Five great tips for successful success

Guy Kawasaki asks Seth Godin five questions, including “What are the five things that enabled you to be successful?”. Seth answers:

  1. No ulterior motive. I rarely do A as a calculated tactic to get B. I do A because I believe in A, or it excites me or itís the right thing to do. Thatís it. No secret agendas.
  2. I donít think my audience owes me anything. Itís always their turn.
  3. Iím in a hurry to make mistakes and get feedback and get that next idea out there. Iím not in a hurry, at all, to finish the ďbigger??? project, to get to the finish line.
  4. I do things where I actually think Iím right, as opposed to where I think succeeding will make me successful. When you think youíre right, itís more fun and your passion shows through.
  5. Iíve tried to pare down my day so that the stuff I actually do is pretty well leveraged. That, and I show up. Showing up is underrated.

I really, really like each of these, and what we have here might as well be the beginnings of a manifest for honest business. What runs through each of Seth’s five points is a certain ego-lessness, a sense that business is not about me or what I can get but about what I can contribute.

Being in business for the giving rather than the getting is a great approach and a sure path to a happier and more fulfilling work life. And success.

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