You have to read, you have to read, you simply have to read. Take time to read good information because it's powerful. It's leads to great personal development.
I connect with people or I should say, entrepreneurs as I read their stories and this one is no exception. Kevin Liles - Make it happen. I read this book four times because of the way it was written. The book is about his journey from intern to President of Def Jam Music Label. For young people, this is an excellent resource to get your career of the ground. I personally think, these books should be in the classrooms of this world. Here is a brief summary and please, go out and buy the book. It's a great read. Rules for life
Rule # 1 Find your will
look deep inside to discover that things you really love to do. You will need that passion to drive you to make it happen despite all the hard knocks along the way.
Rule # 2 Do youDiscover you flava, then package it and present it to the world.From the way to tie you shoelaces to how you get down to business, you are your best brand.
Rule # 3 Walk this way
Get Educated. Whether it's in college or the school of life, find a mentor, read and research. Knowledge will give you the tools to make it happen.
Rule # 4 Create a blueprint
Create a vision of what you want from life draw a roadmap to success. Make planning and attention to detail part of the way you live your life.
Rule # 5 Play you position
Don't act like your too good for it. Have the humility to do your job and then some. Whether it's answering the phone or digging ditches, doing something to the best of your ability is a reflection of who you are.
Rule # 6 Embrace struggle
Love the hard times because they make you stronger,wiser, and more willing to take risks. Hard knocks breed tolerance and compassion. failure teaches you how to do it better.
Rule # 7 Get Connected
Build better relationships to last forever. Success in business is built on personal networks. Kindness, tolerance and service will bring repeat business.
Rule # 8 Step outside your BoxBe open to people to all walks of life. Reach out to those who are different from the usual crowd on your corner. Going global will help you blow it up even bigger.
Rule # 9 Don't let cash Rule
Greed will only trip you up. Understand that money matters, but only as a means to freedom, access, options and security for the future. Learn how to make cash work for you.
Rule # 10 Flex purpose,not power.
It's never too early to learn how to lead. Set the example. When you manage a team it's your job to inspire, motivate and empower you people.
To all you entrepreneurs, let's go make it happen
Andy G. Rodie