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56 Inspirational Picture Quotes That Will Motivate Your Mind, Body & Soul


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15 Things Successful People Do


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Warning Sign (Photo credit: Adam Tinworth)

 

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”

 

Whether in business or life, there’s a fine line between success and failure. Booker T. Washington’s quote highlights the inevitability of obstacles on the path to success. In fact, I firmly believe success and failure go hand-in-hand. Those looking to succeed must first fail or learn from those who failed.

 

Successful individuals aren’t just born, there’s a lot more that goes into the equation. I’ve found those who are highly successful have a lot more in common than we may think. If you’re seeking success, these habits may come in handy.

 

1. Fail. No matter how hard you work, failure can and will happen. The most successful people understand the reality of failure, and its importance in finding success. Rather than running and hiding when you fail, embrace it. Learn from this mistake and you won’t fail in the same way again.

 

2. Set goals. Those who are successful set daily achievable goals. Find success by solidifying S.M.A.R.T. — smart, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely — goals. Stop juggling a mental to-do list of just long-term goals and establish small daily goals to achieve your vision.

 

3. Don’t rely on luck. Many relate success to being in the right place at the right time. While this is an element of success, there’s also the crucial involvement of blood, sweat, and tears. Don’t hold yourself back by waiting for the perfect timing or idea. Some of the most successful people got there by hitting the ground running, even if timing wasn’t perfect.

 

4. Track progress. Success comes from regularly monitoring behaviors, strategies, and tactics. How can you make adjustments if you don’t know how you’re doing? Hold yourself accountable by checking your progress as often as possible.

 

5. Act. Successful people don’t always know the right answer, but the keep moving anyway. Don’t let obstacles stall you when you’re searching for the right solution. Taking action will lead to answers.

 

6. Connect the dots. Those who are successful have the ability to see the greater picture. They identify and connect the tiny details to get there. Look at things in a “past, present, and future” context to receive favorable results.

 

7. Display realistic optimism. Those who succeed truly believe in their abilities. This respectfully drives them forward. Assess your abilities to gain a clear understanding of what you are able to accomplish. This will allow you balance yourself through the aid of find someone or something else.

 

8. Continued improvement. Successful people habitually thrive on self-improvement, whether it’s in terms of learning from mistakes or simply using their weaknesses as opportunities. Channel this habit by continually searching for ways to be better. Maybe your networking skills are rusty or you need some extra training — set goals for improving your weak spots.

 

9. Commit. Success doesn’t come without effort. The most successful individuals are often the most committed to what they’re working toward. Throw yourself into your tasks and go the extra mile every single day. Make no exceptions.

 

10. Be alert. A keen sense of awareness breeds success. If you’re not keyed into your environment, you’re sure to miss opportunities. Do you know what’s being said within your company, feedback from clients, or even in your entire industry?

 

11. Persevere. Truly successful people never give up. Do they ever fail? Yes. But as times get hard, their stamina to move forward doesn’t wane. Develop a willingness to work through the challenges you encounter along the way.

 

12. Communicate with confidence. Those who are successful have an ease for convincing others. They don’t manipulate or pressure, but logically explain the benefits. Communicating with confidence will allow you to more easily negotiate your visions.

 

13. Display humility. The most successful individuals lack an ego. It’s their fault when they fail. Hold yourself accountable for every aspect of your life by focusing on remaining focused and humble.

 

14. Be flexible. Plans may change. Successful people roll with the punches. Rather than getting frustrated, swiftly maneuver in another direction.

 

15. Make connections. Successful people often attribute their achievements to the help of others. You can’t and won’t be able to do this alone. Invest in generating mutually beneficial business connections and partners. Even if you have all the skills necessary to run your company, a business partner could complement your weaknesses.

 

Initiating these habits of successful people will fuel you on your search for achievement.

 

What do you think is the most important habit of successful people?

 

 

Why Sheryl Sandberg Is Wrong About The Drop Out Rate For Women MBAs


When Sheryl Sandberg returned to Harvard Business School for a talk in 2011, her pointed answer to a question from an audience of MBAs drew stunned silence. “If current trends continue,” Sandberg said, “15 years from today about one-third of the women in this audience will be working full-time and almost all of you will be working for the guy you are sitting next to.”

It turns out that the chief operating officer of Facebook’s gloomy prediction isn’t materializing. A new study by Harvard Business School published on Thursday (April 4) shows that only 10% of Generation X alumnae (ages 31 to 47) are at home caring for their children full time. Some 70% of all women alumni from HBS are in the paid workforce, while 56% work full time.

“She is very far off the mark,” says Robin Ely, senior associate dean for culture and community. “There is this image of these women that is not positive. People think they get these MBAs. They have taken a seat from a man and then they go off, get married and not do anything. But it’s just not their experience.”

The number that Sandberg, an HBS alumnus, quoted two years ago and in her recently published book, Lean In, comes from an earlier informal study culled from reunion data some 15 years ago. The new research is the most systematic study ever done of business school alumnae. Dubbed the Life and Leadership After HBS survey, addresses everything from employment and child-caring responsibilities to personal satisfaction with faith and wealth. The study includes responses from 3,786 women and 2,655 men, a response rate of 25% from the 25,810 who were surveyed. ”There is a lot of talk out there about this,” adds Ely, who oversaw the research. “The idea behind the study was to get a really reliable set of statistics on what women alumnae are doing.”

In an interview with Poets&Quants, Ely said the much higher estimate of women who have dropped out of the workforce altogether is something she commonly encounters in her travels. On a recent alumni visit to Northern California, Ely said she was horrified to hear a female alum say “‘I can’t believe that 15 years out, only 25% of the women are working.’ But after all is said and done, only 10% of women are at one full-time caring for their kids,” says Ely. “And of the people currently at home with kids, we asked if they plan to go back to work. Only 3% said no, 11% were unsure, and 86% said yes. We are also looking at a moment in time. People think that people leave the workforce to care for their kids and they never come back. That’s not true.”

Also surprising, adds Ely, was the fact that among women not employed full-time, many were working challenging part-time jobs that average 25 hours in a typical week and the vast majority (three-fourths) are engaged in pro bono and volunteer efforts. Thirteen percent of Gen X women are working part-time, compared with only 2% of men. Some 63% of the women report regular or significant volunteer commitments. Alumnae who care for children full-time are even more committed to pro bono work, with 67% reporting substantial volunteer activity. This fits with the importance HBS alums of both genders place on community involvement—65% value making a contribution to society. “A third are in significant leadership positions in their community work,” says Ely. “These are the women who are running the capital campaign at their children’s schools.”

Some may take a less optimistic view of the study’s results, however. Ely’s research found, for example, that some 43% of female graduates from the Boomer generation (ages 48-66) are no longer working full-time, compared with only 28% of men—a difference of 15 percentage points. The discrepancy is more pronounced among Gen X women. Some 26% of women in this age group have left the full-time workforce, five times more than their male peers–but well below Sandberg’s estimate that two-thirds won’t be working full-time. The study found that the more children alumnae have, the more likely they are to nix full-time jobs. A whopping 37% of Gen X women with two or more kids aren’t in the full-time workforce, compared with only 9% who have no children.

For the full report on Harvard Business School’s alumnae, see Poets&Quants:

 

Top Performers Never Work “For” A Company


I recently got asked:

What’s the one key difference you see in top performers
compared to the rest of the workforce?

My answer: Top performers never see themselves as working “for” a company. They believe it’s better to work “with” a company.

Do you know the difference?

When we believe we work “for” a company, we give up control. They set the rules and we blindly follow them. They plan the future and we obediently execute the plan. They are the master and we are the ____(insert whatever you want). In short, we place a set of golden handcuffs on and silently suffer.

But J.T., if I stand up for myself, I’ll get canned.

I’m sure many of you read the above and immediately fear standing up for yourself will get you in trouble. Yes, if you decide to be aggressive and demand your employer make changes or else, you’ll most likely be shown to the door. That’s not what I’m suggesting. It’s about changing the way we see, and subsequently, work “with” the employer. The fact is, they don’t think they owe us anything. Why? We’ve been compensated for what we agreed to as the working arrangement. If we want to change the results, we need to change the approach.

Professional Emancipation = The Secret to Being a Top Performer at Work

Top performers don’t view themselves as employees. They don’t give up perceived control over their destiny. They see the employer as a means to an end – a client they want to work “with” as a way to create a win-win scenario. They patiently but persistently negotiate the terms until they feel there’s an equitable arrangement where both sides profit. And, when the situation changes (which eventually, it always does), and they start to feel like the agreement is out of balance, they proactively and positively explore ways to bring it back to equality. They plan their own futures and use the work they do with the employer to help them further their ambitions. They recognize they are their own boss and the employer is a consumer – an entity they must please to stay in business, but one that can be replaced, or even fired, as long as they keep their business relevant and in-demand.

I realize that is easier said than done. But please remember, I was asked about top performers – and in my experience, that’s what it takes.

So, which would you rather? Work “for” or “with” a company?

I believe we need employers and they need us. I believe we can free ourselves of The Golden Handcuff Effect and partner with employers to do great things. But most importantly, I believe it begins with deciding to stop working “for” a company and start working “with” them.

What do you think?

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