The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People

100 Simple Secrets of Successful People

I’m slightly disappointed that I wasn’t a finalist in any of the categories I was nominated for at the Best of Blogs (BoB) Awards (Thanks to Yam, Suzanne, and Mellie for nominating me). Honestly, I thought there was a slim chance that it would happen.

Okay, I’m lying.

I’m NOT disappointed at all, but just in case my non-disappointment turns into slight disappointment, I decided to read “The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People” by Dr. David Niven.

For those who have read the Impulsive Buy for a while, you may remember that I reviewed another book by Dr. Niven, “The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People.” I read it to help me remain happy as I dealt with a comment spam problem, which I have under control.

After reading this book, I now have some simple secrets that will help me continue to be NOT disappointed by the fact I wasn’t a finalist at the BoB Awards.

Simple Secret Number 39: Learn from Losses

So what did I learn from not being a finalist?

I learned that it’s okay to be a loser. It’s okay that I can’t win class elections or a woman’s heart.

Good things happen to losers. For example, take a look at Clay Aiken. He went from being a loser to becoming…Um…A loser.

Okay, bad example.

Simple Secret Number 64: You Are Not in This Alone

Yes, the Impulsive Buy is not alone. There were several great blogs that didn’t end up as finalists that deserved to be, like Tiny Voices in My Head, I Think I Want to Be A Comedian, and My So-Called Strife.

I think we all should form the Special Olympics version of the BoB Awards, where EVERYONE is a winner and EVERYONE receives a medal.

Simple Secret Number 81: Be Realistic About Yourself

Okay, we’ve had some REALLY lame reviews, like Peanut Butter M-Azing & Crunchy M-Azing (The worst blog post EVER!), Sobe Adrenaline Rush (A steaming pile of blogging doo-doo.), and Kellogg’s Eggo Minis Chocolatey Chip Cookie Dough Waffles (So horrible that it made poet Sylvia Plath want to kill herself again.), just to name a few.

Simple Secret Number 83: Own What You Do

We weren’t a finalist, but I think the Impulsive Buy is bar none the number one quasi-product review blog in the entire blogosphere. Although with millions of blogs out there, I could be wrong.

If I am wrong, I must find the other quasi-product review blogs and DESTROY THEM!!! CRUSH THEM!!! BEAT THEM!!! BURY THEM!!! THEN PISS ON THEM!!!

Simple Secret Number 93: You’ll Get Knocked Down and Then Get Back Up

Okay I really didn’t get knocked down, but I will pretend like I did. Check this out.


Oh, no!

Help! I’ve fallen and can’t get up!

(End Scene)

Wow. Now I feel even more NOT disappointed.

I guess this book really does work.

Editor’s Note: Honestly, go check out the BoB Awards. There are some really good reads there.

Item: The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People by David Niven Ph.D.
Purchase Price: $8.96 (
Rating: 4 out of 5
Pros: An easy and fast read. Inexpensive book. I wasn’t a finalist at the BoB Awards, but I’m NOT disappointed. I get knocked down, but I get up again. You’re never going to keep me down. I get knocked down, but I get up again. You’re never going to keep me down. (Yeah, Chumbawumba reference!)
Cons: Um…Wasn’t a finalist at the BoB Awards?

14 thoughts to “The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People”

  1. Thanks Marvo for the comment and for always making great posts, despite you not being a finalist, you are always top 10 in my book/ blog

  2. Bob or no Bob…I love your site. Makes me laugh every time! I’m a loser too, with only one nomination and landing no where near the finalist list. sigh.

  3. Marvo – you are a winner in my book. Since finding your blog (I don’t know where) I’ve read daily and have never been disappointed. In fact I’ve even read all of the archives. No, I’m not a stalker, I just don’t have much of a life.

    Oh, and to let you know I’ve nominated you for the 2005 Bloggie Awards.

    Best of luck!

  4. Ah, you always bring a smile to my face. And it is so appreciated now that the holidays are over and it’s back to the pain that is work.

  5. Marvo, anyone who reads this little quasi-review blog knows that no one else in the blogosphere can make pop-tarts, toothpaste and frozen food items more interesting, and humorous. You made me want to go out and by green tea hand soap. For crying out loud boy, don’t you realize what a feat that is? Pshaw. Those BOB people don’t know what they’re talking about…

  6. Thanks for the reference, Marvo!! I heart your blog too! And screw BOB. 97% of the blogs I love didn’t make finalist!! Of course, I’m cynical and jaded and think all of those things are rigged anyway.

  7. Flirt – You know, you’re also in my top 10 blogs I visit daily. But I don’t know if that’s saying much because there’s ONLY ten. 😉

    suzanne – That’s okay. There’s always next year or when another small blog award comes around.

    Tina – You sure about that stalker part, because there’s this van that’s parked right under my window every night. BTW, thanks for the nomination.

    prissed – Wow, thanks for the nomination. That’s cool of you, but I think it’ll be just another blog award I’ll be rejected for. 🙁

    jen – Don’t forget Christmas credit card bills.

    Mellie – Yes, a support group for all of us who didn’t make it at the BoB. Ooh, we could call it the ROBERTS, because we were robbed and Bob is short for Robert.

    Jenny – I’m still amazed by the fact that I’m actually influencial. I wonder what would happen if I gave a good rating for the William Hung Christmas album.

    Webmiztris – I would say screw BOB too, but me saying it would sound pretty wrong.

  8. What is it they say? It’s the nomination that really matters. Congrats Marvo…you’re #1 with me (and Aymie too…although she doesn’t have the Internet at the moment but I know she feels the same!)

  9. Aymie’s Mom – Yes, I guess the nomination is what really matters. But honestly, I’m NOT disappointed.

    Mimi – Thanks! I feel better now. I’m even more NOT disappointed.

    ladycracker – But don’t be disappointed if they don’t work. 😉

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