TV producer Stephen Cannell, who created iconic characters and won Emmys for “The A-Team,” “21 Jump Street” and “The Rockford Files,” offers these tips:
1. Lighten up. It’s probably not a life-and-death situation.
2. Bet on yourself to create opportunities.
3. Pour energy into your work.
4. New hires should share your moral philosophy. Don’t take on someone who has a different sense of right and wrong.
5. Be underpaid. You won’t be vilified, and you won’t be the first one fired.
6. Finish what you start. A trail of litter and junk won’t get you anywhere.
7. Don’t say no right away. Give an idea a chance.
8. Hire people who are better than you. How many times have you heard this one? The trick is not to put them off by what you say or do.
9. Don’t play it safe. Mix it up.
10. Love what you’re doing. If your joy is in the money, the perks or the awards, you’re on the wrong track.
11. Root for your friends.
12. Don’t fail. You hear a lot about how failure is good. That only means you’ll have some bloopers along the way. It never means you should quit on yourself.
— Adapted from “Footnotes to Success,” Michelle Medley, Success.