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There have been many lists produced over the years highlighting what it takes to be successful. The list that I will go through in this video has worked for me… So let’s get into it…How You Think is Everything.
Always be positive. Think Success, not Failure. Beware of a negative environment. This trait has to be one of the most important in the entire list. Your belief that you can accomplish your goals has to be unwavering. The moment you say to yourself “I can’t…”, then you won’t. I’ve found that from time-to-time my attitude waivers. A mentor of mine once said “it’s ok to visit pity city, but you can’t stay and there comes a time when you need to leave”. Positive things happen to positive people.
Decide upon Your True Dreams and Goals: Write down our specific goals and develop a plan to reach them. Do I mean like a project plan? Yes, that’s exactly what I mean. You may have heard the old adage: A New Years resolution that isn’t written down is just a dream, and dreams are not goals. Goals are those concrete, measurable stepping stones of achievement that track your progress towards your dreams.
Take Action. Goals are nothing without action. Be like Nike and “Just do it”. What can you do today to move towards your goals
Never Stop Learning: Becoming a life long learner would benefit us all and is something we should instil in our kids. It’s funny that once you’re out of school you realize how enjoyable learning can be. What have you learned today?
Be Persistent and Work Hard: Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Never give up. Every story of success I read entails long hard hours of work. There is no getting around this and there is no free lunch. But, if you’re working towards something that you’re passionate about, something you love – then is it really work?
Learn to Analyze Details: Get all the facts, all the input. Learn from your mistakes. I think you have to strike a balance between getting all the facts and making a decision with incomplete data – both are traits of successful people. Spend time gathering details, but don’t catch ‘analysis paralysis’.
Focus Your Time And Money: Don’t let other people or things distract you. Remain laser focused on your goals and surround yourself with positive people that believe in you. Don’t be distracted by the naysayer’s or tasks that are not helping you achieve your goals.
Don’t Be Afraid To Innovate: Be different. Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity. Follow through on that break-out idea you have. Ask yourself “What would I do if I wasn’t afraid?”
Deal And Communicate With People Effectively: No person is an island. Learn to understand and motivate others. Successful people develop and nurture a network and they only do that by treating people openly, fairly and many times firmly. There is nothing wrong about being firm – just don’t cross the a-hole line. How do you deal with people?
Be Honest And Dependable: Take responsibility, otherwise numbers 1 – 9 won’t matter.
So there you have it – my top 10 list of what it takes to be successful – have I missed anything? – let me know in the comments below.
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