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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 November 19, 2019

    Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

    Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

    I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

    How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

    Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

    So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

    1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

    Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

    For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

    Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

    “When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

    2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

    These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

    This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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    But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

    Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

    For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

    There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

    3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

    It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

    Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

    4. Use Your Phone Wisely

    Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

    If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

    5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

    If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

    In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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    One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

    6. Use a “To Don’t” List

    We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

    But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

    Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

    7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

    When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

    Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

    “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

    And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

    8. Be Concise

    Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

    One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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    Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

    • Making new contacts
    • Talking about yourself at a job interview
    • Meeting people at conferences or parties
    • Phone calls to new clients

    9. Ask the Right Questions

    “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

    How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

    When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

    Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

    Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

    10. Learn as Much as You Can

    You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

    Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

    11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

    No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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    If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

    What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

    Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

    12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

    As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

    But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

    The Bottom Line

    The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

    Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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