Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” How many times have we heard that line, supposedly uttered first by the Chinese teacher, editor, politician, philosopher and career counselor Confucius.  I didn't hear that exact thing this morning, but I did hear a variation of it, as well as several other great pearls of wisdom, when someone at my weekly networking group asked us the best piece of career advice we have ever received.

Some had to pause a bit to think, but a response quickly came to my mind. A serial entrepreneur friend of mine who was born and raised in India once told me, "Learn how to create something from nothing and you'll never want for anything."

In turn, I asked him the best advice he had ever received, and it was, "Don’t present problems without solutions." That was something shared by the foreman at an old steel plant in India where he had gone to work as a freshly minted MBA.

When I left my networking group I began reflecting on the question further, and remembered some of the awesome advice interview subjects had shared with me in my years as a business magazine editor.

Before I get to those though, I want to share a nugget from an interesting guy I recently met. Eric Golden is a very successful motivational speaker, business coach and team building expert, as well as author of "The DNA of Business For Network Marketing."

In the book, he breaks down the business success of high achievers into six different practical elements, including of course the important first step of having a clearly defined vision - and dream.

The quote he shared with me over a recent lunch? "Most people don't fail because they dream too big and miss the mark; they fail because they dream too small and hit it."

"Most people don't fail because they dream too big and miss the mark; they fail because they dream too small and hit it."

Before I move on to some others from my magazine days, here is a trio I pulled from the members of my networking group.

"Work hard, play hard." (Is that how you describe the culture at your company in your job descriptions? Hopefully not)

"Bend over backwards for customers and clients but don't grab your ankles." (Can't say I have ever heard that one)

"Do what you love and you'll love what you do." (Variation of Confucius quote

"Never get really good at anything you don’t want to do."

“‘It will all still be here tomorrow." (As in that pile of work on your desk)

Now on to the magazine memes.

I interviewed Pat Fallon, the founder of the ad agency by the same name that was once Advertising Age Agency of the Year. He said creating the right culture is important in any organization, but particularly one that succeeds or fails on its creativity. He says he was always told this by his mentors,  "Make sure there is alignment between what you say and what you do. That's what builds trust."

The fourth-generation president and owner of a large workplace environments company says his dad, and grandfather before him, always told him, "Take care of your people and your customers and everything else will take care of itself."

The head of a hotel and lodging company begun by his father says this is a nugget from dad, "Shared visions and shared goals help build a team. It's not always how much money people make, but how appreciated they feel."

"We can't control what happens to us but we can control how we react."

A woman who is the CEO of a corporate travel business recalls her mom often said, "We can't control what happens to us but we can control how we react."

A similar sentiment was echoed by the CEO of a sales organization who grew up on a ranch out west. This is a bit of random ranch wisdom she says her dad regularly shared in various ways. "If the cattle get out, get the cattle back in. If the tractor gets stuck, get it unstuck. Just get it done."

And lastly, the young president of a steel fabricating company passes along something his mother always told him, and he says he puts into practice on the job daily."There are always two sides to the story; be sure to get the other side."

What’s the best work advice you ever received? Let us know, below.

Tags: Business, Mentors, Career advice, Workplace quotes