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How to Succeed Without Really Trying

Also while I was beating back the foreign flu bug invasion (they’re always from somewhere other than the US, right?), I missed Miguel tagging me with a challenge.

List the top 5 to 10 things that you do almost every day that help you to be successful. They can be anything at all, but they have to be things that you do at least 4 or 5 times every week. Anything less than that may be a hobby that helps you out, but we are after the real day in and day out habits that help you to be successful.

Wow. That would assume that I think I’m successful. :-)

Well, starting with that premise, here goes.

Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. I’d like that to count for five but I know that’s cheating. However, I try to read a much as a I can from as many sources as I can. Every time I open my RSS aggregator it feels like I’m about to drown in the information. But it’s a wonderful feeling.

Listen to the people I work with. I get to work with a pretty creative bunch, both in my office and our extended group (crowd, really). The result is an overabundance of great ideas to select from every day.

Listen to the larger world. I stopped listening to commercial radio when I discovered the steadily increasing variety of voices available as podcasts. Always makes for an interesting and inspirational commute.

Play. We lose a lot in our educational life when we are told to stop playing and sit still. But somewhere along the line I relearned the child’s process of experimenting with new concepts. It’s amazing what you can discover by making mistakes.

Write. Also later in life I learned that writing can not only be fun but is a great way to sift through ideas and figure out how best to use them. Even if no one else sees what you’ve written.

Whether all of that really does make me successful is something others will have to judge. I know that it does make my life interesting and fun, which is a form of success, I guess.

Now it’s my turn to tag a few others. How about Scott McLeod, Doug Johnson, Chris Lehmann, and Vicki Davis?

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  1. Scott McLeod

    Thanks, Tim! Done!


  2. Doug Johnson

    Thanks, Tim. Here you go:


  3. Tim

    Sorry, Scott and Doug. I completely missed your great responses that predated mine.

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