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Everyone Is Successful In Their Own Way: Check Which Path You’re Already On

Everyone Is Successful In Their Own Way: Check Which Path You’re Already On

We tend to think of success as a linear path; like an arrow that shoots up from rock bottom to the nirvana of success in a slanted rise. It’s not. The path to success is more like a toddler doodle with plenty of U-turns, twisty roads, bumpy tracks as well as ups and downs. We’re sure that you’ve come across many articles that say that to be successful, you have to be talented, passionate, hardworking, perseverant, and goal-oriented. They say that if you lack any of these qualities, success is going to be elusive. Don’t believe it. Everyone is successful in some way or another.

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    The only thing that you truly need to be successful is the will to succeed – everything else can be worked around to become milestones in your path to success. Your success can only be measured and enjoyed by you, and by the unique person that you are. Here are five ways you can be successful, even when you lack a so-called quality or two…

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    1. The Talentless but Dedicated Path

    Sometimes, you have the will, but it’s the way that’s unclear in that you are not sure what your talent is, or whether you even have any! What can and will work for you in this scenario depends on your seniority level. If you are on a senior level, find the right talent who can work for you. And if you are in a junior position, become an incredibly dedicated and passionate employee willing to go that extra mile. Your dedication and passion will propel you to be successful, one way or another.

    2. The Passionless but Talented Path

    You may have plenty of talent and dedication, but somewhere you lack passion in presenting your work. The thing is, if you are good at what you do, but cannot convince others of your dedication, fake it. Make sure you talk about your work and give your presentations with enthusiasm – you may indeed lack the zeal, but not everyone has to know that. If you continue to project fervor in what you do, successful managerial positions should not be hard to achieve.

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    3. The Work Shirking but Talented Path

    We cannot all be the ants; some of us are also grasshoppers! While you have the talent and the passion, somewhere you are a tad laid back about your work. Find out what’s causing you to not find your work interesting enough – a boss that’s curbing your creativity, or a problem that seems insurmountable – solve these issues to get that temporary I-just-don’t-feel-like-working phase behind you. If your work history has gotten you to a senior position, make sure that you hard work enough to retain it.

    4. The Talentless and Passionless Path

    We’ve all come across these people who are a stickler for the rules and are a dedicated lot. These are the people for whom success is dependent on perseverance and a love for rules. Maybe they don’t have the talent or the passion, but they do know that their ladder of success has rungs of unbending and untiring dedication. Administrative and organizational jobs work best for them. They lack any unique talents and may not even be the brightest bulb around – but their willingness to work makes them successful.

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    5. The Passionless and Work Shirking Path

    You have the talent but lack the passion as well the hard work needed to succeed. This path will lead you to be averagely successful. Top boss positions may not be for you. While you may like the power, the responsibility it entails starts to grind on you. Your success would best be enjoyed at the sidelines where your talent is used as a consultant, a freelancer, or as a committee member of sorts where the work is cursory but suited to your unique capabilities.

    So there you have it – five real world scenarios of real people who may not have all that it takes to acheive success as per experts, but can still make what they have work to the best of their abilities and achieve their definition of success. So remember, you too can will yourself to succeed.

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    Last Updated on July 16, 2019

    7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

    7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

    Office politics – a taboo word for some people. It’s a pervasive thing at the workplace.

    In its simplest form, workplace politics is simply about the differences between people at work; differences in opinions, conflicts of interests are often manifested as office politics. It all goes down to human communications and relationships.

    There is no need to be afraid of office politics. Top performers are those who have mastered the art of winning in office politics. Below are 7 good habits to help you win at the workplace:

    1. Be Aware You Have a Choice

    The most common reactions to politics at work are either fight or flight. It’s normal human reaction for survival in the wild, back in the prehistoric days when we were still hunter-gatherers.

    Sure, the office is a modern jungle, but it takes more than just instinctive reactions to win in office politics. Instinctive fight reactions will only cause more resistance to whatever you are trying to achieve; while instinctive flight reactions only label you as a pushover that people can easily take for granted. Neither options are appealing for healthy career growth.

    Winning requires you to consciously choose your reactions to the situation. Recognize that no matter how bad the circumstances, you have a choice in choosing how you feel and react. So how do you choose? This bring us to the next point…

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    2. Know What You Are Trying to Achieve

    When conflicts happen, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and focus on immediate differences. That’s a self-defeating approach. Chances are, you’ll only invite more resistance by focusing on differences in people’s positions or opinions.

    The way to mitigate this without looking like you’re fighting to emerge as a winner in this conflict is to focus on the business objectives. In the light of what’s best for the business, discuss the pros and cons of each option. Eventually, everyone wants the business to be successful; if the business don’t win, then nobody in the organization wins.

    It’s much easier for one to eat the humble pie and back off when they realize the chosen approach is best for the business.

    By learning to steer the discussion in this direction, you will learn to disengage from petty differences and position yourself as someone who is interested in getting things done. Your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is mature, strategic and can be entrusted with bigger responsibilities.

    3. Focus on Your Circle of Influence

    At work, there are often issues which we have very little control over. It’s not uncommon to find corporate policies, client demands or boss mandates which affects your personal interests.

    Gossiping and complaining are common responses to these events that we cannot control. But think about it, other than that short term emotional outlet, what tangible results do gossiping really accomplish? In most instances, none.

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    Instead of feeling victimized and angry about the situation, focus on the things that you can do to influence the situation — your circle of influence. This is a very empowering technique to overcome the feeling of helplessness. It removes the victimized feeling and also allows others to see you as someone who knows how to operate within given constraints.

    You may not be able to change or decide on the eventual outcome but, you can walk away knowing that you have done the best within the given circumstances.

    Constraints are all around in the workplace; with this approach, your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is understanding and positive.

    4. Don’t Take Sides

    In office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures who are at odds with each other. You find yourself being thrown around while they try to outwit each other and defend their own position; all at the expense of you getting the job done. You can’t get them to agree on a common decision for a project, and neither of them want to take ownership of issues; they’re too afraid they’ll get stabbed in the back for any mishaps.

    In cases like this, focus on the business objectives and don’t take side with either of them – even if you like one better than the other. Place them on a common communication platform and ensure open communications among all parties, so that no one can claim “I didn’t say that”.

    By not taking sides, you’ll help to direct conflict resolution in an objective manner. You’ll also build trust with both parties. That’ll help to keep the engagements constructive and focus on business objectives.

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    5. Don’t Get Personal

    In office politics, you’ll get angry with people. It happens. There will be times when you feel the urge to give that person a piece of your mind and teach him a lesson. Don’t.

    People tend to remember moments when they were humiliated or insulted. Even if you win this argument and get to feel really good about it for now, you’ll pay the price later when you need help from this person. What goes around comes around, especially at the workplace.

    To win in the office, you’ll want to build a network of allies which you can tap into. The last thing you want during a crisis or an opportunity is to have someone screw you up because they harbor ill-intentions towards you – all because you’d enjoyed a brief moment of emotional outburst at their expense.

    Another reason to hold back your temper is your career advancement. Increasingly, organizations are using 360 degree reviews to promote someone. Even if you are a star performer, your boss will have to fight a political uphill battle if other managers or peers see you as someone who is difficult to work with. The last thing you’ll want is to make it difficult for your boss to champion you for a promotion.

    6. Seek to Understand, Before Being Understood

    The reason people feel unjustified is because they felt misunderstood. Instinctively, we are more interested in getting the others to understand us than to understand them first. Top people managers and business leaders have learned to suppress this urge.

    Surprisingly, seeking to understand is a very disarming technique. Once the other party feels that you understand where he/she is coming from, they will feel less defensive and be open to understand you in return. This sets the stage for open communications to arrive at a solution that both parties can accept.

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    Trying to arrive at a solution without first having this understanding is very difficult – there’s little trust and too much second-guessing.

    7. Think Win-Win

    As mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due to our schooling, we are taught that to win, someone else needs to lose. Conversely, we are afraid to let someone else win, because it implies losing for us.

    In business and work, that doesn’t have to be the case.

    Learn to think in terms of “how can we both win out of this situation?” This requires that you first understand the other party’s perspective and what’s in it for him.

    Next, understand what’s in it for you. Strive to seek out a resolution that is acceptable and beneficial to both parties. Doing this will ensure that everyone truly commit to the agreed resolution and will not pay only lip-service to it.

    People simply don’t like to lose. You may get away with win-lose tactics once or twice but very soon, you’ll find yourself without allies in the workplace.

    Thinking win-win is an enduring strategy that builds allies and help you win in the long term.

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