If it’s the little things that count, here’s one big little thing:
I’ve noticed that, of the many successful business people I’ve met over the years, perhaps half of them keep a little notebook in their shirt pockets. Tell them something of interest or when they think of a potentially good idea, and they pull out the notebook, scribble a few notes and then go about the rest of their day.
Personally, I’ve found that carrying such a notebook has helped me “remember” tons of neat ideas and information that would have otherwise been lost.
On the personal side, I tutor a fellow who, when I met him, was functionally illiterate (reading below the first grade level) and believed he was stupid. As part of the tutoring process, I gave him a little notebook and told him that the difference between smart folks and the rest of the world was that the smart folks write down important info. He now jots down everything he needs to remember (and yes, his reading skills have jumped to about the fifth grade level so far) and is more reliable than most people I know when it comes to keeping appointments and recalling info.
Sooooo, work hard, make money, have fun, and keep that notebook handy.
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February 8, 2010
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