The people around us affect our success

March 8, 2011

successDo the people we come into contact with affect our success? A Crain’s Detroit column says yes.

The columnist discusses how our parents, and siblings, affect our social habits. In addition to advice from his parents, he has a few other words of wisdom that he’s hung on throughout the years?

• PT Barnum (promotion and public relations). Toot your own horn to attract attention and money. Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now.

• Orison Swett Marden (success and persistence). Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.

• Dale Carnegie (making friends and public speaking). You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.

Do have any words of wisdom that you’ve held on to throughout the years? While I got lots of “Shut the door, we’re not paying to heat the outdoors” growing up, I also learned about the importance of saving money and being an example for my younger sister — and for others. I also learned about being honest and apologizing when necessary, which, of course, are valuable life lessons.

What are your wise insights?

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