AND HOW YOU CAN USE IT by David Niven. HarperSan Francisco, 2002


A NOTE TO READERS --- Each of the 100 entries presented here is based on the research conclusions of scientists studying success. Each entry contains a key research finding, complemented by advice and an example that follows from the finding.

The research conclusions presented in each entry are based on a meta-analysis of research on success, which means that each conclusion is derived from the work of multiple researchers studying the same topic.

To enable the reader to find further information on each topic, and a bibliography of recent work on success has also been provided.


What can any person do in the face of all the world's challenges? He or she can try!

The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People book presents the conclusions of scientists who have studied success in all walks of life. Each entry presents the core scientific finding, a real-world example of the principle, and the basic advice you should follow to increase your chances of success in your life!

1) Job competence starts with feeling competent! (p1-2)

How good are you at what you do? Do you have tests or periodic evaluations or some other means to measure your performance? Surely, there is an objective way to demonstrate whether you are good at what you do and whether you should consider yourself a success!

Actually, people who do not think they are good at what they do --- WHO DO NOT THINK THEY ARE CAPABLE OF SUCCESS OR LEADERSHIP --- do NOT change their opinion even when they are presented with indicators of success! Instead, their self-doubts overrule evidence to the contrary. Don't wait for your next evaluation to improve you judgment of yourself, BECAUSE FEELINGS ARE NOT DEPENDENT ON FACTS --- and feelings of competence actually start with the feelings and then produce the competence!

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