If we aren’t careful, stress can get the better of us. It can leave us feeling exhausted, burnt out, and even physically out of shape. There are many ways we can reduce stress. Below are a few steps you can take to help reduce the stress you feel, aimed at helping you feel more free […]
It seems that everywhere you look these days, there are self-help guides, self improvement books, seminars, and podcasts all designed to help people take their lives to the next level. The list of ideas to focus on varies drastically depending on the background of the author and what they deem to be successful, but there are several characteristics that can be found across the majority of these publications:
An ability to think differently and go against the grain – Without the courage and belief of people such as Steve Jobs, Mother Theresa, and Martin Luther King Jr., the world would be a very different place to what it is today. It takes a special person to put their reputation on the line and do the complete opposite of what everyone else is doing.
A willingness to fail – Some of the most successful people in the world failed on numerous occasions to get the success that they are now famous for. One of the most famous examples of this is Michael Jordan whose commitment to failure quote is known around the world:
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
The ability to set and pursue goals – Successful people have to be excellent multitaskers and must possess the ability to prioritize their tasks. Each will have different methods of doing this, but the majority of successful people will discuss the way in which they set out their goals at the start of the day and work through them in priority order.
They are ambitious – They are hungry, driven, and want to succeed. This fuels their fire and makes them a relentless competitor with the desire to grow and thrive.
They are responsible – They take ownership of what they do, and do not push blame and failure onto those around them.
The ability to network and connect – There is no possible way for people to accomplish all of their goals without support from the people around them. They have an ability to surround themselves with successful people and are able to leverage their network to help them achieve their goals.
They don’t procrastinate and wait for “the right time” – with many things in life there are typically no perfect times to do something, apart from when it comes to crossing a road, where poor timing can be deadly… Fear of failure is what holds most people back, but successful people will see the reward rather than the risk.
They are focused – They understand that there are a lot of distractions around them, but there is the need to focus on what truly matters and what is important. How good are you at prioritizing and how does this help you to achieve your goals?
There are many other qualities that people discuss when it comes to the characteristics of successful people, but in my opinion, one of the most underrated traits is that of resilience and refusing to give up, no matter how difficult things become.
All of the above strengths are pointless if you don’t have purpose and passion to fuel your fire. One of the best examples of resilience that has inspired so many people over the years is the “Tyson Is Back” fight from 1990. 42-1 outsider Buster Douglas managed to overcome the then undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson, in one of the biggest upsets in sporting history. What allowed Buster to experience this success? Resiliency and purpose. Watch the video below to find out more about this incredible story.
How resilient are you? How do you react to those punches that make you feel like you just can’t carry on? What keeps you going when you almost reach the point of no return? The resiliency and drive that successful people have is something that motivational speaker and life coach Tony Robbins has spent his life exploring. It’s a fascinating trait and one that would make you a fortune if you were able to bottle it and replicate it.
We are keen to get your thoughts on what makes people successful. Do you disagree with any of the items listed here? What did we miss? What “superpower” do you possess that makes you successful? Looking forward to reading your responses! Until next time, Expect the Exceptional in everything that you do, and be resilient!
Are you on the other side of the phone, with a script that has no emotions and a target that has no logic? If your answer is YES, then this blog is for you because you got it all wrong bruh But…If you are on the other side of the phone, with a strategy crafted […]
Some great words of wisdom from the incredible Steve Jobs.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to…
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In the modern world that we live in, it is often part and parcel of many positions to travel the country, and potentially internationally, for business meetings. I am lucky that my husband doesn’t have to travel too much, but when he does there are several things that he does to make the process as simple as possible.
- TSA pre-approval – It only costs $85 for 5 years and is so worth it! Some benefits include skipping the security line, not being required to remove shoes at security, and leaving your electronics in your bag.
- Frequent flyer miles – take advantage of these, whether though the airline or through a credit card. United offers the added option of admission to the United Club Lounge, which offers free snacks and drinks and a much larger area to relax before a flight. When we had a 12 hour layover in New Jersey with a one-year-old, the United Lounge was perfect. There was even a room for families and children where we were able to lie him down for a nap!
- A powerpack that is always charged just in case – Some planes are equipped with sockets that you can charge your phone through but many are not. Power packs are not too expensive and are life-savers when you cannot find a place to charge your phone. Additionally, there are luggage companies now that offer mobile charging stations right in your suitcase.
- Eye drops – to combat the dryness of the air on the plane and the conditions within your hotel room. This will help you look refreshed for those meetings that are scheduled right as you arrive in town.
- A quality carry-on bag – Find a bag that fits your needs and can also fit easily into the overhead storage compartment on the plane. This saves time when you are checking in and also eliminates the chance of the bag being lost.
- Download music and movies on your phone – This will provide some in-flight entertainment without having to pay for Wifi on the plane.
- Book a room that includes breakfast and has a mini-fridge inside the room – on his most recent trip, my husband stayed in a Holiday Inn and Suites and was able to collect extra food at breakfast that he could then eat when it was convenient for him without the need to go out to purchase food.
- Lyft/ Uber app downloaded on your phone – everything is done digitally and one of the great things is that if you leave something in the car, you can immediately contact your driver on their cell phone, which is not possible with the traditional cabs. (Bringing back terrible memories of the time I left an entire suitcase full of shoes in a London cab, never to be seen again!)
- Plenty of water throughout to stay hydrated – you often don’t realize how dehydrated you can get on a plane. Drinking plenty of water will keep your energy levels up and your appearance looking somewhat normal!
- Expensify – digital expense tracking to keep the CFO happy at all times!
MILWAUKEE — Halloween is right around the corner and with that comes the tradition of carving pumpkins. Switch it up this year and try one of these ten spooktacular no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas. 1. Melted Crayon Pumpkins Your kids will love this. Let them choose their favorite crayon colors to create the look of their […]
“You’ll come away with a system that takes your individual style and speed and plots your way to the accomplishment of your writing goal.“
Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and nonfiction, working on as many as four novels at a time. The highly organized but slightly untidy bestselling author of over thirty books, Allie spends her days writing, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the Midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced a seventeen-year career with over 1.2 million books sold. In addition to writing, Allie regularly speaks on faith, the creative process, women’s issues, and her very favorite topic—time management for writers.
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