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"Secrets To Success" - From the 'It's Your Money' Series

dollarbillBy Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions

It has been said that the only thing worse than paying too much income tax is paying no income tax at all. Now, you say, "What does that mean? I thought that paying no income taxes was a good thing." Think about it - pretty much the only way you can pay no income tax is if you made no money or so little money that it's not even measurable; and, given the alternative, I'd rather pay some taxes.

But, lets face it, you won't make much money in life unless you learn to be successful.

While doing some recent reading I came across a list of principles, 17 in total simply called the "17 Secrets to Success". As I searched the pages in that book for an author, I could not find one. So I'll simply say this to the unknown author - "thank you for your helpful tips". Listen to these 17 secrets to success.

1. Keep your temper to yourself.

2. Give your enthusiasm to everybody.

3. Be yourself, then forget yourself. Become genuinely interested in the other person.

4. Be fair, be honest, be friendly, and you'll be admired and liked.

5. Make other people feel important.

6. Count your assets, and stamp out self pity.

7. Meet people at their own level.

8. Put your smile power to work for you.

9. Keep moving.

10. Keep trying.

11. Give the gift of heart.

12. Get off to a good start in anything you do.

13. Forgive yourself if you fail.

14. Be lavish with your kindness.

15. Overwhelm people with your charm - not your power.

16. Keep your promises.

17. Be an optimist.

Now, as you read these "17 Secrets to Success", how many can you say that you do? But, did you notice something very interesting? These secrets to success had nothing to do with any particular occupation or business; they had more to do with you and how you treat others.

I believe this - I don't care if you're selling pencils on the street corner, mopping floors, milking cows, preparing income taxes, or doing brain surgery - the two most important tools you have to success are 1) Your good attitude, and 2) How you treat others. Master these two and you will be a success. That's all for now. Until next time, don't forget, It's Your Money!