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The Secret Rules of Business Success (or Failure)

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    For Rob’s last rule he picked a personal one. The most common mistake someone makes early in life is starting down a career path without first deciding what they want. He’s not talking fast cars or attractive spouses; he’s talking quality of life. Some of the richest people are also the most depressed and have to manage that depression with drugs, because their path, as lucrative as it was, took them into a life of luxury and misery. If, at any time (though the earlier the better), you can close on the aspects of life you wish to achieve, if you are like most, you’ll find you can get to them relatively quickly and better preserve them. Spend some time watching the most content and truly happy people you know (and learn to tell the difference between those who are happy and those who seem happy), and you’ll find it is often not what they do or what they have that resulted in happiness — it is how they live their lives.

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The Secret Rules of Business Success (or Failure)

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    For Rob’s last rule he picked a personal one. The most common mistake someone makes early in life is starting down a career path without first deciding what they want. He’s not talking fast cars or attractive spouses; he’s talking quality of life. Some of the richest people are also the most depressed and have to manage that depression with drugs, because their path, as lucrative as it was, took them into a life of luxury and misery. If, at any time (though the earlier the better), you can close on the aspects of life you wish to achieve, if you are like most, you’ll find you can get to them relatively quickly and better preserve them. Spend some time watching the most content and truly happy people you know (and learn to tell the difference between those who are happy and those who seem happy), and you’ll find it is often not what they do or what they have that resulted in happiness — it is how they live their lives.

Over the last three decades, Rob Enderle has worked as an inside (ROLM/Siemens/IBM) or outside (Dataquest, Forrester, Enderle Group) technology analyst. He thought it would be interesting to share the 16 immutable rules that most people actually running tech companies don’t seem to know.

These rules define the differences between a company that is doing well, like Apple, and a company that is failing, like RIM. They anticipate the mistakes and suggest fixes to major financial, operational and PR problems the firms experience and provide a primer for anyone wanting to be successful in this segment. Many are not segment-oriented and could apply to any business at any level, but some are specific to technology.

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