Fortune 500 CEOs: what to do in your 20s to set yourself up for an awesome career

Fortune 500 CEOs and top execs reveal what to do in your 20s to set yourself up for an awesome career

If you want to run the business world someday, you need to start building an awesome career for yourself early.

Current and former Fortune 500 executives, as well as other business leaders, have given some great career advice, "Success! How I Did It."

From Sheryl Sandberg to Steve Ballmer, we pulled the best advice they gave for 20-somethings who have big business ambitions.

1. Oath CEO Tim Armstrong tells his kids to be true to themselves and honest with others.
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2.John Sculley, a former Apple CEO and president of Pepsi, says it helps to think like an entrepreneur and to always look for a better way to do things.

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3. Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, who built a $10 billion company in his 20s, says it's never too early to get started and that you should figure out what you want to be doing five years from now.

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4. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, says it's important to take risks and find a company that's a rocket ship.

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5.Clippers owner and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says to find something you're passionate about — that makes you want to live to work.

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6. PayPal CEO Dan Schulman says there's no substitution for hard work, and that you'll probably be more successful if you put coworkers first and celebrate their achievements.

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7. BONUS: As Houston pointed out, no one is born a CEO. But you can learn to be a great one. NBA star LeBron James says anyone can learn to be a leader — it just takes confidence and practicing what you preach.

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