Rajesh Setty is president of Foresight Plus, where he helps give his professional clients the unfair business advantage. He also blogs at Life Beyond Code, where he coaches the rest of us on how to have the unfair life advantage! Rajesh has written numerous books (he had his first one published at age 13!) and founded several successful companies, and he shares his experience and knowledge with us in his Distinguish Yourself series, an invaluable resource on productivity, efficiency, and plain old good tips to raise your likability in the workplace and beyond! In an October 2006 interview with Little India magazine, he shared his top ten life tips:
1. Focus on ROII (Return on Investment for an Interaction)
Time is precious for everyone. Ensure that you provide the highest value for anyone investing time in an interaction with you.
2. Keep the promises you make to yourself
Making promises to yourself is easy. Keeping them is very hard!
3. Set right expectations
The first step in trying to exceed the expectations is to set them right in the first place.
4. Set higher standards
Raise your standards higher than the general norm and watch miracles unfold!
5. Avoid complacency at all costs!
There is nothing like maintaining the status quo. You are either falling or rising.
6. Commodotize your work at regular intervals
You don’t have to wait for someone else to commoditize your work.
7. Balance home runs with small wins
Home runs are great. But small wins are important too!
Set aside time to “Think.” Most often thinking is done in parallel to other activities.
9. Never take people for granted
Would it be any fun if someone took you for granted?
10. Ask the right questions
Answers help. But, it’s not always the answers that matter.
Rajesh is one of a few individuals whose success and generosity with his gifts is inspiring me to aim high, continue learning, and hopefully become an entrepreneur one day. So, thank you for your continued generosity and your painstaking work to share meaningful information and lessons with us all here in the online community, Raj!