The Sweet Sixteen of Success

In a recent daily surf of social media, I came across a LinkedIn link on the differences between successful people and their unsuccessful counterparts. Business/entrepreneur advisor Andy Bailey, CEO of Petra Coach, assembled his attributes of success (or not) on a postcard that he had designed, printed, and mailed a few months ago.

One recipient was Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Local, New York Times best-selling author, and keynote speaker, who gave the postcard multimedia legs by writing about it online. The card went viral and was shared and shared alike. Kerpen hung the bright orange piece on his office wall, where it still holds a place of prominence, “… reinforcing values I believe in and reminding me on a daily basis of the attitudes and habits that I know I need to embrace in order to become successful.”

How people react to change is number one on Bailey’s list. Here is what Kerpen had to say about it and four other points of success that may strike a chord with print business owners and managers.

1. Embrace change vs. Fear change

Embracing change is one of the most difficult things a person can do. With the world moving so fast and constantly changing, and technology accelerating faster than ever, we need to embrace what is coming and adapt, rather than fear it, deny it, or hide from it.

2. Want others to succeed vs. Secretly hope others fail

When you are in an organization with a group of people, to be successful, you all have to be successful. We need to want to see our co-workers succeed and grow. If you wish for their demise, why even work with them at all?

3. Exude joy vs. Exude anger

In business and in life, it’s always better to be happy and exude that joy to others. It becomes contagious and encourages other to exude their joy as well. When people are happier they tend to be more focused and successful. If a person exudes anger, it puts everyone around them in a horrible, unmotivated mood, and little success comes from it.

4. Accept responsibility for your failures vs. Blame others for your failures

Where there are ups, there are most always downs. Being a leader and successful businessperson means always having to accept responsibility for your failures. Blaming others solves nothing; it just puts other people down and absolutely no good comes from it.

5. Talk about ideas vs. Talk about people

What did we all learn in high school? Gossip gets you nowhere. Much of the time it’s false and most of the time it’s negative. Instead of gossiping about people, successful people talk about ideas. Sharing ideas with others will only make them better.

Check out an image of Bailey’s postcard and read his 11 other success tips at Also, notice that Quick Printing’s LinkedIn Group now has nearly 3,400 members; another 700 have joined MyPRINTResource on the professional social-media platform. Please consider participating in our online discussions. You never know what you might find to help you succeed.