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The road to success

Success; something many of us dream about and work very hard for. But achieving it is a totally different story and often involves a long and bumpy road.

It is in fact a topic that has been equally discussed by experts, older and younger, men and women. Some argue that only talent and hard work lead to success, some that the factor of happiness is crucial, some that the story of every successful person is unique and different.

In this article, I will share some factors I think can ease your way to success. Nevertheless, don’t forget to enjoy whatever you do, because the greatest success in my opinion is to be happy.

Now let´s take a closer look:

Having a clear and defined goal
We should know how, why and in what way we will achieve our goal. We all have many different desires, but often our goals aren’t clearly defined and therefore we don’t know how to achieve these desires. Without a defined goal, we don’t know in which direction to go and our vision becomes unclear. The success criterion is always the achievement of the goal we set.

Positive motivation
With a clear defined goal, motivation grows, which drives us and makes us work towards achieving our goal. Unfortunately, we are often ambivalent when it comes to the goals we have chosen. We want something and at the same time we are afraid of it, and this will affect our reduction of positive motivation. What more affects the reduction of positive motivation is the fair of failure. Fair of failure occurs when we identify ourselves with the goal and create a pressure that is expressed through fear. Positive motivation is growing with the reduction of fear of failure so stick to positivity!

Persistence
Many say that persistence this is the key factor to success. Persistence implies that we don’t give up when we are confronted by obstacles, but instead we are making extra efforts to overcome them. When we really want something, we are persistent and we work long and hard, until we succeed. Being persistent doesn’t mean the same as being stubborn though. Stubbornness is resistance in a negative direction, opposed to persistence.

Flexibility
To avoid being stubborn and persistent in something that doesn’t bring us profit, we need to be flexible. For success in life we need to constantly grow and develop, adapt to new circumstances and changes. This is necessary because the whole world around us constantly changes and if we are not ready to follow it, we will not succeed in the long run.

Courage
That means willingness to take risks. Success always involve risk. So, the bigger the goal is, the greater the risk will be. The willingness to risk implies that we can rationally assess the risk even when we feel fear and uncertainty. Courage doesn’t imply the absence of fear, but precisely the opposite, it means you are ready to make rational decisions and take action when it is the riskiest. Here also flexibility comes to expression. It is sometimes wise to think carefully and give yourself enough time for important decisions and sometimes it needs to be an impulsive reaction. Risk strategies should be customized in line with the given situation.

These are just some of the factors that can ease our way to success. If this interests you I recommend you to listen to some of these amazing TED Talks to learn more about what success is and the road to getting there.


 By: Sonja Josipovic / Photo cred: edce.ca

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The business of life

In accounting, there is something called “year end closing” to assess profit and loss and retained earnings at the end of the year. Guess what, in life too. 

I have never been a big fan of numbers. I took accounting at Uni and it was all a bit of a blur. But when it comes to life, it makes so much more sense. The only way to go forward and grow is to take with you the lessons you’ve learn in the passed to avoid repeating mistakes and re-apply good practices.

Now that the year is coming to an end, it’s a good time to start looking back and assess. It’s not like you have to sit down with a calculator and a spreadsheet. It’s more about  being honest with yourself about what you felt was a success this year, what failed and what could have been done or handled differently. Some people write it down on paper, some people draw it, others just make mental notes. The form doesn’t matter as much as the substance in this exercise.

If you close your eyes and think back for two minutes, what pops up?

It doesn’t have to be linear either, going from January 1st to today. It might just be about taking up one particular event or situation at a time, it might just be a general feeling. If you close your eyes and think back for two minutes, what pops up: images, smells, colours, gut feelings … acknowledge that. You don’t need to draw conclusions right there and then. Maybe put it aside for a while. Sleep on it and go back to it in the morning. Maybe you’ll begin to see a pattern. Maybe not. Maybe you’ll smile and be content, maybe you’ll feel frustrated. Don’t engage in those feelings. Just observe. No IRS here. Just you.

The only thing you really have to do is to take those observations with you into the new year and adjust accordingly. Just as if you were dealing with a business, make up for losses and perpetuate good practices. And keep in mind, it takes a little while before a business starts making money, be patient.


By: Mo Oléron