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13 Things Really Powerful People Don’t Do

13 Things Really Powerful People Don’t Do

Really powerful people take whatever action is necessary to achieve the success they desire. Every day, they remind themselves, “If not me, who?” If you’d like to reach your full potential, watch out for these 13 things really powerful people don’t do.

1. They don’t crawl out of bed.

Really powerful people leap out of bed, bursting with energy to tackle a glorious new day that is full of exciting new opportunities and adventures. They wake up happy to have the chance to write another chapter of the story they call, “Life.”

2. They don’t socialize all day.

Really powerful people cherish the people they love, but they also know it’s impossible to get anything done while spending every waking moment in the company of others. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying good times with close friends, but you can’t expect success if you can’t stomach the thought of spending some time working alone.

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3. They don’t believe in “problems.”

Really powerful people realize that a “problem” is nothing more than an opportunity in disguise. Instead of freaking out about what to do about an inconvenient situation, powerful people spend their time inventing a creative solution.

4. They don’t play checkers, they play chess.

Really powerful people hustle with passion and purpose, but they aren’t trigger-happy. Before putting any business plan in place, they think ten steps ahead — identifying every possible outcome of their actions — so that they can react quickly and decisively, no matter what happens.

5. They don’t blame their problems on other people or circumstances.

Really powerful people are the CEO of their life, so they refuse to pass the buck by blaming another person for their faults. Life is full of mysterious events that cannot be predicted, but when faced with unexpected negative situations, really powerful people focus on their ability to react in a positive fashion. 

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6. They don’t accept defeat without putting up a fight.

Really powerful people are not immune to making mistakes. Instead of agonizing over a bad idea or failed business approach, they ask themselves, “Why didn’t this work and how can I do better next time?” Really powerful people know honest reflection will help them evolve into their true potential.

7. They don’t hide from harsh truths they need to hear.

Really powerful people are willing to confront the truth… whether they want to hear it or not. They are confident enough to confess their faults, develop their weaknesses, and evolve as required.

8. They don’t forget the people who helped them succeed.

Really powerful people appreciate those responsible for their success. They would never get so caught up in delusions of grandeur that they can’t take the time to call their mom, check in with their best-friend, or send a thoughtful email to a networking contact who helped them achieve a specific business goal.

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9. They don’t work without a higher purpose.

Really powerful people are passionate beings who cannot contain their excitement when they speak about what they hope to accomplish in the world. They are not fans of simply performing an eight-hour shift; instead, they see every work-day as another step forward to achieving their higher purpose.

10. They don’t care what people think about them.

Really powerful people are comfortable in their unique body and individual personality. While they hope to get along with as many people as they can, they don’t make any apologies for who they are.

11. They don’t get consumed in negative feedback.

Really powerful people don’t flinch at baseless claims, irrelevant criticisms, or nasty comments. While accepting constructive feedback is something anybody should do, really powerful people don’t get caught up in negative opinions they can’t do anything about.

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12. They don’t neglect their personal health and well-being.

Really powerful people treat their body as if it is a glorious vessel that protects them from illness and injury (because it is, of course!).There is no denying that life can get busy, so they might not stick with their healthy living plan 24/7. When they get off track, they give themselves a gentle reminder with a mantra like “To take care of others, I must first take care of myself.”

13. They don’t give away their power.

Really powerful people are willing to perform an honest assessment of their social situation. They know it’s hard to maintain an upbeat attitude while hanging out with people who bring you down. While it is always polite and proper to give a toxic person the benefit of the doubt, there can (and often will) come a time where the only option left is to walk away. This isn’t something really powerful people enjoy doing… but they know success is hard to come by if you’re surrounded by an atmosphere of negativity.

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Daniel is a writer who focuses on blogging about happiness and motivation at Lifehack.

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Effective vs Efficient: What’s the Difference Regarding Productivity?

Effective vs Efficient: What’s the Difference Regarding Productivity?

When it comes to being effective vs efficient, there are a lot of similarities, and because of this, they’re often misused and misinterpreted, both in daily use and application.

Every business should look for new ways to improve employee effectiveness and efficiency to save time and energy in the long term. Just because a company or employee has one, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that the other is equally present.

Utilizing both an effective and efficient methodology in nearly any capacity of work and life will yield high levels of productivity, while a lack of it will lead to a lack of positive results.

Before we discuss the various nuances between the word effective and efficient and how they factor into productivity, let’s break things down with a definition of their terms.

Effective vs Efficient

Effective is defined as “producing a decided, decisive, or desired effect.” Meanwhile, the word “efficient ” is defined as “capable of producing desired results with little or no waste (as of time or materials).”[1]

A rather simple way of explaining the differences between the two would be to consider a light bulb. Say that your porch light burned out and you decided that you wanted to replace the incandescent light bulb outside with an LED one. Either light bulb would be effective in accomplishing the goal of providing you with light at night, but the LED one would use less energy and therefore be the more efficient choice.

Now, if you incorrectly set a timer for the light, and it was turned on throughout the entire day, then you would be wasting energy. While the bulb is still performing the task of creating light in an efficient manner, it’s on during the wrong time of day and therefore not effective.

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The effective way is focused on accomplishing the goal, while the efficient method is focused on the best way of accomplishing the goal.

Whether we’re talking about a method, employee, or business, the subject in question can be either effective or efficient, or, in rare instances, they can be both.

When it comes to effective vs efficient, the goal of achieving maximum productivity is going to be a combination where the subject is effective and as efficient as possible in doing so.

Effectiveness in Success and Productivity

Being effective vs efficient is all about doing something that brings about the desired intent or effect[2]. If a pest control company is hired to rid a building’s infestation, and they employ “method A” and successfully completed the job, they’ve been effective at achieving the task.

The task was performed correctly, to the extent that the pest control company did what they were hired to do. As for how efficient “method A” was in completing the task, that’s another story.

If the pest control company took longer than expected to complete the job and used more resources than needed, then their efficiency in completing the task wasn’t particularly good. The client may feel that even though the job was completed, the value in the service wasn’t up to par.

When assessing the effectiveness of any business strategy, it’s wise to ask certain questions before moving forward:

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  • Has a target solution to the problem been identified?
  • What is the ideal response time for achieving the goal?
  • Does the cost balance out with the benefit?

Looking at these questions, a leader should ask to what extent a method, tool, or resource meets the above criteria and achieve the desired effect. If the subject in question doesn’t hit any of these marks, then productivity will likely suffer.

Efficiency in Success and Productivity

Efficiency is going to account for the resources and materials used in relation to the value of achieving the desired effect. Money, people, inventory, and (perhaps most importantly) time, all factor into the equation.

When it comes to being effective vs efficient, efficiency can be measured in numerous ways[3]. In general, the business that uses fewer materials or that is able to save time is going to be more efficient and have an advantage over the competition. This is assuming that they’re also effective, of course.

Consider a sales team for example. Let’s say that a company’s sales team is tasked with making 100 calls a week and that the members of that team are hitting their goal each week without any struggle.

The members on the sales team are effective in hitting their goal. However, the question of efficiency comes into play when management looks at how many of those calls turn into solid connections and closed deals.

If less than 10 percent of those calls generate a connection, the productivity is relatively low because the efficiency is not adequately balancing out with the effect. Management can either keep the same strategy or take a new approach.

Perhaps they break up their sales team with certain members handling different parts of the sales process, or they explore a better way of connecting with their customers through a communications company.

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The goal is ultimately going to be finding the right balance, where they’re being efficient with the resources they have to maximize their sales goals without stretching themselves too thin. Finding this balance is often easier said than done, but it’s incredibly important for any business that is going to thrive.

Combining Efficiency and Effectiveness to Maximize Productivity

Being effective vs efficient works best if both are pulled together for the best results.

If a business is ineffective in accomplishing its overall goal, and the customer doesn’t feel that the service is equated with the cost, then efficiency becomes largely irrelevant. The business may be speedy and use minimal resources, but they struggle to be effective. This may put them at risk of going under.

It’s for this reason that it’s best to shoot for being effective first, and then work on bringing efficiency into practice.

Improving productivity starts with taking the initiative to look at how effective a company, employee, or method is through performance reviews. Leaders should make a point to regularly examine performance at all levels on a whole, and take into account the results that are being generated.

Businesses and employees often succumb to inefficiency because they don’t look for a better way, or they lack the proper tools to be effective in the most efficient manner possible.

Similar to improving a manager or employee’s level of effectiveness, regularly measuring the resources needed to obtain the desired effect will ensure that efficiency is being accounted for. This involves everything from keeping track of inventory and expenses, to how communication is handled within an organization.

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By putting in place a baseline value for key metrics and checking them once changes have been made, a company will have a much better idea of the results they’re generating.

It’s no doubt a step-by-step process. By making concentrated efforts, weakness can be identified and rectified sooner rather than later when the damage is already done.

Bottom Line

Understanding the differences between being effective vs efficient is key when it comes to maximizing productivity. It’s simply working smart so that the intended results are achieved in the best way possible. Finding the optimal balance should be the ultimate goal for employees and businesses:

  • Take the steps that result in meeting the solution.
  • Review the process and figure out how to do it better.
  • Repeat the process with what has been learned in a more efficient manner.

And just like that, effective and efficient productivity is maximized.

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Reference

[1] Merriam-Webster: effective and efficient
[2] Mind Tools: Being Effective at Work
[3] Inc.: 8 Things Really Efficient People Do

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