Lessons for Success
Lessons for Success
April 01, 2013
Can you define what makes you successful?
Inc. Magazine recently interviewed 11 business leaders and asked them to identify how they became successful. Here are five of the lessons for success outlined in the article.
1. Do less – In other words, FOCUS! Evan Williams, co-founder of Blogger and Twitter, said, “The vast majority of things are distractions, and very few really matter to your success. If you have too many things to think about, you’ll get to the superficial solution, not the brilliant one.”
2. Embrace accidents – Take advantage of those opportunities when you accidentally run into people. You don’t have to approach those around you with a business pitch right away, but make sure to make meaningful connections. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos said, ”I think you can create your own luck. The key is to meet as many people as you can and really get to know them….without trying to extract value from them. You don’t need to connect the dots right away.”
3. Fail – Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, said, “I don’t mean you have to try to fail. That will take care of itself. A key component of whatever successes I’ve had has been what I’ve learned from my failures.” When we fail, we learn what it takes to not fail. The important part is getting back up and trying again.
4. Emphasize steady progress – In a study of 238 professionals, Harvard Business School Professor, Teresa Amabile found that people were more motivated on days that they were able to move forward in their work, even if it was just a small incremental step. Make sure to celebrate those little wins.
5. Stop thinking about yourself – Decisions need to be made for the betterment of everyone. John Mackey, co-founder of Whole Foods, said “whenever we make a decision, we want it to work for all stakeholders – employees, customers, investors, suppliers, the community and the environment. If it doesn’t, we go back to the drawing board.” Think about how someone else can benefit from a new opportunity.
These lessons, and many more, are echoed in The Success Formula. To read more about applying The Success Formula in your life, read here: www.nsemindset.com.
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How are you going to apply these principles of success in your business?