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**why u will not read this**
Once a farmer set out to hunting after a long drought season, to save his family. His village was dying of hunger and his kinsmen from the old country were no better off. But after three days of futile search, he came across no game talkless of killing one. But just as he was going to lay low his gun, he caught sight of an hanging bird and with a determined heart, he grabbed and caught. He had the bird! But something occurred! The bird talked.
"If you will let me go, I'll give you four sacred secular secrets and knowledge that will make you rich and change your life for the amazing best." The anxious farmer agreed.
"The first secret-you must never let go of anything you have be it small or big unless and until you have another one"
"The second secret-you must never lament, show remorse or weep over anything that has already happened. It's no use"
"Thirdly-you must never belief anything anyone tells you"
Now the bird looks at the farmer and pleads "pls let me go so I can perch on a tree before I give you the last and most important secret" now the farmer was anxious and he let the bird go. It perched on a tree and spoke "you just disobeyed the first rule! "You must never let go of anything be it small or bigh unless and until you have another one!" The farmer stamped his feet, hissed and started crying. The bird talked "why did you forget the second rule? Didn't I warn you not to lament over anything that has already happened?" And the farmer stoped lamenting and kept calm. The bird talked "why are you so dull? Now you've forgotten the third rule "you must never belief anything anyone tells you" don't tell me you belief all I've been saying. Why did you stop lamenting?" 
Now the farmer was looking pale. He dropped down on his knees and collapsed but with one eye opened, he pleaded to the bird and ask for the fourth, last and most important rule as promised by the bird. The bird made a swing into the air starting to fly away...but just before it went out of sight, it smiled, then it laughed then it stopped laughing just to show how serious he is. He looked back at the pale farmer and said "lastly beware! Be careful, take heed so you will never learn from your own mistakes again!" And the bird was never seen again...
Copyright: Angel christian timmy

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Donatella! That is a very inspiring story! Thank you for bringing this up!!
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1. They have a vision.

According to Warren Bennis’s classic On Becoming a Leader, leadership is “the capacity to translate vision into reality.” This means that success starts with answering a fundamental question, What do I really want?

Whether you call the answer to that question your mission statement, core values, brand identity or just your goals doesn’t really matter. Because “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Here’s how Bennis unpacks the idea: The leader has a clear idea of what he or she wants to do—professionally and personally—and the strength to persist in the face of setbacks, even failures.

The key word is “clear.” And clarity means writing it down.

In fact, two of the most statistically significant factors that set the richest people apart from everyone else is that 81 percent of them maintain a to-do list and 80 percent focus on accomplishing a specific goal.

2. They are honest.

Successful people tell the truth.This sounds so obvious that you might think it doesn’t even need to be said. But in a climate where the pressure to look good, perform well, eke out profits and win by any means necessary is constantly increasing, honesty is becoming a scarce commodity.

And yet, honesty pays.

According to research in Robert B. Cialdini’s Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive, when companies “explained failures in their annual reports, those that pointed to internal and controllable factors had higher stock prices one year later than those that pointed to external and uncontrollable factors.”

In other words, taking responsibility for our mistakes and admitting when we’re wrong isn’t just relationally smart—it’s financially savvy.

Another study, conducted by the Corporate Executive Board, found companies that “rated highly in the area of open communication” and encouraged honest feedback among their staff delivered a “10-year total shareholder return that was 270 percent more than other companies.”

And what’s true for companies is just as true for us. As Bennis wrote, “Leaders never lie to themselves, especially about themselves…. You are your own raw material.”

3. They show gratitude.

Without gratitude, you aren’t being mindful or totally thankful of the good things in life—and your perspective is probably skewed to the negative as a result. You might even have less motivation to go after more good things, if you aren’t grateful of the ones you already have.

We tend to think of gratitude as a spontaneous emotion, something that just happens to us in moments of triumph or success. In reality, though, gratitude is something we develop.And just like all the other not-so-secret secrets on this list, it is something we choose, something we make a wide-eyed, premeditated, self-determined decision to experience.

How? By actively looking for reasons to be grateful and second, by simply saying, “thank you.”

When we look for reasons to be grateful—when we make that our intentional focus—we find them. On top of that, when we call attention to those reasons, we cultivate gratitude not only within ourselves but within our relationships and organizations.

4. They are adaptive.

Success isn’t about avoiding failure. It’s about learning from failure.

Take Thomas Edison’s famous quote about inventing the light bulb: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

The key is to cultivate what Eric Ries in The Lean Startup calls “validated learning.”“Validated learning is not an after-the-fact realization or a good story designed to hide failure,” he says. “It is the principal antidote to the lethal problem of achieving failure: successfully executing a plan that leads nowhere.”

For Ries, this antidote comes down to one skill: the ability to adapt.“What differentiates the success stories from the failures is that the successful entrepreneurs had the foresight, the ability and the tools to discover which parts of their plans were working brilliantly and which were misguided, and adapt their strategies accordingly.”

All this means is that instead of hiding from failure, insanely successful people anticipate and integrate failure into their lives in ways that transform it from an end into a means.

We all love a good secret. But the truth is, when it comes to success, there’s no such thing. So start small, but start today. Pick one of these four “secrets” and put it to work.

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