"I have learned that people will forget what you said; people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
"Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and be vibrantly alive in repose."
When most people talk about success, they usually refer to career success.
Career success means climbing up the career ladder, becoming rich or simply getting the desired recognition for an achievement like writing a book.
Most of us dream big, but dreaming alone can only take us so far. Some of us stay stuck in the dream face, while others move to the next level.
This next level entails having the ambition to research your goal, develop a network of people that can help you get there, and the drive to get there despite adversity.
Business consultant and author Jim Collins researched the personalities of many Fortune 500 CEOs. He found that the most succesful executives are able to achieve success and maintain it even during times of recession.
But what is it about them that allows them to accompish this amazing feat? Jim Collins' research revealed surprising findings. He identified two key personality characteristics that stand above the rest. These are:
Professional will: A complete dedication to do what is best for the organization. A person with a high professional will is said to be driven to accomplish his goals.
Personal humility: A unique ability to deflect all the credit and give it to others in the company or organization.
Jim Collins' research found that:
Success is less about you and more about your dreams
The most highly succesful people have an ability to do well for others without expecting anything in return. Many of them don't even want all the credit; just simply care about the well being of their people.
They also have a strong drive to pursue their ambitions. Whereas the majority of people are preoccupied with many distractions (e.g., paying the mortgage; buying that pretty car; etc), highly succesful people focus their attention entirely on their dream and the people they care about. With little distractions, the human mind is able to accomplish amazing feats.
In a separate study, some researchers found that individuals who were seen as "task masters" were more succesful in the long run than those who were described as simply "competitive".
Set realistic goals. Focus on them, work on them and to move to the next. Yes, you might feel an urge to do a lot more but doing this might set you up for failure. Remember, successful people get there not only because of good ideas and hard work, but because they are masters of setting realistic goals.
Be there for others. As mentioned above, this is very important. It is crucial that you socialize with people that will help you become succesful. If you are there for them, they will be there for you. If you believe in their ability to work with you, they will believe in your dreams.
Simplify. If you feel overwhelmed, you are putting too much on your plate. Keep tasks simple.
Avoid rumination. Remember the last time your mind went on and on about something, leaving you feeling tired and mentally drained? Too much valuable energy is used when you over-think. This energy is better spent on taking action.
Take action. Remember, you are always in control. If you take a break, it's because you chose to take a break. If you take action, it's because you decided to do so. Everything you do happens because you choose to make it happen. Choose to be proactice and make a difference.
Please visit the following links:
Murray, Alan.The Wall Street Journal Essential Guide to Management. New York: HarperCollins. 2010; 11
Collins, Jim. Built to Last. Retrieved 9-10-2010 from: www.jimcollins.com
Updated: May 5, 2012
Article created: September 10, 2010