Richard St. John is a success analyst who spends his time researching, speaking on and writing about success. These 8 secrets stemmed from a question a schoolgirl asked him on an aeroplane for which he had no clear answer.
This simple question inspired a 7 year journey of discovery that embraced over 500 interviews of successful people like Rupert Murdoch, Bill Gates, Frank Gehry and Norman Jewison across business, the sciences and the arts.
- do it for love not for money.
- if you do it for love the money will follow.
- passions are the first thing you thing of in the morning and the last thing you think of at night.
2. Work hard
- the harder you work the more you will achieve
- success rarely comes without hard work; lucky winners are few and far between.
3. Be good at what you do
- work long and hard to be good at something
- practice; practice; practice
- when it comes down to it if you aren’t good at what you do you can’t be a success and sustain it
- concentrate all your efforts into one or two goals.
- without focus your resources will be too thinly stretched to achieve real success.
5. Push yourself
- physically and mentally push yourself to your limits
- push through shyness and self-doubt
- make it a privilege to serve people
- serve other people something they will find of value
- think more about the needs of your stakeholders than of your own needs
7. Have ideas
- you must find the time to think
- seek inspiration from whatever and whomsoever you can: books; TED; mentors; gurus
- listen; observe; be curious; ask questions; problem solve; make connections.
- persist through failure
- persist through CRAP: Criticism; Rejection; Assholes; Pressure
I happen to think that these simple, yet powerful, ideas are both accurate and inspirational. Also since they are Mr St. John’s and not mine I feel justified in asking you to Tweet this out and pass onto others who are searching for their way forward.