Nine Beliefs for Success

Another self-help list, arguable and redundant and egoistic and nonetheless inspirational: "9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People". It's by Jeff Haden (Inc., June 2012):

  1. Time doesn't fill me. I fill time. — "Forget deadlines, at least as a way to manage your activity. Tasks should only take as long as they need to take. Do everything as quickly and effectively as you can. Then use your 'free' time to get other things done just as quickly and effectively."
  2. The people around me are the people I chose. — "Think about the type of people you want to work with. Think about the types of customers you would enjoy serving. Think about the friends you want to have. Then change what you do so you can start attracting those people."
  3. I have never paid my dues. — "No matter what you've done or accomplished in the past, you're never too good to roll up your sleeves, get dirty, and do the grunt work. No job is ever too menial, no task ever too unskilled or boring."
  4. Experience is irrelevant. Accomplishments are everything. — "Successful people don't need to describe themselves using hyperbolic adjectives like passionate, innovative, driven, etc. They can just describe, hopefully in a humble way, what they've done."
  5. Failure is something I accomplish; it doesn't just happen to me. — "Every successful person has failed. Numerous times. Most of them have failed a lot more often than you. That's why they're successful now. Embrace every failure: Own it, learn from it, and take full responsibility for making sure that next time, things will turn out differently."
  6. Volunteers always win. — "Success is based on action. The more you volunteer, the more you get to act. Successful people step forward to create opportunities."
  7. As long as I'm paid well, it's all good. — "Only do what you want to do and you might build an okay business. Be willing to do what customers want you to do and you can build a successful business. Be willing to do even more and you can build a remarkable business."
  8. People who pay me always have the right to tell me what to do. — "Instead of complaining, work to align what you like to do with what the people who pay you want you to do."
  9. The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland. — "Be early. Stay late. Make the extra phone call. Send the extra email. Do the extra research. Help a customer unload or unpack a shipment. Don't wait to be asked; offer. Don't just tell employees what to do—show them what to do and work beside them."

... maybe, sometimes? ... plus perhaps opening and softening and looking at life from a higher level than simply "succeeding" ... and helping others do well, too? ... hmmmmmm! ...

(cf. Practical Productivity (2004-01-20), How To Succeed (2005-03-11), How to Win Friends and Influence People (2008-05-17), Tough-Minded Optimists (2009-12-22), Take It Up (2011-05-13), How to Be an Optimist (2011-08-24), Action to Raise Trust (2015-09-05), Principles of Trust-Building (2015-09-23), Mental Toughness (2015-12-06), How to Master Any Game (2016-02-18), How Full Is Your Bucket (2016-09-13), ...) - ^z - 2018-03-02