I'm 32 years old, I try to learn new things everyday. I have an unwritten set of rules I live by and as time goes, I add more rules to this list. Some of these rules are just shortcuts to get me through a situation, others are because I just feel that would be the right way to handle myself. So in no particular order of importance, here is my list.
1. Say hello to everyone.
Let me elaborate. Obviously if there are 150 people in a room, its takes way to long to say hello to everyone. However, when I do business with another company, when I walk through their offices or warehouse, I make it a point to say hello to the owners, employees, and anyone else I come across.
2. Always give people credit when its due.
When someone deserves to be appreciated, they should be. Simple as that.
3. Don't hesitate to take blame.
A true leader knows when they are wrong. Acknowledge it than move on.
4. Always be early to an appointment.
This one seems obvious, but I still force myself to make it a point.
5. Positivity is contagious.
Simple things like saying 'Thank you' and 'Please' more often than not will result in people reciprocating. By being nice to other people, you will hopefully think the world is a happier place, a positive outlook goes a long way.
6. Being nice is not the exception, it's the norm.
It shouldn't be a big deal that someone is 'nice'. Everybody SHOULD be nice just for the sake of being a good person.
7. Don't say no to trying different food.
The best part of other cultures is their food. Whether you like the taste or not, at least you can say you tried it.
8. Be well rounded.
Its always good to know a little bit about as many topics as possible. Networking is important for business, having the ability to talk about various subjects can help you relate to people.
9. If you don't remember or don't understand, don't be afraid to ask.
Some people get annoyed when you repeat a question. I don't care honestly. If I need to know, I will ask again.
10. We normally get upset at other people because they don't handle a situation the same way we would have.
This comes down to the fact that we are all different. If you expect everyone to be like you, than you you're going to be disappointed.
11. Never gloat.
Act like you've been there before. Anyone could end up at the bottom of the totem pole in a blink of an eye.
12. Remember the small victories.
Small victories pile up and move you closer and closer to your goal. A building is built one brick at a time. Everyone has had humble beginnings, don't forget what got you there.
13. If life permits, travel.
Seeing how other countries operate differently will be one of the most eye opening experiences for anyone. I'm not talking about going to a resort and getting wasted, which is its own kind of fun. I'm talking about exploring a foreign city and doing what the locals do.
14. Don't dumb anything down.
Give everyone the benefit of the doubt until they prove you wrong.
15. Always show up when you say you are.
Nobody likes a flake.
16. Don't fail at something because you didn't try hard enough.
There are certain times where shortcomings are hard to overcome. Lack of funding, general resources, bad luck, these are things that spell doom for many. Sometimes no matter what you do, you can't get over the hump, however, if you gave it your best effort, you deserve to keep your head up.
17. Don't criticize everyone the same way.
Part of being a leader is knowing how to get the best out of everyone. Not everybody responds to certain types of criticism the same way. The best way to go about it, is to do so constructively. Try to help that person improve, the results will be better and they will appreciate it.
18. Write down all your ideas.
I jot down any idea I have about anything. I feel like if I write it down, thats the first step to that idea coming to fruition. Either carry a notebook on you or download a note taking application on your phone. You never know when a great idea will come along and you don't want to forget it. Sometimes, when I revisit the idea, I realize it wasn't such a good idea in the first place. In a way it allows me filter good concepts from the bad ones. It also reminds you what to focus on.