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Simple Secrets of Successful People

Do you love libraries? And bookstores? I do. I'm drawn to them and the potential they hold for allowing you to stumble across a new concept, a fresh thought or a timeless idea with a new spin.

On a recent trip to the public library I happened upon "The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People" by David Niven, Ph.D. In this guide, published in 2002, Niven consults scientific research to uncover the traits of success. But this is no dry academic paper. It's a fun read filled with great ideas.

Here are five highlights:
  • It's not how hard you try. Effort is the single most overrated trait in producing success. Your goal should be to make progress, not just expend energy.
  • Enjoy small victories. Pursue your passions like you would put together a jigsaw puzzle -- work piece by piece. While you ultimately want a final outcome, take pleasure in the journey to get there. People who enjoy a steady stream of minor accomplishments are happiest.
  • Don't force yourself to like broccoli. Personalities and talents are like shoe sizes. They can't be redirected without uncomfortable consequences. Realize who you are and what your true personality is -- and plan a future that fits it.
  • Be an expert at something. Choose a particular subject that is crucial to what you do and learn everything you can about it. Sixty-eight percent of people who consider themselves successful say there is at least one area in which they are an expert.
  • Hope springs internal. Your best source of confidence is not the latest economic report or other external factor. Assertiveness comes from your belief that you can accomplish what you want, regardless of what else is happening around you.
Think about these five tips -- and see if you can apply them to your creative pursuits.


  • Thanks Bob - I'm using the jigsaw scenario to achieve much

    By Blogger c51, At 12:32 PM  

  • Bob,
    I've been reading books around these items. As I read yours tip I remembered years ago in the service how we marched for 25 miles. It became managable when I began to focus on 1 step knowing a bunch of them would get me there. Best to you & keep walking! GW

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 4:28 PM  

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