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Strategies for Success

In reflecting upon my own experience and observations, I think the following strategies are worth employing if you want to be successful both in the office in particular and life in general.

1. Have a stress coping mechanism that works for you (more or less).

No one is exempted from the stresses of life, so it’s important that you have a strategy to deal with it.  Sometimes it can come down to just having a coping mechanism that can make or break your sanity, and enable you to function and continue fighting, or not.

2. Get to know the people you need to interact with, whether as colleagues, subordinates, superiors, partners, or competitors.

The better you know people, the better positioned you’ll be to influence them because you know what’s driving them; the better you’ll be in dealing with them if they need to be handled in a certain way (especially if they’re the rebellious, stubborn, arrogant, difficult, and generally disrespectful and annoying type); and the better you can position yourself to have a stronger connection to them, which is an investment that will reap rewards for the long term.  Though you can use this knowledge for evil, knowing people enables you to interact with them with sincerity of intentions, which is the best use of such knowledge.  Also, don’t make the mistake of underestimating anybody; you’ll be surprised what some people are capable of, given the chance.

3. Find a way to turn disadvantages into advantages.

Framing your perspective of the situation is instrumental in making this happen, for in doing so you get to see how things are connected and how these play out on a grand scale, and what aspects you can use to your advantage.  At the very least, force yourself to see the good in your situation so that you’ll have such a thought as a coping mechanism.

With the right perspective (and attitude) with your predicament, you might discover something in your situation that you can work to your advantage.  For example, if someone is overbearing towards a lot of people, then you can be the counter-point to that individual’s personality, drawing people near to you as a result, and thus gaining their support instead.  If you feel like you’re not being recognized, then since no one notices you, use that power of anonymity to “do things and get away with it” (I’m not saying you do something bad, but it can be whatever you might want it to be!).

4. Adapt and respond to change.

You don’t need to do something bad to fail; it’s enough that you don’t do anything at all.

Nokia CEO ended his speech saying this “we didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost”

The advantage you have yesterday, will be replaced by the trends of tomorrow. You don’t have to do anything wrong, as long as your competitors catch the wave and do it RIGHT, you can lose out and fail.

To change and improve yourself is giving yourself a second chance. To be forced by others to change, is like being discarded.

Those who refuse to learn & improve, will definitely one day become redundant & not relevant to the industry. They will learn the lesson in a hard & expensive way.

Be open to explore other and different ways and opportunities in work and relationships.  How something has always been done isn’t necessarily the best or most relevant way; there could be a better way of doing things.  Success waits for those who do not fear and are willing to break out of their comfort zone.  The possibilities in life are limitless to the one who is open and willing to adapt to the ever-changing nature of this world.

To be successful in life it’s crucial to be quick and nimble to adapt to change.  It can sometimes feel like there’s no sense of stability in a situation when things are constantly changing.  However if a situation or decision no longer makes sense then it’s important to quickly change and adapt to fit the new reality and needs of the situation.  The change you make should add value, of course.  Refuse to be stagnant for such will be your death.  Adapt to change – oftentimes doing so is absolutely necessary in order for you to survive, conquer your fears, move forward, and thrive in this world.

5. Be aggressive in pushing your agenda and getting what you want.

It’s a harsh reality of life that if you want to get ahead in your career or whatever you want to become, it sometimes does help a lot to be a jerk about it.  The good news is you don’t necessarily have to be a jerk to be aggressive.  Being aggressive is part of the process, even necessary, to get things done.  You won’t be successful and you won’t go very far if you won’t be pushy about your own agenda.  So run after that opportunity that you want – and if it doesn’t exist, then create it, for it’s a waste of time just waiting for such to happen, so you might as well find a way to make it happen.

6. Build your skills, gain experience, and attain mastery of your talent.

This is like grammar: It can mean the difference between knowing your crap and knowing you’re crap.  Make the most of the opportunities you have to build yourself; create these opportunities if necessary.

You know that you’re successful if people ask for you by name when they need something important done.  When that happens it means that you have arrived at the point wherein people have a certain comfort zone – a strong confidence – that you are the best person for the job and you will do the needful to get it done.

It might be an advantage to be “invisible” to avoid further hardship, for as you know, the reward for good work is more work and what-not, but this can only go so far.  People need to know what you’re capable of doing, and for that you need to shine like a super star with what you have and where you are now (another analogy: “bloom where you are planted”).  Your success in small matters will give the attention you need to be given the chance to prove yourself in bigger matters – it’s important that people know you exist and you can do it.  The more opportunities given to you, the more confidence you gain in handling bigger deals, the better you become at your craft, the larger and further your reputation grows, and the greater you effectively become in the eyes of many.

The reward for good work is more work.  It will definitely entail a lot of hard work.  But it’s in being given the chance to do better and bigger things where you will have more to gain in the long run.

7. Accept that getting hurt, falling down, and breaking up into pieces are part of the process of becoming successful, for such make you a better person in the end.

What doesn’t kill you might try again – but if you still keep on getting up, putting yourself together, pushing forward, and learning from your mistakes and improving upon the same, then the experience only makes you faster, better, and stronger.  Sometimes failure and disappointment are the best ways for you to become the best person you can ever be, and more.

When you play the game, you’re bound to get hurt many times – keep on playing anyway, for the prize awaits those who are persistent enough to go after and get it.

Go forth and do whatever you need to do to become successful.

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