Last night I came across an old clipping I thought was worth sharing from Investor's Business Daily (dated September 22, 2004). In it, IBD offers "10 Secrets to Success." I thought they were relevant for almost any situation or profession so decided to share them here.
HOW YOU THINK IS EVERYTHING: Always be positive. Think success, not failure. Beware of a negative environment.
DECIDE UPON YOUR TRUE DREAMS AND GOALS: Write down your specific goals and develop a plan to reach them.
TAKE ACTION: Goals are nothing without action. Don't be afraid to get started. Just do it.
NEVER STOP LEARNING: Go back to school or read books. Get training and acquire skills.
BE PERSISTENT AND WORK HARD: Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Never give up.
LEARN TO ANALYZE DETAILS: Get all the facts, all the input. Learn from your mistakes.
FOCUS YOUR TIME AND MONEY: Don't let other people or things distract you.
DON'T BE AFRAID TO INNOVATE; BE DIFFERENT: Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity.
DEAL AND COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE EFFECTIVELY: No person is an island. Learn to understand and motivate others.
BE HONEST AND DEPENDABLE; TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: Otherwise, numbers 1-9 won't matter.
I couldn't have said them any better myself. Thanks IBD, here's to a great 2011!