Stop Reading Lists of Things Successful People Do

Who doesn’t love a “how to succeed” list? They’re fun to read and easy to share, which perhaps explains why there are so many of them. And the advice they give often sounds reasonable: The World Economic Forum published a post, in cooperation with Business Insider, listing 14 things successful people do before breakfast. It includes items such as drinking water and making your bed. A list that Forbes published claims every successful person shares this quality: “They know when to stay and when to leave.” This list, from Entrepreneur, advises readers to stop seeing problems, and start seeing opportunities; this one, from Inc., encourages readers to give up needing approval and fixating on their weaknesses.

But as palatable as these lists are, they can do damage. There are several reasons why they may be not only useless but also potentially harmful to decision makers, managers, and entrepreneurs.

Evidence is anecdotal. Most of the advice these lists contain is based on subjective interpretations of personal accounts, not on systematic, scientific analyses. Unless advice has been evaluated through evidence-based methods, you can’t judge its validity. In addition, half-baked analyses of anecdotal evidence often blur the lines between cause and consequence. Is someone successful because they avoided meetings, or are they able to avoid meetings because they are successful? A host of behaviors that successful people supposedly share — not caring what others think of them, avoiding meetings, putting first things first, saying no to almost everything — may be luxuries that only the extremely successful can enjoy, and only after they became successful in the eyes of others. Thus some behaviors are what success has brought them, and not the other way around.

Research doesn’t always transfer to different contexts. Some lists do draw heavily from research, like this 2011 one, published by HBR. But academic research is often very context-specific. Take the case of grit as a precursor of success. While psychologist Angela Duckworth’s research and TED talk on the subject are compelling, a recent meta-analysis on the effectiveness of the trait casts doubt on its extensive benefits. As often happens with complex problems, the solutions and their applications are more nuanced than the forms they’re presented in and depend heavily on the context and circumstances in which people find themselves.
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How to Improve Your Sales Skills, Even If You’re Not a Salesperson

At some point in your career, even if you’re not a salesperson, you’re going to have to sell something — whether it’s your idea, your team, or yourself. So how can you improve your sales skills, especially if you don’t pitch people often? What should you focus on first? And what should you do if you lose a sale?

What the Experts Say
Selling has a bad rap, says Thomas Steenburgh, professor at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. “Very few parents say they want their kids to grow up to be a salesperson,” he says. His MBA students are no different. “Many of them tell me that sales is something they never want to do in their careers.” And yet, he says, “Sales is the most fundamental skill.” Scott Edinger, the founder of Edinger Consulting Group and the author of The Hidden Leader, says that the resistance to sales stems from an “antiquated idea that selling is pushing people to buy something they don’t want, don’t need, or can’t afford.” But that notion is outdated. “Selling is moving somebody else to action,” he says. And that is part and parcel of professional life. “If you look at things you do over the course of your day, from internal meetings with colleagues to clients calls, almost all of your interactions involve some form of selling.” Here’s how to get better at it.

Getting comfortable with sales requires an “understanding of what selling is,” says Edinger. Move beyond the used car salesman cliché. “Selling is not about putting undue pressure on and talking incessantly,” all while “wearing a light blue polyester suit,” he says. Rather, selling “is persuading, inspiring, and leading.” Your goal is “to work in collaboration” with a client or colleague “to drive change.” To get into the right mindset, Steenburgh recommends reflecting on your past positive experiences as a customer. “When you think about the best sales interactions you’ve had in your life, it’s almost like the salesperson wasn’t there,” he says. The seller was just “a person who’d taken a genuine interest in your problem and was helping you solve it.”

Put yourself in your counterpart’s shoes
“People buy for two reasons,” says Steenburgh. They either have a business problem that needs to be solved or they have a personal need, such as a desire to move up in the organization” that your idea helps accelerate. It’s your job to figure out your customer’s motivations: “What would it take to get your boss to sign off on a project or to get your clients excited about what you have to offer?” says Edinger. Do your research by talking with the people you’re trying to win over, and others in the know, well in advance of making your proposal. Think about what information you need to uncover. “Be empathetic. Focus on understanding the other party — what they need to accomplish and how they measure success.” This will help you tailor your recommendations. Continue reading

Professionalism in (not only) Fashion Industry

This article talks about professionalism in the fashion industry but it is actually very useful for any industry, worthy to think. Professionalism is Key to Success in every industry.

Professionalism in Fashion Industry


Similarities of Prostitution and Consulting?



1. You work very odd hours.
2. You are paid a lot of money to keep your client happy.
3. You are paid well but your pimp gets most of the money.
4. You charge by the hour but your time can be extended.
5. People ask you, “What do you do?” and you can’t explain it.
6. Your client always wants to know how much you charge and what they get for the money.
7. When you leave to go see a client, you look great, but return looking like hell (compare your appearance on Monday AM to Friday PM).
8. Creating fantasies for your clients is rewarded.

Source: Cyan Brick


Help save 85 Mekong Irrawady dolphins!

Just 85 Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins survive today in a small stretch of the Mekong River. And now, they are being threatened by a newly proposed hydropower project, Don Sahong dam. We can stop this! Add your name to the petition:


Source: World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Corporate Advertising Slogans (11)


“Vorsprung durch Technik” – Audi

“The ultimate driving machine” – BMW

“Sheer driving pleasure” – BMW

“Like a rock” – Chevrolet

“Bigger in Texas, Better in a Dodge”

“Time to Re-Tire” – Fisk tires

“Have you driven a Ford lately?” – Ford

“Quality is job one” – Ford

“The Real Thing” – Ford Australia 1970s

“Ford is the Best in Texas”

“We are professional grade” – GMC Truck

“Sooner or later, you’ll own Generals” – General Tires Corp.

1990s “Passion for the road” – Mazda

2000s “Zoom Zoom” – Mazda

“Right service. Right price.” – Meineke

“You can with a Nissan”

“Ask the Man who Owns One” – Packard, 1925, Austin Bement

“The lion leaps from strength to strength” – Peugeot (1980s)

2000s “State of Independence” – Saab

“It’s a Skoda. Honest.” – Skoda, 2000, Fallon

“The car in front is a Toyota”

1980s “Oh what a feeling” – Toyota

“Once driven, forever smitten” – Vauxhall Motors (1980s)

“If only everything in life was as reliabale as a Volkswagen”

“Think Small” – Volkswagen, 1962, Doyle Dane Bernbach

“Drivers wanted.” – Volkswagen, 1995, Arnold Communications



“You Can Trust Your Car to the Man Who Wears The Star” — Texaco Service Stations

“Put a tiger in your tank” — Esso

“You can be sure of Shell” – Shell Oil, 1982

“Pump your money back into Canada” – Petro Canada, early 1980s

“Go well. Go Shell” – Shell Oil



An army of one. – United States Army, 2001

Be all you can be. – US Army, 1981-2001, N. W. Ayer

Give a hoot, don’t pollute – United States Forest Service

I want YOU for the US Army – World War I and World War II

Only you can prevent forest fires – United States Forest Service

The Army National Guard, You Can. – US Army National Guard, in use around 2001-2003 if not more years than that.

Take a bite out of crime! – National Crime Prevention Council

The toughest job you’ll ever love – Peace Corps

There’s No Life Like it – Canadian Armed Forces

I love New York. – New York City, 1977-on, Wells, Rich, Greene

Be the best – British Army

Things Can Only Get Better – British Labour Party for the 1997 General Election



“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” – United Negro College Fund

“This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?” – The Partnership for a Drug-Free America



“Objects in your mirror are closer than they appear.” – John Edwards campaign in the 2004 primaries when he was still running for president.

“Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.” – Peter Paul Mounds, 1953, Dancer-Fitzgerald-Sample

“What we want is Watney’s.” – Watney’s

“Screw yourself.” – IKEA, 2004, Norway. External link

Corporate Advertising Slogans (10)

Recreation, Entertainment, and Travel

“… another shrimp on the barbie …” – Australian Tourist Commission, 1984

“The happiest place on Earth” – Disneyland

“Get out there” – Royal Caribbean cruise lines

“We love having you here” – Hampton Inn

“Where wonders never cease” – Alton Towers

“It’s so bracing” – Skegness

“Don’t just book it. Thomas Cook it.” – Thomas Cook, 1984, Wells, Rich, Greene

“Serving All our Community. Brampton’s Arts Group.” – Visual Arts Brampton, 2003, Alphie and Bette


“Camels Soothe Your T-Zone” — Camel cigarettes

“Doctors Recommend Phillip Morris” — Phillip Morris tobacco products

“I’d Walk a Mile for A Camel” — Camel cigarettes

“Just What the Doctor Ordered” — L&M Cigarettes

“More Doctors Smoke Camels than any other Cigarette” — Camel cigarettes

“Not a Cough in a Carload” — Old Gold Cigarettes

“Reach for a Lucky instead of a Sweet” — Lucky Strike Cigarettes

“Taste Me! Taste Me! Come on and Taste Me!” — Doral Cigarettes

“You’re never alone with a Strand” — Strand Cigarettes

“You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby” — Virginia Slims Cigarettes

“Anyhow*… Have a Winfield” — Winfield Cigarettes


“Getting There Is Half The Fun” – Cunard Line

“The world’s favourite airline” – British Airways

“Fly the friendly skies” – United Airlines, 1966-, Leo Burnett

“Wanna get away?” – Southwest Airlines

“We love to fly and it shows” – Delta Airlines

“We Really Move Our Tail For You” – Continental Airlines

“We’re getting there” – much ridiculed British Rail slogan

“See What Brown Can Do For You” – UPS

“Esto si es volar!!” (“This really IS flying!”) – Eastern Airlines, in Puerto Rico