Winning at life has a lot less to do with luck than it has to do with dedicated effort.

If you want to step up to the winners’ podium, here are 20 pieces of helpful advice:

1. Don’t breeze past the details in deference to the big picture. You do so at your risk because they’ll matter in some part of the process.

2. Assume you’re being observed (because somebody is probably actually watching you). It will make you sit up straighter (power pose!), pay attention to your manners, and act more professional.

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