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7 Things House of Cards Taught Me About Success

7 Things House of Cards Taught Me About Success

Success demands a thought-out strategy and an ability to outmaneuver your opponents by thinking several steps ahead. No one illustrates those traits better than Frank Underwood, a man who stopped at nothing to quench his thirst for power in the Netflix smash hit, “House of Cards.” Keep on reading to discover what President Underwood can teach you about success.

1. Success demands honest reflection and transformation.

There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong. Or useless pain… the sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.

Successful people don’t stagger through life as a mere spectator. They actively improve their situation every day by confronting their problems without hesitation. I have to confess that writing is my emotional outlet of choice. Expressing my fears and frustrations in words helps me overcome them and evolve into the person I am meant to be. Start a daily journal to cope with your present troubles and leap forward into a better future.

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2. Success demands mental strength and an unstoppable attitude.

From this moment on, you are a rock. You absorb nothing, you say nothing, and nothing breaks you.

Successful people don’t agonize over negative feedback. They are aware that it would be silly to expect all people to appreciate their work. While they are always open to constructive criticism, they don’t justify personal attacks with a response.

3. Success demands a clear perception of who you hope to serve.

Power is a lot like real estate. It’s all about location, location, location. The closer you are to the source, the higher your property value.

Successful people avoid the temptation to pander to whatever crowd crosses their path, because nobody likes a phony. Instead, they focus their energry on creating an authentic emotional connection with the people they can relate with most.

4. Success demands consistent effort and a refusal to quit.

For those climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy. There is but one rule: hunt or be hunted.

Successful people don’t stop when they are tired. They stop when they have won. They strive to identify innovative solutions to common problems that remain unsolved, resulting in a revolving door of exciting opportunities and adventures.

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5. Success demands a generous nature and the earning of trust.

Keep being valuable. That’s the best way to show your gratitude.

Successful people don’t expect to be trusted before they have earned it. They give until it hurts, because they know that creating value is the best way to win a person’s trust.

6. Success demands a willingness to overcome resistance.

Friends make the worst enemies.

Successful people don’t automatically label their competitors as “enemies,” but they are willing to push through resistance if their philosophy runs against the accepted “status quo.” When the odds feel insurmountable, they remind themselves of their passion and resolve to remain firm in their conviction.

7. Success demands creativity and an ability to innovate.

“Democracy is so overrated.”

Successful people don’t flinch if they face temporary defeat. They know that failure is an unavoidable part of the evolution process. Success isn’t reserved for a special kind of person, but it can’t be expected without dedication and a burning desire to excel.

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While Frank Underwood’s methods might be ruthless, you can’t argue with the results of his cold and calculated nature. I feel his lessons could be applied in a more positive fashion for success in your business and life. What do you think? Tell us in the comments. And if you’re friends with any fellow “House of Cards” fans, make sure to invite them to the conversation by clicking the share button.

First published in Medium – 7 Things House of Cards Taught Me about Success.

Featured photo credit: Kevin Spacey in House of Cards/Netflix via salon.com

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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