Set your watch five
It’s a tiny thing but it sure can make a significant
difference to your life.
First of all it reduces your stress levels. Instead of
rushing to make it to meetings, you’re far more likely to
arrive on time, even if you’re delayed a little.
Secondly, it’s always notable when someone arrives a few
minutes early for a meeting. It implies keenness and good
organisational ability – two attributes that are prized by
everyone successful in the business world.
The ability to communicate powerfully is absolutely
crucial to success in today’s world and, of course, the
basic instruments of
communication are words.
So any time spent building a powerful vocabulary is time
spent well indeed.
I am constantly amazed at how people are impressed when
they hear someone use unusual words. I think very often
they mistake an extensive vocabulary for high
intelligence! The two don’t necessarily go together, of
course, but if that’s what people think then take
advantage of it.
Aim to learn a word a week and soon your vocabulary will
be rich, powerful and varied.
Give small gifts
When you go somewhere for dinner,
give the hosts a small gift. Seeing a good friend? Bring
along a little present. Meeting up with your lover? Take
along a little flower or trinket.
People remember gifts. They
appreciate them, it makes them feel special.
A little gift costs you virtually
nothing, but the impact you make can be enormous.
Remember, the people who really get
on in this world are the people who can make others feel
Buy three expensive
ties or scarves
Good ties (and scarves on women) get
When people see somebody wearing a
beautiful tie or scarf, they often assume the rest of
their clothes are expensive too. (Even if you got them
They also often assume that the tie
or scarf wearer is successful, intelligent and stylish.
Now, as we all know, very often none
of these things is true! But you’d be mad not to give
yourself the advantage of making a good first impression,
and a beautiful tie or scarf will do that for almost
Spend half an hour
a day thinking
That’s right, just thinking.
Sadly, most people do virtually no
quality thinking in a year let alone a day.
As Henry Ford said, ‘Thinking is the
hardest work there is, which is probably why so few engage
Most fortunes start with a great
idea, and a lot of hard work. Most people have got the
hard work bit right, they just didn’t spend long enough
thinking of the right idea.
The founder of IBM, Thomas Watson,
had signs put up around his company that said just one word: ‘Think’!!!
Have the shiniest
Few people worry about them, but
superbly shined shoes can make a real impression.
Immaculately kept footwear says a lot about a person. It
1. They care about their personal
2. They are concerned about details.
3. They’re organised enough to have
time to polish their shoes.
4. They have personal pride.
Are these attributes of successful
people? You bet.
But there’s another benefit to well
maintained footwear. You feel great wearing superbly
presented shoes, and when you feel great, you usually
perform well too.
Throw out half of
what you own
Half the clothes you own you rarely
wear. Half the possessions you have you either never use
or place little value on.
Make the decision to keep only what’s
beautiful or really useful.
It may seem a radical thing to do,
but the rewards are significant. You’ll have a cleaner
environment, your dry cleaning bills will be lower, you’ll
be able to find things more easily, and you’ll value what
you’ve got left much more.
And if you give it all to the poor,
you’ll also feel really good inside.
Assume too good to
be true deals aren’t
It’s true, probably a couple of times
in your life you’ll get offered an incredible, no brainer
way to make money.
The problem is knowing whether it’s
legit, because 90% of the time they aren’t.
A far better way to make money is to
go for good deals (not amazing ones) that require less
investment and do more of them.
That way you spread your risk over a
number of deals, and considerably increase your chance of
making an overall profit.
Always keep a note
pad with you
Ever come up with a great idea, and then forgotten it
before you wrote it down? Me too, numerous times.
The trick to not losing these gems of
inspiration is to always carry a small pad and pen. That
way, when you have a good thought, you can quickly jot it
down on the spot.
The founder of IMG, the largest
sports management company in the world, is Mark McCormack.
Mark uses this same method, but instead of carrying a
small pad, he keeps some small white cards in his pocket.
Quite often he pens down some thoughts and gives them
straight to one of his staff.
Me? I keep a tiny digital recorder
under my car seat. Any ideas I have while driving I just
record then and there, then give the device to my PA when
I arrive at work.