Gretchen Rubin

My Former Roommate’s Ex-Boyfriend’s Lesson in How to Be Successful.

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As I think back on the great advice I've received over the years, I'm surprised to realize that some of the best advice came from very random sources -- books I skimmed, people I hardly knew.

Like my former law-school roommate's ex-boyfriend's advice. It has guided me for years -- and I never even met the guy! And yet I've thought about his advice so many times: "Successful people are willing to do things that unsuccessful people are not willing to do."

What do you think of that advice -- do you agree?

And have you ever picked up important advice from an unlikely source?

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