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We know for a fact that successful people do things in a different manner. Do you want to become a successful individual? Then you definitely must learn from the best of the best. Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg may be just simple names to some of us, but the stories behind their success and how they triumphed in the face of adversity are worth telling.
What defines success and what gives people the measure of success? Of course, there’s no such thing as an all-encompassing recipe, but there are a couple of steps you can follow in order to achieve your life’s goal.
So, what defines a successful individual and what do these people do in order to reach the top of the ladder? After asking around a bit, we’ve managed to put together a small list of guidelines, which we’re happy to share with you. So here they are:
Learning from their mistakes
Here’s a heads up: successful people are not afraid of making mistakes. Long ago, a Roman philosopher by the name of Seneca said:
“Errare humanum est, perseverare diabolicum”.
This roughly translates as <<to err is human, but to persevere (after acknowledging your mistake) is diabolical>>. We all make mistakes from time to time, but the measure of a true man, as Shakespeare would put it, is to take responsibility for your mistakes and to learn from them.
Many of you might consider this kind of teaching to be obsolete, but experience has shown that this method actually works. Successful individuals have reached their desired places because they were not ashamed to admit that they were wrong.
Think about all this as making a calculation: will the costs of committing and covering up my mistakes be greater than actually admitting them? Math is a universal language, and, while it may not help us solve the riddle of human existence, it might help us in this matter.
Once upon a time, but not very long ago and not in a distant galaxy, but on our own cozy little haven called Earth, there was a man too afraid to tell folks that he too, like any other human being, was prone to making mistakes.
And he did everything in his powers to show how perfect he was to all those close to him. Time after time, he would commit grave mistakes, and every time he would say the same thing: “It isn’t my fault, another one is to blame for this mishap.” What did you think happened to him? He got caught up in his own web of lies, that he reached a point where he couldn’t recognize himself in the mirror.
Unsurprisingly, everyone saw him not as a perfect human being, but as a lesser man, who was cocky, and downright afraid to admit that he was not at all more special than other people.
The moral of this story is this: if you want to gain the respect of all those around you and to become a truly successful individual, you should stand by your beliefs and never be afraid to admit your mistakes, even if they might dent your so-called reputation.
All successful people out there have gained their fame by saying: “I was wrong, and I know why I was wrong. I’ve learned from my mistake and moved on.”
Don’t go out there thinking that success is something that you gain overnight. In order to be a successful professional, you’ll have to work hard. In extreme cases, people who have gained their share of fame and glory have neglected some aspects of their social lives in order to win the race to the top of the hill.
The Romans, in all their wisdom have another great saying about the nature of hardship. Their dictum is as fresh today as it was 2000 years ago:
“Per aspera ad astra”
This means that in order to reach the stars, you must first brave many bumpy roads. It’s a common misconception that people like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs had it easier than anyone else. Remember that Gates had to drop out of school just to prove a point, and that Jobs started his company from scratch.
So, if you truly want to be a successful professional, you must realize that there will be many times when you’ll have to burn the proverbial midnight oil.
When you first took your current job, probably the first thing your employer asked is how good are you at handling multiple tasks. Multi-tasking is a perk, but, in the long-run it’s considered a pretty bad idea. Why is multi-tasking so loved and reviled at the same time?
Well, look at it this way. It’s considered okay to respond to an e-mail while talking to someone else on the phone about how to create an Office account, but when it comes to more time and nerve-consuming projects, multi-tasking becomes utterly useless.
Successful people manage to get this far because they took one step at a time. They didn’t grab a lot of stuff, but picked a single thing into which they’ve channeled their whole attention and resources.
When the job was done, they would move on to the next project. This is yet another secret, shared by so many successful individuals.
Thinking several steps ahead
Becoming the king of that hill called success is like playing a game of chess. You’ll always have to find ways in order to stay ahead of others. Plan your moves and try to figure out what others are thinking. To become truly a successful professional, you must learn how you can predict your opponents move before the event thinks it.
An individual that has achieved his goal managed to do so by learning how to scout ahead and how to adjust their plans according to what they’ve discovered. Imagine for a second what Microsoft or Apple would look like if their CEOs didn’t pay too much attention to the latest trends in technology.
Well, for starters, both companies would have fallen into bankruptcy. Only by keeping the pace with society, will you be able to learn what’s good and what’s not. This is perhaps one of the most essentials lessons in success anyone can ever teach you.