Appendix . Your Toolbox for Success

Do you wonder how or why people get ahead? Why are they chosen for schools, picked for clubs, drafted onto teams, or put into business leadership positions? Have you noticed that often it’s not the smartest person or the one who has accomplished the most who succeeds?

What, then, is the secret to this success? Is it networking? Personal work ethic? Emotional intelligence? I believe it’s a combination of these factors, plus a few more of what I call the Fundamental Habits for Success. These qualities and skills are derived from abilities and habits you already have—reading, writing, speaking, listening—and they complement others you have developed, such as understanding other people’s emotions and controlling ...

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