Here are the top 10 actionable lessons I've learned from the world's most successful people by working on the @ProfileRead every week:

1. Learn, don't idolize

"It's never really been my style to idolize players, to try to copy them. I just try to learn and get the best from the great masters, contemporary and from the past."…
2. Fiercely promote good ideas

If you're struggling to get your ideas out there, Martha Stewart offers the following recipe: 1) a good idea, 2) passion for the idea, and 3) interesting content that backs your idea.…
3. Make sure you play to win

When you undertake a new task, do you play to win or do you play not to lose? One is a mentality of being on offense while the other is being on defense.

Tom Brady says: "True competitors are the ones who always play to win"
4. Know the role you're playing.

Daniel Ek believes a productive meeting consists of 3 elements: 1) the desired outcome is clear ahead of time 2) the various options are clear, ideally ahead of time & 3) the roles of the participants are crystal clear.…
5. Be interesting, not perfect

Malcolm Gladwell says people are drawn to things that are done imperfectly. Whether it’s art, movies, or books, people talk more about the flawed things that get stuck in their head than they do the obvious, perfect things…
6. There is no light without darkness

We try to avoid feeling pain, but Edith Eger reminds us: "It's good to feel the feeling rather than medicate it away. You may not like how you feel. But you'll learn it's temporary & that you can survive it."…
7. Get proximate to suffering

Bryan Stevenson says: β€œIf you are willing to get closer to people who are suffering, you will find the power to change the world.”

Visit a shelter, volunteer at a food bank, or help someone going through a tough time.…
8. Allow kids to reflect on their mistakes

Rather than disciplining your kids with harsh punishments, have them write an apology and reflect on how they will improve.

Esther Wojcicki says: "Writing is thinking, and thinking prompts change.”…
9. Follow your envy

The next time you feel envy, follow it.

Lori Gottlieb says it is a good signal for what you want in your own life. If you feel envious, ask: "What do I desire, and what steps can I take to get something like that in my own life?"
10. Find what obsesses you

Ira Glass has organized his life around what gives him pleasure. He enjoys every aspect of running a radio biz β€” editing, mixing, reporting, selling & budgeting. "The more challenging it gets, the more interesting it becomes."…
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