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10 Important Qualities For Success That Are Often Overlooked

10 Important Qualities For Success That Are Often Overlooked

When talking about success, people are more focused on strategy, character, and hard work. But they fail to realize that success is absolute, and even smaller details cannot be ignored. To be successful, you have to build a total perspective and outlook on it. Successful people rely on these seldom mentioned qualities as well to step ahead of their rivals.

1. Intuition

Often, successful people say that they followed a gut feeling when they pursued a venture. Truthfully, the facts alone are not sufficient. Sometimes, you have to rely on a sixth sense that will direct you on the course to take. Your intuition offers you an insight into whether or not you are right to make a decision.

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2. Attention

Successful people are attentive. They pay attention to those things that many others are not focusing on. Imagine Warren Buffet buying a particular stock when every other person is selling. To be successful, you have to focus on the details with a keen eye. Stare at those opportunities that every other person is ignoring.

3. Aggression

The noun here is used in a positive context because it takes fierce passion to succeed. You must want it more than others do. When Barbara Cocoran was first denied the opportunity to be a judge on the TV show “Shark Tank”, she reached out to the organizers of the show in a different way and got what she wanted. Sometimes, it just takes an extra push to win.

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4. Mentoring

Well this may have been talked about sometimes. But it has not been emphasized enough. To be successful, having the right mentors to guide you through the process cannot be ignored. You have to identify with someone that will offer you maturity and experience.

5. Values

What values guide you? Are you a person of integrity or not? To be successful, you have to identify with the right values of appreciating hard work, persistence, and sheer grit. There is no short-cut to success, and the right values will direct you.

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6. Relationships

Maintaining relationships and building upon them is very important in becoming who you want to be. Be in the right place at the right time and connect with the right people. You can’t avoid building your communication skills if you want to be successful.

7. Curiosity

Asking the right questions defines your success. You have to be eager to know more and enthusiastic to explore. That is why you see successful people dedicating themselves to learning and seeking answers. They are curious; and here, the cliché “curiosity kills the cat” doesn’t apply. These people only become more successful by being curious.

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8. Patience

Succeeding requires patience and waiting for your hard work to provide rewards. Accepting delayed gratification is an uncommon quality displayed by many top business leaders like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Donald Trump. This one quality will help you save and build your income while you trudge on the journey. It will always wait why you develop your skills to perfection.

9. Innovation

In this lies creativity and ideas. This is a mysterious quality and could trigger the start of something great and eternal. Innovation is the competitive edge between leaders and followers. How much innovation you have will propel your success. Although abundant, many fail to recognize it. Try to tap into your creativity and unleash this quality.

10. Excellence

Excellence is qualitative and substantive. Excellence is what breeds success. That is why you see many great minds who spend many years perfecting or developing their craft. Excellence is triggered by changing your mindset and approaching every duty as if your success depended on it. Paying attention to detail and running the extra mile shows that you want more out of everything you do. This is why Aristotle referred to excellence many centuries ago as not an act, but a habit.

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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

How bad really is multitasking?

It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

So what to do about it?

Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

Now, forget about how to multitask!

Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

1. Get enough rest

When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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2. Plan your day

When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

4. When at your desk, do work

We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

5. Learn to say no

Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

6. Turn off notifications on your computer

For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

The bottom line

Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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