Richard St. John’s 8 Secrets of Success


Who’s a clever boy then?

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.

This blog is a brief summary of his 8 secrets. If you would like to watch Richard deliver these in person you can do so in this 3 minute  TED video or check out his web site here.

1. Passion

  • 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

4. Focus

  • 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

6. Serve

  • 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.

8. Persist

  • 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.

 

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