Adam Savage's Ground Rules for Success

Adam Savage is one of my heroes. He recently gave this great talk at Boing Boing: Ingenuity.

Because I haven't found them anywhere else, here are Adam's rules written out:

1. Get good at something
Really good. Get good at as many things as you can. Being good at one thing makes it easier to get good at other things.
2. Getting good at stuff takes practice
Lots and lots of practice.
3. Get OBSESSED
Everyone at the top of their field is obsessed with what they're doing.
4. Doing something well and thoroughly is its OWN reward
5. Show and tell
If you do something well and you're happy with it, for Flying Spaghetti Monster's sake, tell EVERYONE.
6. If you want something, ask
If something piques your interest, tell someone. If you want to learn something, ask someone, like your BOSS. As an employer I can tell you, people who want to learn new skills are people I want to keep employed.
7. Have GOALS
Make up goals. Set goals. Regularly assess where you are and where you want to be in terms of them. This is a kind of prayer that works, and works well. Allow for the fact that things will NEVER turn out like you think they will, and you must be prepared to end up miles from where you intended.
8. Be nice
TO EVERYONE. Life is way to short to be an asshole. If you are an asshole, apologise.
9. Fail
You will fail. It's one of our jobs in life. Keep failing. When you fail, admit it. When you don't, don't get cocky, because you're just about to fail again.
10. Work your ass off
Work like your life depends on it.