It’s hard to dream new dreams!
We all wish to be great thinkers and bold visionaries, and achieve great things like big business moguls, but how many of us are actually able to do that?
And that’s pretty much OK, because while you and I might never come up with the next big thing, but if at all we to think – and act – a little differently than other people… we may in the process achieve differently than other people.
Can’t make a head or tail of what I am rambling about?
Fret not! I will make myself a bit clearer to you.
I am listing here a few thoughts, which if you are able to eliminate from your thinking and vision, can bring you greater success, in almost everything you pick.
#1: “I Never Get The Right Opportunities.” (Absolutely Disastrous)
Hey, join the (very, very large) club. No matter how it looks from the outside, no one is GIVEN the opportunities they deserve. Opportunities are earned. You have to have the skills, the calibre, the expertise, or as a fact of the matter, the hardworking Matel to suck the opportunities. And my friend even if someone else did get an opportunity you feel you deserved, you can’t change that fact… so why dwell on it? Walk ahead and look for yours and grab it!
And I would like to add here, in today’s ever growing commercial and business oriented world, access to opportunity is nearly unlimited. You can connect with almost everyone through social media. You can create and sell your own products, develop and distribute your own applications, find your own funding, and build your own team. You don’t need to wait for someone else to give you the opportunity. You can give yourself the opportunity – which, by the way, is what successful people have done for centuries. The only thing holding you back from seizing an opportunity is you and your willingness to try.
Crux: Don’t worry about the opportunities you need to be given; focus on the opportunities you need to take.
#2: “Outer Forces Don’t Let Me Work” (Tell Me About It)
Maybe another person really did ruin opportunities or block ideas or took what was rightfully yours. Maybe the suppliers didn’t come through. Maybe your partner wasn’t committed. Maybe potential customers weren’t smart enough to recognize the value you provide. Maybe your team was not committed enough to deliver.
You can’t control other people. You can only control yourself. When you fail always decide it was your fault. Not only is that a smart way to think, but it’s also almost always true as well. While occasionally something completely outside your control will cause you to fail, most of the time it really is you. And that’s OK. Every successful person has failed numerous times. Most have failed a lot more often than you have; that’s one reason why they’re so successful today. Trust me on this. Embrace every failure. Own it, learn from it, and take full responsibility for making sure that next time you’ll do what it takes to make sure things turn out differently.
Crux: Never think it’s another person’s fault. Finding a fault with self will make you strive harder. Finding a fault with others will make you a laid back person.
#3: “I Just Don’t Have Enough Time.” (None Has)
Sure you do. You have the same amount of time as everyone else. The key is to decide how you will fill your time. For example, anyone can create a schedule. But most people don’t ensure that every task takes only as long as it needs to take. Most people fill a block of time, either given or self-determined, simply because that is the time allotted. Don’t adjust your effort so it fills a time frame. Instead, do everything as quickly and effectively as you can. Then use your “free” time to get other things done…just as quickly and effectively.
Crux: Never think about how time controls you, instead think of how you can best control your time.
#4: “Sure, I Would Do That, If I Was Sure It Would Be Worth It.” (Self Detrimental)
Ever heard someone say, “If I knew I would get a raise, then I would be willing to work a lot harder”? Or, “If I knew my startup would succeed then I would definitely be willing to put in more hours”? Or, “If I knew there would be a bigger payoff, then I would be willing to sacrifice more”?
Successful employees earn promotions and higher pay by first working harder; in other words, they earn their success. Successful businesses earn higher revenue by delivering greater value first; they earn their success.
Successful people, in all areas of life, earn bigger “payoffs” by working incredibly hard well before any potential return is in sight; they earn their success through effort and sacrifice.
Most people expect to get more before they will ever consider doing more.
Crux: To succeed, think of compensation not as the driver or motivator or requirement for exceptional effort, but as the deserved reward.
#5: “But There’s Just Nothing Special About Me.” (You Actually Can’t Decide That For Yourself)
It’s easy, and tempting, to assume successful people have some intangible entrepreneurial something like ideas, talent, drive, skills, creativity, etc., that you simply don’t have.
That’s rarely true.
Talents typically reveal themselves only in hindsight. Success is never assured; it only looks that way after it is achieved. Sure, other people may have the skills you don’t have (at least not yet), but you have skills other people don’t have. You don’t need a gift. You just need yourself and a willingness to put in a tremendous amount of hard work, effort, and perseverance, because that is where talent comes from. That is your true gift, and it’s a gift we’ve all been given. You just have to use it, which you are reluctant to do.
Crux: Never think about what you don’t have. Focus on what you do have, and more importantly, what you are willing to do that others are not.
I really hope I was able to make a point across, for which you can gain an insight on what miscalculations you might be placing on the way to your professional success.
Thought process and vision have a lot to do with success. You must make sure you have a clearer and progressive one.