Ten keys to success.

The keys to success.

Here are a few simple rules.  If you are going to be a shrinking violet, shy and awkward without the courage to say “boo!” well …. you probably won’t make it, whatever “it” may be.  Entrepreneurial types are generally aggressive (and by that I do not mean nasty or unkind), they are extrovert, they are energetic and – most importantly – they are not afraid.

1)      Know in advance that you will sometimes fail.  That is normal.  It would be odd indeed if you had great success each and every time you took on a task.  Just like an athlete training, you are bound to fall over sometimes.  The trick is to LEARN from that failure – what were the pitfalls ?  What tripped you up ?  How can you avoid it ?

2)      When you have fallen, you have to be willing to get back up again.  Even when you just cannot see how to get back up again, start by moving something – anything – make that first move and the rest will follow.

3)      Be organized.  Know what, which, when, who, how, where. Have it all at your finger tips. Be informed. Be alert.

4)      You do not have to LIKE other people you are dealing with, whatever the capacity – employees, employers, suppliers, drivers, colleagues.  As long as they do the job required.  That old saying “don’t mix business and pleasure” has a lot of truth in it.  A great many people miss an opportunity because they don’t LIKE so-and-so.

5)      You need to be fit and well, mentally and physically.  A good diet and a proper rest routine help you function on all cylinders

6)      Share your experiences with people whose opinions you value, even if they have no experience of what you are currently working on.

7)      Every cloud has a silver lining.  When something has gone wrong, search around the edges. Look underneath. Look behind.  Is there nothing to be gained from it ?

8)      Know the difference between quitting and changing direction.  If you are going round and round in circles, recognize it.  Move sideways. Go elsewhere.  Without dissipating your energies, change direction.

9)      Successful people often have a happy and contented home life. They are comfortable in their own skin, and comfortable with the people they share their lives with.

10)  Successful people are optimistic.  Their glasses are always half full, never half empty.  They remember their AIM.  They head towards it.

Last but not least remember that success is a choice, a choice that YOU make.  You are the person in charge of YOU.  You will make your own destiny.  Luck and a following wind will help, but basically YOU make your own destiny.

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Catherine Broughton is a novelist, a poet and an artist.  She is widely travelled and writes regularly for magazines and blog sites.  Her sketches are on her web site http://turquoisemoon.co.uk .  Her books are available from Amazon and on Kindle, or can be ordered from several leading book stores.

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Catherine Broughton is a novelist, a poet and an artist.  Her books are available as e-books on this site:-

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Posted on 27/10/2012 by Catherine
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