This is why some people are successful and some are not | Dan Lok

The only yardstick for success our society has is being a champion. No one remembers anything else. - John Madden

"Dullness in matters of government is a good sign, and not a bad one - in particular, dullness in parliamentary government is a test of its excellence, an indication of its success." - Walter Bagehot

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein


This is why some people are successful and some are not | Dan Lok

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Success Principles
Success PrinciplesSet Goals: This simple fact cannot be emphasized enough: one thing that separates the successful from those who have not experienced success is goals. The successful have goals; and these goals give them meaning and direction. If you’re lacking serious, meaningful goals, then you should spend some time to create them and then write them down.

Affirm Yourself and Your Choices: In business, you will have to make many difficult decisions. Instead of constantly second-guessing your decisions, take time to affirm your choices periodically, so that you do become overwhelmed by self-doubt.

Practice Self-Promotion: As painful as it might be at first, get in the habit of self-promoting (but in ways that don’t make you look desperate or stupid). Get others to notice you and to appreciate what you do within the company.

Pay Off Your Debt: It cannot be emphasized enough unless you are young and are planning to get a number of very large raises in your lifetime (or are temporarily ill), then you shouldn’t be accumulating debt. You should be paying it down and saving for retirement. The successful know and practice this.

Avoid the Grandiose: Creativity is important, but when it is excessive, it can lead to grandiosity. The successful know that being grandiose is not useful. Rather, it is simply a form of day-dreaming that does not translate into practical and reasonable set of steps you can take to improve your situation.

Be Analytical About Your Results: In business, analysis is important. If something goes wrong, there are reasons for why it went wrong; and using a careful, well -reasoned approach is the best way to determine what those reasons were. So, instead of invoking magical thinking to avoid the problems altogether, instead focus on the process of analyzing your results.

Be Thrifty Where Possible: When you’re poor, thriftiness is a virtue. If you’ve fallen on hard times, you would be wise to be thrifty, rather than delusional about the state of your finances.

Never Say “No”: One good way to demonstrate that you are responsible is to always say “yes” to difficult and unsavory projects. No matter how much you don’t want to do them, accept them anyway and demonstrate that you are management material.

Do Not Compete with Your Staff, Help Them and Learn How They Can Help You: Being successful means being secure. And being secure means that you don’t feel the need to compete with your co-workers, but instead focus on competing with other businesses.

Attempt to Improve Your Mindset: Mindset is an important variable that we can all influence. No matter whether it comes to personal relationships or business transactions, improving our focus and our intensity can only have a positive effect.

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"For success, attitude is equally as important as ability." - Walter Scott

Success and failure are both part of life. Both are not permanent. - Shahrukh Khan

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Fame and success are very different things. - Enya

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"Do business managers have a commitment to anything more than the success of their company and to making money? It would be hard to say that they do. Indeed, many business leaders deny that there is any conflict between self-interest and the interests of all." - Peter Singer

"I've always known I would be a success, but I was surprised at the way it came." - Eva Gabor

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"When one has success, the answer is not to undo that success. It is to continue what has been done." - Charles Schumer

In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk. - Rita Rudner

"Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle." - Thomas Hardy

"The secret to success is to own nothing, but control everything." - Nelson Rockefeller

There is little success where there is little laughter. - Andrew Carnegie

The very first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it. - William Osler

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