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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.

    Via TheCreatorMind

    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 September 20, 2018

    How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

    How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

    If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

    Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

    But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

    Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

    If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

    1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

    For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

    Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

    If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

    But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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    So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

    Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

    In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

    2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

    Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

    Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

    Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

    Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

    For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

    Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

    Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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    For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

    Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

    Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

    Bonus:

    If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

    3. Take meaningful time for yourself

    We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

    Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

    If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

    Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

    This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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    No time for me-time? Try this:

    If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

    This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

    Bonus:

    Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

    4. Get productive and feel accomplished

    Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

    When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

    While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

    Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

    No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

    So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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    Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

    This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

    Try this:

    Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

    The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

    Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

    The bottom line

    There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

    The only question is — which tip will you try first?

    Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

    Reference

    [1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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