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The Important Role Humility Plays In Your Success

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For those of us who are drawn to the pursuit of success, it’s common to look forward to the ego-boost that comes when we achieve our goals and other people notice. None of us are immune to that good feeling that comes when others admire the work we’ve done. The problem with striving for that ego-boost is that a lack of humility often gets in the way of success.

Too many people worry that having humility leads to people looking down on you. They’re afraid that they won’t get the respect from others that they hope for and this will inhibit success. This couldn’t be further from the truth, however, some of the most successful people to have ever lived were also some of the most humble. Here’s how humility helped them achieve their goals:

You’re Able to Count On Those Around You

Nelson Mandela had some of the most impactful accomplishments the world has ever seen. He was able to bring about the end of apartheid in South Africa, serve as president of South Africa, and create a charity focusing on combating poverty and HIV. Mandela was known for his ever-present humility. 

Mandela once said, “Humility is one of the most important qualities which you must have, because if you make people realize that you are no threat to them, then people will embrace you.” Mandela understood better than anyone that no one can accomplish their goals alone. You’ll need help to achieve success.

The best way to find people who can help you accomplish your goals is to treat others with the utmost respect. Without humility, it’s difficult to find people who will remain loyal to you and your cause. While you may think your bravado will impress others, it will likely make them feel less connected to you. Skip the arrogant mannerisms and show the people you work with that you truly respect them. 

“Have more humility. Remember you don’t know the limits of your own abilities. Successful or not, if you keep pushing beyond yourself, you will enrich your own life–and maybe even please a few strangers.” – A.L. Kennedy

Your Mind Is Always Open to New Ideas

Anyone hoping to achieve success must have an open mind. The path to success is not always simple or straightforward. It’s important to remain open to new ideas, so you can find innovative ways to reach your goals. Arrogance is often an obstacle to open-mindedness. Too many people are so certain they understand how to reach their goals, they don’t try any other creative options. This is a huge mistake. 

It’s imperative that you have a sense of humility in your plans as you work towards a goal. You have to understand that you may need to course-correct at some point, and that is okay. It doesn’t mean you didn’t plan well; it simply means you are working towards a challenging and rewarding purpose. 

Costas Polycarpou, founder of leading building management and construction company, Polyteck, spoke about this concept. Said Polycarpou, “When I started my company in 2005, we didn’t necessarily know how big it would become. We were hopeful we’d achieve success, but we knew we’d have to remain open to new ideas while expanding and seeking the best opportunities. This mindset helped us grow to current revenues in excess of 30 million pounds.”

You Think First About Your Goals — Not Yourself

Twentieth-Century British author, C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.” A lot of us are caught in the habit of thinking about how others will perceive us and trying to control that perception. 

When people learn to be humble, however, they free up a lot of time and energy because their thoughts aren’t taken up by this non-productive habit. With all that extra time and energy, you’ll be able to focus your thoughts on how to further your goals and solve any problems that arise along the way.

Problem-solving on the path to success takes creativity and complex thinking. You have to have a clear brain to do this, so don’t fill your mind with irrelevant thoughts centered on your ego. It’s likely that when you stop worrying about whether or not others see you the way you’d like to be seen, you’ll end up becoming more likable anyway. 

You’re Able to Recognize When You’re Wrong

Although failure is a fear for many people when pursuing success, it’s actually an important part of the process. People often learn more from their failures than from their successes. Accepting failure and learning from it requires some humility, though. You must be able to admit you were wrong, in order to learn how to improve in the future. 

Not being able to admit fault is one of the most common obstacles to get in the way of success. Humble people know that no one is perfect, though, and mistakes are inevitable. This allows these people to not only learn from mistakes but also act boldly to pursue new things.

If you are so afraid of people seeing you fail that you avoid ambitious pursuits, you’ll never be able to achieve ambitious things. You have to accept that sometimes people are going to see you get it wrong, but you’ll be able to try again until you get it right.

Imran Tariq is a #1 Best Selling Author, Member of the Forbes Agency Council as well as the CEO Of Webmetrix Group. Imran has been featured on many major publications such as USA Today and Entrepreneur, as well as being interviewed on National TV such as CNN & CNBC. He currently lives in Florida and spends his free time with his wife Aimee and their 3 cats. You can connect with Imran on his LinkedIn account here.

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7 Ways to Share Your Story on Social Media

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Content marketing is “A type of marketing that involves the creation and sharing of online material (such as videos, blogs, and social media posts) that does not explicitly promote a brand but is intended to stimulate interest in its products or services”. In other words, explicit marketing is simply saying “buy my stuff!” whereas content marketing is the art of persuading people to do so through storytelling. (more…)

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10 Tips to Deal With Negativity While Starting a Business

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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Defining Your Own Success: A Step by Step Guide

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Everyone wants success in their lives, but success can be defined in so many different ways that it can sometimes seem daunting. In this blog post, you will learn how to make success easier for yourself by defining what success means to you. (more…)

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5 Characteristics of Athletes You Need for Business Success

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Michigan State basketball coach, Tom Izzo, wrote “Players play. Tough players win.” I would add to that, “It’s tough to win.”I think if you, as a leader, are looking to build an organization that is successful – that wins – you first have to accept that it will be tough. There are no shortcuts to success. In my 44 years of coaching, I was fortunate to coach a lot of tough players. I believe the toughness I have seen in athletes corresponds well to any organization or business. (more…)

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