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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 July 16, 2019

6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

What to have for dinner tonight?

Which route to take to work?

How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

For example:

If the problem is “always late to work”…

  • Why am I late to work?
    I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
  • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
    I feel so tired in the morning.
  • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
    I slept late the night before, that’s why.
  • Why did I sleep late?
    I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
  • Why did I drink coffee?
    Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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3. Simplify Things

As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

5. Think Laterally

Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

The Bottom Line

There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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Reference

[1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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