The CEO who misleads others in public may eventually mislead himself in private.
— Warren Buffet(resource) Eric Barker, Barking Up the Wrong Tree
To be successful throughout your entire work life — which will likely span numerous jobs, multiple industries, and wholly different careers — it all comes down to exactly what Mukunda said: knowing yourself. And knowing yourself, in terms of achieving what you want in life, means being aware of your strengths.
— Peter Drucker, Management Challenges for the 21st century
Dreams aren't bad, but we need a little more than that to achieve success at anything, be it relationships or career. We have to face life's challenges head-on and not take the ostrich route of head-in-the-sand delusion.
— Eric Barker(resource) Barking Up the Wrong Tree
Remembering that I'll be dead soon
is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.
— Steve Jobs, Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science behind why everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong
It is better to give than to receive. Look for opportunities to do something for the other person, such as sharing knowledge or offering an introduction to someone that person might not know but would be interested in knowing. Do not be transactional about networking. Do not offer something because you want something in return. Instead, show a genuine interest in something you and the other person have in common.
— Adam Grant(resource) Eric Barker, Barking Up the Wrong Tree
Compassion for yourself when you fail means you don't need to be a delusional jerk to succeed and you don't have to feel incompetent to improve. You get off the yo-yo experience of absurd expectations and beating yourself up when you don't meet them. You stop lying to yourself that you're so awesome. Instead, you focus on forgiving yourself when you're not.
—(resource)Eric Barker, Barking Up the Wrong Tree
That is the hallmark of a true eccentric — not thinking you're all that eccentric, even when your every thought, word, and deed seems to set you apart from the rest of the world.
— Kevin Bazzana, Barking Up the Wrong Tree
It gives us a feeling of control. Marshal Goldsmith explains: People who believe they can succeed see opportunities, where others see threats. They are not afraid of uncertainty or ambiguity, they embrace it. They take more risks and achieve greater returns. Given the choice, they bet on themselves. Successful people have a high "internal locus of control." In other words, they do not feel like victims of fate. They see their success as a function of their own motivation and ability — not luck, random chance, or fate. They carry this belief even when luck does play a crucial role in success.
— Marshal Goldsmith(resource) Eric Barker, Barking Up the Wrong Tree