Things people I admire have in common

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Just read a nice list on Forbes about the common traits that successful people share. Dan Schawbel compiled the following list after countless interviews of people we would regard as having accomplished incredible things.

I thought it was a nice and simple gathering of his observations, and having had the privilege to be around many successful people I admire, I agree, they all share these 14 things:

  1. They know when to stay and when to leave.
  2. They do more than what’s asked of them.
  3. They are willing to fail in order to eventually succeed.
  4. They know that they make their own luck.
  5. They set real goals that they can accomplish.
  6. They take accountability for themselves and their actions.
  7. They make change instead of being affected by it.
  8. They are able to adjust to changes in the marketplace.
  9. They can communicate their story effectively.
  10. They ask the right questions to the people who can deliver the right answers.
  11. They are life-long learners who push themselves out of their comfort zones.
  12. They know who they are and their place in the world.
  13. They are more excited about the journey than the pay out.
  14. They create instead of just consume.

Read Dan’s  full article with all his contextual goodness here: ’14 Things That Every Successful Person Has in Common’.

Go Batkid!

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The San Francisco Chronicle did a nice piece on the boy who saved Gotham (San Francisco), Batkid. This is every kid’s dream come true. I’m so moved by Make-A-Wish and the City/people of San Francisco’s massive effort to make it a reality.

I love that an event like this for a young boy about to go into chemotherapy draws crowds that are reminiscent of Giants’ World Series parades… as it should.

Keep going, Batkid! and every child battling illness… the world is rooting for you.