How to tell if someone will succeed

Oct 13th, 2017 – Comment

How to tell if someone will succeed: They look you in the eye when speaking. When they say they’ll do something, they follow through. They never make a promise they can’t keep. And when they don’t know something, they admit it. Then they find out. Successful people aren’t inherently better. They just follow the principles […]


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How to tell if someone will succeed:

They look you in the eye when speaking.

When they say they’ll do something, they follow through.

They never make a promise they can’t keep.

And when they don’t know something, they admit it. Then they find out.

Successful people aren’t inherently better. They just follow the principles we all know to be true.

Why?

Because they know the world doesn’t owe them anything.

They see that to exist at all in this life is a great gift, and the purpose of life is to return that gift by doing good in the world.

I used to be in business purely to make money, but now, that’s not so important to me.

Now, I’m interested in the footprint I’ll leave on the world.

In the words of Winston Churchill:

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Focusing only on the numbers is the fastest way to fail.

Losing sight of the real value you create is losing the path to success.

Even in business, the rule is the same: you will succeed or fail based on the good you do for the world. Create real value, for other people, and you will thrive.

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