Bob Parsons – 16 reguli

Bob Parsons credits 16 rules for propelling him from humble youth to his role today as CEO and Founder of
1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone.
I believe that not
much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone. I hear
people say, "But I’m concerned about security." My response to that is
simple: "Security is for cadavers."

2. Never give up.
Almost nothing
works the first time it’s attempted. Just because what you’re doing
does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work. It just means
that it might not work the way you’re doing it. If it was easy,
everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t have an opportunity.

3. When youre ready to quit, youre closer than you think.
There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so
true. It goes like this: "The temptation to quit will be greatest just
before you are about to succeed."

4. With regard to whatever worries you, not
only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to
quantify what the worst thing could be.

Very seldom will the
worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of "undefined
consequences." My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling
and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, "Well,
Robert, if it doesn’t work, they can’t eat you."

5. Focus on what you want to have happen.
Remember that old saying, "As you think, so shall you be."

6. Take things a day at a time.
No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if
you don’t look too far into the future, and focus on the present
moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.

7. Always be moving forward.
stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new.
The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make
it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way.
Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements
eventually result in huge advantages.

8. Be quick to decide.
what General George S. Patton said: "A good plan violently executed
today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow."

9. Measure everything of significance.
I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.
If you want to uncover problems you don’t know about, take a few
moments and look closely at the areas you haven’t examined for a while.
I guarantee you problems will be there.

11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what youre doing.
When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks
perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough
into space, looks like a peaceful place.

12. Never let anybody push you around.
In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as
much right to what you’re doing as anyone else, provided that what
you’re doing is legal.

13. Never expect life to be fair.
Life isn’t fair. You make your own breaks. You’ll be doing good if the
only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on
a bus (i.e., fare).

14. Solve your own problems.
You’ll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you’ll develop a
competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best:
"You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following
the others." There’s also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of
frequently. It goes like this: "A wise man keeps his own counsel."

15. Dont take yourself too seriously.
Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck.
None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

16. Theres always a reason to smile.
Find it. After all, you’re really lucky just to be alive. Life is
short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds
me: Were not here for a long time, were here for a good time!

Copyright 2005-2007 Bob Parsons. All rights reserved. 

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