There’s no established list of rules to follow to achieve success as a business guru. Success legends come from all walks of life and bring unique insights to the business world. Today’s most influential and recognized business gurus are dishing about more than production outputs and quality measures. To accomplish your own business goals, mimic the following three business leaders’ lifestyle practices and passions.

Clayton Christensen

Find your life’s purpose, then allocate time and resources accordingly.

Clayton Christensen, the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, tops the Harvard Business Review’s list “The 50 Most Influential Management Gurus.” This professor is also a best-selling author of many business management books, including “The Innovator’s Dilemma” (1997) and “The Innovator’s DNA” (2011). His approach to life: “I’ve concluded that the metric by which God will assess my life isn’t dollars, but the individual people whose lives I’ve touched.”

Bob Parsons

“You don’t spend your money on office furniture. You spend it where it’s going to impact your customers.”

Bob Parsons, founder of, one of the largest web hosting, domain name registration, and ecommerce businesses, plays by his own rules. He does his best thinking while riding his motorcycle at dawn (he even owns two dealerships) and makes sure to balance work and play. He values a flexibility to be responsive to his business and creative when he needs to be.

Sylvia Ann Hewlett

“In India, 11 percent of CEOs of top companies are female. The figure here is three percent.”

Economist, consultant, lecturer, gender and workplace issues expert, Kennedy Scholar, and author Sylvia Ann Hewlett is passionate about gender fatigue. She draws attention to why women in the U.S. lag behind their more upwardly successful counterparts in the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India, and China. She says we should look to other countries for the impressive levels of gender equality that elude the U.S. workforce.

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