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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 11, 2019

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

How often do you feel overwhelmed and disorganized in life, whether at work or home? We all seem to struggle with time management in some area of our life; one of the most common phrases besides “I love you” is “I don’t have time”. Everyone suggests working from a to-do list to start getting your life more organized, but why do these lists also have a negative connotation to them?

Let’s say you have a strong desire to turn this situation around with all your good intentions—you may then take out a piece of paper and pen to start tackling this intangible mess with a to-do list. What usually happens, is that you either get so overwhelmed seeing everything on your list, which leaves you feeling worse than you did before, or you make the list but are completely stuck on how to execute it effectively.

To-do lists can work for you, but if you are not using them effectively, they can actually leave you feeling more disillusioned and stressed than you did before. Think of a filing system: the concept is good, but if you merely file papers away with no structure or system, the filing system will have an adverse effect. It’s the same with to-do lists—you can put one together, but if you don’t do it right, it is a fruitless exercise.

Why Some People Find That General To-Do Lists Don’t Work?

Most people find that general to-do lists don’t work because:

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  • They get so overwhelmed just by looking at all the things they need to do.
  • They don’t know how to prioritize the items on list.
  • They feel that they are continuously adding to their list but not reducing it.
  • There’s a sense of confusion seeing home tasks mixed with work tasks.

Benefits of Using a To-Do List

However, there are many advantages working from a to-do list:

  • You have clarity on what you need to get done.
  • You will feel less stressed because all your ‘to do’s are on paper and out of your mind.
  • It helps you to prioritize your actions.
  • You don’t overlook so many tasks and forget anything.
  • You feel more organized.
  • It helps you with planning.

4 Golden Rules to Make a To-Do List Work

Here are my golden rules for making a “to-do” list work:

1. Categorize

Studies have shown that your brain gets overwhelmed when it sees a list of 7 or 8 options; it wants to shut down.[1] For this reason, you need to work from different lists. Separate them into different categories and don’t have more than 7 or 8 tasks on each one.

It might work well for you to have a “project” list, a “follow-up” list, and a “don’t forget” list; you will know what will work best for you, as these titles will be different for everybody.

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2. Add Estimations

You don’t merely need to know what has to be done, but how long it will take as well in order to plan effectively.

Imagine on your list you have one task that will take 30 minutes, another that could take 1 hour, and another that could take 4 hours. You need to know the moment you look at the task, otherwise you undermine your planning, so add an extra column to your list and include your estimation of how long you think the task will take, and be realistic!

Tip: If you find it a challenge to estimate accurately, then start by building this skill on a daily basis. Estimate how long it will take to get ready, cook dinner, go for a walk, etc., and then compare this to the actual time it took you. You will start to get more accurate in your estimations.

3. Prioritize

To effectively select what you should work on, you need to take into consideration: priority, sequence and estimated time. Add another column to your list for priority. Divide your tasks into four categories:

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  • Important and urgent
  • Not urgent but important
  • Not important but urgent
  • Not important or urgent

You want to work on tasks that are urgent and important of course, but also, select some tasks that are important and not urgent. Why? Because these tasks are normally related to long-term goals, and when you only work on tasks that are urgent and important, you’ll feel like your day is spent putting out fires. You’ll end up neglecting other important areas which most often end up having negative consequences.

Most of your time should be spent on the first two categories.

4.  Review

To make this list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you use to manage your time and you review it regularly. There is no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilize it as part of your bigger time management plan.

For example: At the end of every week, review the list and use it to plan the week ahead. Select what you want to work on taking into consideration priority, time and sequence and then schedule these items into your calendar. Golden rule in planning: don’t schedule more than 75% of your time.

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Bottom Line

So grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there and onto a list as now, you have all the tools you need for it to work. Knowledge is useless unless it is applied—how badly do you want more time?

To your success!

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