're trying to build a business from scratch. The great thing about entrepreneurship is that most are willing to share their tips with you. Listen to them, because they have been in your shoes and don't want you to make the same mistake. Take your ego and pride out of it and listen to them. They may point out something you never thought about."
Learn From Trial and Error
"The business I've built isn't exactly like anyone else's. That means that one of the best options I have is to actually try everything I can. I'll try out something I read on a blog, a tip from an older entrepreneur — anything that comes along."
Go for Google
"Practically anything and everything you would ever want to find today, you can find on Google. It never ceases to amaze me when I have questions on anything and type it into Google, I always find an answer. And many times, there will be a video that will come up and explain something to me or I can listen in to a guru talk about something."
Take to Twitter
"I've found the ability to follow some of the absolute best minds in business, technology, and leadership on Twitter unlocks a wealth of advice and knowledge -- though, now the only problem is giving the best tweets the attention they deserve. We're lucky to live in a time when we can connect directly with people we've never been able to access before."
Make Use of Mentors
"I always try to find a mentor in a specific, key area in which I am trying to gain advice for. My father always taught me from an early age: "Life is a minefield -- why walk through it yourself when you can seek out and follow the footsteps from someone who has already navigated the minefield successfully?" I've used this technique many times."
Consult Mixergy for Advice
"The interviews by Andrew Warner of Mixergy are some of the most inspiring and informative videos on the web. Andrew has a knack of getting to the core of a founder's thought process and extracting valuable nuggets of wisdom from them. I definitely recommend that everyone subscribe to Mixergy or watch the videos for free in the week that they are released."
Read Peter Drucker for Leadership
"Being a leader is tough, and every entrepreneur has to find her or his own path. But there's is no excuse for not working on being a great manager. Learn how to set goals with your team; stay on top of tasks; and execute on a daily basis. Read Peter Drucker and learn from the best."
The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.