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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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The Productivity Paradox: What Is It And How Can We Move Beyond It?

The Productivity Paradox: What Is It And How Can We Move Beyond It?

It’s a depressing adage we’ve all heard time and time again: An increase in technology does not necessarily translate to an increase in productivity.

Put another way by Robert Solow, a Nobel laureate in economics,

“You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.”

In other words, just because our computers are getting faster, that doesn’t mean that that we will have an equivalent leap in productivity. In fact, the opposite may be true!

New York Times writer Matt Richel wrote in an article for the paper back in 2008 that stated, “Statistical and anecdotal evidence mounts that the same technology tools that have led to improvements in productivity can be counterproductive if overused.”

There’s a strange paradox when it comes to productivity. Rather than an exponential curve, our productivity will eventually reach a plateau, even with advances in technology.

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So what does that mean for our personal levels of productivity? And what does this mean for our economy as a whole? Here’s what you should know about the productivity paradox, its causes, and what possible solutions we may have to combat it.

What is the productivity paradox?

There is a discrepancy between the investment in IT growth and the national level of productivity and productive output. The term “productivity paradox” became popularized after being used in the title of a 1993 paper by MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson, a Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business.

In his paper, Brynjolfsson argued that while there doesn’t seem to be a direct, measurable correlation between improvements in IT and improvements in output, this might be more of a reflection on how productive output is measured and tracked.[1]

He wrote in his conclusion:

“Intangibles such as better responsiveness to customers and increased coordination with suppliers do not always increase the amount or even intrinsic quality of output, but they do help make sure it arrives at the right time, at the right place, with the right attributes for each customer.

Just as managers look beyond “productivity” for some of the benefits of IT, so must researchers be prepared to look beyond conventional productivity measurement techniques.”

How do we measure productivity anyway?

And this brings up a good point. How exactly is productivity measured?

In the case of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, productivity gain is measured as the percentage change in gross domestic product per hour of labor.

But other publications such as US Today, argue that this is not the best way to track productivity, and instead use something called Total Factor Productivity (TFP). According to US Today, TFP “examines revenue per employee after subtracting productivity improvements that result from increases in capital assets, under the assumption that an investment in modern plants, equipment and technology automatically improves productivity.”[2]

In other words, this method weighs productivity changes by how much improvement there is since the last time productivity stats were gathered.

But if we can’t even agree on the best way to track productivity, then how can we know for certain if we’ve entered the productivity paradox?

Possible causes of the productivity paradox

Brynjolfsson argued that there are four probable causes for the paradox:

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  • Mis-measurement – The gains are real but our current measures miss them.
  • Redistribution – There are private gains, but they come at the expense of other firms and individuals, leaving little net gain.
  • Time lags – The gains take a long time to show up.
  • Mismanagement – There are no gains because of the unusual difficulties in managing IT or information itself.

There seems to be some evidence to support the mis-measurement theory as shown above. Another promising candidate is the time lag, which is supported by the work of Paul David, an economist at Oxford University.

According to an article in The Economist, his research has shown that productivity growth did not accelerate until 40 years after the introduction of electric power in the early 1880s.[3] This was partly because it took until 1920 for at least half of American industrial machinery to be powered by electricity.”

Therefore, he argues, we won’t see major leaps in productivity until both the US and major global powers have all reached at least a 50% penetration rate for computer use. The US only hit that mark a decade ago, and many other countries are far behind that level of growth.

The paradox and the recession

The productivity paradox has another effect on the recession economy. According to Neil Irwin,[4]

“Sky-high productivity has meant that business output has barely declined, making it less necessary to hire back laid-off workers…businesses are producing only 3 percent fewer goods and services than they were at the end of 2007, yet Americans are working nearly 10 percent fewer hours because of a mix of layoffs and cutbacks in the workweek.”

This means that more and more companies are trying to do less with more, and that means squeezing two or three people’s worth of work from a single employee in some cases.

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According to Irwin, “workers, frightened for their job security, squeezed more productivity out of every hour [in 2010].”

Looking forward

A recent article on Slate puts it all into perspective with one succinct observation:

“Perhaps the Internet is just not as revolutionary as we think it is. Sure, people might derive endless pleasure from it—its tendency to improve people’s quality of life is undeniable. And sure, it might have revolutionized how we find, buy, and sell goods and services. But that still does not necessarily mean it is as transformative of an economy as, say, railroads were.”

Still, Brynjolfsson argues that mismeasurement of productivity can really skew the results of people studying the paradox, perhaps more than any other factor.

“Because you and I stopped buying CDs, the music industry has shrunk, according to revenues and GDP. But we’re not listening to less music. There’s more music consumed than before.

On paper, the way GDP is calculated, the music industry is disappearing, but in reality it’s not disappearing. It is disappearing in revenue. It is not disappearing in terms of what you should care about, which is music.”

Perhaps the paradox isn’t a death sentence for our productivity after all. Only time (and perhaps improved measuring techniques) will tell.

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