Most people agree that today’s technology is (for the most part) making life simpler, allowing us more time for other things and ultimately giving us a wealth of opportunities to have more comfortable lives. While we can sometimes feel like throwing our computers out the window, can you imagine how we ever functioned without Facebook, cloud computing or iEverything?
Today’s technology can certainly have a positive impact when it comes to things such as productivity and communications, but what is rarely highlighted is how much it teaches us about success.
Here’s what today’s top tech trends can teach us about how to live successful lives.
What Today’s Tech Can Teach Us About Success
iOS vs. Android vs. Windows – Identify Your Belief System
While the war wages on which mobile operating system/platform is the best, with some people going to great lengths to convince you theirs is better, have you taken the time to pick your belief system (i.e., the actual set of precepts from which you live your daily life)? Mahatma Gandhi said, “Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” So if our destiny is determined by our beliefs, just as a building is only as strong as its foundation, what are the beliefs that govern your life? I’m not pushing my beliefs on you, but for the sake of reference, here are a couple of mine:
- I am worthy and capable of success in all areas of my life (based on 3 John 2)
- Whatever I want more of in my life I must first give (based on Galatians 6:7-9)
- “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” ~ Napoleon Hill
Big Data – Assess Your Current Habits & Results
Companies of all sizes are looking to harness the unprecedented power of their data to not only model the effects of past managerial decisions on the bottom line, but also predict and plan for upcoming issues as well. Why wouldn’t we do the same as individuals?
Everyone knows that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results, but how many of us have stopped and thought about what we’ve done in the last month, year or 5 years and where we want to be 5 years from now? Once you know where you are and where you want to be, all it takes is finding a vehicle to get you there (if you don’t already have one that will get you there in your timeframe) and putting in the consistent work until you arrive at your goal or destination.
Outsourcing – Focus on Your Strengths
To retain focus on their own product development and core competencies, many companies recognize that outsourcing can be an effective and economical way to manage certain business processes. Successful people do the same thing – they focus on their trade and their strengths.
Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton’s Now, Discover Your Strengths book proposes this approach: focus on enhancing your strengths rather than eliminating your weaknesses. Otherwise, you will be clawing your way up to average. Nobody pays for average, but people will fly from all over the world and pay good money to see excellence. Everybody does a lot of things badly, or even average, but everyone can be excellent at something. The trick is to find that something.
Apps – Don’t Wait for An Opportunity. Create it
Apple’s trademark phrase “There’s an App for that” symbolizes the idea that where there is a problem, there are application solutions to solve it. If, for some reason there isn’t an app, then there are dozens of app development services and sites that enable you to create your own. The same goes for life – we can’t sit around complaining about what we don’t have or what someone hasn’t given us – we must go out there and create it.
As honest Abe Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict the future, is to create it.” If you have a problem or see an opportunity, go after it!
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Control Your Environment
Improving your language skills is all about constant practice. Living in an English-speaking community is the first thing you should do to start your practice. It might be tempting to surround yourself with people who already speak a familiar language. However, this way, you won’t be practicing English on a daily basis.
You need to make those lessons almost intuitive in a way that you don’t have to do anything to learn the language. If you live in an English-speaking community, for example, if your roommate speaks English, you will have to practice the language, whether you want it or not.
Still, make sure you don’t take it too far. Taking care of yourself is still as important as ever. Feeling like an alien for the sake of education is not worth it. Remember to keep in touch with your friends and family, talk to them as often as necessary.
Practicing language is not just about doing your homework. You can make practicing English a normal part of your daily routine by watching TV, listening to music, and reading books in this language.
Yet, this is a bit tricky. When being surrounded by white noise, people tend to learn not to notice it. You need to ensure this doesn’t happen. As you watch movies or read books, maintain your attention on what you’re doing. If you hear or see a word that you don’t understand – translate it and write it down. Be mindful and remember what you’re doing this for.
Writing Is The Answer
If you want to specifically learn to write, you need to do one thing, and that is to write. Continuous practice will help you understand what mistakes you often make and, in time, eliminate them. Focus on your goal, and don’t get discouraged when something’s not working. After all, even Rome wasn’t built in a day!
Get a journal and write in it daily. Pick a new topic every time and note everything you can think of. It’s also important that you write by hand, a spelling checker in your computer is tempting, but it will not help you remember how to spell words correctly.
Besides, journaling as a habit has multiple health benefits, and it can be therapeutic. It can help you get in touch with yourself and process your emotions better.
Learn In a Group
It’s proven that learning in a group is more efficient due to the sense of competition. Find a bunch of like-minded people who want to study with you or join an already existing one, like a speaking club.
The benefit of such activities is that you get all these people from entirely different backgrounds who are all good at various things. This will help you exchange experiences, which is impossible if you’re alone.
Schedule regular meetings, come up with topics to discuss and activities to do. You could watch videos or movies together, or talk about common things. Having assignments like describing an event can also be beneficial for the entire group. This way, while one person speaks, the rest think about how they would say the same things differently.
This will help you feel more confident in your skills and, consequently, speak and write better.
The most important thing about learning a language is not to be afraid of making mistakes. It’s inevitable; you just have to take it as a natural part of a learning process.
A child that is learning how to walk doesn’t give up after falling once, and you shouldn’t either. It’s most likely that your friends understand that you’re just learning a language, and they won’t laugh at you for misusing a word or a few.
Get over that fear of error and make as many mistakes as it will take. Treat it lightly, and don’t beat yourself up for it. On the other hand, try to attend as many events as you can that will expose you to the foreign language. Not only will it boost your English skills, but also improve your social confidence!
Learning a language is hard; there’s no arguing about that. However, it’s going to get easier with time. Take every hard thing that life throws at you and turn it into a lesson.
Watch your favorite movies in English, converse with native speakers, and you’ll see the improvement very soon!
Remember to be patient about it. Don’t give up, and don’t beat yourself up over something that you have so little control of. Good luck!
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