A professor once told me that the key to success is using your time wisely and efficiently, and that if you have spare time in the day you are not efficiently using your time wisely. Of course you shouldn’t try to work yourself to the point of exhaustion, what he was trying to say was that if you have time in your day where you are not doing anything either productive or helping towards a goal then you are wasting your time. Do not get this time wasted mixed up with relaxation or blowing off steam, these are productive because you always need sufficient time to recharge yourself. What gets kicked into the time wasted bin are things like binge watching a series or drinking to the point of belligerence every night.
The reason why successful people are successful is because they not only know how to effectively use their time, but they are not afraid to put in the work it takes to achieve their goals. I have read a lot of success tips and been to enough talks to know that there are certain things you can do that will help you be more successful in your life. After wading through many articles I found these five key points on pickthebrain.com that I believe are crucial to being successful.
“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” ~Benjamin Disraeli
Success loves preparation. If the perfect opportunity presented itself today, would you be ready? It’s better to be ready and not have an opportunity, then to have an opportunity and not be ready.
To succeed, you must be ready when opportunity comes. Spend your time preparing for success, when your opportunity comes, you’ll be glad you did.
“Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.” ~Anonymous
All failures know that success is simply a matter of luck, they know it’s just a matter of being at the right place at the right time, they know with assurance that success is directly linked to good ole fashion chance.
However, those who have succeeded know that success is directly and proportionally linked to work. Even an amazing strategy can’t guarantee success. Zig Ziglar said, “The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won’t work – if you won’t.”
You have to put in the time. However, when you put in the time, it makes success all the more sweet. When you come from “behind” and do the impossible, it makes success as sweet as a honeycomb. John H. Johnson said, “I believe the greater the handicap, the greater the triumph.”
3. Remember the Golden Rule
“Success is still the constant application of the Golden Rule.” ~Anonymous
Never forget the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” That’s the key to success. Serve your clients as you would have them serve you. Meet their needs as you would have them meet your needs. Give them prices that you would want to pay, exceed their expectations in a way that you would want your expectations to be exceeded.
When you follow the golden rule, you open the door to success.
“Confidence is the companion of success.” ~Anonymous
If you don’t believe in your abilities, don’t be surprised if no one else does either. Your negative thoughts about yourself send a signal throughout the world that others pick up on and respond accordingly. If you’re broadcasting the station “Depression 108.7” then others will treat you like you’re depressed.
But, when you believe in yourself and your potential, people pick up that signal, and they will treat you according to how they believe, you believe, you should be treated. Did you get that?
“A most important key to successful leadership is your ability to direct and challenge the very best that is in those whom you lead.” ~Anonymous
To be successful you must be a great leader. There’s probably nothing more difficult than being a great leader. It’s easy to be selfish, it’s easy to only be concerned with your needs, your wants and your desires. But to succeed you have to lead! You have to do what’s best for the people; you must bring the best out of those in whom you lead.
When you really lead, you will succeed.
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