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15 lessons from Paul Arden's book It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be:

1. Your ambition is more important than your talent. Arden argues that talent is not enough. You need to be ambitious and have a strong desire to succeed.

2. Don't be afraid to fail. Failure is a part of the learning process. The more you fail, the faster you will learn and grow.

3. Don't compare yourself to others. Everyone is different and has their own unique talents and abilities. Focus on your own journey and don't worry about what others are doing.

4. Be creative and think outside the box. Don't be afraid to challenge the status quo and come up with new and innovative ideas.

5. Be persistent and don't give up easily. There will be times when things get tough, but it's important to keep going. The only way to fail is to give up.

6. Take risks. Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things. The bigger the risk, the greater the potential reward.

7. Be yourself. Don't try to be someone you're not. People can spot a fake from a mile away. Be authentic and genuine, and people will be drawn to you.

8. Surround yourself with positive people. The people you spend time with have a big impact on your mindset and attitude. Make sure you're surrounded by people who support you and believe in you.

9. Don't be afraid to ask for help. There is no shame in asking for help when you need it. In fact, it's a sign of strength.

10. Celebrate your successes. It's important to take the time to celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may seem. This will help you to stay motivated and keep moving forward.

11. It's important to have a clear vision of what you want to achieve. Arden calls this your "big idea." Once you have a clear vision, you can start to take steps to make it a reality.

12. It's important to be passionate about what you do. If you're not passionate about your work, it will be difficult to stay motivated and succeed.

13. It's important to be disciplined and have a strong work ethic. Success doesn't happen overnight. It takes hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

14. It's important to be adaptable and change with the times. The world is constantly changing, and so must you. Be willing to learn new things and adapt to new situations.

15. Have fun! Arden argues that success is not about working yourself to death. It's about enjoying what you do and having fun along the way. If you're not having fun, then what's the point?

Arden's book is a short but powerful read. It is packed with insights and advice that can help you to achieve your goals and dreams. If you're serious about success, I highly recommend reading this book.

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