It states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. (Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareto_principle)
There are no stupid questions. Asking questions not only keeps you engaged, it allows you to contribute to the conversation and learn something new. Asking questions makes you think. People who are inquisitive are generally judged to be more intelligent and engaged.
A good reputation is more valuable than money. Your reputation is built on the foundation of your character; it entails the words you speak and the actions you take. Take care of your character above all other things and your reputation will take care of itself.
One tree is not a forest. One of major foundations of the system that governs us has been the fact that we are highly dependent on others for our survival. The first instance in our lives where we can clearly notice this dependency is the time of our birth, we are born inside a womb and are depended completely on our mothers every bit of nutrition that we receive at that early stage when our body is being constructed.
In each conversation, mention person's name at least three times. Especially, if you just met this person. By doing this you will be the person remembered and lot of times first choice among others.
You only need to be slightly better than your competition, but if you are able to maintain a slight edge today and tomorrow and the day after that, then you can repeat the process of winning by just a little bit over and over again. Imagine two women swimming in the Olympics. One of them might be 1/100th of a second faster than the other, but she gets all of the gold medal. Ten companies might pitch a potential client, but only one of them will win the project. You only need to be a little bit better than the competition to secure all of the reward. Or, perhaps you are applying for a new job. Two hundred candidates might compete for the same role, but being just slightly better than other candidates earns you the entire position.
Wake up at 5:00AM. Your life is too precious a thing to waste. You know you were meant for your own unique form of greatness. You know you can do more, have more and be more. You know that you can be bigger than you currently are.