Oprah Winfrey’s Top 10 Rules for Success

Do you want to be successful? Then you would do well to look for successful people, then identiffy and and copy what they do.

Use successful people as your role models.

However the obvious question then is which successful person should you start with as your role model?

Well it probably doesn’t matter in reality, as long as you choose someone.

However Oprah Winfrey could be a very good start in my opinion.

She’s obviously very successful; she started with nothing; and she’s shown herself consistently to be one very smart lady.

Amongst other things, she’s a successful media proprietor, a talk show host, an actress, a producer and a philanthropist.

She’s probably best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, of course, but she’s a woman from a tough background who’s succeeded is an industry that’s cut-throat, brutal and unforgiving.

And being black and female she would have had to overcome prejudice by the shed-load in order to get where she is now.

You have to respect someone like that and, if you’re sensible, you listen to them too.

Oprah Winfrey would be an ideal role model for anyone and here are her top 10 rules for success. Listen and learn.

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15 things every CEO should know

15 things every CEO should knowToday dear reader, I offer you 15 things every CEO should know, first-time or otherwise.

If you’re reading this then perhaps you’ve just landed a gig in the management hot seat?

They’ve given you a decent office; the key to the executive washroom; and on your office door there’s a polished plate engraved with the words THE BOSS.

It makes you beam with pride, doesn’t it?

Well done! Allow me to offer you my congratulations. Your family will be truly very proud of you.

However before you get too comfortable in your high-backed, leather, executive chair let me offer you a word of advice. Enjoy the moment while you can because the honeymoon won’t last long.

You’re there to deliver results consistently and if you fail to deliver those results, you’ll find the water in which you’re now swimming will become very unforgiving, very quickly. You’re now in the shark tank and you must never forget it.

Businesses exist to enrich their owners and your job is to deliver profit and growth, year-on-year.

No one wants to hear why it can’t be done; or why it hasn’t been done; or that in some way you’ve been unlucky. Excuses count for nothing. Do or die, it’s that simple.

I’ve been in the hot seat myself, so I speak from experience. Equally I speak with the benefit of hindsight because I’ve certainly made plenty of mistakes along the way. However what I can say is that I always tried to make sure that I learned the lessons from my mistakes.

Management at the highest level is tough; very, very tough. They pay you well and provide you with excellent perks for a reason. You never get anything for nothing. They want their pound of flesh in return.

So let me offer you the benefit of my experience now with some observations on things I wish I’d known a lot earlier.

1. Find a decent mentor:

If you’re new to the job then you don’t have to make all the mistakes yourself. It’s a legitimate strategy to learn as much as you can from the experience of others. I wish I’d found myself a decent mentor early on. An experienced, friendly ear with whom problems and their potential solutions can be explored on a regular basis.

Being king or queen of the castle is not easy. Managing people and leading them towards achieving the aims of the business is a difficult task. You might think it’s just a case of issuing orders but it isn’t quite that simple, unfortunately. You must carry people with you. If they’re not working with you then in all probability they’ll be working against you.

So if I was in your position now, I’d find a decent mentor as quickly as possible. Having a mentor is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength and a sign that you’re willing and able to learn from others.

Learning is a lifelong process. No one starts out as the finished article.

2. Relationships are everything:

When you’re the boss it’s your job to get the most out of every employee. Amongst other things, it’s your job to guide, motivate, encourage, mentor, counsel, discipline and reassure people as and when necessary.

Employees are individuals and different individuals will respond in different ways. Your job is to know the individuals and know which technique to use to get the best out of them as individuals; to get the response that you need at any given time.

In order to know people well you must develop a relationship with them over time. You must care about them and you must take an interest in them and their families.

Employees are much more likely to go the extra mile for you if they really think you care. It’s your job to show them that you care.

That’s not to suggest that you should be a pushover. You must always be firm with people but you should always be fair as well.

3. You can’t be everyone’s friend:

Now having a relationship with individuals in your team doesn’t mean you should try to be their friend.

When you’re the boss there must always be a little bit of distance between you and the people you lead.

Your relationship with individuals can be cordial of course. However having close friendships with people who work for you doesn’t work.

There will be times when you have to come down hard on people; push people; and challenge them. There will be times when you have to discipline them too. Individuals must accept that they work for you and you’re in command.

At the risk of sounding a little dated, the relationship between you and the people you lead is essentially one of master-slave. You’re the authority figure and, whilst they’re perfectly entitled to express opinions and make suggestions, you must have the final say. And you must be the disciplinarian whenever necessary too.

By definition friendship is a relationship of equals.

So I’m sure you can appreciate that it would be difficult to be switching from equals to master-slave and back again as circumstances dictate. In my experience trying to maintain a close friendship with someone of a junior rank doesn’t work, so don’t try.

Maintain a little distance, always.

4. You get what you tolerate:

If you don’t enforce the rules then the rules will be ignored.

If you don’t insist on there being standards then there won’t be any standards.

Tolerate behaviour that is less than acceptable and that’s what you’re likely to get, most of the time.

Tolerate bad practice and bad practice is what you’ll get, most of the time.

As the boss it’s your job to ensure that your employees are in no doubt as to where the boundaries are and what the consequences will be for any transgression. And in the event of any transgression you must act fairly but firmly. That’s essential.

The transgressor must know that punishment follows overstepping the boundary.

However it is equally important for every other employee to see what happens should someone overstep the boundary as well.

Punishing one individual serves a dual purpose in maintaining discipline and professionalism.

5. It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear:

Effective communication depends on you making sure that the receiver of your communication fully understands the message as it was intended to be understood.

Whether you communicate verbally or in writing you must ensure that your message is clear.

It’s not what you say, it’s what you mean and making sure that meaning is interpreted in the way you intended is a critical skill for the boss to develop.

Just because you said it, doesn’t mean they heard it.

It’s not for others to guess what you really meant. Be sure that your real message was heard and is fully understood.

Effective communication is very important.

6. If you want to know the truth, walk around:

There are lots of things going on in the business that you won’t know about. There are lots of things going on that plenty of people hope you’ll never find out.

That’s a fact of life in any business but it’s your job to know.

Should something go seriously wrong then you’re responsible and saying ‘I didn’t know’ is not an adequate plea when you’re being held to account.

If you spend your life locked away in your office then you’re not going to find out, until it’s too late. So it’s essential that you walk around frequently and ask plenty of questions and awkward questions too.

And when you ask questions, you must ensure that people provide you with proper answers to those questions. Don’t allow yourself to be fobbed off with some polite but meaningless response.

Keep asking questions until you know exactly what’s going on. If something looks odd, then don’t be afraid to challenge it. You’re the boss and you have a right to know.

I will often ask questions to which I already know the answer simply to see what response I get. It often provides me with an indication of whether people are being honest with me or whether they’re trying to cover something up. It provides a gauge as to whether I can trust them too.

7. Doing nothing is doing something:

There are times when doing nothing will prove to be the right strategy. A ‘do nothing’ strategy is fine providing it follows a reasoned analysis and is a decision based on a logical conclusion from your analysis.

However doing nothing due to indecision is incompetence.

In these circumstances, in doing nothing you’re actually doing something. That is you’re acting in a completely incompetent fashion and potentially putting your business at risk.

As the boss, you’re the master of the ship. You’re meant to be in control and not simply being driven by events. Allow events to drive you and disaster won’t be too far away.

Indecision and inaction has the potential to damage your business and damage your reputation too.

Indecisiveness will do you no credit at all. In fact it’ll reflect badly on you.

8. Hire for character:

Hiring people can be a tricky business.

In my experience hiring people is one of the hardest parts of the job of being the boss.

Hire someone dishonest and it can be very damaging for the business.

The consequences to the business, and potentially to your own reputation, can be very expensive it you hire the wrong person.

When I’m interviewing someone, I look for integrity first. I look for signs that the individual is honest, has a responsible attitude and has the ability to work effectively within a team. These are vital competencies I think.

Yes of course skills and experience are important.

However if people lack certain skills then that gap can be plugged with training.

If the candidate doesn’t have every skill you’d like then it’s possible to work around that if necessary. To arrange some training once the individual has settled into the team.

Whereas with good character, usually people have it or they don’t.

And if they don’t have it, then it might be a bit naïve to assume that they might develop it whilst they’re on your payroll. Better to make sure they have it right from the start.

It’s my opinion that good character is the most important factor to consider during the hiring process and it’s what I always look for first.

9. Do it right first time:

When you’re the boss there are always many demands on your time.

Sometimes when you’re very busy it’s easy just to have a stab at a task and then leave the job half done.

However if you can’t find the time to do the job right first time; when will you find the time to repeat it such that it’s done properly?

Allowing a bit more time to get it right first time is actually a sensible strategy. Once the job is done, it’s done and you can forget about it and move on.

Not allowing sufficient time to do it properly is a false economy.

Good time management requires you to get it right first time.

10. Delegate wherever possible:

Identify those things which only you can do and which will allow you to make your greatest contribution to the business. It’s on those things you should concentrate and into which you should channel all of your energy.

Anything that can be done by someone else should be delegated.

Don’t be doing what others could be doing for you. That’s not the best use of your time.

However delegation doesn’t mean just giving someone a task and then forgetting about it.

It means giving someone a task with clear deliverables and timescales and then monitoring progress on a regular basis.

Delegated tasks should remain on your ‘radar screen’ and the individual so tasked should be providing you with a regular progress report until the task has been completed.

11. Everyone should know why they’re on the payroll:

Work is just doing stuff for other people in return for money. The stuff being done is an output to be delivered.

Every employee should know exactly what it is they’re meant to deliver. They should know why they’re there and so should you.

Your business is not a job creation scheme. People are your biggest cost and costs must be managed if the business is to remain profitable.

Yes, skilled resource must be there to do whatever is necessary of course.

However there is a balance to be struck between making sure you’re getting the most out of people and crossing the boundary whereby people are being overworked.

You have a duty to get the most out of people but you also have a duty of care to your employees, obviously.

12. Business is show business:

Business is as much about perception as it is reality. The perception you create for your business really matters.

You must get your business and its products noticed. That’s known as promotion.

You can have the best products in the world but if I don’t know they exist then they can’t be solutions to my problems. And every product should solve a problem for the customer.

However even if I do know your business exists, trust matters too. That’s what’s know as brand.

A good reputation will help you but it must be maintained constantly.

And a good reputation starts with offering good products, with excellent customer-facing systems and a great level of customer service.

13. Adapt or die:

We live in a world that’s constantly changing and businesses must constantly adapt if they’re to survive and prosper.

Yesterday’s darlings of given business sectors can today be filing for bankruptcy protection.

Brands that once dominated an industry sector can tomorrow be nothing more than footnotes in commercial history.

Even major corporations can collapse without warning if their executives get their corporate strategy radically wrong. You won’t need to look far should you need any examples.

If you’re business is doing well, that’s great but don’t make the mistake of becoming complacent.

A technology change or a new entrant to your sector can suddenly make life very difficult for your business.

You have to be on top of what’s going on and what the implications may be for your business. And you must keep adapting. It’s a never ending process.

Your business cannot afford to stand still. Adapt constantly or your business will die.

14. Make sure there’s a little ‘me time’:

Being in the management hot seat can be all consuming if you’re not careful.

Equally you can burn out very quickly if you’re not careful.

You’re there to deliver results not to damage your health and well-being or the relationship with your family. So there does need to be a little balance.

So make sure you factor into your schedule a little ‘me time’ on a regular basis.

And make time for your loved ones too. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, as they saying goes.

15. The best leaders are readers:

All the most successful leaders are readers. Constantly broadening their knowledge and honing their skills by reading the latest books, listening to the latest audiobooks and seeking out information through professional journals and conference papers.

Make sure you spend a minimum of 30 minutes each day reading.

If you can get through one book a week then over a year you will have consumed a PhD’s worth of knowledge.

And over time you’ll become one of the most informed leaders in your field.

Here are five books you should consider having at the top of your reading list:-

The ONE Thing: The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results by Gary Kemp and Jay Papasan

The premise of this best-selling book is that whilst multitasking may seem like an efficient approach, it is in fact better to focus on one objective at a time as this will boost your productivity and work wonders for your life generally. This book is a best-seller for a reason and you can check it out by clicking on the link.

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build your routine, Find your focus and Sharpen your creative mind by Jocelyn K Glei

This book will help your get the most from your workday and with input from 20 leaders you’re bound to learn something, so it’s well worth your time. Again, check it out by clicking on the link

Tools of Titans: The tactics, routines and habits of billionaires, icons and world-class performers by Timothy Ferriss

If you want to be successful then identify successful people and copy what they do. This book is a compilation of the best take away points from over 200 hundred interviews carried out by Tim Ferriss with business people, athletes and celebrities. Again you can’t fail to learn something if you read this. So check it out by clicking on the link now.

The 7 habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey

This book has been on the best-seller list for quite a few years now and it’s a best-seller for good reason. Stephen R Covey explains that success is as much an attitude as it is about lifestyle. His themes range from self-mastery to being proactive. This book will mould your attitude and outlook towards achieving success. Check it out by clicking on the link.

Start with Why: How great leaders inspire everyone to take action by Simon Sinek

Challenging your team to achieve their full potential can be a rewarding experience. Simon Sinek studied some of the most influential leaders in the world, looking at what they do, and documented his findings. This is an excellent book and well worth the cover price. Check it out by clicking on the link.

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Why you should lead a life worth living

Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it. ~Harold Kushner

So many young people crave fame and celebrity as a life goal in itself. They see it as a road to riches and a life of hedonistic pleasure.

However what they fail to see, it seems, is how pointless such an existence will become in reality.

Firstly having fame and celebrity comes with its own problems and it’s certainly no guarantee of happiness. Getting the public’s attention is relatively easy but keeping it is a much more difficult proposition.

Which leads naturally to the second point; to be a ‘celebrity’ simply because of any media attention you’ve gained and the notoriety on which it is based means that you trade largely on the ‘car crash’ which your life must gradually become. Your life must be constantly full of drama and each episode must be more dramatic than the last.

The media, whether it’s television, the press or social media, exist to make money not to promote celebrities. They just need drama and content that will attract viewers and readers, which is where so called celebrities can be useful to them.

Celebrity stories appeal to viewers, which is the reason for media interest. However it’s the ‘car crash’ celebrity stories that really draw viewers in. So to grab regular media attention you must compete in the ‘my life is out of control’ stakes.

How pointless is that? What a waste of any natural talent you may have, if that’s as far as your ambition goes.

Surely it’s much better to make a difference in life and leave a legacy behind you?

That way, you’ll be remembered for the difference you made to the lives of others.

No one will remember you just because your name regularly appeared in down-market tabloids for all the wrong reasons.

If that’s all you achieve, in the end you’ll be regarded as just another loser.

So make sure you lead a life worth living and leave this world a better place for you having passed through it.

Be remembered for the difference you made to the lives of others.

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Why you must believe in yourself

There’s good reason why you must believe in yourself. Consider this quote:-

I am the greatest; I said that even before I knew I was. ~Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali knew that if you believe that you’re the greatest then you can be the greatest, and in his sport he was.

Believe in you and you’re in with a chance. Don’t believe in you and you’ll have no chance at all.

Everything starts with self-belief.

If self-belief doesn’t come naturally to you then fake it. Fake it until you make it, as they say.

In the bathroom mirror every morning look yourself in the eye and say, “I’m as good as anyone and I’m better than most. I’ll go out there and I’ll show them all just how good I am.” And develop a positive mindset.

You must develop the mindset of a winner.

Develop the mindset of someone who’s determined to show everyone else that you’re the very best at what you do.

Say to yourself constantly, “I will not be second to anyone.”

And remember also; winners never quit and quitters never win. It’s become a cliché of course but that doesn’t make the point any less valid.

Self-belief is always at the heart of personal success.

That doesn’t mean that successful people don’t experience self-doubt occasionally. They do, often frequently.

However they don’t let it overwhelm them. They rise above it.

Unless you believe in yourself you can never really achieve your full potential. So go on, be all you could be. The world needs every ounce of the potential you have at your disposal.

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Simple guide to improving quality of life

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”~Ralph Marston

Looking for a simple guide to improving the quality of your life?

Well let me tell you the first thing you must recognise is that to get out, you must put in. In life you’ll only get out just as much as you put in. As the old saying goes, you reap what you sow.

No one gets a free ride in this life. Anything you want can be yours but nothing’s for free. Effort underpins individual success. That’s a fact.

Simple guide to improving quality of life:

To improve the quality of your life many things matter. In summary these include:-

  1. Your personal philosophy: Know what you want and appreciate that it comes at a cost. However you must believe you can get what you want as long as you’re willing to pay the price.
  2. Adopt a positive attitude: A bad attitude will never get you anywhere.
  3. Make success your aim: You must want to be successful. It won’t happen by accident.
  4. Like yourself: High levels of self-esteem will have a positive impact on your life.
  5. Have high expectations of yourself: You’re as good as anyone else and you can achieve anything anyone else has achieved. So set the bar high for yourself.
  6. Don’t waste time: Time is a resource to be used wisely.
  7. Don’t waste money: Another resource to be used wisely.
  8. Educate yourself constantly: To earn more you must learn more. Constantly working on improving your knowledge and skills will make you more valuable to the marketplace.
  9. Focus on adding value: The more value you add the greater your income will be over time.

Key message:

The main theme of today’s post is that what you do today will have an impact on the life you’ll experience tomorrow and in future years.

Learn something new; develop new skills; or gain some useful experiences today and you’ll have a basis to establish foundations on which you can then build a better life.

Your life really can be built on those foundations. Nothing is ever a waste of time.

The more you know and the greater the number of skills you have then the more useful you are to other people and the more demand there will be for your services.

Work is just doing stuff for other people in exchange for money. The greater your skills the more value you can offer other people. And overall the value you offer will dictate just how much you earn. People of high value are high earners. That’s a fact too.

Never, ever forget that there is a direct relationship between the value you offer and the money other people will pay you for your services.

And whilst money isn’t everything, having a decent income means you can enjoy a decent life. Again, that’s a fact.

So the choice is yours. Be positive, work hard at improving your skills and knowhow and you can enjoy a very decent standard of living.

However if you make no effort at all, then the life you’ll experience will always be mediocre at best. That may seem unfair to some but that’s reality, whether you like it or not.

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Does enjoying your work matter? Here’s why it should.

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. ~Steve Jobs

Does enjoying your work matter? Well, here’s why it should in my opinion.

You’ll only have this one life, so you have to make the most of it.

Life is not a rehearsal. Your backstory might be written in indelible ink but your future is a blank sheet and the good news is that you hold the pen.

You don’t have to accept things the way they are, that’s a fact.

Your life can be changed with some effort on your part.

It’s never easy of course but it can be done. And if you’re not happy with the way things are then why wouldn’t you want to try to improve your life? Why wouldn’t you want to create a life that has you jumping out of bed with enthusiasm each morning?

Work is an important part of your life and it absorbs a significant amount of your time each week. So you have to enjoy it and you have to get up in the morning and look forward to what you’ll be doing that day.

Yes it’s true that no one’s working life is always perfect. However the good days should outnumber the bad days by a considerable margin.

Enjoy your work and you’ll do it well. Hate your work and you can never do it well. And it has to be done well if you want to succeed and maximise your earning potential.

Do your work well and people will notice. And once you get noticed it’s amazing how many good things will start to come your way.

Find work you love and if you haven’t found it yet, then keep looking until you do.

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Investing like Warren Buffett: Tips and Techniques

Investing Tips and TechniquesWould you like to know more about investing and money dear reader? Maybe you’re looking for some investing tips and techniques?

Perhaps you’re always short of money and possibly in debt?

Well it doesn’t really have to be that way. You do know that don’t you?

You could improve your financial situation but you’ll need to start learning about money and how it works and how you can make it work for you.

In today’s post you’ll find some observations about money and investing and you’ll find an interesting video from the world’s greatest investor Warren Buffett.

Warren Buffett has become a very wealthy man through investing and he has consistently been one of the most successful investors of all time.

It’s always worth listening to successful people, so I can recommend you watch the embedded video below because I’m confident you’ll find it useful.

1. The Importance of Money

When it comes to sustaining life, money is not the most important thing but after oxygen and water few things matters more.

Certainly you need enough to get by but you also need to put something aside for a rainy day because one day it will rain, of that you can be sure.

Putting something aside for your old age too would be a wise thing to do.

Wealth creation matters and if you are to build wealth successfully you must learn how to manage and invest your money wisely.

2. The Importance of Investing

Creating wealth is easier said than done of course.

It starts with making sure you put at least some money aside each month.

Pay yourself first by putting away say 10% of your income each time you get paid.

Make that a habit and you won’t miss it.

As cash starts to build into a decent sum then you need to ensure that you get a decent return in order for the compounding effect to work its magic.

Over time you will be amazed at how your wealth will grow if you invest wisely.

3. How to Invest

Maybe you’re still unsure as to how you go about it?

Well that’s natural, so don’t worry.

If you don’t know how to do something, look around for someone who is already doing it successfully and copy what they do.

Certainly there are some excellent examples of investors who you could adopt as a role model.

One of the world’s most successful investors is the great Warren Buffett, otherwise known as the Sage of Omaha. Have you heard of him?

If you haven’t, I can tell you that he has created so much wealth through his investing skills that he is one of the richest men in the world.

The video included here offers some investing tips and techniques,

It illustrates how Buffett invests and how you might emulate his success. This is a useful video and it is worth your time, if your aim is to develop your investing skills.

4. Investing Tips and Techniques

5. Buy some reference books on investing

One video cannot tell you all there is to know about investing of course.

Developing your investing skills will take time and patience, building your knowledge as you go.

Nevertheless there are plenty of good books on the subject and you would be wise to establish your own personal reference library on the subject.

One book I can recommend is from the Financial Times series.

Like everything associated with the Financial Times, the FT Guide to Saving and Investing for Retirement: The Definitive Handbook to Securing Your Financial Future will provide you with sound advice on all aspects of saving and investing, particularly with respect to your long term goal of making sure you can enjoy a comfortable retirement.

I can recommend this book and it’s available from Amazon. Buy it here.

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What is grit and why is it important?

What is gritWhat is grit? I’ve heard this word alot recently. And of course the obvious supplementary question is, why is it important?

I’m referring to a term used in psychology to represent a positive, non-cognitive personality trait based on an individual’s perseverance of effort combined with the passion for a particular goal and a powerful motivation to achieve it. Allow me to explain.

Have you ever noticed that the smartest people are not always the most successful? Obviously success can be defined in different ways but for most people their measure would usually revolve around money and prestige.

If we take money as the measure for success, then you’d think the smartest people would easily come out on top on that score, surely? Yet you’d be wrong.

We hear stories frequently about college professors who struggle financially whilst at the same time tradesmen like bricklayers and plumbers become millionaires. How can that be?

Surely the smartest people have a natural advantage? Well, actually they don’t.

The people with the real, innate advantage are those with this quality known as grit.

So exactly what is grit? It is an inner steeliness. It is courage and resolve. It is strength of character. It is drive and desire. It is passion and motivation. It is a willingness to persevere until the desired result is achieved. It is determination to achieve a goal and a willingness to take calculated risks.

It is a fact that doing well in life depends on much more than academic ability and your capacity to learn quickly and easily.

Having those qualities is useful of course but in the absence of grit you’d still be at a disadvantage.

Someone of average academic ability but with a shed-load of grit will be better placed to achieve real success in life.

What is gritPeople with grit intuitively recognize that life is a marathon not a sprint.

They’re willing to experience failure because they know that failure is a temporary outcome not a permanent position. And they’re willing to fail and then start over using the lessons they’ve learned from the experience.

So what’s the key to success? It’s the need to get grittier!

Angela Lee Duckworth makes this point admirably in this excellent TEDxTalk video and it’s well worth a few minutes of your time. It’s an interesting video and I think she nails the point perfectly.

That’s what I think but what is your opinion?

Could there be such an easy answer or is it all much more complicated? I’d be interested to hear your views.

Grit: The power of passion and perseverance:

Further Reading:

If you’d like to know more about grit and Angela Lee Duckworth’s ideas about the secret of success then read her excellent and Number 1 best selling book Grit: Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success.

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Daily Habits of Successful People

Habits of successful peopleIf success is your aim, can you learn from the daily habits of successful people?

Certainly I believe that we are what we do on a daily basis.

Anything you achieve, or don’t achieve, is brought about by the habits you develop over time.

Everything you do is as a result of our habits, good or bad. So surely it makes sense to develop and maintain good habits and make them your master?

Habits, good or bad, are formed through repetition.

Good habits can be hard to form but they are easy to live with. Whereas bad habits whilst easy to form they tend to be very hard to live with. Our lives can become a battle of good habits versus bad habits. Don’t let the bad habits win.

Good habits can be learned and bad habits can be replaced by good habits. Yes, it requires self-discipline on your part dear reader but it can be done and people do.

Decide on the habits you want to develop and focus on achieving them one at a time.

Start with one good habit you’d like to form and then force yourself to repeat the necessary actions daily.

After around three weeks that habit will be formed and it will just become part of your routine. You’ll start to repeat it with little or no thought. Essentially you’ll do it on autopilot.

If you have a bad habit you wish to replace with a good habit then each time you find yourself about to perform the actions of the bad habit, stop yourself and perform the actions of the good habit instead. Again after around three weeks the good habit will be programmed into your brain.

Successful people are driven to develop good habits. Self-discipline is the key ingredient for good habits to form and for the replacing of bad habits.

Successful people also establish the habit of goal setting on a daily basis.

You cannot hit a target unless you can see that target. Setting a goal is the first step in achieving that goal. Successful people are results oriented.

Successful people are also people oriented.

You get what you want in life by helping other people get what they want.

Every product is a solution to a problem. Even if your goal is to sing or dance, to succeed you must always recognise that you perform to and for people.

They have a need to be entertained and your aim is to fulfil that need. To solve this particular problem for them if you like.

In dealing with people you must be honest and show integrity if you are to win the respect of others.

So honesty is a good habit to develop. Dishonesty and cheating will catch up with you and will be a permanent stain on your reputation. You don’t need that now, do you?

And above all, you must look after your health. You have one body and one mind and they must last you a lifetime.

So develop the habit of taking good care of both.

To reinforce the message of the importance of repetition and routine I‘ve included this excellent video from Brian Tracy.

Brian is always a source of great advice for anyone seeking success and aiming to create a successful life for themselves and certainly he’s one of my main sources of constant inspiration.

The video is short but well worth your time and I recommend you watch it now.

Habits of successful people:

Further Reading:

Regular readers will know that I am keen on building a personal reference library of books and audiobooks which I use to inspire and motivate me and to help me achieve my goals. And I would encourage you to do the same dear reader.

In the video Brian Tracy refers to his book Million Dollar Habits: Proven Power Practices to Double and Triple Your Income. This is an excellent book and would be a good addition to your library. You can take a look at the print and Kindle editions if you click on the link in this paragraph.

However I must be honest and tell you that actually I decided to purchase Million Dollar Habits: Proven Power Practices to Double and Triple Your Income (AudioBook). Personally I find the audiobooks really useful because I can listen to them whilst I’m driving which means I’m making better use of what would otherwise be dead time. If you’d like to take a look at the audio version of the book then, once again, just click on the link in this paragraph.

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How to become rich through your work

How to become richHow to become rich through your work? A question many people ask. Some people get rich but somehow you don’t dear reader. Why? You work hard but you’ve got very little to show for it, right?

How is it that other people succeed and get rich but you never seem to make any progress at all?

Perhaps the question you’ve been asking yourself is, what’s the real link between working hard and getting rich?

Well give me a couple of minutes of your time dear reader and I’ll tell you what I’ve learned about work over the years and how it’s linked to the generation of real wealth.

First off, as I’ve said many times before; work is simply doing stuff for other people in return for money.

If you enjoy your work and it comes naturally to you then you’ll do it well. If you do it well then people will notice. And once people start to notice then increasingly you’ll be in demand.

The greater the demand for your services the more you’ll get paid. In short, your value will increase.

If you truly enjoy your work and it becomes your passion then it won’t seem like work at all.

However if you work for a single employer then essentially you’re trading your time for money, regardless of whether you enjoy your work or otherwise.

Even if you work for multiple employers one at a time, the effect is the same. You’re simply trading your time for money. It cannot be scalable because, as an individual, there’s only so much you can do in a given period of time.

There’s nothing wrong with trading your time for money of course and it’s the way that most people earn a living. However you’re unlikely to get seriously rich that way.

Working for an employer will certainly make you a living of course but, unless you work on Wall Street or in the City of London, that’s about all.

To earn serious money you need to be doing stuff for many people simultaneously. The more people you can serve simultaneously the more money you can make.

The obvious question in your mind now will be, how’s that be done?

Well creative people serve many people simultaneously don’t they?

For instance if you write a bestselling book, record a bestselling song or produce a bestselling DVD these would all add value to the lives of many people simultaneously.

When people buy the book, the song or the DVD in their millions then you can make millions of dollars in the process. Just ask JK Rowling, Paul McCartney or Ricky Gervais. They’ve all become rich through their creative work.

Then again not everyone can write, sing or perform. Perhaps you’re a designer?

Suppose you design furniture, say a chair perhaps?

You produce a fabulous design and offer it to a furniture manufacturer. They really like it and they want to use it but you hold the intellectual property rights (IPR) because it’s your design. So the manufacturer must pay you a royalty when the design is used for every unit sold.

If that chair becomes very popular and sells in the millions, you’re on-going royalty payments can add up to something quite substantial. Replicate that with many designs and you could get very rich indeed.

In this case the example is furniture but the same would apply if you design anything. For instance the man who designed the retroreflective safety device known as cat’s eyes in Britain got very rich through his design. Fashion design is another area where serious money can be made from your designs if they become popular.

The trick with creative work is to understand the law around copyright and IPR and make sure you’re rewarded for your work through royalties.

The advantage of creative work is that the series of royalty payments can have a very long tail. Your work can be the gift that keeps on giving for years and years.

Take a song like Imagine by John Lennon.

John Lennon wrote that song around 1971 but we still hear it regularly on radio and television to this day. So despite the fact that it’s almost 40 years since Lennon’s tragic death, the song still earns money for his estate, i.e. his family. Now that’s a real legacy for them.

Starting a business and selling products by the thousand is another way to serve many people simultaneously.

If your business can produce products that provide your customers with genuine solutions to their problems then there really is serious money to be made. Problems are an opportunity to make money if you can offer suitable solutions.

How to become richYour business will employ people who are trading their time for money but through your business you’ll be serving the many simultaneously and you can enrich yourself in the process.

The takeaway message for you today is that if you work one-to-one you’ll make a living but if you can work one-to-many you’ll make a fortune.

Whether it’s becoming a creative person, a performing artist, or starting a business, serving the many is the real route to riches.

It’s not easy of course but it can be done and people do. With a little self-belief and a lot of hard work you can too.

So when are you going to get started?

Go on, have a go! Serve the many not the few.

Remember; it’s better to try and fail than to spend your life wondering what might have been.

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