1. Your Purpose and Meaning
We cannot do anything unless we know why we are doing it. Whether it is your job or a hobby, everything you do in life needs to have a purpose. This is why it is important to start by searching for why you are pursuing the career and life you are. Everything flows from purpose. While goal setting and creating a strategy are wonderful things to do, it makes no sense to work hard if you don’t know where you want to go in life. The importance of, and provides a framework for, discovering a meaning and vision for your career and life.
2. Success and Happiness
We do what we do in order to be happy. This is what success and our careers are all about. Keep your eye on happiness and how to build your career to ultimately achieve happiness.
3. Continuously Improving Yourself
We all need to continuously improve ourselves. When we graduate, our learning tends to slow down. Even in our lives, as we age, we stop improving ourselves and try to stick to our old ways. The importance of improving ourselves and how to do it, not only in terms of skills but also living in and interacting with the world.
4. Controlling Your Destiny
Most people wish that promotions and opportunities would come their way. But successful people are the ones who take control of their destiny and leave very little to chance. Destiny is about making choices and taking action. We become the choices we make and the action we take.
5. Strategizing Your Career and Life
This chapter discusses the importance of strategy in every aspect of career and life, as well as how to apply it. Too often our dreams remain unrealized because we fail to strategize. Strategic Planning Framework that can be applied to any goal or dream.
6. Being Proactive
We need to act and be in control in order to get to the outcome we want. In order to do that, we always need to be a step ahead.
7. Overcoming Fear
One of the biggest inhibitors of success is fear. Fear runs deep within ourselves and dampens our movement toward success. No matter how much we say that we are fearless, we always have some form of fear within us, slowing us down. Though we cannot get rid of fear, we can choose to work around it effectively.
8. Believe in Yourself
Though each of us has a purpose and is immensely valuable to this world, we often underestimate this value. In order to succeed, we need to value ourselves accurately, which influences our confidence and perception of the world. We need to believe in ourselves and our abilities.
9. Being Passionate About Your Goals
Most of us have goals, yet few of us are passionate about them. This is why most goals go unaccomplished. Passion is something you can develop.
10. Identifying and Capitalizing on Opportunities
Most people wait for big opportunities to come their way. Because we see only what we want to see, we miss tremendous opportunities as well as smaller opportunities that could lead to bigger ones. Successful people are good at seeing these opportunities.
11. Having a Positive Attitude
It is very easy for us to be negative about the things that go wrong in our lives, yet we rarely realize how adversely this attitude affects our performance and how other people view us.
12. Winning in the Long Run
Victories come in short-term and long-term varieties, and successful people are the ones who keep their eyes on long-term victories. Sometimes we have to give up short-term wins in order to win in the long run.
13. The Importance of Networking
We succeed through people. The network of contacts that we have is one of the most important assets for our success. Our networks not only help us gain opportunities but also give back to the world. Without others, success is impossible.
14. Being Service-Oriented
Probably you have been to a store that treated you well and also to a store where the personnel were rude. Most of us would rather go to the store where the service was good! Now let’s apply this principle to our careers. Management and colleagues are more likely to work well with us if we are service-oriented. Successful people are very service-oriented.
15. Time Management
We all have the same 24 hours each day. Successful people are a lot more productive with their time than the average person. Time is one of the most valuable commodities of success. In order to be successful, you need to learn to manage it through prioritization.
16. Acknowledging Accomplishments
We rarely acknowledge our own accomplishments, but doing so can give us a great deal of confidence to move forward. Confidence is crucial for our careers. We tend to remember only our major accomplishments even though we have little accomplishments every day.
17. Living Your Dreams and Making It Happen
When we were growing up, we undoubtedly had dreams of becoming successful. Yet once we start working, we can forget those dreams and allow day-to-day reality to overshadow them. Successful people fight for their dreams, and in return their dreams give them tremendous motivation to keep going.
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