There are few lasting thoughts that stay with you for a lifetime more than these 10 secrets to success. I have referred to these annually as I set my goals for the upcoming year. They remain as true today as they did when they were first published in the early 2000s. They assist me in answering the question, “Why?”, one that is asked by Simon Sineck in his leadership videos. Feel free to read and adopt these principles as I have as I set goals for 2021.
Best wishes for your personal success during 2021 and the years to come,
IBD’s 10 Secrets to Success
Investor’s Business Daily* has spent years analyzing leaders and successful
people in all walks of life. Most have 10 traits that, when combined, can turn into reality.
1. How You Think Is Everything – Always be positive. Think success, not failure.
Beware of a negative environment.
2. Decide Upon Your True Dreams and Goals – Write down your specific goals
and develop a plan to reach them.
3. Take Action – Goals are nothing without action. Don’t be afraid to get started
now. Just do it.
4. Never Stop Learning – Go back to school or read books. Get training and
5. Be Persistent and Work Hard – Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Never give
6. Learn to Analyze Details – Get all the facts, all the input. Learn from your
7. Focus on Your Time and Money – Don’t let other people or things distract you.
8. Don’t Be Afraid to Innovate; Be Different – Following the herd is a sure way to
9. Deal and Communicate With People Effectively – No person is an island.
Learn to understand and motivate others.
10. Be Honest and Dependable; Take Responsibility – Otherwise, Numbers 1-9