Two pages of SUCCESS

I have been subscribing to SUCCESS magazine for years thanks to a suggestion from Kelly Kloss, the former CAO of the municipality.  At first, I was extremely diligent and read each issue cover to cover and listened to the CD of success interviews with publisher Darren Hardy.  However, I've found that I haven't been able to keep up and I now have a huge library of back issues.

While flipping through the latest issue (August 2015), one page jumped out at me as offering a wealth of ideas and personal value.  I thought it would be fun to summarize just one page of this great resource.

(p. 12) Dress for Zuckzess

Josh Ellis writes about Facebook guru Mark Zuckerberg and why he wear the same style of grey t-shirt every single day.  I love his response to the question as to his consistency of dress.

"I really want to be clear about my life, to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything other than how best to serve this community."

President Obama has a similar kind of philosophy that includes what he has for breakfast and evening snack.  And while I wear different clothes every day, I have the same thing for breakfast and evening snack without fail.  If I was working at home, I would wear my white Denver Hayes t-shirts every single day.  I look crappy in grey; it's a colour that accentuates my age.

"It's important to embody strength and warmth in order to really engage and captivate the people around you."
Julie Greenbaum, co-founder and chief revenue officer of FCancer

(p. 12) You Da (Email) Man!

Dealing with email is still an intense time sucker.  Mary Vinnedge introduces a guide to concise, commanding communiques by author Gisela Hausmannn called Naked Words: The Effective 157-word Email.

A few tips that jumped out for me:

- open with a greeting that uses the person's name:  Good morning Bob,  Hi Susan, etc.  It seems like a no-brainer, but how many emails do you get that jump right into things without a friendly hello?

- write the email so it has the same impact as a short in-person meeting with the recipient.  Read it back to yourself aloud to ensure it has that quality.

- before sending important emails, let them sit awhile and then reread them.  You'll be glad you did.

- end the message in a way that fits the subject matter:  Thanks very, very much; hope this information helps; yours respectfully; etc. 

"In terms of communication, it's just as important to listen effectively as it is to communicate effectively."
- Elizabeth Chambers, chief correspondent, Human Rights Foundation; co-owner, BIRD Bakery

(p. 13) Creating a Legacy

The late Jim Rohn (1930 - 2009) was one of the great success thought leaders of the past century, and certainly a mentor and inspiration for SUCCESS publisher Darren Hardy.

Here are his nine philosophies for creating a legacy and making the world a better place:

1. Life is best lived in service to others.
2. Consider others' interests as important as your own.
3.  Love your neighbour even if you don't like him.
4. Maintain integrity at all costs.
5. To improve, you must take risks.
6. You reap what you sow.
7. Hard work is never a waste.
8. Don't give up.
9. Keep going.

Pretty simple, eh?  But there is so much wisdom in those 9 ideas about how to approach life.

"Leaders have to be able to inspire people to achieve goals that appear daunting and seemingly unachievable."- Apu Gupta, CEO of Curalate

(p. 13) The Mind Muscle

Arden Moore offers up a few ideas about reversing brain drain from officials from the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas.  I love these suggestions, and actively practice several of them.

1. Reset your brain and then reboot:  Taking a few minutes to mentally shut down to slow down can absolutely increase your productivity.  Listen to your body and mind and they will serve you better.  This is why I do my best to take a 5-minute catnap almost every day. Ask my wife; she'll tell you.

2.  Focus on one task at a time:  This sounds like something pretty basic, but much harder to do in this age of multi-tasking and distractions.  I would give myself an F on this one.

3.  Prioritize your daily to-do list:  Identify the two most crucial tasks on your to-do list and complete them before moving on to less pressing things.

4.  Say no to the status quo:  Instead of doing things by rote, or the way they have always been done, shake them up and try a new approach.  Instead of painting a portrait with your dominant hand (in my case the right), try it with the other.  Your brain will be stronger for it, even if the results are a little dodgy.

SUCCESS magazine has had a tremendous impact on my life; perhaps it will have the same impact on yours.  Want to borrow a back issue?  Just let me know.  I've donated mine to the Resource Library at The Redpoll Centre at Shell Place to give others the opportunity to benefit from the wisdom contained within these pages.  The above represent just two of 88 in the August 2015 issue.


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