ImageLiving life isn’t easy.  We look fondly upon those that have achieved and seek their wisdom as to how they gone to this pinnacle of success.  These often state the most obvious of obvious rules…. work hard, be ahead of the game, be creative and so on.  But these are simply pointing to rules of conduct and fail to dig to that next level of detail which unlocks what really makes a difference.  Tony Robbins probable comes the closest to unlocking the Da Vinci code of success or should I say “healthy conduct” precipitators. He suggests such rules as;

  • Success Leaves Clues
  • What is the Purpose (some might consider this to be VALUE)
  • If committed there’s always a way
  • The more rules the less happy you will be
  • The past does not equal the future
  • Reasons come first, answers come second
  • At the moment of decision your destiny is shaped
  • Most people fail not for a lack of plan but as a result of a lack of advice
  • Demand more of yourself than for anyone else

All of these Tony Robbins’ quotes speak to you as a person how to achieve comfort in yourImage life (and not a guarantee as to the outcome but at minimum you will be at peace).

There are a few rules that I believe are important also in your personal and work life.  While not as famous as Tony Robbins they have none the less but instrumental to my work and throughout my life.  Most of these are principals applied in a much different context but in true form I have applied them to other more practical events.

  • “For Every Action There is a Reaction”:  This concept repeats itself over and over again.  Whether you build a software solution in which there is a problem, other problems will flourish around it.  If excellence exists the probability of error is nearly zero.
  • Pareto Principal (80/20 Rule):  Almost without exception this occurs time and time again.  Mainly this is caused by two factors:  it is unlikely that 100% will occur or that none will occur.  One would think that it would be more than 50/50 but because people or conditions are such that uniform distributions do not occur regularly (possible because we want to be different or we simply like to agree to disagree) it creates a shift in the midpoint.  Thus we can assume that if we aren’t going to get 0%, 50/50% or 100% that the result will be into the territory of the 80/20 rule (even when its 60/40 or 70/30… its considered Pareto!).
  • Yin-Yang:  Life and business seeks equilibrium and balance.  While we recognize that Pareto is a bit skewed in this respect we none the less seek balance.  A concept introduced in China its a bit ironic that for a concept introduced in China that they haven’t come to appreciate that their quest for world dominance.  Polarizing views and attitudes that work quite well within a centrally controlled nation create an enormous imbalance when it comes to economic dominance (thus the lack of Yin-Yang).
  • No Good Comes from Anger/Violence:  First of all if there was any good that comes from it, it would be change.  More often than not anger/violence precipitates more anger and violence.  Should this not be the case it often results in some loss. Therefore peaceful and more honorable measure create a stronger success likelihood than to vent anger.
  • Protection Means Defensive:  Whether this be your family or protecting the sovereign rights of a nation protection measures equate to being on the defensive.  More often than not protectionism results in problems.  Over protect the child they will rebel or become dependent, employ protectionism policies on a nation you will deprive economic growth and create isolation, and utilize protection practices in a business you will inhibit creativity.
  • Holism: Holistic thinking is the new imperative.  Industry of the 1800s and early 1900s were founded on craftsmanship.  The birth of the industrial age introduced commodity practices and placed craftsmanship as a niche, specialty group.  Craftsmanship remains higher value and higher cost, but lower volume.  Commodity thinking produces volume, lower cost and lower value.  Consumer demand drives us towards commodities and only occasionally to seek out craftsmen.  The backdrop to both of these modes is holism.  While the craftsman may focus on their trade the depth and breath of knowledge makes him/her a master and second to none.  At the sametime those industrialists who created and implemented commodity thinking had to be ‘big thinkers’.  When looking at people we can’t just look at them and say that we want a craftsman without insuring ourselves of their holistic abilities.  All too often we associate positions with craftsmen, like programmers, but fail to see that their thinking remains too narrow.
  • Hold Yourself With Dignity, Honor and Respect:  Giving in to unbridled misguide behavior (usually the result of anger or fear) will produce no good.

Be righteous in your endeavors, committed to your cause, seek the advise of others and know when to make a decision.  These are all are the principals from which success is made.