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Bits of wisdom from business' boldface names

Everyone has to start somewhere.

Success doesn't just happen overnight. Becoming a good leader, reaching your full potential and surpassing expectations are all key aspects of making it to the top. Sometimes, these anecdotes come in the form of a lesson personally learned by a business person, while others stem from grains of advice shared by a friend or a family member.

From the best advice they've received to their own motivational nuggets, here are some pieces of wisdom from those who have successfully climbed the corporate ladder.

—Posted by CNBC's Karissa Giuliano
Posted 25 July 2015
Updated 15 March 2016

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