Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: Are your ready?
Top Ten List
1. Be early
Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces.
2. Be prepared
Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success.
3. Be pragmatic
Some people are pragmatists, taking things as they come and making the best of the choices available. Some people are idealists, standing for principle and refusing to compromise. And some people just act on any whim that enters their heads. I pragmatically turn my whims into principles.
4. Be enthusiastic
Enthusiasm is not the same as just being excited. One gets excited about going on a roller coaster. One becomes enthusiastic about creating and building a roller coaster.
5. Be diligent
I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.
6. Be relevant
Quality, relevant content can’t be spotted by an algorithm. You can’t subscribe to it. You need people – actual human beings – to create or curate it.
7. Be committed
There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either in or out. There is no such thing as life in-between.
8. Be polite
One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.
9. Be an ally
There’s nothing worse than finding yourself in a situation, a very demanding piece of work, and knowing that you’re not a true ally to the person who’s in charge of all that.
10. Be genuine
Bottom line: if you show a genuine interest in learning about how others became successful, you can open up a world of opportunities.