I realize this space is designed for messages about how to improve your marketing efforts, but I wanted to take a different approach this time around.

Throughout my life (I’m 36 which, fortunately, doesn’t now sound as old to me as it once did), I have been surrounded by many incredible people – relatives, coaches, friends, teachers, bosses, etc. – who have given me some excellent advice, and I’d like to take this opportunity to share some of my favorites (I could easily fill this space with about 100, but 10 should do for now).

Although these aren’t specifically related to marketing a business or product, I have found them to be very helpful in every walk of my life, and these concepts have helped make me a better person and employee (hopefully my bosses agree). I have no reason to doubt they could – and will – do the same for you.

Again, these words of wisdom came from the many great role models I’ve been blessed to have in my life. The only credit I take for any of the advice listed below is that I was smart enough to listen to it when others shared it.

1.    You get what you demand.
2.    Everything you do affects everyone around you.
3.    Always assume responsibility for your own effort and performance.
4.    Get - and keep - your priorities in order.
5.    There are only two things in life that you can always control – your attitude and your effort.
6.    The difference between “good” and “great” is “consistency.”
7.    Character is forged not on the mountaintop, but in the valley.
8.    Luck exists, but it is meaningless if you don’t put yourself in a position to benefit from it.
9.    Don’t be motivated by the fear of failure, but by the satisfaction of success.
10.    Never argue with idiots. First, they’ll drag you down to their level, then they’ll beat you with experience.