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10 Keys To Success: Stop Looking For It And Get To Work

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One of the problems with a lot of success advice is that it’s entirely too cerebral. You’re told to visualize success, to get organized for success, and prepare for success.

There just isn’t a lot of action in that advice. Henry David Thoreau once said that “Success comes to people who are too busy to look for it.” This means that it takes action to become successful.

Here are ten keys to success for people who are ready to take action:

1. Give your goals at least an hour each day

Whatever you are trying to accomplish, if it is important enough to you, you will find a way to dedicate at least an hour each day towards accomplishing that goal. Get up an hour earlier. Go to bed an hour later. Say no to happy hour. Eat lunch at your desk. It will be difficult at first, but once you get into a rhythm, you will feel out of sorts if you don’t get your hour in.

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

2. Find out who can help you and reach out to them

As you begin working to achieve your goals, identify the people who are willing and able to help you. Then, get over any awkwardness, apprehension, or shyness that you might feel, and make contact with them. More often than not, people who are in a position to help or mentor somebody else are proud to be asked. The worst thing that can happen to you is a terse no. The best thing that can happen to you is that the person you reach out to goes over and above to help you get to where you want to be.

 

3. Turn off the television set

Yes, this is symbolic. You can television with smartphone, laptop, Xbox, etc.. The point is this. There is absolutely nothing wrong with watching television or playing video games as long as you keep it in check. If you are actively engaged and interested in a tv show, for example, that’s fine. Unfortunately, so many people spend hours in front of screens watching things or playing things when they aren’t even that interested. Pay attention to the number of hours you spend each week staring at screens doing absolutely nothing. Then, figure out how to replace at least half of those hours doing something productive.

 

4. Invest in yourself

Nobody is more interested in your success than you are. So, why aren’t you investing more in your own success? What do you need to achieve your goals? Is it equipment, education, or training? Don’t wait for an employer or anybody else to hand that to you. Make that happen for yourself.

Take a class on the internet. Read a book. Start a project at home and work through it. Join a professional association so that you gain insights and networking opportunities. Pay your own way to a conference or convention related to your chosen field

“Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.”  – Bo Bennett

5. Start working out

Even if your success goals have absolutely nothing to do with fitness, you should seriously consider adding working out to your daily roster. When you schedule and stick to a regular workout schedule, several things happen. First, you add one more thing to your list of positive accomplishments, and one positive accomplishment tends to follow the other.

In addition to that, you also boost your fitness and energy levels.  You will need this to put in extra hours and expend the extra energy required to move forward. Finally, you will literally improve your ability to focus and concentrate.

 

6. Resign from the water cooler club

Every workplace has a location where the employees gather to gossip and discuss weekend plans. Sometimes this is near the water cooler. In other cases it’s in a break room or around a particularly social person’s cubicle. If you are a regular presence in any of these places, stop it.

There’s a reason why you never see managers or executives in these places, and it isn’t because they are setting an example. It’s because they either have something better to do, or they find something better to do.

 

7. Create a project and lead it to success

One of the best ways to make a great impression on the job is to identify a problem, develop a solution, create a proposal, present it, and then lead the resulting project to a successful conclusion.

Even with a small idea, you can prove your ability to solve problems, manage a team, persuade people with a great presentation, and ensure that everything goes off without any issue.

 

8. Eliminate your barriers to success

Take an evening to sit down and have a long and honest conversation with yourself. What you want to do is come up with a list of everything and every person who is for any reason coming between you and your chance at success. Then, look at that list and figure out what you are going to do about it.

 

9. Write it down at the end of the day

Before you go to bed each evening, write down everything that you have done to gain ground on the goals that you have set. Then, ask yourself if it was enough. If not, make plans to do more the next day.

 

10. Start all over again

Every time you achieve a goal, find a way to celebrate your accomplishment. Then, think of the next thing that you want to accomplish and start working on that next. Never let yourself stagnate.

Always remember that the keys to success involve doing. If you want to become a successful person, stop thinking about it. Put one foot in front of the other and make it happen.

Which actions are you going to take to become successful?Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Kerry Creaswood - a young and ambitious writer from Savannah, GA. She is fond of various forms of art and thinks that everything we can imagine is real. To find more about Kerry - check her Twitter or blog.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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