10 Rules of Success from Andrew Carnegie

10 Rules of Success from Andrew Carnegie

Much like many of us, Andrew started his career without much more than a dollar to his name. He retired as one of the richest men in the world.

At the height of his power, he decided to tell the story of his success.

Carnegie would then document all of the strategies that made him a legendary businessman and philanthropist.

This, along with other’s stories pioneered the self-help genre, and became the 1937 book “Think and Grow Rich” which went on to become one of the top-selling books of all time.

Carnegie’s “10 Rules of Success” provided a foundation for his accomplishments and his overwhelming success.

1. Define your purpose.

Start by creating a plan of action and start working toward it immediately. Having a defined goal is crucial. What good is it to be the fastest runner in a race if you don’t know which direction the finish line is?

2. Create a “master-mind alliance.”

Nobody can do everything. While being an entrepreneur requires the wearing of many hats, choose the most qualified person for every task even if that person is not yourself.

3. Go the extra mile.

“Doing more than you have to do is the only thing that justifies raises or promotions, and puts people under an obligation to you.” Do more than your job requires and advancement will be the natural result.

4. Practice “applied faith.”

Believe in yourself and your purpose so fully that you act with complete confidence. Then, once you are confident in yourself, others will begin to catch on.

5. Have personal initiative.

Do what you have to without being told. It is not enough to “be your own boss,” you have to be a tough boss, a strict boss and hold yourself to a standard higher than anyone else.

6. Indulge your imagination.

Dare to think beyond what’s already been done. Learn how to brainstorm and even practice entertaining ideas which may seen ridiculous. Thinking outside of the box is the only way to get ahead.

7. Exert enthusiasm.

Positivity is key. A positive attitude sets you up for success and wins the respect of others. When others are disappointed, begrudged or unmotivated they will look upon your positivity with admiration.

8. Think accurately.

Accurate thinking is “the ability to separate facts from fiction and to use those pertinent to your own concerns or problems.” Study philosophy, study and avoid fallacy, learn the Socratic method and use logic and reason in not only the most challenging tasks but everyday tasks and always.

9. Concentrate your effort.

Do not become distracted by small interruptions. Years down the road you won’t remember the small daily challenges; they are insignificant. Remember your goal and stay focused.

10. Profit from adversity.

Remember that “there is an equivalent benefit for every setback.” This is a big one and has been said in one way or another by countless leaders, men of virtue and men of power. Marcus Aurelius would have said “Let the barrier be the way.” And more recently¬†Rahm Emanuel has said more bluntly, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.” Think about it like this, you cannot control the world around you, only how you react to it. In short, turn every negative in to a positive and you’ll come out on top.


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  1. Kurtis Wilcox

    Ya boy Andrew was on his grind.

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