To be successful, you need to have a balance of qualities, and have clear ideas about what you want from life. You’re likely to place greater value on flexibility than on trying to bend the world to your will.

Many people dream of a magic bullet that will make them more organized, productive, and successful. Indeed, highly effective people tend to observe a number of useful practices; perhaps the most obvious relates to good time management. For instance, be realistic about timing, and allow some slack to deal with the unforeseen. Work to a timeline to keep things on track. If you can, get up early—the sense of having the whole day ahead ...

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