* Success - "knowing the right people," "being in the right place at
the right time," and "using the right tools" - by Anthony Robbins
Your career is not everything; your life is. But then, what is
life without a career or a career without a life?
* 1. You are always on your own. Even if you work for a big company,
you will always be on your own. Companies aren't people. They're things
and they don't have feelings. If you are expecting the company to "take
care of you" or "do the right thing", you'll be often disappointed.
There are no strong bonds in a company. No one cares more about
your career than you do. Remember that, and don't expect the company to take care of you.
* 2. Certain jobs fit certain people best. You do have special gifts
that fit you for some, disqualify you for others. Take time to assess
your skills, temperament and aptitude in depth.
* 3. Careers are short-term. Your present job can end anytime, even
if you own the company! Therefore, think short term. Don't take your
present career for granted. Someone once described a consultant as a
person who wakes up every morning unemployed. You should feel the same
Wake up every morning feeling unemployed so that you'll appreciate
your present job more and figure out what you're going to do next.
Always have a "Plan B." (No kidding!!)
* 4. It's more important to be a "people person" than an
"achievement- oriented person" who always win at the cost of others.
People skills are more important than technical skills. Even in
technical jobs, you have to deal with someone. The average performer who are easier to get along with last longer in his job.
* 5. What you accomplish today will be your calling card tomorrow.
Your accomplishments will determine your marketability. In
marketing yourself, it's the results that count. A soccer forward who
scores in every game is easier to market than one who doesn't. So make
sure you're contributing something substantial and measurable every day.
And make sure you keep a written record of your results, in case you
* 6. If you lose your job, 80% of your marketing for a new position
is already done. That's right. Your reputation, results, accomplishments,
people skills, contributions, friendships are all a matter of record.
If you've been a contributor, if you've been kind to others and
easy-to-work- with, you'll be in better demand. If not, you won't. Nobody
can create friendship for you if you haven't created it for yourself.
* 7. Changing fields, industries, and functional specialties is
difficult. The more difficult it is, the bigger the change will be.
Therefore, choose your career path carefully. As management expert
Peter Drucker says, "The best way to predict the future is to plan it."
* 8. If you're fired or laid off, don't sue your former employer.
Ask yourself why you didn't see it coming; or if you did see it coming. Ask
yourself why you didn't do something about it. Figure out your part in
causing the problem. Then set about creating a new, better life for
yourself. There is a better life in your future.
* 9. Don't stay in a job you hate. Hating your job can kill you.
* 10. Success is difficult. If success were easy, everyone would be
* 11. There's a special place for everyone. You can create the kind
of future you want.
* 12. The workplace is fun and challenging. It can also be cruel and
heartless. It rewards effort and planning, but tends to punish
indifference and lack of preparation. Those who don't manage their
careers, who just let things happen - often end up in painful, dead-end
jobs and lifestyles.
* 13. You are in full control of your own future. No one can deny
you a happy life if you decide to plan it and work for it. No one can stop you
from becoming successful, but yourself.
* 14. It's never too late for a new beginning.
* 15. Align yourself with winners. Hang around with winners. Success
really does rub off from others.
* 16. "If you keep doing what you have always been doing, you're
going to get what you've always gotten"