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10 Things Highly Respected People Do Differently

10 Things Highly Respected People Do Differently

When people are highly respected, they stand out from the crowd in many ways. They may be media stars, politicians, sports stars, actors or writers. Maybe you know these people already. But did you know how they gained respect and success? Not without hard work, I can assure you. Here are 10 ways that will help you spot them.

1. They always over-deliver

Highly respected people never fail to deliver on their promises. Many go that extra mile and over-deliver. A great example is Bill Gates who certainly over-delivered on fighting multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in South Africa. His team gained an 80 percent cure rate at the cost of $100 for six months of treatment. This was an astonishing achievement, given that the previous rate was only 50 percent at a cost of $2,000.

2. They show appreciation

Let’s face it, anyone with emotional intelligence can gain respect and loyalty. They do this by simply showing appreciation and expressing gratitude for a great job. Unlike Tina Turner who never expressed gratitude to America where she amassed fame and millions of dollars. She is now renouncing her American citizenship to become Swiss.

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” — Voltaire

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3. They leave nobody behind

Involving millions of people and engaging them in noble ventures is always mind-blowing. Bono’s work in trying to end global poverty and AIDS is a great example. He likes to be known as a ‘factivist,’ as he outlined in his TED talk.

4. They acknowledge your existence

Many famous people rarely pay attention to ordinary mortals like us when they enter a room or respond to a tweet. But there are some glorious exceptions when highly successful people will make the effort to acknowledge you. If you are really into getting celebrities to notice you on social media, try Reddit’s Ask Me Anything. Some very famous people like Barack Obama and Neil deGrasse Tyson have answered people’s questions there.

“A real gentleman is as polite to a little girl as to a woman.” — Louisa May Alcott

5. They influence and better people’s lives

Melinda Gates’s mother presented Bill and Melinda Gates with a challenge at their wedding. She said: “From those who are given great resources, great things are expected.” Melinda Gates, in her role as co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, divides her time between field visits in Niger and organizing a family planning summit for world leaders. This project hopes to make safe contraception freely available to 120 million women in developing countries.

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“All lives have an equal value.” — Melinda Gates

6. They act rather than just talk

Richard Branson is one of the most respected entrepreneurs in the whole world. He could have sat back and enjoyed the good life. But he was determined to make the world a better place and acted rather than talked about what needed to be done. He never let things like recession scare him and it is no accident that he is known as Dr. Yes at Virgin. His motto is to turn ideas into reality.

“I’m fortunate enough to have only ever worked for myself – so I’ve always liked my boss! From selling Christmas trees to records, flying planes to spaceships, I’ve had a blast every step of the way.” — Sir Richard Branson

7. They like to share

“The person who dances with you in the rain will most likely walk with you in the storm.” — Anon.

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Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) is not only the CEP of the Zappos online store but also a founding member of the Downtown Project for Las Vegas. The project founders hope to transform downtown Las Vegas into a community focused city. They aim to do that by encouraging entrepreneurs to work with the community to share interests, ideas and passions to build a connected urban core. They do not envisage dilapidated buildings but rather repurposed shipping containers. Las Vegas may become the shipping container capital of the world!

8. They do not seek the limelight

Many highly respected entrepreneurs and celebrities beaver away in the background and are rarely seen. They build high-performing teams, they do not seek accolades and they are able to stand back and let others thrive. They can celebrate their achievements through others. There are many other people who never get the recognition they deserve.

The University Partnerships Programme’s Unsung Heroes Award is a great example of how these people, who would otherwise have flown under the radar, are given credit for their achievements.

9. They are modest

You will never hear a humble or modest person say: “Let me deal with this. No one else can do it better than me.” David Packard, the co-founder of Hewlett-Packard is an excellent example of humility. He says: “You shouldn’t gloat about anything you’ve done; you ought to keep going and find something better to do.”

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10. They pay it forward

Confident and respected people can pay it forward in many ways. A selfless, respected leader can mentor, help and guide coworkers. They set the example of selflessness in giving their time, energy and money. The US Marines are a famous example where the officers always eat last.

Featured photo credit: Richard Branson/D@ALY3D via flickr.com

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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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