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My 10 Rules for Success

By Adam Savage

As a lifelong maker, these are the rules that have guided Adam through all his work.

Editor's Note: Adam was the closing speaker at this past weekend's BoingBoing Ingenuity theatrical event. He gave a rousing speech about being a maker, and shared his ten rules for success in his work. For new Tested readers, these are themes we've touched on in many episodes of Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project.

Photo credit: Kent K. Barnes / www.kentkb.com

Adam's 10 rules for success are below. Which ones do subscribe to in your own work and maker experience?

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 FSM'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 too short to be an asshole. If you are an asshole, apologize.

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. 'Cause you're just about to fail again.

10. WORK YOUR ASS OFF.

Work like your life depends on it...