I saw this article published by Brent Beshore, Founder and CEO at Permanent Equity. I thought it was worth sharing for wider distribution and may help others be more successful.
Consistently practicing the 16 principles below is a path to success.
1. Follow Through: Just do what you said you were going to do when you said you were going to do it. If you promised something, deliver.
2. Say “Thank You”: The world doesn’t owe you anything, so don’t act like it does. If you receive a compliment, thank the person who told you. If you’re pleased with someone’s performance tell them.
3. Be On Time: As the saying goes, “Five minutes early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable.”
4. Use Impeccable Grammar: If someone can’t properly spell, punctuate, or structure a sentence, chances are he/she a) lacks attention to detail and/or b) doesn’t care.
5. Say “Sorry”: Being wrong is being human. Just own up to it, and everyone will move on. Apologizing says that you a) care, b) are humble, and c) are self-aware.
6. Be Intentional: We all have the same amount of time. You can choose to randomly stumble around or you can be intentional. It’s your choice, every single day.
7. Question Why: The smartest people in the world know what they don’t know, and they aren’t afraid to ask why. If you don’t understand, ask why until you get it.
8. Default to Silence: There’s a reason you have two ears and only one mouth. If you don’t have something meaningful to say, keep your mouth shut.
9. Set Expectations: The formula is simple: Happiness = Reality — Expectations. Changing reality is hard. Setting expectations is easy. Under-promise and fill reality with happiness.
10. Take Responsibility: We love to rationalize blame. While it feels good to play the victim, it’s destructive, leading to a cynical and jaded life. The far better approach is to say, “It’s all my fault.” It gives you control to change yourself and your circumstances.
11. Say “No”: Life is a game of opportunity costs. If you say “yes,” you’re saying “no” to something else. Have clear priorities, pursue opportunities that align, and say “no” to everything else.
12. Continuously Learn: If you wake up each day trying to get a little better, before long, you’ll find yourself ahead. Read, ask, and listen. If something conflicts with your view, dig deeper and determine whether you should embrace it or discard it.
13. Embrace Simplicity: Small bits of complexity add up quickly and exponentially. A little white lie can get you fired. A little gossip can ruin a friendship. Enough small splurges can lead to bankruptcy. Given a choice, always choose simplicity.
14. Gain Perspective: We measure ourselves by our intentions, but others by their actions. Everyone else, regardless of how convinced you are that they’re “doing fine,” is struggling with something. Remember that to have some perspective.
15. Check Yourself: As Warren Buffett says, “Negotiating with one’s self seldom produces a barroom brawl.” Surround yourself with people who will a) call you on your BS, b) thoughtfully help you reason, and c) genuinely understand your weaknesses.
16. Avoid Eating Crap: You were given exactly one container for this life, and the quickest way to damage it is by consistently eating lab-concocted, food-like substances pumped full of chemicals, hormones, and fake nutrition. Simply eat real food that came from something previously living in a recognizable form.
The truth is that 100 percent consistency is impossible, and I’m certainly no exception. In the past two weeks, I’ve been late to a meeting, parroted some gossip, and failed to say “sorry” to two people who deserved to hear it — and that’s just what I can recall. But I’m constantly striving to walk the talk, and I encourage you to do the same. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”
Personal improvement is ongoing, I hope some of this article I shared spoke to you and may increase your happiness and success.