The Success of a Snowball

The Success of a Snowball

At the start of your career? A career is created through a succession of efforts large and small, each one building momentum and substance. A snowball starts out as a single snowflake, like a single idea.  Combine that with more ideas, and know how, and inspiration and you’ve got yourself a snowball. Keep adding to that, and eventually the smallest snowball can grow to monumental size.  By becoming proficient in several areas, you can help that snowball grow as surely as by rolling it down a mountain.

 

Expand your learning

Once your career starts to accumulate some success and your snowball gets noticeably bigger, you may be inclined to let it roll down that mountain on its own. Of course, that would be a mistake. Without your constant attention, it could roll off a cliff, it could hit a tree and break apart, it could hit a relatively flat section and stop altogether. One of the best ways to keep that snowball on course is by consistently improving your skills. Learn new things. Expand your areas of knowledge, especially as they pertain to your career. Meet with experts in your field. Get inspired by them. Learn and take your career into new or different directions.

 

Don’t celebrate success by spending inordinate amounts of money

Even if you’re accumulating some wealth, it’s important not to get ahead of yourself by spending an expected income, or even spending to your current limits. You want to always be adding to that snowball to help it grow. Think about your future. Instead of spending, save. Let that money build on itself.

 

Force yourself out of your comfort zone

Your comfort zone is like a leveling off on the mountain. An area where there simply isn’t enough of a decline for the snowball to keep moving, and if it’s not moving, it’s not growing. People stay in their comfort zones because they get lazy, because they’re scared, because they’re comfortable. No great career is built by a lazy, scared, comfortable person. It’s built by someone willing to take chances, willing to try new things. Willing to fail in order to succeed.  According to Jacob Morgan writing for Forbes, getting out of your comfort zone is the best thing you can do for your career.

 

Beware of time thieves

Of course, you have a life outside of your business. If you don’t – get one! That being said, there are some things you can do with your free time that will lead to your betterment, while there are others that will in no way help. Have fun, enjoy physical activities, talk to interesting people, volunteer, initiate a community project. Putting your free time to good use makes you feel great. It invigorates you. Of course, you can still enjoy things like TV, but it’s one thing to enjoy your favorite television shows. It’s another thing altogether to lose yourself to the hypnotic pull of Netflix for four or five hours at a time on a regular basis. Despite the fact that it’s called free time, if you waste it, you can be sure you’re paying for it!

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A Couple Of Tips For Rising To Success

A Couple Of Tips For Rising To Success

As each of us strives to achieve the success we’re after, there are some days where we do great. And others where we fall short of our goals and aspirations.

 

To help those do-great days outnumber the less successful ones, here are a couple of things to keep at the top of your daily to-do list or on the first page of your journal.

 

If you want what few have, you’ll have to do what few will

 

We all say we want success, but when the alarm clock rings in the morning do we push the snooze button and try for another five minutes? Or do we jump out of bed ready to tear up the day?

 

When the choice is take that extra course or be satisfied with where you are what do you choose? What about working late? Or reading more books related to your goal?

As Vincent Van Gogh said, “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” Every time you choose your goals over an easier or more fun alternative you are doing what few will do. Choose long term success over short term gratification.

 

New habits can transform your life

Just about everything you do is based on some habit or other. What you do in the mornings, the route you take to work, how you feel about certain situations or people. Usually we do what we’ve always done because it’s easy to follow in the ruts of life we’ve created by doing the same things, thinking the same things over and over.

Is there something you could do, or a thought pattern you could change that would directly impact your life and career? Before automatically thinking change is impossible think about the possibilities.

How could you make that change? Make it one day, then make it again the next. New habits are not easy to form but they are entirely possible. Instead of following in your usual ruts, realize this is your life. One where it’s up to you to can create brand new tracks.

Learning To Take Criticism Well

Learning To Take Criticism Well

Whether you’re starting a new job or are a seasoned manager you will at some point – maybe many points, you will be on the receiving end of criticism of some sort. Most often the criticism is constructive, meant to help you improve some aspect of your job. It might be difficult to listen to, but taken from the right perspective those words of advice will teach you and help you get ahead.

It’s not personal

No matter how prepared you think you are, you cannot know everything going into a new job. There will be procedures you are unfamiliar with and you may end up on the receiving end of criticism. It’s important to recognize that just because someone is criticizing you that is not a reason to get your back up. Close down your defences and open up your ears.  It’s not personal. It’s not about you, it’s about what you’re doing or not doing. Someone is taking the time to explain how you can do something better or point out what isn’t working.

Use it to improve

Treat that criticism as advice. Instead of getting angry about it, learn from it. Absorb it and put what you were told into practice.

Ask questions

Sometimes you may not understand the point or intent of the criticism. You might be inclined to just gloss over it and let it pass rather than following up for more, but that will not help you improve. So if someone says, “Don’t do X like that.” Ask, “Could you please show me how to do it better?”

Treat the person addressing you with respect. Don’t try to blow them off or argue with them. Take the advice.

Remember the day will come when you will be required to offer some constructive criticism to the next person down the line. Life is a series of give and take. So give and take well.

Sales Killers

Sales Killers

Talking too much

You may believe it’s necessary to go on at length about the benefits and features of the product or service you’re selling. If you spend too much time talking without listening then you run the risk of creating the impression that you care more about your product than the person you’re speaking to.

 

Instead you want to get the person to talk about themselves and their situation so you can determine the best way of directing the discussion.

 

You may think piling on facts is a great way of putting your product or service in the best light but unless the information is relevant to the person you’re speaking to, rather than enhancing your presentation it detracts. Sales killers come in the form of too much talk.

Letting the person you’re speaking to have control of the conversation

The best way to take control of the conversation is by asking questions. By asking the right questions You get to know the person better, and are better able to direct them towards the conversation you want to have. Your answers to the questions you finally want to ask will establish you as an expert in regards to your product or service.

 

One size fits all sales pitch

The second you go into a standard sales pitch that you’ve perfected for anyone, you’ve already lost the vast majority of individuals. Standardized pitches are sales killers. Find out about the person you’re speaking to then tailor what you say to them.

 

Not being prepared

Always have everything you need to complete your presentation. You should never have to scramble for information regarding pricing, sample information, or answers to questions that may come up. Create a checklist of everything you need and ensure you have it at the start of each day. Even if you’ve talked about a product a thousand times, every time you talk about it with a new person you’re making a first impression all over again. Make it a great one!

 

Not asking for the sale

At the end of your presentation you always need to ask for some sort of commitment from the person you’re speaking to. Don’t worry about coming across as pushy, simply finish off in the confident, friendly way you’ve conducted the rest of your presentation.

What Makes You Happy?

What Makes You Happy?

“What makes you happy?” Should be an easy question. You know what makes you happy right? But as many of us know, it’s not always that easy. Sometimes when we’re down, we’re not sure how to get back up. If you feel like you’re not as happy as you should be, and you’re looking for ways to be happier, we’ve got some ideas to help put a smile on your face.

Be Generous

When you ask yourself, “How can I be happier?” you might assume the answer is about what you can do for you. However, when outlining his 10 tips for happiness, Pope Francis listed “Be giving of yourself to others” as number 2. Giving of your time and efforts for the benefit of others has a weird way of making you feel good.

Turn Off

Falling into the habit of being busy all the time leads to stress and fatigue. When we are constantly on the go, we don’t give ourselves time to decompress. “Have a habit of disengagement.” says Joel Gascoigne, CEO of Buffer. Everyday Joel goes for a walk in the evening to clear his mind and reboot. This gives him the time to work through things and find solutions to the day’s problems.

Surround Yourself with Positive People

Moods and attitudes have a way of rubbing off on those around them. If you find yourself in the company of people who are often negative and ornery, chances are you’ll slip in to the same mood. The same is true for surrounding yourself with happier, positive people. If you’re around happy people, slowly you’ll find you can’t help but smile.

Get Some Sleep

If you’re tired, remembering happy things is actually more difficult than remembering negative things. Being rested also helps with productivity and will improve your reaction to negative emotions.

Drink Water

Hydration is important. You’re about 60% water and maintaining your hydration is essential for a variety of reasons. Water carries nutrients and detoxifies the body. Drinking the right amount of water per day (about 8 glasses) keeps you from getting too irritable and helps you stay mentally alert.

 

If you take time to focus on your day-to-day well

Have You Thought About Teaching English Abroad?

Have You Thought About Teaching English Abroad?

Not quite sure what do to with your life? As an English speaker you have an opportunity to go abroad for a year or two, see some of the world and make extra money while you decide. And you don’t need a teaching degree to do it. There are courses you can take online or in person that will qualify you for the job. Tesol is one example.

 

Some places will pay your flight and board

Not only are you paying off your student loans and earning well, in some countries, Korea for example the school will pay for your flight, provide a place for you to stay and even give you access to a cafeteria where you can eat some meals for free.

 

If you choose to go to the Middle East you’ll probably start making more way more money than you ever expected from an overseas English teaching job

 

Don’t need to know local language

The other great thing about these jobs is, you don’t have to speak the local language to succeed. Once you’re certified, you’re ready to go!

 

Great on a resume

Not only are these jobs great for clearing out your student debt and getting a chance to explore the world, they also look great on a resume. They show off your ability to try new things, prove your adventurous spirit and determination.

 

For many people, the experience of teaching abroad is the experience of a lifetime!

Commonalities In Uncommon Success

Commonalities In Uncommon Success

Each successful person arrived at their success differently – obviously. Each individual brings his or her ideas, imagination, passions and particular objectives to their business. Richard Branson is not Bill Gates, is not Ariana Huffington, but those people along with all the other successful people out there do share a few common traits.

 

Unwavering conviction

Successful people are completely, 100% confident in what they’re doing. If other people think they’ve gone off the rails, even if they sometimes wonder if this thing they’re doing might just be the craziest thing they’ve ever thought of, they hold the course. They’re confident in their choices and they inspire that same confidence in others.

 

Inspire trust

You can have the greatest idea in the world but if other people don’t trust you you’re never going to get that idea off the ground. People don’t follow an idea, they follow other people. People who are uncommonly successful inspire trust. Others trust in their ideas, their instincts, and their vision. They choose to join in the effort to bring that vision to fruition.

 

Believe in the destination not in a particular road to get them there

Sometimes people get so caught up in the way they think something needs to get done, they lose sight of all the other ways of possibly doing it, or the fact that there might even be other ways. Successful people have no problem changing course. If something isn’t working they don’t waste time trying to make it work. Their eyes are on the final destination and they’re willing to consider all possible roads to get them there.

 

Instead of focusing on problems they focus on opportunities

When they don’t like the way things are, most people complain or try and find work arounds. It’s uncommon to look at a problem and see it as an opportunity, but that’s what the uncommonly successful do. They see the problem as an opportunity to change things for the better. By solving a problem for themselves they’re solving that same problem at large.

 

Willing to go the distance

Starting something new can be a long, drawn out process. Success might not happen for years. There will be failures. There will be terrible days or weeks, maybe months – enough to make most people give up. There’s the difference between common people and uncommon people. The uncommon ones keep going anyway. They keep on taking risks, they continue believing in themselves and what they’re doing and the team they’ve surrounded themselves with. They change what they need to change, see the opportunities in problems and persist.