” Courtesy of Leadership Freak”
The pain foolish leaders inflict on teams and organizations is tragic. (The damage foolish leaders cause warrants the uncomfortable term.) But there’s exciting news.
“By Travis Bradberry, Business Guru Club”
Having close access to ultra-successful people can yield some pretty incredible information about who they really are, what makes them tick, and, most importantly, what makes them so successful and productive.
“By Dan Rockwell, Leadership Freak”
“It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.” Albert Einstein
You can be loved, respected, successful, and appreciated, but still feel like you’re swinging the sword alone
It’s normal to feel alone. It’s the pattern that weakens your knees and crushes your spirit.
“By Michael Hyatt, of MichaelHyatt.com”
There’s an instructive scene in the Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back. Yoda is instructing Luke Skywalker in how to use the Force. He asks Luke to retrieve his disabled spaceship out of a bog where it has sunk, using only his mind.
“Honest feedback is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.” ~ Franklin P. Jones
I once found myself needing to find new employment. The situation that I was leaving had been complex, to say the least, and I worried that perceptions of failure would dog me as I sought new opportunities.
As part of the interview process, I met with an organization’s chief executive, who would have been my direct supervisor. After interviewing in person, he took the time to try to research my situation to determine whether I would be an asset to him. Soon after our meeting, he called me to say that he had spoken with people familiar with my performance and was prepared to hire me now that he better understood my “blind spots.”
“By Molly Page, of Thin Difference”
One of the toughest lessons I ever learned was that my business won’t fall apart when I go on vacation. It was a blow to my self-esteem to realize that I could step away from my desk and, more importantly, from my email inbox for a week and the world would keep on turning.
During my first few years as a freelancer, I was reluctant to leave my work at home when I took a trip. The nature of my job meant that I was able to work remotely, so I did. I scaled back but remained accessible. I juggled work and play on the road. I mistakenly believed it was better for my growing business and my bank account to turn my vacations into business trips. I was wrong, and it took a wicked case of burnout to convince me it was time to step away.
Are We Too Valuable to Take Time Off?
“by Bill Murphy Jr. of Inc, https://www.themuse.com”
Success is an interesting word. The dictionary says it’s “the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame,” but dig a little deeper and you’ll find that it means different things to different people.
Truly successful people understand that success in life includes many factors. There’s success in financial and career goals, sure—but also success in relationships, avocations, spirituality, legacy, and even success simply finding enjoyment.
Here are 12 things that truly successful people do every single day because they realize that, like excellence, achieving success in not an act but a habit.
1. They Give Themselves a Break
True success is a long-term game. We all have good days and not-so-good ones. So when the truly successful fall short (as we all do in some ways, every day), these kinds of people don’t get too down about it. They take pride in the fact that they’re only human and remember that tomorrow will be here soon enough.
2. They Ask Questions—and Listen to the Answers
Did you hear the one about the person who achieved great success by himself? (No, you didn’t—because it never happens that way.) Truly successful people understand that there’s always somebody more knowledgeable or experienced than they are, and they seek out his or her counsel, advice, and wisdom. Added bonus: They pay attention to the answers.
3. They Find Something to Laugh About
They don’t have to be comedians, but truly successful people understand that life is beautiful—and as it happens, hilarious. As a wise man once said: Life’s too mysterious; don’t take it serious.
4. They Seek Out New Things to Learn
Truly successful people understand that the second they stop learning, they’ll stop growing and being successful. More than that, however, they seek out knowledge and the opportunity to learn new things for its own sake.
5. They Look for Opportunities to Give Without Expectation
Part of true success is about having positive, rewarding relationships; another part is about contributing to the world and leaving a legacy. Both of these goals are elevated by actively looking for chances to help other people. Successful people understand that the rewards they ultimately receive are usually greater than what they’ve given—although that’s truly not their motivation.
6. They Seek Out Chances to Express Gratitude
People generally like to be acknowledged and thanked for their contributions. The truly successful among us understand this—and they make an effort to let others know they are appreciated.
7. They Screw Up and Acknowledge It
This is related to simply giving themselves a break. Truly successful people understand that the road to success is normally littered with failures. Nobody likes coming up short, but the most successful people among us own their mistakes, and move forward.
8. They See Things From Other People’s Perspectives
Empathy is the lifeblood of great relationships. Truly successful people understand that to get along with others, you must work to understand their perspectives.
9. They Forgive—and Mostly Forget
Life is too short to hold grudges. Successful people recognize a simple equation: Time spent on being angry about the past equals time you can’t spend focused on the present—or the future.
10. They Add to Their Plate
Bring it on, truly successful people say—new life challenges, new experiences, new opportunities for growth.
11. They Give Up on Some Things
Adding new things to your life often means less time available for other things. Successful people know this, and they make the tough calls to cut the fat, to make room for the newer ones.
12. They Spend Time With the People They Care About
You can achieve a lot in life—and yet miss out on what living is really all about. Hint: The answers will come to you from your interactions with the people you love.