1. Define your brand with substance over style.
2. The best advice is often when people tell you not to do something.
3. For a nagging problem, come up with a first-of-its-kind solution
4. Sell Dreams, Not Just Products
5. The classic mold of leadership has changed
6. Counterintuitive ways to get around creative roadblocks can leave your team happier--and more productive.
7. Be on your customer's side
8. The most interesting things happen at the intersection of disciplines
9. You know you business better than your critics do
10. Sometimes to achieve the impossible, you have to do things out of order.

The Top 10 Business Lessons Of 2013

These business leaders fought against the critics, for identity, and in one case achieved the impossible. All together they make the best business lessons of 2013, in video.

A lot changes in a year, and it's easy to let the best pieces of advice slip away.

Don't worry, there's good news: over the past 12 months we've documented conversations with dozens of entrepreneurs and business owners from across the country about the trials and triumphs of their careers.

In the slide show above, we've compiled our favorites—the most valuable business lessons that we feel represent a wide range of experiences and approaches.

The Best Business Lessons of 2013


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  • Lisa - Good.Co

    What a fantastic and inspiring line-up of mini-talks! I love hearing about the many different paths to success, and how ultimately there is only one obstacle facing us - ourselves. We must choose to achieve a goal, then we must continue to find ways that goal can be reached, instead of settling for reasons why it cannot. Sometimes, the best way to get started is to engage in some self-discovery. I recommend the 3 minute personal survey over at Good.Co (but then, I may be a bit biased). It's a great tool for discovering your favourite ways to work, and to find the kinds of things that motivate you to achieve. Plus, you can find matches and complements for your style on our ever-growing network of individuals and companies.
    Cheers! Lisa Chatroop, Good.Co