Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Book Review: 33 Success Habits by Steve Scott and Rebecca Livermore

Another home run for Steve Scott.

The Daily Entrepreneur gives readers 33 specific steps to become more successful The book is broken down into five sections.

1. Failing to achieve professional goals
2. Not getting things done
3. Increasing competition
4. Poor business relationships
5. Stress and burnout

Numbers three and four hit my current weak points, so that's what I intend to concentrate on now. You can do the same thing. Read the entire book, pick one or two sections where you need the most help, and work on those.

To give you an idea of the practical advice you're going to learn, I'm going to focus on section 3 - Increasing competition. Here are the subtopics the book touches on -

1. Maximize dead time

When you're busy or under attack, it's often hard to find time to do things. But, if you look at it carefully - most of us have slow periods in our schedule where we can attack new projects or learn things.

2. Read 30 minutes a day

Reading is one of the best ways to learn new things and keep up with developments in your field. It can be as simple as reading magazines, newspapers, books in or out of your field, or even listening to audio books. If you don't set aside time to read, you're not going to be able to keep up with what's happening in your business field.

3. Develop new skills

Take time out to learn new things. If you're an author, learn HTML programming or how to format your books. Take a community college or graduate class about something you've always been interested in. You never know what information can be helpful, or how you'll be able to use it. I recently took two graduate history classes, and they paid off in a way I never expected. They helped me develop topics for several new books I will be writing soon.

4. Capture ideas

It's great to learn new things, but to make sure you can act on them, you need to find a way to save them. Write them down. Record them. Do whatever it takes to save and manage ideas.

Overall, the book has lots of great advice that you can easily implement to be more successful.

You won't be disappointed.


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