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IBD’s 10 Secrets To Success
February 26, 2002

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 dreams into reality. Each day, we highlight one.

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. Just do it.
4. NEVER STOP LEARNING: Go back to school or read books. Get training and acquire skills.
5. BE PERSISTENT AND WORK HARD: Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Never give up.
6. LEARN TO ANALYZE DETAILS: Get all the facts, all the input. Learn from your mistakes.
7. FOCUS 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 mediocrity.
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, Nos. 1-9 won’t matter.

Making Tomorrow Work
7. It’s the end of the day, and you’re itching to get home to your spouse and kids, dinner, the ballgame and into bed for an eight hours - or less - snooze.

Hold it just a minute. Before you slam the door on your office, why not set yourself up for success in the next 24 hours? Recently the following professionals shared what they do at the end of each day to grease tomorrow’s wheels.

There’s more than one way go about it. Julie Maxwell, chief administrative officer at Egenera Inc., an Internet technology company in Marlboro, Mass., likes to leave her desk in chaos when she leaves for the evening. She insists that being greeted by a messy workspace first thing gets her jazzed up faster than black coffee. She moves quickly to instill order.

In contrast, Marley Majcher, CEO of The Party Goddess Inc. a Pasadena, Calif.-based event coordination company, takes the opposite tack. “I absolutely have to clear off my desk (at the end of the day). I don’t mean dump everything into the closet, either. I need to sort my papers, pull the ones I need for the following day, label them with instructions and put the rest in my in box.”

The best way to turn up tomorrow’s volume? Consider these hints:

Come to a complete stop. “Don’t leave something for tomorrow. Tomorrow will fill up and take care of itself,” said Linda Talley, a Houston-based leadership coach.

Glance at tomorrow’s files. “I look at the file for each client or project,” said John Hrastar, president of InterSource, an executive advising firm in McLean, Va. “Not an extensive review, less than a minute each, just to remember where we left off. It’s kind of like reshuffling the mental pages to put the proper ones at the top of the stack.”

Get a hold of yourself with reminder e-mails. “I write myself e-mail with varying degrees of hysteria, including red flag priorities, capitals or rude messages,” said Mary McEvoy, vice president of The Hoffman Agency, a communications firm based in San Jose, Calif.

Maintain a sense of perspective. “I ask myself, ‘Will this matter an hour from now, a day from now, a week from now?’ If I can answer ‘No’ to those questions, I can go home without those particular pressures on my mind,” said Linda Haneborg, vice president of marketing for Express Services Inc., a staffing firm in Oklahoma City.

Have a peak performance night-cap. No, it’s not a new kind of drink. “A peak performance night-cap is the ritual of reviewing the next day’s goals and mentally tying those goals into the long-term goals or dreams,” said George Ludwig, a leadership coach in Chicago.

Take an inventory of the day. “I notice what I’ve done that I could have done more gracefully and give myself credit for things done, said or thought well,” said Susan Harrow, a marketing coach in Oakland, Calif.

Give thanks. “I always thank every employee before leaving the office,” said Ray Drasnin, president and chief executive of Drasnin Communications in San Diego. “I appreciate their efforts, and it is important for them to hear my sincere thanks every day.”

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