As a martial artist, I seek only to improve myself.  To that end, for years while I was in college I used to go to the library and read the Investor's Business Daily newspaper because they had this section called Leaders and Successes where they chronicled a person's success story.  That story always coincided with their 10 Secrets To Success.  When you want to become better at whatever it is that you do, you can either take the long road and learn it for yourself or take the short road and learn from other people's successes and failures.  This is the essence of what it means to "steal" the technique in the martial arts.   Here are their secrets... IBD 10 SECRETS TO SUCCESS

Investor’s Business Daily has spent years analyzing leaders and successful people in all walks of life. Most have 10 traits that, when combined, can turns dreams into reality:

1.  HOW YOU THINK IS EVERYTHING: Always be positive. Think success not failure. Beware of negative environments. 2.  DECIDE UPON YOUR TRUE DREAMS AND GOALS: Write down your specific goals and develop a plan to reach them. 3.  TAKE ACTION: Goals are nothing without action.  Don't be afraid to get started now.  Just do it. 4.  NEVER STOP LEARNING: Go back to school or read books.  Get training, and acquire skills. 5.  BE PERSISTENT AND WORK HARD: Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Never give up. 6.  LEARN TO ANALYZE DETAILS: Get alll the facts, all the input.  Learn from your mistakes. 7.  FOCUS ON YOUR TIME AND MONEY: Don’t let other people or things distract you. 8.  DONT BE AFRAID TO INNOVATE, BE DIFFERENT: Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity. 9. DEAL AND COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE EFFECTIVELY: No person is an island. Learn to understand and motivate others. 10.  BE HONEST AND DEPENDABLE; TAKE RESPONSIBILITY:  Otherwise Otherwise, Numbers 1 - 9 won’t matter.