For a long time I though that being present on discussion forums and weblogs, being able to be a though leader on a particular subject, being able to write great articles, give excellent presentations, being involved in everything that is important to the business and to my profession, and also being excellent in your day-to-day work and life,
is necessary to be successful.
Well, it is not. It is fun to do it all, but being excellent in your day-to-day life is hard enough and sufficient. All the rest is the cream on the pudding.