I love the Lord of the Rings, but little did I know it was full of business and management advice.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
– Gandalf

Most of the races of Middle Earth, from Elves to Dwarves to Men, overlooked the humble Hobbits of the Shire. And, for the most part, the Hobbits of the Shire overlooked the rest of Middle Earth. Hobbits were content to keep to themselves, eat good food, drink good ale, and live quiet, unassuming lives. However, among those Hobbits lived a few – Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Meriadoc Brandybuck, Peregrin Took and others who left the peaceful world of the Shire to have adventures in the world beyond. When they came back to the Shire, they had found success in that world – winning battles and finding great wealth.

One of the reasons why Hobbits were so successful in the world beyond, to the point that, in the words of Elrond, they could “arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and counsels of the Great” is because they have certain habits that predisposed them to success. Follow the habits of the Hobbits and you, too, can find success in your life and career.

Here’s a summary:
1. Be Clever.
2. Overcome Your Fears.
3. Prepare for the Journey Ahead.
4. Be Loyal to Your Team
5. Know When Your Boss Doesn’t Know Best
6. Take a Chance on People.
7. Appreciate the World Around You.