Sunday, November 9, 2008
The Rest is Icing on Your Cake
I've learned early on in life that the 2 most important skills you need are:
1. The ability to evaluate people accurately (as fast as possible)
2. The ability to influence them (using what you learned with skill No 1)
The reason is simple: 95% of your success - and problems - in life are directly linked to the people you surround yourself with. In fact, you need only one really negative person (what Mike Lipkin calls a "one person recession") around to ruin your life.
Learn to identify and flush all the downers and losers as fast as possible.
Refuse to spend valuable time with average people.
Look out for brilliant, fun and inspiring people. And be sure to add value to their life.
Moreover, no matter what you need, want or can dream of, someone else already has. It is simply a matter of bringing them to give it to you (with money, charm, wit, friendship, etc.).
You can be the greatest genius of all time, if you can't get along with other people, you are doomed to fail.
However, if you can only master these 2 skills, the rest is icing on your cake.