Umair Haque has distilled ten rules from how Twitter has developed that I reckon are spot on for how to be successful in whatever you do in the future:
1. Ideals beat strategies.
2. Open beats closed.
3. Connection beats transaction.
4. Simplicity beats complexity.
5. Neighborhoods beat networks.
6. Circuits beat channels.
7. Laziness beats business.
8. Public beats private.
9. Messy beats clean.
10. Good beats evil.
I have deliberately left them as headings to encourage you to go and read the whole post.