Parsons is an entrepreneur, the founder of Parsons Technology, which he eventually sold to Intuit, and Go Daddy, a domain name registrar that (I've noticed) always come up when anyone asks whom to use to register their domain. (Go Daddy has a reputation of being Not Evil.)
I'm always suspicious of Rules for Right Living like this. I always wonder whether they're like someone who just won ten million bucks playing the lottery being asked how to succeed in life, and answering, "Play the lottery!" Although it obviously worked for him, it's probably not a robust strategy for most people.
Still, Parsons has been very successful at what he does, and I think his rules are worth a second look. Especially the non-intuitive ones. For example, No. 6. Maybe I'll talk a little more about that tomorrow, because it also cropped up in the advice of couple other famous men, and it confused the hell out of their listeners, too.
== satsumaimo == (noun) sweet potato
|Top radical is 'plant'. Bottom radical is a Non-General Use character meaning 'emerge', acting phonetically to express 'big'. Henshall suggests taking the bottom radical as a 'stiff' version of 'child' (子), and as a rather morbid mnemonic: 'Child in rigor mortis after eating potato plant.'|