Established, since 1997, leading UK based training provider.

How to be More Successful

How to be more successful

How to be more successful

Because of the law of cause and effect, there are causes for everything.

Everything that occurs has definite causes.

If you want something specific to occur, then you must affect the specific causes.
If success is what you wish to achieve you must affect the specific success causes.

What are the causes of success?

One way to answer it, is to look at numerous instances of "success" and try to discover the common elements that are present in all the instances.
You might examine fifty successful people and look for their common characteristics.

What are the three or four characteristics are shared by all successful people and which of these causes are the agents of their success?
Answer that question and you will discover some valuable information!

Here is my answer to the same question:

  1. The ability to work for long periods of time without seeing instant payoff.
  2. The ability to recognise that the project is viable even though there seems to be NO
    evidence in the early month's years.
  3. The ability to keep learning and growing.
  4. The ability to work in harmony with others.

1. Ability to work for long periods of time without seeing instant payoff

Most people want instant gratification.

Children want rewards immediately after they do work.

Low paid workers get paid weekly.

Higher paid workers get paid monthly.

The highest paid workers get their quarterly bonus.

Many of the biggest earners have to wait for years before they will see the fruits of their labour.

The ability to work now in the hope of future reward: what psychologists call delayed gratification of desires" is the hallmark of the developed personality; the intelligent being.

By contrast: the "Show me the money up front" mentality is short-range and immature by comparison.

Success demands long range planning and delayed gratification

2. The ability to recognise that the project is viable even though there seems to be no evidence in the early months or years

Closely allied to this delayed gratification is an awareness of the difference between a goal and a wish
The ability to see the difference between: viable proposition and a NON viable proposition

Example:

JFK saw that the Apollo moon shot was a viable project. When he made that identification in 1962, that was a great and astute piece of thinking.
Compare that to Napoleon Bonaparte's attempt to invade Russia in 1805 with men on-foot in the winter. A very bad decision.

It is a great skill to rationally determine what projects you should chase, and those tantalizing projects you should refrain from chasing.

Success demands you make wise investments of time money and effort on those viable projects

Don't chase those sexy, but non-viable projects.
Success demands that you: Choose your goals carefully.

3. The ability to keep learning and growing

Successful people continue to grow throughout their lives.
They develop their views.

Most people form their opinions in their formative years and then stop thinking. Many become stubborn and inflexible. They refuse to accept changes. They don't vary their responses. Their knowledge based becomes obsolete.

Whereas: Winners keep re-inventing themselves.

Two good examples of people who keep re-inventing themselves are:

  • Madonna: From Material Girl to the Queen of pop to Business genius
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger: From Mr Universe to The Terminator to The Governor

4. The ability to work in harmony with others

No matter how smart you are, you cannot succeed without the cooperation and support of others.
Most successful people are collaborative.
They understand how to motivate people; they get the support and the cooperation of the team.
If they ever lose the support of colleagues, they are doomed- no matter how good they are.

Cite: Margaret Thatcher (who never lost a general election) lost power because she lost the support of her own "friends"

Summary

In order to be successful develop the following skills:

  • The ability to work for long periods of time without seeing instant payoff
  • The ability to recognise that the project is viable, even though there seems to be no evidence in the early months/years
  • The ability to keep learning and growing
  • The ability to work in harmony with others

FREE Training Needs Analysis Free Training Needs Analysis Logo

FREE Training Needs Analysis!

In order to get the best from your training, you need to discover your relative strengths and weaknesses. Take our FREE training needs analysis questionnaire now and get a report in less than five minutes!

Blogs by Email

Do you want to receive an email whenever we post a new blog? The blogs contain article 5-10 minutes long - ideal for reading during your coffee break!

Your Comments

Further Reading in Personal Effectiveness

  • Improving your personal effectiveness
    Improving Personal effectiveness How to make more progress in less time If you want to make more progress in the least amount of time, then it is important that you work in the most efficient manner possible. How can you ensure that you work in the most efficient manner possible? You...
    Read Article >
  • What is self discipline?
    What is self discipline? Self-discipline is the act of mentally overriding your own mood, or momentary desire, and making yourself do what you think you should do, as opposed to doing what you feel like doing. In the sixties and seventies, and even today, Self-Discipline, is not a particularly popular idea...
    Read Article >
  • More haste, less speed
    With so much to do, so little time in which to do it, the temptation is to do everything as fast as possible. This is not always a good thing.
    Read Article >
  • How to Develop More Motivation
    We all need sufficient motivation to carry us through the day.The starting point of all motivation is a goal.
    Read Article >
  • Achieving a Work-Life Balance
    You cannot do it all! Achieving a good work-life balance is important and deciding what you rate as important is the first step to getting that sustainable equilibrium.
    Read Article >