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Want to Succeed? Learn from the Best

By Sandy Schroeder

A friend of mine who went on to do very well in his field often studied biographies of famous people when he was in school. I think he picked up a few tips along the way and they all worked out.

Along the same line, the Huffington Post interviewed Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Bloomberg enterprises, and former Mayer of New York City, to ask him how he achieved so much success. His tips are direct and useful.

Want to get lucky? Work hard - It never hurts to be lucky, but you may be able to create your own luck by being the first person at work in the morning, and the last to leave at night. Bloomberg says hard work often creates good fortune, as it attracts attention and opens doors.

Keep trying - Being persistent really does pay off. Bloomberg said he established his business by reaching out to potential customers every morning as he greeted them and offered coffee. He established an empire. Wherever you are, make the effort in big and small details to stay on track and keep pushing.

Be willing to take risks - Safety is a tempting spot, but the people who move ahead often have to stand up and take risks, too. Look at where you are, and consider what it will take to get where you want to be. You may need to work late, work a second job, or go back to school, but in the end it will probably be worth it.

Ask questions to keep learning - Wherever you are on the job, there is always more to learn. Look around, reach out, and ask questions. The smartest people that I know are also the most curious. They ask questions wherever they go, and attract a steady stream of new information and contacts. Look closely at the workings of your company to see what is going on, and what you might be able to add.

Always give back - As you move ahead, stay in touch with others who need help, and the community around you. Take the time and make the effort to help others wherever you can. We live in a world where many people need help. Our families can learn a lot by reaching out to people in need. Locally, senior homes, hospitals, libraries and animal shelters need our help. My kids often seemed to have the best time, and learned the most, when we were out helping others. I think it expanded their world and gave them a better understanding of life.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Monrovia, Calif.

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