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Richard Branson, Jessica Alba and TODAY show talent on the importance of mentors

A successful career takes a lot of hard work, dedication and some mentors along the way. Even some of the most successful names in Hollywood and the business world — including Richard Branson, maverick founder of Virgin Group, and actress Jessica Alba, who built a billion-dollar company — had to start somewhere.

Inspired by the importance of mentorship for launching a successful career, LinkedIn has created a series called “The Mentor Who Shaped Me.” Top business minds, notable celebrities and TODAY’s own talent share their insights on mentorship and how it has helped them along their path to career success.

RELATED: The unexpected places to find amazing mentors

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite pieces of advice from these inspirational career men and women:

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For more inspiration and to join the conversation, check out the full series on LinkedIn's website here.

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Quincy Jones and Justin Kauflin discuss being mentored by jazz legend Clark Terry

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