5 Essential Principles For Success

We all agree, it would be a lot of fun to drive a new Lamborghini around the Hollywood Hills. That particular prophet from YouTube, prolific thought leaders on Twitter, and daytime infomercial hosts all have their own brand of success to sell you. But this axiom dispels the belief that the people on top will tell you how to get there:

“Beware the advice of successful people; they do not seek company” — Dogbert

From that, you can conclude that Warren Buffet won’t lead you to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Thus, I declare my credibility hereby established. With that, I bring you my 5 Essential Principles For Success.

Be Honest

Lying wastes time. Don’t blow smoke up peoples’ asses. Fess up when you fuck up. Don’t make excuses. Admit when you’re not the right person for the job. These things are tough because they make you feel vulnerable, but they get the right job done faster.

Follow Through

If you commit, then you’re committed. Hit the deadline. Don’t drop the ball. Did you realize halfway through the job that you sent your client a quote that was too low? Too bad, that’s on you. Better luck next time. That means it’s very important to know when to say “NO,” because once you’re in, you’re in.

Don’t Get Taken Advantage Of

You’re valuable, and you’ve gotta believe it. If someone will only work with you if you cave in to a bad deal, screw ‘em. Walk away. Just remember, your gut is there to show you the line between being fair and being greedy.

Have a Good Attitude

Keep a smile on your face. Conduct yourself gracefully. Don’t pick fights or seek petty victories. Be the first to admit your mistakes. Stay humble. If you’re pleasant to deal with, people will deal with you.

Don’t Be An Island

There’s only enough time in your life for you to be good at a few things. There are a lot of things in the world people can do. Accomplishing anything worthwhile takes more skill than any one person can contain. Work with others, learn from them, support them, and give them the credit they deserve.

These are the principles I strive to maintain. It doesn’t matter what field you are trying to succeed in; if you live by these principles, you will go a long way.

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