57 Secrets of Success
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Posted by: Dr. Alan Zimmerman
Dr. Zimmerman's TUESDAY TIP:
The "secrets" of success
aren't really secrets. It's just that some people don't know what they
Dr. Alan Zimmerman's Personal
Years ago Frank Sinatra sang,
"I did it my way." It's a nice song, and to some extent its
lyrics are admirable. Everybody needs to carve out a life and a career
that makes sense to them.
On the other hand, the song rings
of Emotional Immaturity instead of Emotional Intelligence. After all, the
truly smart people and the most successful people (a.k.a. Emotionally
Intelligent) have always tapped into O.P.E. or Other People's Experience.
They know there's no sense in learning something the hard way or the long
way if they can learn how other people have achieved their success, adopt some
of their practices, and move ahead more rapidly. It's only the naive,
misguided, uninformed, or Emotionally Immature people who say, "Don't tell
me what to do. I'll do it my way!" Somehow they mistakenly
think the way to learn something is through trial and error. Of course,
they can learn a few things that way, but the tuition is typically very high
and quite painful.
As for me, I want to be counted
amongst the Emotionally Intelligent folks. I want to squeeze every bit of
happiness and success out of this life. So that's why I keep reading,
researching, and writing about what I've learned in these "Tuesday
Tips," and that's why I keep getting hired to speak. People want me
to share what I've learned about building and maintaining a positive attitude,
communicating effectively, and leading others to be their very best.
Some of the things I've learned
come from interviewing thousands of people over the years. I want to
learn their best practices. And the same goes for my Speaker Hall of Fame
colleague Michael Aun. He's been in the habit of interviewing five people
a day five days a week for several decades. And he publishes some of his
insights as "Graduation Tips" to help graduating seniors have the
best possible shot at the best possible future.
Actually, I think his
"Graduation Tips" apply to everyone at any age. As I discuss in
my upcoming book, "Payoff: Clarify Your Purpose, Prove Your Passion,
Master The Process, Produce The Result," almost everyone is looking for
the same two things: happiness and success. And that applies to
their work lives as well as their personal lives. So let me pass along
some of Aun's tips and some of my own. I've placed them into two
categories: "The Secrets of Success" and "The Keys To
Happiness." We'll look at "The Secrets of Success" this
week and examine "The Keys To Happiness" next week. Take what
you like and discard the rest. You're sure to find a few gems among these
SECRETS OF SUCCESS
- Take care of
your body. It’s the only place you have to live.
something that you like to do and do it with a passion.
- Develop a
reputation for integrity and dependability. That starts with being
prepared to work 12-14 hour days for the first 5-10 years of your career.
You must prove yourself.
- The highest
paid people in society today are problem solvers. Solve another
person’s problem and you make yourself indispensable.
- People don't
fail in business; they simply quit trying. Einstein said he wasn't
smarter than other people; he simply wouldn't quit.
something that’s hard to do because you will have fewer competitors to
- The most
important thing in any line of work is "service". Remember
this truth: "It’s the Customer, Stupid!”
- Learn to be
valuable to others and you will be rewarded with more money.
- Learn to hit
the curve balls. And don't ever expect them to stop throwing curve
- If you work
hard, results are easy. If you work easy, results are hard.
- No one ever
drowned in a pool of sweat.
- Remember the
best way to change the world is to set an example for others to follow.
- Do your best
to be as great as your children think you are.
critical words to use: I need your help.
- Whatever you
do, persistence will succeed.
- Face the
important before you tackle the urgent.
- The size of
your potential is determined by the space between your ears. A
Degree opens the door; continuing education moves you to the top. If
you’re not expandable, you’re expendable.
is for amateurs. Join Toastmasters. Go every week. Become
a better communicator.
- The person
with all the answers is usually doing the least amount of talking and the
most amount of listening. So talk less and listen more.
- You are
never too smart to learn a new way to solve an old problem.
- You need
goals and deadlines in your life. Goals must be big enough to be
exciting and deadlines must be clear enough to keep you honest.
- To try
something where there is little hope of success is to risk failure; but to
not try, guarantees it.
- Winners have
plans and losers have excuses. Winners make commitments and losers
- The best way
to predict the future is to create it.
- Winners are
winners because they win. There is not a whole lot more to it than
isn't fatal and success isn't final.
- Don’t be
afraid to take a chance with a new idea.
- It’s better
to attempt something great and fail than to attempt nothing and succeed.
- Big shots
are little shots that never stop shooting.
don't last forever and neither do failures.
- You can't lead
to where you've never been.
never takes a day off.
- Common sense
is not always common.
- Don't worry
about being the best; just do your best.
- You only
fail when you stop trying.
- In a great
attempt, it is glorious even to fail. Nobody boos a pole vaulter who
misses at 20 feet. Always stay in over your head.
leads to casualties.
- Make a to-do
list each day and take on the toughest first.
- In the
beginning, you encounter some hard bumps, be glad. At least you are
out of the rut.
- It takes
years to become an overnight success.
starters seldom succeed.
- The best
substitute for genius is persistence.
- The first
time you touch a piece of paper you make money. The second time you
touch it you lose money. Minimize paperwork; maximize
- You don't
always make the right decisions; you make decisions and then you make them
- Time control
is the rudder on the ship. Procrastination is nothing more than
- Spend three
to four hours a week planning and you'll have a better week in return.
- A plan
without action is futile. Action without a plan is fatal.
- Now that
you've graduated go on to become educated.
- Whether or
not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepared
for them and how badly you want them.
provide the energy sources that drive our lives. Goals determine
what you’re going to become.
- What you get
by achieving your goals is not nearly as important as what you become
while achieving your goals.
- If you don't
know where you’re going, any road will get you nowhere. And you'll
wind up someplace you don't want to be.
is the difference between goals and accomplishments.
- Don't wish
it were easier. Wish you were better.
- Failure is
not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight.
Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment repeated every day.
education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
- Success is
nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day.
Select three of the success
"secrets" as the ones you will implement this week.
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About the author:
As a best-selling author and Hall of Fame professional
speaker, Dr. Alan Zimmerman is focused on "transforming the people side of
business.” His keynotes and seminars are noted for high content, high energy,
and high involvement that transform people's lives and the companies where they
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