TO BE successful in whatever you undertake, you need to develop the habits,
attributes and skills that will help you gravitate towards success. This is true whether
you are an organisational leader, a new job-seeker, a tertiary-level student or a rank-
and-file employee in an organisation.
Pay attention to the following “success rules” and apply them to your life:
Embrace change whole-heartedly
The ability to embrace change when it is needed is a vital key to success, as it
enables you to adapt quickly, get out of your comfort zone and seize opportunities
that come your way.
In the animal kingdom, the ability to adapt quickly to changing environments
(like a chameleon) can make the difference between staying alive and becoming
a predator’s meal. In today’s challenging business environment, being flexible and
ready to do things differently can also be a matter of survival.
You can learn to embrace change by being alert to the changes happening around
you, being aware of important trends in the workplace and business world, and doing
what is necessary to ensure you remain relevant.
This means letting go of outdated ways of doing things, accepting new ideas about
productivity, upgrading your skills or business practices and adapting to the latest
technology.
Remain ethically fit
This simply means doing the right thing. Imagine a situation where you are
faced with two choices — doing A promises great results quickly but involves
compromising your ethics; doing B will not be morally risky but it will not give you
fast, impressive results.
When you face ethical dilemmas like this, it is good to consider the short-term and
long-term consequences of the decision you make.
To be ethically fit, you have to align your moral compass to do the right thing no
matter what. You also must be clear about the reasons for making the decision.
Becoming part of the solution
When life throws challenges at you, the question you need to ask is whether you
want to be part of the problem or part of the solution. To be part of the solution
means you try to solve the problem and make sure it never comes back.
When you are solution-focused, you are more willing to consider even the difficult
options — that is, those that require change — to resolve problems.
Work with the people in your life
If you want to be successful, you need to work with successful people and, most
importantly, you need to create an environment where the people in your life can feel
successful by being with you. This means you have to network effectively and tap
these people’s knowledge, know-how and experience. But remember, it is a two-way
street and you have to give and share too.

TO BE successful in whatever you undertake, you need to develop the habits,

attributes and skills that will help you gravitate towards success. This is true whether

you are an organisational leader, a new job-seeker, a tertiary-level student or a rank-

and-file employee in an organisation.

Pay attention to the following “success rules” and apply them to your life:


Embrace change whole-heartedly

The ability to embrace change when it is needed is a vital key to success, as it

enables you to adapt quickly, get out of your comfort zone and seize opportunities

that come your way.

In the animal kingdom, the ability to adapt quickly to changing environments

(like a chameleon) can make the difference between staying alive and becoming

a predator’s meal. In today’s challenging business environment, being flexible and

ready to do things differently can also be a matter of survival.

You can learn to embrace change by being alert to the changes happening around

you, being aware of important trends in the workplace and business world, and doing

what is necessary to ensure you remain relevant.

This means letting go of outdated ways of doing things, accepting new ideas about

productivity, upgrading your skills or business practices and adapting to the latest

technology.


Remain ethically fit

This simply means doing the right thing. Imagine a situation where you are

faced with two choices — doing A promises great results quickly but involves

compromising your ethics; doing B will not be morally risky but it will not give you

fast, impressive results.

When you face ethical dilemmas like this, it is good to consider the short-term and

long-term consequences of the decision you make.

To be ethically fit, you have to align your moral compass to do the right thing no

matter what. You also must be clear about the reasons for making the decision.


Becoming part of the solution

When life throws challenges at you, the question you need to ask is whether you

want to be part of the problem or part of the solution. To be part of the solution

means you try to solve the problem and make sure it never comes back.

When you are solution-focused, you are more willing to consider even the difficult

options — that is, those that require change — to resolve problems.


Work with the people in your life

If you want to be successful, you need to work with successful people and, most

importantly, you need to create an environment where the people in your life can feel

successful by being with you. This means you have to network effectively and tap

these people’s knowledge, know-how and experience. But remember, it is a two-way

street and you have to give and share too.

Create opportunities

Successful people create opportunities where there are none. To do this you have to

learn to become both a critical and creative thinker.

You have to take stock of who you are and what you are good at and what you

have to learn that will give you the best returns of investment based on the resources

you have. In other words, you have to set smart goals.

To create opportunities means you have to work hard and be disciplined.

Distractions have to be handled effectively and you need to stay the course — no

matter what.


Go forth and conquer

If you are clear about where you are going, you need to create your personal map

of success to get to your destination. Along the way, you need to make constant

adjustments based on the unexpected challenges you face.

Even if you fall, you will learn to get up quickly. With your map of success, your

relevant skills, your ability to embrace change and your strong belief that you will

achieve your goals — ultimately, you will.


Article by Daniel Theyagu, a corporate trainer and seminar speaker at Lateral Solutions. Contact him at daniel.lateralsolutions@gmail.com or visit www.twitter.com/DanielTheyagu