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7 character traits you need to be successful
Succeeding at any project requires a lot of things to go right and they're more likely to go right (and you're far more likely to succeed) if you develop these 7 character traits...
1. Hold yourself responsible for your life and your projects
Many people blame external factors for way too much; it's not fair, I'm just unlucky, my project failed because xyx. Sometimes external factors do influence our success but nowhere near as much as we tend to think.
E.g. did an external event really scupper your plan? Or did you fail to adequately research before you started. Can you really say something was not your fault at all?
The more you look for the part you played, the quicker you'll grow.
2. Be your own harshest critic
I don't mean beat yourself up when you've done a good job or even when you fail or do something wrong or stupid. But use that voice in your head as an objective observer, watching and commenting on the things you do and the decisions you make.
I like this concept: live your life as though you're being watched by a variety of people you consider to be potential mentors. This leads to a much greater level of consciousness and integrity in all you do.
3. Fully commit to everything you do
If something's worth doing, it's worth doing right, right? And life is too short to embark on half-hearted projects. Look at your mission statement, your life goals, your short, medium and long term goals and rationalize them.
Any self-employed person knows that decisions they make can determine if they have a roof over their head in a years time. That can easily lead to analysis paralysis. But so far as possible, if you decide on doing a project, do it as if your life depended on it. Don't do it tentatively because you're not sure that it will work. Do it, and do it fully committed - or don't do it at all.
Fully committing also means resolving to become an expert!! Doesn't have to be the world's greatest expert. But don't commit to a project without also committing to learn everything you can about the environment for that project - anything less is not full commitment and may contribute to failure (or at least less success).
4. Be brave, bold and confident
This happens more naturally as you develop these 7 traits. Have faith in the fact you planned, that you made right decisions. Some decisions are bound to turn out wrong - but knowing that you did all you could to prepare means you shouldn't feel bad and beat yourself up. Just pick yourself up and learn from it.
5. Develop a bounce-back nature
Next time you experience a setback of any severity, monitor your reaction to it. How much that setback derails you is within your control. Reactions can be on a scale of 'my life is over' to 'oh bother'.
Truth is it happened and there's little point crying about it. Pick yourself up, see what you can learn from it, resolve not to make any contributing mistakes again and move boldly on.
6. Be adaptive
Time spent is gone. Don't cling to something that is no longer the right thing to do just because you've invested time/energy/money into it.That is water under the bridge.
Every decision needs to be what's the right thing for me to do next? If that involves a detour, some backtracking, dropping a project or changing career, then so be it. Adapt to changing circumstances to survive and prosper. Do it faster than others to have the competitve edge!
7. Enjoy Life!!
It's a cliché of course but be as positive about everything as it's possible to be. We hate chores by definition - try making some of your chores not chores. At the very least listen to music while you do them.
Use mundane tasks as an opportunity to think and plan, to think about your goals.
Enjoy the experience of life, good or bad. Enjoy what setbacks have to teach you and you'll mysteriously find yourself suffering less setbacks :-)
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