Tuesday Lessons on Success from Leo Tolstoy

e3a5f857be531c61c3fa34fd416f7202If you’re a fan of Russian literature, or if you’ve visited Google today, you may have seen that today marks Leo Tolstoy’s 186th birthday. Tolstoy was an avid writer, philosopher and political thinker so it makes sense that many people only remember him for those novels and short stories. However, within those works, he offered noteworthy advice that is very viable to us on a professional level.

“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.” Sometimes it’s the big ideas that take our businesses to the next level. However, more times than not, it’s the small adjustments we make along the way that plays the largest part in our success.

“One must be cunning and wicked in this world.” No matter how pure the business, we’re going to be forced to play hardball at some point or another. The weak businesses are the ones quickest to close their doors. Outsmarting the competition is the key to survival. To remain relevant, we must stay competitive.

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself,” and “If you want to be happy, be.” At the end of the day, our happiness, our success, is in our hands. It’s a simple concept that is often overlooked or forgotten. Quick to place blame on others for our downfalls and shortcomings, we have to remember to take responsibility to our own success or lack thereof.