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3 Types of people that are destined to succeed at almost anything

3 Types of people that are destined to succeed at almost anything

Before you keep on reading this article, I have to be honest with you. We live in a modern world where people crave for instant success, want a better body, better relationships, more money and three easy steps to get it all.

So, if you are looking for some silly step-by-step guides on how to earn more money and become super successful overnight, this is not that kind of article. I’m not going to tell you at what time you should get up in the morning, or how many books you should read per week, or which habits you should develop to become successful. NOPE.

Becoming successful is not easy at all, and it does not happen fast.

You have to earn it. You have to sweat like a pig and work really hard to get what you want in life, because the journey is exhausting and the day-to-day is boring. If you study the lives of successful people, you know what I’m talking about.

You can’t ignore the huge amount of hard work and effort they’ve put in their ideas, projects and start up since day one. Their journey to success has not been an overnight sensation, but it has been tedious and lonely because it actually takes a lot of time to reach the level of success that you truly desire.

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Therefore, if you’re launching your business into an emerging market, don’t expect waking up next day with millions in sales. If you’re an athlete don’t expect to win a gold medal without pushing your body every day, exercising and eating healthy. If you’re a broke college drop-out don’t expect that the first man in a suit will loan you a million dollar.

The true path to financial, personal and professional success, for people starting from scratch, is about having an idea, working on that idea really hard, making the “right” choices (or at least what you think is right in that moment) every single day, and being so unique in what you do that no one else or computer or robots can replace you.

Don’t follow diligently and meticulously someone’s manual or guide to success, because the truth is that success is personal, individual and relative. The best thing you can do is to take notes, get inspired and listen to the advice from the ones who have already achieved your goal.

Those who have already accomplished great things in life, did so by working hard, being creative and innovative.

You must learn and absorb new information like a sponge from:

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1. Visionary people.

People like Galileo, Michael Jackson, John Lenon, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Oprah, Beyoncé, J.K.Rowling are just few of the many men and women who have challenged dogmas, opened windows into worlds we didn’t even know existed, studied the unseen, accomplished the “impossible”, innovated entire industries and exhorted the masses to have a vision greater than their circumstances.

The goal of visionary people is not to make money, impress crowds, hang out with other celebrities, or to be powerful. They want to dramatically change the world, help the planet and improve the way we live via innovative ideas, products and visions.

Visionary people share their passions, enthusiasm and vision with the world and let other talented minds join in their grand and audacious endeavours. A great example is Elon Musk, a man who not only wants to build a human colony on mars, but he also wants to make travel faster and greener with electric cars (Tesla Motors).

Thus, be a visionary entrepreneur, challenge paradigms and fuel your life with big dreams and vision, because with an idea, determination, and the right tools you can do great things.

2. Creative Geniuses

Creativity is part of what makes us human and it separates us from each other. Those who follow their creative hunches and curiosity make a conscious effort to introduce change into their lives and put themselves in situations in which they’re more likely to experience the unexpected.

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Creative people are not afraid to face uncertainty and fail multiple times because they know that everything is part of the creative process. Creativity is the force that drives the human spirit in unknown territories and let us imagine, invent, create and communicate in fresh and unique ways.

Whether you want to write a book, paint your emotions on a canvas, design the home of the future and user-friendly apps, make music, or write a new equation that will show the existence of multiple dimensions, YOU MUST embrace your inner creative genius and “think outside the box”, because those who do, will lead the future and make extraordinary things happen.

Give your creativity a voice and your life will be filled with joy and a sense of completeness.

3. Lifelong-learner

The one thing that every successful person has in common is that they never stop learning. They constantly master new skills whenever they need to grow their business and improve any idea, product or service.

Some of the most successful people are college drop-out and learned all by themselves how to build thriving businesses, innovate entire industries and create revolutionary technologies without any formal education. Brilliant minds such as Nikola Tesla, John D. Rockefeller, William Shakespeare, The Wright Brothers, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Rachael Ray, Hilary Swank, Coco Chanel and many many others are the proof that a driven personality always finds a way to get his idea out into the wild world by teaching themselves what they needed to know.

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So, if you want to stay competitive in today’s job market and potentially earn more money, you need to become an autodidact. Don’t kill a dream or an idea just because you don’t know how to do something. Never think that you have to get into debt to learn how to do that something. Knowledge is everywhere and especially thanks to the internet you can even learn how to build things and live like a primate in the middle of nowhere just by watching Youtube videos.

If you just accept the world as it is without trying to learn new things and push your own boundaries, you will never achieve your biggest goals and become successful. Therefore, open your mind, read more, travel, subscribe to newsletters, watch documentaries, ask questions, take free or paid online courses…just get curious.

The very moment you shift your paradigms and incorporate these qualities into your daily life, you’ll finally give your life meaning and direction, so that one day you will wake up and realize: “Holy cow! I‘m exactly where I’m meant to be!

Now go out there and make something!

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Published on January 16, 2019

How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

We’re all busy, but sometimes we go through periods where the work piles up and it seems like it might never end.

You might have such a heavy workload that it feels too intimidating to even start.

You may have said yes to some or too many projects, and now you’re afraid you won’t be able to deliver.

That’s when you need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and start looking at what’s working and what’s not working.

Here’re 13 strategies you can use to get out from under your overwhelming workload:

1. Acknowledge You Can’t Do It All

Many of us have a tendency to think we can do more than we actually can. We take on more and more projects and responsibility and wear numerous hats.

We all have the opportunity to have and take on more work than we can reasonably expect to get done. Unfortunately, our workload is not static. Even now, while you are reading this article, I’m guessing that your inbox is filling up with fresh new tasks.

To make real, effective progress, you have to have both the courage and resourcefulness to say, “This is not working”. Acknowledge that you can’t do it all and look for better solutions.

At any given time in your life, there are likely many things that aren’t going according to plan. You have to be willing to be honest with yourself and those around you about what’s not working for you, both personally and professionally.

The more you exercise your ability to tell the truth about what’s working and what’s not working, the faster you’ll make progress.

2. Focus on Your Unique Strengths

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a leader or working as part of a team, every individual has unique strengths they can bring to the table.

The challenge is that many people end up doing things that they’re simply not very good at.

In the pursuit of reaching your goals or delivering a project, people end up doing everything themselves or taking on things that don’t play to their unique strengths. This can result in frustration, overwhelm and overwork.

It can mean projects taking a lot longer to complete because of knowledge gaps, or simply not utilizing the unique strengths of other people you work with.

It is often not about how to complete this project more effectively but who can help deliver this project.

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So, what are your unique strengths that will ensure your workload is delivered more effectively? Here’re some questions to help you reflect:

  • Are you a great strategist?
  • Are you an effective planner?
  • Is Project Management your strength?
  • Is communication and bringing people together your strength?
  • Are you the ideas person?
  • Is Implementation your strength?

Think about how you can bring the biggest value to your work and the projects you undertake.

3. Use the Strengths of Your Team

One of the simplest ways to manage your workload effectively is to free up your time so you bring your highest level of energy, focus and strengths to each project.

Delegation or better teamwork is the solution.

Everyone has unique strengths. It’s essential to think teamwork rather than working in isolation to ensure projects can be completed effectively. Besides, every time you give away a task or project that doesn’t play to your unique strengths, you open up an opportunity to do something you’re more talented at. This will empower both yourself and those around you.

Rather than taking on all the responsibilities yourself, look at who you can work with to deliver the best results possible.

4. Take Time for Planning

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”. – Abraham Lincoln

One hour of effective planning could save hours of time. Rather than just rushing in and getting started on projects, take the time to map everything in.

You can take the time to think about:

  • What’s the purpose of the project?
  • How Important is it?
  • When does it need to be delivered by?
  • What is the best result and worst result for this project?
  • What are the KPIs?
  • What does the project plan and key milestones look like?
  • Who is working on this project?
  • What is everyone’s responsibilities?
  • What tolerances can I add in?
  • What are the review stages?
  • What are the challenges we may face and the solutions for these challenges?

Having absolute clarity on the project, the project deliverables and the result you want can save a lot of time. It also gets you clear on the priorities and timelines, so you can block out the required amount of time to focus and concentrate.

5. Focus on Priorities

Not everything is a priority, although it can often feel, in the moment, that it is.

Whatever you’re working on, there is always the Most Urgent, Important or Most Valuable projects or tasks.

One tool you can use to maximize your productivity and focus on your biggest priorities is to use the Eisenhower Matrix. This strategic tool for taking action on the things that matter most is simple. You separate your actions based on four possibilities:

  1. Urgent and important (tasks you will do immediately).
  2. Important, but not urgent (tasks you will schedule to do later).
  3. Urgent, but not important (tasks you will delegate to someone else).
  4. Neither urgent nor important (tasks that you will eliminate).

James Clear has a great description on how to use the Eisenhower Matrix: How to be More Productive By Using the Eisenhower Box

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    The method I use with my coaching clients is to ask them to lay out their Top Five priorities for the day. Then to start with the most important priority first. At the end of the day, you review performance against these priorities.

    If you didn’t get everything accomplished, start the next day with your number one priority.

    If you are given additional task/projects during the day, then you will need to gauge their importance V the other priorities.

    6. Take Time Out

    To stay on top of a heavy workload, it’s important to take time out to rest and recuperate.

    If your energy levels are high and your mind and body is refreshed and alert, you are in more of a peak state to handle a heavy workload.

    Take time out of your day to go for a walk or get some exercise in. Leave early when possible and spend time with people who give you a lot of energy.

    In the background, it’s essential to get a good night’s sleep and eat healthily to sharpen the mind.

    Take a look at this article learn about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

    7. Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

    Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be tough. The balance we all crave is very different from one another.

    I’ve written before about 13 Work Life Balance Tips for a Happy and Productive Life. Working longer and harder doesn’t mean achieving more, especially if you have no time to spend with the people that matter most. The quality of who you are as a person, the relationships you have, the time you spend in work, deciding on what matters most is completely within your control.

    Work-life balance is about finding peace within yourself to be fully present, wherever you are, whether that be in the office or at home, right now. It’s about choosing what matters most and creating your own balanced life.

    If you feel there is not enough balance, then it may be time to make a change.

    8. Stop Multitasking

    Multi-tasking is a myth. Your brain simply can’t work effectively by doing more than one thing at a time—at least more than one thing that requires focused attention.

    So get your list of priorities (see earlier point), do the most important thing first, then move to the next item and work down your list.

    When you split your focus over a multitude of different areas, you can’t consistently deliver a high performance. You won’t be fully present on the one task or project at hand.

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    If you allocate blocked time and create firm boundaries for specific activities and commitments, you won’t feel so overwhelmed or overworked with everything you have to do.

    9. Work in Blocks of Time

    To keep your energy up to produce your best results it’s essential to take regular breaks.

    I use the 60-60-30 method myself and teach it to my coaching clients.

    Work on a project for a sustained period of 50 minutes.

    Then take a 10-minute break. This could be taking a walk, having a healthy snack or just having a conversation with someone.

    Then continue to work on the project for a further 50 minutes.

    Then take another 10-minute break.

    Then take a complete 30-minute break to unplug from the work. This could be time for a proper lunch, a quick bit of exercise, reading or having a walk.

    By simply taking some time out, your energy levels stay up, the quality of your work improves and you reduce the risk of becoming burned out.

    10. Get Rid of Distractions

    Make an estimation on how many times you are distracted during an average working day. Now take that number and multiply it by 25. According to Gloria Mark in her study on The Cost of Interrupted Work, it takes us an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to return to the original task after interruption.[1]

    “Our research has shown that attention distraction can lead to higher stress, a bad mood and lower productivity.”

    Distractions don’t just take up your time during the distraction, they can derail your mental progress and focus for almost 25 minutes. So, if you are distracted 5 times per day, you could be losing almost 2 hours every day of productive work and almost 10 hours every week.

    If you have an important project to work on, find a space where you won’t be distracted, or try doing this.

    11. Commit Focused Time to Smaller Tasks

    You know sometimes, you need to simply tackle these tasks and take action on them. But there’s always something more pressing.

    Small tasks can often get in the way of your most important projects. They sit there on your daily To Do list but are often forgotten about because of more important priorities or because they hold no interest for you. But they take up mental energy. They clutter your mind.

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    Commit to spending a specific period of time completing all the small tasks you have on your To Do list. It will give you peace of mind and the space to focus more on your bigger priorities.

    12. Take a Time Audit

    Do you know exactly where your time is going each day? Are you spending too long on certain projects and tasks to the detriment of bigger opportunities?

    Spend a bit of time to analyze where you are spending your time. This insight will amaze you and give you the clarity to start adjusting where you focus your time and on what projects.

    You can start by taking a piece of paper and creating three columns:

    Column A is Priority Work. Column B is Good Work. Column C is low value work or stuff.

    Each day, write down the project or task and the time spent on each. Allocate that time to one of the columns.

    At the end of the week, record the total time spent in each column.

    If you are spending far too much time on certain types of work, look to change things so your focused time is in Column B and C.

    13. Protect Your Confidence

    It is essential to protect our confidence to ensure we don’t get overwhelmed, stressed and lose belief.

    When you have confidence as a daily resource, you are in a better position to problem solve, learn quicker, respond to anything, adjust to anything, and achieve your biggest opportunities.

    Confidence gives you the ability to transform fear into focused and relaxed thinking, communication, and action. This is key to put your mind into a productive state.

    When confidence is high, you can clearly see the possibilities at hand and create strategies to take advantage of them, or to solve the challenges you face each day.

    Final Words

    A heavy workload can be tough to deal with and can cause stress, burnout and ongoing frustration.

    The key is to tackle it head on, rather than let it go on and compound the long-term effects. Hopefully, you can take action on at least one of these tips.

    If it gets too much, and negatively affects your physical and mental health, it may be time to talk to someone. Instead of dealing with it alone and staying unhappier, resentful and getting to a point where you simply can’t cope, you have to make a change for your own sanity.

    Featured photo credit: Hannah Wei via unsplash.com

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