January 2020 [ Volume : 45 Number : 1 ]
THE SUCCESS PRINCIPLES
TIPS FOR GROWTH
- 1. Surround yourself with the right people: Success isn't something you can obtain on your own. While you ultimately define your own path, you're greatly influenced and aided by the people around you. Until you realize this and start to reach out, you'll find it's nearly impossible to breakthrough.
- 2. Embrace your failures: Thomas J. Watson once said, "Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes."
- 3. Set goals and timelines: You'll often hear people talk about a future goal as some far off thing that will one day manifest. Here's the truth, though: The average life span is only 78 years. This means you only have a few decades to make your mark. It's time to set goals with finite deadlines. This is what successful people do.
- 4. It's okay to pivot: Some of the most successful people in the world are those who ignore the call to specialize. While there's something to be said for choosing a profession and sticking to it, there's much more to be said for individuals who move around and pursue different things. Here's something you won' hear from everyone: It's okay to pivot. Do what makes you happy and you'll soon create your own definition of success.
- Anna Johansson