Planning for Success

Planning for Success

It is hard to plan for something that you have no idea about. And, that is exactly what the future is, the unknown. Most companies are also unclear about how you can grow your career or what they would even expect of you to advance further. Another additional layer of stress is that at the same time you are also at competition with everyone else in your field who also want the same things as you. So really, you need to know how to develop your skills, but also, how to develop them faster than everyone else.

A viable growth model 

The 70-20-10 model was made to help people grow themselves the fastest. Basically, it breaks down to 70% of your professional growth will come from the direct work experience that you have from jobs that you have done, 20% is from the networking and interactions that you with other people and professionals in your field, and lastly 10% is from the educational training you undertook. Also, take every opportunity and presentation as an avenue for growth. Once you’ve completed the action, ask for feedback, and then perform the next time at an even higher level. Here is a 3 step strategy to plan your success:

1. Build a realistic vision

The first step is to gauge where you are currently and where you would like to be. Once a clear goal has been outlined you know what you are working towards instead of aimlessly striving towards an unclear vision.  When you are doing this the most important factor is to be realistic and honest with ourselves. Although objectivity can be hard, it is essential in mapping out your success. For starters, your ego has to be left behind and asking for input from a respected superior who you know will not sugar-coat the truth is a good place to work from.

2. Learn from experience

Two types of experiences will help you grow. The first type are functional experiences. These are things that help you hone in on a particular skill. The second type are management experiences. Management experiences help you develop skills under pressure and lead a team as well.

3. Seek advice

Another tip is to speak to people who are successful in your field. They can offer insight into what steps they took to reach where you would like to be and guide you in the right direction. Leave your ego behind and ask for input from respected superiors who you know will not sugar-coat the truth and guide you in the right direction. By mapping out your plan, seeking experiences that will help you grow, and speaking to successful professionals in your filed you can easily plan for success.
Is being there really the same as BEING there?

Is being there really the same as BEING there?

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Today’s economic climate makes it really hard not to see a two-parent working household. But, in the process of working so much to support one’s family, are we actually negatively impacting them in the process? Maybe not as much as one might think actually as long as we actively make time to attend recitals and soccer games. But more importantly, when we are there physically, we have to be there mentally as well. Research has found that parents’ working, even for long hours, did not hurt children but parents who were distracted by, or obsessed with their work, did see an impact on their children.

Be mentally present 

Work is important but it should not always be at the forefront of one’s mind. Technological advances have made it possible to work from home and answer ‘important’ emails right in the palms of our hands but, if you are focussed on work the whole time you were at your child’s hockey game and didn’t even see them score the winning goal, were you even really there? 

Impact on child’s emotional health 

A study found that there are many factors regarding a parent’s attitudes towards work that can have correlative effects on the behaviour of one’s child which also offers insight into their mental health. The Child Behaviour Checklist was used in a study to cross compare the effects a parent’s work-life can have on their children, irrespective of time. Findings from the study showed that when parents felt that family life took precedence over work, a child’s emotional health was higher than a child’s whose parents felt work should come first. Another interesting finding showed that when parents thought of work as an interesting challenge and enjoyed it, their children were better off.  

Individual parent’s role 

When specifically looking at the role of a father, the study showed that when a father had a very psychologically demanding career, the result was behavioural and emotional issues. But, if when a father came home satisfied and was available to his children as well as relaxed psychologically, the children had fewer issues. When looking at the maternal role regardless of the type of work they had, if they were in charge of their time, and had time for personal self-care, the children showed fewer issues. This is unsurprising as most women usually take full responsibility of their children’s well-being which can get tedious and tiresome fast. Giving them time to take care of themselves allows them to really be there and present when they are with the children.  

All these findings are regardless of how much time a parent spends at work, but how they spent the time they weren’t at work. Being present and focussing on children and really being there when you are with them is what is important. So, if we care about how our careers are affecting our children’s mental health, we can and should focus on the value we place on our careers and experiment with creative ways to be available, physically and psychologically, to our children, though not necessarily in more hours with them. Quality time is real. 

Conquer Your Inbox

Conquer Your Inbox

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One of the most convenient ways to reach someone at the office is not walking over to their cubicle, rather it’s shooting them a quick email. Not only does this keep a written record of everything, it also allows you to go back and reference what was discussed. But with such a high volume of emails constantly bombarding one’s inbox it can be hard to keep track of what’s important and still needs to be dealt with and what’s been read. These are some simple tips that can help you “de-clutter” and conquer your inbox.

Set time-limits 

For starters as soon as an email has been read move it out of your main inbox to stop yourself from re-reading it again later. Next instead of stopping what’s currently being worked on at the ping of a new incoming email, turn off the notifications and instead allot a set time where you check your emails. This can be at the top of every hour or even every couple of hours depending on the necessity.  

Have a clear-out Plan 

Having inboxes that are overflowing with emails wastes an average of 27 minutes per day according to research. There must be a clear plan to clear out or move read emails out of the inbox in order to avoid building backlog. Archiving or deleting emails after reading them would be the best option. 

Use the Search option 

Finding messages that we’ve already read is a big part of the work of email processing. Search is one fix. Some people create multiple folders to categorize emails to deal with this problem. But research finds this to be 9% slower than the simple Search feature. Search option is argued to be the easiest option to overcome this problem. 

Simplify  

Also, remember your email isn’t a library, it doesn’t need multiple categories to be sorted into. Rather have just two folders, one with emails that need to be responded to, and the other for emails being kept as a record but don’t need a response.  

Set filters 

Reading and processing irrelevant emails costs us 8 minutes per day. So it is important to cut the spam. Have an automated filter to soft out newsletters and flyers that are not read. Make sure to unsubscribe from lists and stores that you don’t actively seek out information from. By cutting the clutter you’re already halfway there to conquering the clutter. 
 
By following the simple tips provided you can take charge and conquer your inbox! 

4 Strategies that can make you an Elite Entrepreneur

4 Strategies that can make you an Elite Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur is someone who not only markets a business but, also markets oneself. It is for this reason that in order to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to know who you are and have a clear idea of what it is that you want. There are four strategies that you can employ to excel at what you do and to achieve maximum business growth. 

1. Be very clear who you are and where you’re going. 

Self-awareness is the biggest asset one should have. Be clear on what works for you and what does not. Knowing what you can compromise on and what you cannot is vital. If you think you will keep beating around the bush and making excuses, stop and remove this task from your to-do list and find an alternative you are able to actually complete.  By understanding what you don’t want to see within your business you can more easily identify what you do want to see. Knowing what you want is an essential part to promoting growth and setting attainable goals.  

2. Eliminate stuff from your life and business that doesn’t fit 

Once you’ve learned what you dislike take the necessary steps to remove that factor from your life. Surrounding yourself with negativity has a direct correlation with your mood and your productivity. If you have an employee or even a friend that is constantly straining your positivity and productivity sometimes the hard decision needs to be made to cut this person out of your life and remove them from your inner circles.  

3. Conquer the battles in your mind 

Another factor to consider is how you treat yourself as well. If you are constantly putting yourself down and telling yourself that you are not good enough, you will never be able to put yourself out there. You need to be your own biggest supporter first before you can tell others what to do and show them why you are worth it. Do the things you need to, to promote good mental health. Just like a fine tuned car will run for years, a fine tuned and healthy mind will keep working at its prime as well.                         

4. Be consistent 

It is easy to keep making plans of what needs to be done, and what you need to do but the hard part is actually doing it. A strong work ethic is the basis to anything successful period, whether it be a business or not. Being consistent and working hard will set the standard for everyone else in your presence.  

By thorough self-assessment, belief in yourself, surrounding yourself with good people and working hard to achieve what you need, you can become a successful entrepreneur.   

5 Traits Of Successful People

5 Traits Of Successful People

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Achieving success is not a matter of luck. Success is a matter of being patient, having the right knowledge and persevering. Successful people have some common characteristics or traits that make them great. Being aware of these traits can help us in increasing these qualities in ourselves. 

Cultivating the traits given below and making them a part of your daily habits will benefit your life and career. 

1. Ambition 

Successful people do not have vague goals. They have specific and clear-cut goals. This provides clarity and makes the goal attainable. Specific goals also act as motivating factors and help in the formation of a career plan. Goals can be broken down into more manageable milestones which can be worked toward incrementally.

2. Determination 

Successful people are known for their resilience and drive. They have a strong willpower within them which helps them in attaining their goals. This ‘drive’ motivates them and helps them to focus all their attention and effort into furthering their progress. A successful person with a strong sense of drive is able to work tirelessly because they believe in themselves and their abilities. This ultimately enables them in accomplishing their goals. 

3. Readiness to learn 

One of the most important traits of successful people is a genuine thirst and hunger for knowledge. They keep an open mind and try to learn from everyone and every situation that they come across. Every experience offers an opportunity to grow.  Lifelong learning leads to the accumulation of new ideas and increases creativity. 

4. Patience 

Patience is an invaluable trait. Anything worth having is worth waiting for. Successful people recognize this, and they’re willing to take it slow but steady to win the race. Patience enables them to persist even in adversity and even helps them to learn from their mistakes. Cultivating patience will boost your career and increase stability.  

5. Discipline 

Success rewards consistency. Consistency is developed through discipline. Most successful people establish a routine that allows them to be consistent in their efforts. Routines vary from person to person. The key is to follow a routine that helps you grow both in your career and as an individual. Discipline is a key trait that allows people to enjoy not only success but also longevity in their career. 



Entrepreneur Alert – 3 Trends To Avoid​

Entrepreneur Alert – 3 Trends To Avoid​

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What are trends? They are created by humans rethinking the known ways of doing things. Young entrepreneurs are the force behind new business trends. Most businesses believe that following the latest trends is a sure-fire way to success. This is a misconception. Entrepreneurs must choose those trends which is best suitable for their business and must at times not even follow certain trends. 

Here are some trends that young businesses should not follow: 

1. Growing the first business too fast 

The eternal entrepreneurial dilemma is the decision of recruiting investors or not. While investors inject immediate cash into the business, they also demand quicker results and control. On the other hand, growing organically can work but take years. 

So the solution is to grow your first business yourself, learn from that slow experience and then launch another business faster the next time. Learn your mistakes from the first business and invest more time and money into the second one. 

2. Obsessing about a personal brand 

Many entrepreneurs believe that creating a personal brand will advance their business. But a reputation, or personal brand, is something you cannot fully control. A reputation is a by-product of work. If you work hard and treat people well, you can naturally influence your reputation. So instead of focusing all your attention on developing a personal brand, focus on advancing your business. Once you make money, the persona will grow organically. 

3. Excessive networking 

Networking is a means, not an end. Networking is used to meet potential customers, suppliers, affiliates and partners. Sadly, many young entrepreneurs over-network because it becomes their social life. Instead of working on your social presence or going to meaningless networking events, focus on doing actual work. Excessive networking can also drain your energy. So young entrepreneurs must be willing to sacrifice their social life and use their energy on advancing their businesses. 

It might be tempting to follow the current trends but young entrepreneurs must understand the follies of blindly adopting a new trend. Every business is build up slowly and gradually with hard work and patience.  There is no shortcut to success.