Eliminate Failure For Good!
Failure Habit #11
This is for the sole benefit of those people who purchase items and never bother to read the instruction manuals included.
The first thing they will do when they experience a problem installing or using it is panic, get angry and then run head-over-heals to the manufacturer and demand to be taught from scratch how to work this "malfunctioning", "useless" or "p.o.s." item, without even considering the remote possibility of the problem lying with the them, and not the product.
In terms of success, they buy the latest and greatest advice, skim the pages, and then wonder why it does not work. I often get letters from readers about how The Book of Success is not working for them. I ask if they followed the instruction exactly as it says and the answer is always, "NO!"
This is not the way it works. "Read The F***ing Manual" or RTFM, is an expression that can not be spoken out loud, but cannot be repeated often enough. Probably 80% of the problems people experience can be resolved by RTFM.
RTFM can either be one of those "useless", ignored and normally immediately discarded pieces of paper that comes with almost every newly purchased product, called "User guide" or "Instruction manual" or similar.
Beliefs: "Why read the manual when others can do that for me?" "I don't want to read the manual, why can't you just tell me what to do?"
Results: This person is the pain in the rear of every support staff at every company in the world. They have called so much that companies recognize your voice and refer to you him by his first name
The Fix: If you follow this advice, probability is that up to 8 times out of 10, you can solve your own problem without any hassle and frustration, and without having to be a support desk pest.
READ THE F***ING MANUAL!
Failure Habit #12
This person is actually pretty knowledgeable. And, he takes every possible opportunity to let everyone know not only that he is smart, but that he’s smarter than everyone else in the room.
Beliefs: "If this was my company, I would run it this way." "There is only one way to do things and it's my way." "Why is my boss/manager so dumb?" "Me, I’m a genius. Why follow anyone’s suggestions when I could instead debate them? Heck, if they’re lucky, I’ll tell them how they ought to run their lives." "Nothing would ever get done around here if it were not for me."
Results: Know-It-All’s generally brag about their sweeping grandeur to there friends in the evenings after their low-level job and unsuccessful attempts at producing or creating anything of use.
An abject failure, he has not advanced much further in his real life since high school. Yet somehow, he really believes that all his “knowledge” is contributing to any success.
The Fix: SHUT UP! Listen to what others have to say. Learn to respect others opinion. It's not right or wrong, just different. When God was handing out brains, you were not the only person to get one.
"The difference between failure and your success is the information found on the pages of this book".
- A. Palmer, Branson, MO
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