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HBR Guides to Managing Your Career Collection (6 Books) by Harvard Business Review

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CHAPTER 11

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

by Heidi Grant

Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer—that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others—is really just one small piece of the puzzle. In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.

1. Get Specific

When you set yourself a goal, try to be as specific as possible. “Lose five pounds” ...

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