16 Rules for Success in Business and Life in General

When I set up this web site I came across the following 16 Rules for Success in Business and Life in General by Bob Parsons® .  Bob is the Executive Chairman and Founder of GoDaddy.com.  Yes, maybe he is trying to sell you more web based services, but his 16 rules do resonate and in my opinion we could all benefit from following them.

1. Get and stay out of your comfort   zone.
I believe that not much happens of   any significance when we’re in our comfort zone. I hear people say, “But   I’m concerned about security.” My response to that is simple:   “Security is for cadavers.”
2. Never give up.
Almost nothing works the first time   it’s attempted. Just because what you’re doing does not seem to be working,   doesn’t mean it won’t work. It just means that it might not work the way   you’re doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t   have an opportunity.
3. When you’re ready to quit, you’re   closer than you think.
There’s an old Chinese saying that   I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: “The   temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to   succeed.”
4. With regard to whatever worries   you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point   to quantify what the worst thing could be.
Very seldom will the worst   consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of “undefined   consequences.” My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling   and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, “Well,   Robert, if it doesn’t work, they can’t eat you.”
5. Focus on what you want to have   happen.
Remember that old saying, “As   you think, so shall you be.”
6. Take things a day at a time.
No matter how difficult your   situation is, you can get through it if you don’t look too far into the   future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day   at a time.
7. Always be moving forward.
Never stop investing. Never stop improving.   Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your   organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every   day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily   improvements eventually result in huge advantages.
8. Be quick to decide.
Remember what General George S.   Patton said: “A good plan violently executed today is far and away   better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”
9. Measure everything of significance.
I swear this is true. Anything that   is measured and watched, improves.
10. Anything that is not managed will   deteriorate.
If you want to uncover problems you   don’t know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you   haven’t examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.
11. Pay attention to your competitors,   but pay more attention to what you’re doing.
When you look at your competitors,   remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth,   if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.
12. Never let anybody push you around.
In our society, with our laws and   even playing field, you have just as much right to what you’re doing as   anyone else, provided that what you’re doing is legal.
13. Never expect life to be fair.
Life isn’t fair. You make your own   breaks. You’ll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is   something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).
14. Solve your own problems.
You’ll find that by coming up with   your own solutions, you’ll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the   co-founder of SONY, said it best: “You never succeed in technology,   business, or anything by following the others.” There’s also an old   saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: “A wise   man keeps his own counsel.”
15. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Lighten up. Often, at least half of   what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we   like to think we are.
16. There’s always a reason to smile.
Find it. After all, you’re really   lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little   brother. He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time, we’re   here for a good time!”

Copyright © 2004 Bob Parsons – http://www.bobparsons.me. All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission.


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