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This means letting go of outdated ways of doing things, accepting new ideas about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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.twitter.com/DanielTheyagu