Career Mantras

How to score your goals (Courtesy ET Panache, 29th September, 2016)

Posted by:  Courtesy ET Panache, 29th September, 2016 Date:Sep 29, 2016


Leaders get ahead in the game simply because they set their rules -and play to win. Here are eight qualities that help them succeed

Every per son's path to success may be unique but there are a few at tributes that are com mon. For his book The 8 Traits Successful People Have in Common, author Richard St John conduct ed interviews with more than 500 highly successful peo ple, from the likes of Bill Gates and Richard Branson to Martha Stewart.He entered transcriptions of every inter view into a database in order to analyse more than 300 possible success factors and found they all shared eight traits.Read on to find out his pointers.

Passion is essential

There are two types of people: strivers and seekers. Strivers know what they want to do early on and work towards their goal from a young age. On the other hand, seekers have to discover what they love. If you want to determine if you've found your passion, ask yourself if you would do that particular work for free.If the answer is yes, then you've likely found it.

Work while having fun

Ever y successfu l person interviewed in the book works long hours. Some of them t a ke a n u nc onvent ion a l approach where instead of the 9 am to 5 pm shift, they look at each workday as a 5 am to 9 pm shift.But it's important to avoid bu r n i n g out .Successfu l people aren't workaholics, they're workafrolics because they enjoy their work.

Specific focus

Focus is the key and to achieve your aim, it's important to special ise in a certain area and then build your expertise. But you should start with wider options and then narrow it down into one specific field.

Leave comfort zone

Pushing yourself starts with getting out of your comfort zone and work ing through being shy, facing fear and doubts.Find a goal, challenge yourself, set a deadline, maintain self-discipline, ask others to push you, look at the competition, and find a mentor.

Generate new ideas

Have a problem, because big ideas come from everyday problems, be observant, listen, ask questions, borrow an idea and build it into a new idea, make connections, make mistakes and write your ideas down.

Constantly get better

Someone who achieves g reat success is always improving whether it's their career, project, product, or service. Continuous improvement means getting good at something, then getting better, and then aiming for the best. It's also important to focus on your strengths rather than your weaknesses.

Provide value to others

Ask yourself who you serve, because most people only care about how you can fix their problems. Next, you need to figure out what unique value you can offer. This way, you set yourself up for financial success. Do what you love.Serve others what they love. Get money in return.

Persistent through failure

There is no true overnight success.It typically takes 10 years of working toward your goal to achieve success.And it's important to keep in mind that failure is inevitable and how you deal with it can be the deciding factor.The right choice, of course, is using failure as a stepping-stone and building off it.

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