Who Contributes to My Success? by Bob Wendover

Part of the Success Series, a series of Question/Answer pieces centred on John Maxwell’s The Value of Asking Questions


What is the greatest lesson you have learned?

Bob:  Success is based on self-discipline. Creative people, of which I am one, can be easily distracted by all the “bright shiny objects” that appear in our imagination. Chasing these without proper planning can drain both our time and bank accounts. Self-discipline also plays a critical role in the pursuit of success. Any job well done requires the repetition that produces mastery over time. Being able to do something is not the same as doing it 1000 times and learning the nuances that produce lasting results.

What are you learning now?

Bob:  I am continually learning that relationships make the difference between success and failure. It is so easy for me, as a writer and researcher, to hide behind expertise and its continual development. But if no one knows what I know, I’ll have little impact. Relationships are also the source of so many ideas that just can’t be found online or on the printed page.

How has failure shaped you?

Bob: It has made me more resilient. Anyone who tries anything worth doing will occasionally fail. How you manage those setbacks determines your trajectory.

Who do you know that I should know?

Bob: That’s hard to answer. As you, I know so many interesting people. Answering this would require more clarification so I can connect you to people who match your interests/needs.

What have you read that I should read?

Bob: I am a huge fan of The Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review. Forty years of reading the WSJ has provided me with a breadth of knowledge essential to doing business in today’s marketplace. The HBR stretches me through its innovative articles, writing and concepts. I also read every biography I can lay my hands on.

What have you done that I should do?

Bob: Learn how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Whether it’s approaching strangers or learning to skydive, managing the inevitable fear and emotional angst is crucial to succeeding. We each have our own version of self-talk. Managing that self-talk makes all the difference between trying and never experiencing the exhilaration of attempting something that will truly stretch you.

How can others add value to you?

Bob: Help me to spread the word about my passion of improving decision making in the workplace, especially among those now entering the workforce.


Bob WendoverBob Wendover is the award-winning author of ten books including Figure It Out! and Crossing the Generational Divide. He has been teaching organisations how to manage their workforce transitions for the past 30 years.

His next book, DecisioNinjas! Building Tomorrow’s Generation of Workplace Problem Solvers, will be released in 2018.


This is one contribution, of many, to the Success Series, a series of Question/Answer pieces centred on John Maxwell’s The Value of Asking Questions. To read other contributions in this Series, please go to the original introduction of the piece, Who Contributes to Your Success

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