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10 Qualities That Will Make You Successful

10 Qualities That Will Make You Successful

So what exactly is the recipe to make you successful?

While we’d all love to throw in a cup of this or a dash of that, it’s not that straightforward. However, there are 10 qualities that all successful people have.  Find the perfect mix of all ten ingredients below, combine, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Resilience

Let’s face it: there will always be times of uncertainty in our lives. The difference is how you handle them. You can go ahead and make decisions to make sure you have an illusion of security, or be willing to dive into the unknown.  Being effective in difficult circumstances and setbacks is what will enact change and propel you forward.

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Honesty

Being honest with yourself will allow you to really dig deep and see what it takes to achieve your goals. Are you scared of moving forward with your dream? Acknowledge it. You’d be amazed at how fast forward you will move towards your goal after you do so.

Don’t forget, honesty goes a long way when it comes to others too.  Need help? Ask. Want a job? Be honest in your resume. Your reputation will thank you.

Time Management

Being productive with your time is essential in working towards your goals, professionally and personally.  After all, all work and no play makes a Jack a stressed out and dull boy, right?

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Patience

You might not see immediate results when working towards something long term. You need to trust and see things through, even though there doesn’t seem to be any sort of change happening. People who don’t succeed don’t have the patience to wait and see what happens months or even years from now. If everything came so easily and quickly, then why isn’t everyone successful?

Courage

Behind every successful person exist stories upon stories of failure. While having your best plans blow up in your face is scary, it’s all part of the learning process. If all the most successful people in the world ran away every time they got scared, where do you think they would be today?

Networking

Successful people never venture out on their own. In fact, they would probably tell you that it’s impossible.  Having people who can mentor you, keep you accountable, and talk through your concerns will make or break you. Go out there and start meeting people. Now.

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Passion

What do you truly enjoy in life? Successful people inject passion into what they do. Let’s say you want to start a photography business, but hate having to market yourself. A successful person would work hard at marketing because they know that without clients, they cannot pursue their passion of having a photography business. Try to think about an aspect of your life that you want to change. How can you inject your passion into it?

Vision

Do you have a clear idea of what you want and how to get it? Successful people do. They take the time to clearly outline what they want, and create a strategy to help with that vision.  They also frequently refer to their vision and to their values and strategy in order to succeed in whatever they set their minds to.

Adaptability

Having a plan is definitely important on your road to success. But what if things change? How easily will you move from one set of circumstance to the next? Highly successful people are able to change with every turn and adapt to situations that arise. Will you be one of those people?

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Creating Value For Others

Why would anyone pay attention to you if you don’t have something to offer? Successful people know that they need to build up their skill set, whether it’s career related, or even something as simple as helping a friend out. Figure out what you have to offer to the world, and just do it!

Can you think of any other qualities will help others become successful? Comment below!

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

The Pomodoro Technique: Is It Right for You to Boost Productivity?

The Pomodoro Technique: Is It Right for You to Boost Productivity?

If you spend any time at all researching life hacks, you’ve probably heard of the famous Pomodoro Technique.

Created in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro Technique is one of the more popular time management life hacks used today. But this method isn’t for everyone, and for every person who is a passionate adherent of the system, there is another person who is critical of the results.

Is the Pomodoro Technique right for you? It’s a matter of personal preference. But if you are curious about the benefits of using the technique, this article will break down the basic information you will need to decide if this technique is worth trying out.

What is the Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management philosophy that aims to provide the user with maximum focus and creative freshness, thereby allowing them to complete projects faster with less mental fatigue.

The process is simple:

For every project throughout the day, you budget your time into short increments and take breaks periodically.

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You work for 25 minutes, then take break for five minutes.

Each 25-minute work period is called a “pomodoro”, named after the Italian word for tomato. Francesco Cirillo used a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato as his personal timer, and thus the method’s name.

After four “pomodoros” have passed, (100 minutes of work time with 15 minutes of break time) you then take a 15-20 minute break.

Every time you finish a pomodoro, you mark your progress with an “X”, and note the number of times you had the impulse to procrastinate or switch gears to work on another task for each 25-minute chunk of time.

How the Pomodoro Technique boosts your productivity

Frequent breaks keep your mind fresh and focused. According to the official Pomodoro website, the system is easy to use and you will see results very quickly:

“You will probably begin to notice a difference in your work or study process within a day or two. True mastery of the technique takes from seven to twenty days of constant use.”

If you have a large and varied to-do list, using the Pomodoro Technique can help you crank through projects faster by forcing you to adhere to strict timing.

Watching the timer wind down can spur you to wrap up your current task more quickly, and spreading a task over two or three pomodoros can keep you from getting frustrated.

The constant timing of your activities makes you more accountable for your tasks and minimizes the time you spend procrastinating.

You’ll grow to “respect the tomato”, and that can help you to better handle your workload.

Successful people who love it

Steven Sande of The Unofficial Apple Weblog is a fan of the system, and has compiled a great list of Apple-compatible Pomodoro tools.

Before he started using the technique, he said,

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“Sometimes I couldn’t figure out how to organize a single day in my calendar, simply because I would jump around to all sorts of projects and never get even one of them accomplished.”

Another proponent of the Pomodoro Technique is Sue Shellenbarger of the Wall Street Journal. Shellenbarger tried out this system along with several other similar methods for time management, and said,

“It eased my anxiety over the passing of time and also made me more efficient; refreshed by breaks, for example, I halved the total time required to fact-check a column.”

Any cons for the Pomodoro Technique?

Despite the number of Pomodoro-heads out there, the system isn’t without its critics. Colin T. Miller, a Yahoo! employee and blogger, tried using the Pomodoro Technique and had some issues:[1]

“Pomodoros are an all or nothing affair. Either you work for 25 minutes straight to mark your X or you don’t complete a pomodoro. Since marking that X is the measurable sign of progress, you start to shy away from engaging in an activity if it won’t result in an X. For instance…meetings get in the way of pomodoros. Say I have a meeting set for 4:30pm. It is currently 4:10pm, meaning I only have 20 minutes between now and the meeting…In these instances I tend to not start a pomodoro because I won’t have enough time to complete it anyway.”

Another critic is Mario Fusco, who argues that the Pomodoro Technique is…well…sort of ridiculous:[2]

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“Aren’t we really able to keep ourselves concentrated without a timer ticketing on our desk?… Have you ever seen a civil engineer using a timer to keep his concentration while working on his projects?… I think that, like any other serious professional, I can stay concentrated on what I am doing for hours… Bring back your timer to your kitchen and start working in a more professional and effective way.”

Conclusion

One of the best things about the Pomodoro Technique is that it’s free. Yeah, you can fork over some bills to get a tomato-shaped timer if you want… or you can use any timer program on your computer or phone. So even if you try it and hate it, you haven’t lost any cash.

The process isn’t ideal for every person, or in any line of work. But if you need a systematic way to tackle your daily to-do list, the Pomodoro Technique may fit your needs.

If you want to learn more about the Pomodoro Technique, check out this article: How to Make the Pomodoro Technique More Productive

Reference

[1] Aspirations of a Software Developer: A Month of the Pomodoro Technique
[2] InfoQ: A Critique of the Pomodoro Technique

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