Posted 09 August 2010 by Chris Farmer
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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:
- 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 month's years.
- The ability to keep learning and growing.
- 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
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"
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