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Tips for Success at Work and in Life
Posted: August 27, 2013
                                          THE SECRETS OF SUCCESS
  • Take care of your body.  It’s the only place you have to live.
  • Find 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.
  • Find something that’s hard to do because you will have fewer competitors to deal with.  
  • 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 balls.
  • 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.
  • Four 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.
  • Ad-libbing 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 make promises.  
  • 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 that.
  • Failure 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.
  • Successes don't last forever and neither do failures.
  • You can't lead to where you've never been.
  • Character 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.  
  • Casualness 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.
  • Slow 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 decisions. 
  • You don't always make the right decisions; you make decisions and then you make them right.
  • Time control is the rudder on the ship.  Procrastination is nothing more than neglect.
  • 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.
  • Goals 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.
  • Discipline 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.
  • Formal 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.               

"Reprinted with permission from Dr. Alan Zimmerman's Internet newsletter, the 'Tuesday Tip.' For your own personal, free subscription to the 'Tuesday Tip' ... along with several other complimentary gifts, go to http://www.DrZimmerman.com

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