Drops of Genius — One Sentence Rules for Business Success #2

What are one sentence rules that have helped you attain success in business?

Here are the top picks from our diverse group of respondents…


Do not hide bad news, it only makes it worse; it is much easier to fix problems early on so talk if you see trouble brewing.
When in doubt, over communicate.
I’d rather you tell me too much vs too little, sometimes the extra info and random facts are where the real insight is hiding.
Your mother was right, manners matter: put your phone away in meetings, always follow up and follow through, keep your promises, send thank you notes, return phone calls in a timely manner; the right people will notice and appreciate it.

Paige Arnof-Fenn, Founder & CEO of Mavens & Moguls


Surround yourself with the best people possible.
Be open to new ideas even if you did not think of them.
Be adaptable in all situations.
Do not accept no for an answer, there is always a way.
Listen to your clients thoughts and make certain you understand them.
Treat everyone you meet in business with respect.
Accept responsibility if you make a mistake.
Learn from your mistakes as there will always be mistakes.
Be passionate about what you do.
Do not put your name on anything you do not like or believe in.
Make more of an effort than you believe you need to.
Find humor in stressful situations.

Lynne Goldberg, Founder of Boca Entertainment & Ms Wedding Planner


Maintain a positive attitude, because positivity allows you to see the potential that lies within you and gives you the faith to step outside of the box to achieve your dreams.
Energy is the fuel that feeds our attitude and it needs to be replenished on a daily basis.
Having a positive attitude is a conscious choice, so when negative thoughts creep in, stop them in their tracks and replace them with positive self-talk.
Surround yourself with like-minded women who are an inspiration and who will provide encouragement.
Have a motto that you believe in and live by, as it will motivate you when the work gets difficult.
If you do things for the right reasons, only the right thing can happen.
Don’t let “no” or an obstacle stop you, because adversity cultivates inner strength.
Instead of throwing a pity party when life gets tough, look for the inner lessons to be learned and apply them to your life.
Character isn’t born from an easy life — it is forged through pushing through trials and being persistent.

Grainne Kelly, Founder of BubbleBum


Be confident not arrogant.
Business leadership has got nothing to do with figuring it out and everything to do with feeling it out.
Be friendly but firm, empathetic to everyone’s life drama, yet distant enough not to become part of their life drama.

Troy Hazard, Founder & Owner of 12 businesses, former Global President of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization