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The A-E-I-O-U’s of Success: Increase Your Opportunities for Future Success



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You can only successfully make the sound of a vowel, specifically the A, E, I, O, and U sounds, when the vocal path is unobstructed. That’s what I want to help you do with your career: open the pathway to success. Whether you’re at the bottom of the totem pole or have reached a plateau in your current role, implementing the A-E-I-O-U’s of success into your everyday work-life will increase your opportunities for professional growth.

A is for Ask

Ask if there is anything else you can help with. Ask how you’re doing on a project or with a certain skill. Ask to be included in a meeting. Ask for more training. Your superiors won’t know you’re hungry for growth and interested in being more involved unless you ask to be. Even if you’ve decided this isn’t the particular company you want to be with long-term, getting more involved and learning all you can where you are will increase your experience and ability to manage similar tasks or situations in future roles. 

“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” – Tony Robbins

E is for Extend

Oftentimes, competitive industries expect their workers to “go the extra mile” in order to just be considered competent. To really stand out, you must extend beyond what is expected of you. Don’t just complete the task in front of you, go out of your way to make sure it’s done better than anyone else around you could have done it. Do background research. Be more thorough than you think you need to be. Leave zero doubts in the minds of your subordinates and superiors that you are capable of efficiently and effectively getting the job done. Once people see how far you can go, everyone else will come up short. 

I is for Initiative

Take initiative! If you see a need that isn’t being met, go meet it or bring it to the attention of someone who can. So many people in the workforce are just waiting their turn, but you won’t get ahead if you don’t take action. Do things without having to be asked—even minor things. If you see trash on the ground on a worksite, pick it up and throw it away. Those little gestures make an impact on those who are paying attention.

Taking initiative requires having a thorough understanding of your role and how it fits into the larger picture. If you’re not sure what your boundaries are and how far you’re allowed to go with this one, refer back to the letter “A”—ask. Your boss will be pleased that you’re showing interest. 

O is for Offer

Make yourself available when needed. Do not discriminate between work-related projects. Open yourself up for every opportunity, not just the opportunities that you suspect will be successful or glamourous. When there is an opportunity to come in early and help set up for a work event—jump at it! Making yourself available for the seemingly less desirable shifts, in addition to the exciting ones, demonstrates your willingness to grow and your dedication to the company.

Remember that everything builds experience. Smaller projects often teach skills that will be useful or give insight into bigger projects down the road. If your hand is the one that keeps shooting up to volunteer, eventually management will just start looking in your direction when they need someone to take the lead.

U is for Update

Keep your supervisors in the loop. Newbies to the workforce are often advised to communicate laterally to best accomplish tasks and work effectively within a team or office environment, but upward communication is equally as important. Update superiors on what you’ve accomplished, don’t make them guess. If there are some stats on a project that you’re proud of, send off a quick quip to your boss: “I thought you would like to know that Project A was successful in gaining more leads for the sales team!” Those simple updates let them know how you are managing the work they’ve assigned and keep your progress at the forefront of their mind. Making management aware of your progress builds their trust in you as an employee and reminds them how efficient of a worker you are. 

”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.” – Brian Tracy

And sometimes Y, too

Y is for YOU! Don’t be afraid to be friendly and show some personality. People want to be able to relate to those they work with every day. Come out from under your cloak of invisibility and establish a presence in the office. Be personable and initiate casual conversations at the water cooler. By allowing your coworkers to get to know you, and putting in the effort to get to know them, you become more than just “Bob who sits in the corner,” you become a trusted ally. The people working right beside you could be some of your greatest, untapped resources in growing professionally and learning more about the business you’re in. Go grab a seat next to them in the lunchroom and get to know them—teamwork makes the dream work! 

Vowels are the pillars upon which the English language rests. If you include the letter “y,” every word in the English language contains at least one vowel. They are versatile; their function changes according to their pairings with other letters and depending on the context in which they are being used. If you removed every vowel, from every word in this text, you might still be able to understand it, but it would take you at least twice as long to get through. Similar to the presence of vowels in a word, the use of the A-E-I-O-U pillars will clarify your purpose at work and move you quickly along, down the road to success in your career.

Jenna M. Angelo is a California, Bay Area native who graduated with a dual degree from California State University, Chico, and worked in professional sports for six years before deciding to become a content writer for hire. She writes feature articles and web content, specializing in travel, sports, community, and self-improvement. Jenna enjoys indulging in good food, getting lost in a great story, and spending as much time as possible outdoors. She loves getting to know new people so stop by her website or her social page @jmacontent and say hello!

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There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity



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In just a few weeks, we will be wrapping up 2023. Can you believe it? This year has been absolutely incredible for me.

I have seen amazing doors opened, new relationships formed and I am seeing dreams realized in my life. While this seems like the hallmarks of a great year, this has also been the most challenging year of my life. With all of the change happening in my life, I have been forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to grow in every area of my life.

I can truly say that I have made the most of my moments this year and I have used everything as a catalyst for maximizing my greatest potential.

As a revolutionary leader, I have the pleasure of consulting and advising leaders around the world to fulfill purpose, realize their greatest potential and make an impact.

I want to share some insights with you that will help you to break cycles of mediocrity and manifest your greatness

Everything legal must come through the matrix

I am sure that some of you are wondering why I am using the term matrix. However, what you have to understand is that I am trying to make a highly complex spiritual principle practical to understand.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, every life has an origin and I believe that origin is divine and begins with eternity. You are birthed from eternity and into time to fulfill a unique purpose and assignment in your lifetime and generation.

The matrix is simply the portal or vehicle that brings something out of the invisible realm and into tangible form. The problem with much of the teaching today is that it excludes the matrix. We are told to believe that success is instantaneous and overnight.

Nobody talks about how a dream progresses through stages beginning with visualization and ultimately culminating in manifestation. Without a matrix or portal then everything that you attempt to birth and build will be illegal.

The matrix not only makes you legal but it gives you the authority and power to function as the greatest expression of who you were created to be. 

Every matrix has an incubation process

While many people admire and respect me today, I remember a time when nobody knew who I was or the significance of my message. How did I get to where I am today? I got here through an incubation process.

In other words, everything that has been destined for your life is incubating and awaiting a set time of manifestation. The problem is that most people live their entire lives idle and never initiate the incubation process.

What do I meany by that? Most people are living reckless and very few people are living intentionally. I am amazed at the number of people I have conversations with that have no vision, goals or strategies for their lives. They show great promise and they have undeniable potential.

However, without development they will die with their dreams still in them.

Everything that has been destined for your life must be incubated and converted to become realities born to time. 

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

You must give expression to that which is not yet born to time

When you think about a matrix or a prophetic incubation process, you have to understand that potential is often unrealized and untapped. In other words, your potential is in raw form and your potential cannot serve you as long as it is untapped.

The thing that makes me valuable is that I have the ability to convert potential into power. I have done it in my own life and I have empowered leaders around the world to do the same. How do you convert potential into power?

First, it is important to note that you have to perceive potential. If you cannot perceive your potential then you can never cultivate your potential. In addition, you must take the time to cultivate your potential. We often get excited about our capabilities; however, we never expand our capacity in order to realize our greatest potential.

In other words, the strength of your potential is only discovered through your willingness to stretch. The more we are challenged the more we are empowered to expand our capacity for greatness. Most of all, you must begin to express your potential. The expression of potential is different for every person.

For example, the expression of my potential is best demonstrated through the thoughts, ideas, products, services, books, etc.

For another person the expression of potential may look like a screenplay, artwork, sports, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, etc.

Regardless of the form of expression, I know that you will live empty and unfulfilled until you make the decision to express your potential. The expression of your potential gives voice to your dreams, life to your vision, significance to your moments and activates your true power.

You must manifest your greatness

As a revolutionary thinker and leader, my work has impacted people around the world. I am grateful that my life is a source of empowerment to so many people. However, before anyone could ever benefit from my life, I had to make a non-negotiable decision to become who I was born to be.

I wish I could tell you that this journey is easy and that you will get there overnight. However, in a world that celebrates us for doing we are often criticized for being. As a result, I wasted a lot of time trying to be who other people wanted me to be instead of being who I was born to be.

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity. It is through our bravery to be vulnerable that we ultimately manifest our greatness. We do not bless the world by being a duplicate. We bless the world when we honor our difference. When you honor your difference you honor your potential.

Ultimately, your difference is how you manifest your greatness.

When you present anything but your authentic self to the world, you are playing small and you are robbing the world of your significance. Manifesting your greatness requires you to master your gifts.

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