People will always trust other people before they trust brands and products. This is why you must do everything possible to keep your integrity as a business person.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.
The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.
Goals aren’t enough. You need goals plus deadlines: goals big enough to get excited about and deadline to make you run. One isn’t much good without the other, but together they can be tremendous.
Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.
The mark of a great individual is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.
Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.
Think of what you have rather than of what you lack. Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them.
The only thing that matters as an entrepreneur is the results. Focus on what is actually important to growing: revenue and profit.
Customers don’t expect you to be perfect. They only expect you to fix things when they go wrong. Take note of this.
Lead as example when you’re an entrepreneur, both for your team and for your customers.
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.
Do an evening review at the end of the day to reflect on what went well, and what you’d do differently next time.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less-than-perfect conditions. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident & more successful.
The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. It is the one that gets people to do the greatest things.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust.
Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.
People with high integrity are irresistible because they walk their talk, plain and simple. Integrity is a simple concept but a difficult thing to practice. To demonstrate integrity every day, irresistible people follow through, they avoid talking bad about other people, and they do the right thing, even when it hurts.
Irresistible people are positive and passionate. They’re never bored, because they see life as an amazing adventure and approach it with a joy that other people want to be a part of.
It’s not that irresistible people don’t have problems—even big ones—but they approach problems as temporary obstacles, not inescapable fate. When things go wrong, they remind themselves that a bad day is just one day, and they keep hope that tomorrow or next week or next month will be better.
Irresistible people did not have fairy godmothers hovering over their cribs. They’ve simply perfected certain appealing qualities and habits that anyone can adopt as their own.
They think about other people more than they think about themselves, and they make other people feel liked, respected, understood, and seen. Just remember: the more you focus on others, the more irresistible you’ll be.
Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
When it comes to productivity, we all face the same challenge—there are only 24 hours in a day. Yet some people seem to have twice the time; they have an uncanny ability to get things done. Even when juggling multiple projects, they reach their goals without fail.
We all want to get more out of life. There’s arguably no better way to accomplish this than by finding ways to do more with the precious time you’ve been given.
Productive people never put anything in a holding pattern, because touching things twice is a huge time-waster. Don’t save an email or a phone call to deal with later. As soon as something gets your attention you should act on it, delegate it or delete it.
Productive people end each day by preparing for the next. This practice accomplishes two things: it helps you solidify what you’ve accomplished today, and it ensures you’ll have a productive tomorrow. It only takes a few minutes and it’s a great way to end your workday.
“Eating a frog” is the best antidote for procrastination, and ultra-productive people start each morning with this tasty treat. In other words, they do the least appetizing, most dreaded item on their to-do list before they do anything else. After that, they’re freed up to tackle the stuff that excites and inspires them.
Meetings are the biggest time waster there is. Ultra-productive people know that a meeting will drag on forever if they let it, so they inform everyone at the onset that they’ll stick to the intended schedule. This sets a limit that motivates everyone to be more focused and efficient.
No is a powerful word that ultra-productive people are not afraid to wield. When it’s time to say no, they avoid phrases such as I don’t think I can or I’m not certain. Saying no to a new commitment honors your existing commitments and gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill them.
Research conducted at the University of California in San Francisco shows that the more difficulty that you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression. Learn to use no, and it will lift your mood, as well as your productivity.
Ultra-productive people know that multitasking is a real productivity killer. Research conducted at Stanford University confirms that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information and always on social media cannot pay attention, recall information or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.
Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully.
Don’t be afraid to go off grid when you need to. Give one trusted person a number to call in case of emergency, and let that person be your filter. Everything has to go through them, and anything they don’t clear has to wait. This strategy is a bulletproof way to complete high-priority projects.
Ultra-productive people accept the fact that they’re not the only smart, talented person in their organization. They trust people to do their jobs so that they can focus on their own.
The weekend is a great time to spend a few moments planning your upcoming week. As little as 30 minutes of planning can yield significant gains in productivity and reduced stress. The week feels a lot more manageable when you go into it with a plan because all you have to focus on is execution.