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Kelly Odell

- A blog for leaders
31 Dec 2012

10 Commandments for Success in 2013

Many of you know that I sometimes come up with Ten Commandments as a base for speeches I make like “Ten Commandments for Leaders” or “Ten Commandments for Change”.  I thought I would put together “Ten Commandments for success in 2013”. Don’t worry they aren’t really commandments just thoughts.  I imagine I am the one who is most in need of these commandments.  I hope you enjoy them.

I would like to thank everyone for their support, friendship and cooperation during 2012 and wish all of you a great 2013.

1. Don’t worry what other people think of you. The only person you have to justify yourself to is you.

2. Keep learning. Look around. Ask more questions and really listen to what people say. Read more books.

3. Get involved in something outside of work that is voluntary.  Your kid’s football team, a charity, a church or a scout troop, whatever it is get involved and invest some time in it.

4. Exercise regularly. You don’t have to be a fanatic! A little physical activity done regularly can make one hell of a difference in both your physical health and your mental wellbeing.

5. Don’t work for money. Work for stimulation and satisfaction. The money will follow. 

6. If you find yourself in a bad situation, for example  at work or in a relationship, make a plan and take the necessary steps to either improve the situation or to move on to a better one. 

7. If you find yourself in a good situation invest more of yourself into it.

8. Spend more time with friends and family. Don’t avoid people you don’t like. They will help you learn a great deal about yourself.

9. Work hard! Be wary of easy answers and quick fixes.  Creating anything worthwhile whether it’s a painting, a career, a relationship or a life is hard work.

10. This moment is the only moment you have and it will never come back, make the most of it! The past is the past and if you are lucky enough to have a future it will be to a large extent the result of how you spent the accumulation of moments just like this one.

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