Thanks for picking up and reading 42 Rules to Jumpstart Your Professional Success. As you begin reading, please keep in mind that these are “rules” that I’ve created for myself. They work for me. They have guided my behavior for the past 35 years and have helped me build a multi million dollar coaching, speaking and consulting business. These rules have helped me become both a personal and professional success. I think of them as my personal roadmap for professional success – kind of like a success GPS.
But there are many ways of getting from point A to point B. I offer these rules as guidelines to you. Some of them may make perfect sense to you. If so, great; use them to help you grow, prosper and succeed. Others may be just OK to your way of thinking. In that case, take what you want and leave the rest. I urge you to modify any rule in any way you want. Finally, some of these rules may make no sense at all to you. If that is the case, ignore them. Feel free to rip them out of the book, or cross them out with magic marker.
If you decide to break, ignore or tinker with some of these rules, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org telling me why you chose to break the rule, what you did and how it worked out. I’m always looking for good ideas. Most likely, your suggestions will make it into the second edition of 42 Rules to Jumpstart Your Professional Success.
On the other hand, I’m also interested in knowing which of these rules made a lot of sense to you and really helped you. Please send me an e-mail if you found one or more of these rules to be particularly helpful. Tell me how you used it and the results you achieved.
I have created a blog to accompany this book, here’s the link: www.42successrules.com. I will publish and discuss your comments there. By writing about your experience with these rules, you will be helping all of the readers of this book. I like to create communities of readers for my books – communities in which we can all learn from one another.
Even if you choose to not share your experiences with these rules please remember that they are guidelines only. They have worked for me; but you are not me and I am not you. That’s why I suggest you read them with a critical eye and adapt them to your unique life and your unique situation.
The common sense point here is simple. Like most rules, these rules are meant to be broken, tinkered with, ignored or used as is. Do what makes the most sense to you. I want you to succeed. If breaking these rules is the best path to success for you, go on and break them with abandon. If you find wisdom in them, please apply it with equal abandon.
After all, success is a journey, not a destination. I hope these rules will help make your journey smoother and more enjoyable.