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What Factors Predict Whether A Person Becomes Successful?

Emotional Intelligence and Success

Emotional Intelligence, the ability to understand yourself and the people that you live and work with, is an excellent trait to balance and correct yourself.

Everything and everyone is connected to one another forming a huge ecosystem. Our endeavours, whether to get a job, to lose weight or to find a life partner is always related to others.

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The Definition Of Success

If a person achieves what he set out to do, and is able to reach the goal they set for themselves, they are considered to be successful.

There are three positive traits that help us align towards our set goals, and make success easier and faster for us: Perseverance, emotional intelligence and humility.

Perseverance In Doing The Right Thing

If we keep out a million distractions surrounding us and think about our goal day and night, we will succeed in our goal, no matter what. The key here is continued focus, and also making the right thing as our goal.

If the aim is only money, it may not help us much, but if we keep our aim towards learning or striving to become better at something, we achieve success in monetary terms as a bonus.

Emotional Intelligence and Success

Emotional Intelligence, the ability to understand yourself and the people that you live and work with, is an excellent trait to balance and correct yourself.

Everything and everyone is connected to one another forming a huge ecosystem. Our endeavours, whether to get a job, to lose weight or to find a life partner is always related to others.

Humility And Our Willingness To Learn

One of the best traits in life is the continuous hunger to learn and be open to feedback. Being humble makes us leave our ego aside, breaking down the walls around us.

Humility makes us learn from one another, and stand upon the shoulders of giants. Instead of comparing ourselves with others, we have to create our own definitions of success.

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Being Aware of The Narrative Fallacy

The Narrative Fallacy makes us to see events as stories, with logical chains of cause and effect. When it comes to success, do not fall for the ‘narrative’ fallacy’ and think that great people became successful due to what happened to them, and if we emulate that, we will achieve the same result.

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  • Very few of us went through childhood without getting any emotional scars.
  • Be it home or school, we suffered many problems when our impressionable mind wasn’t mature enough to handle them the way we can as an adult.
  • Our worldview becomes skewed, and we start to build upon the mutated version of the world around us, messing up with our lives.
  • Success by itself is not about money or fame or power, but our upbringing programs us to think about success in a certain way.

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The key to success

There is no such thing as the key to success.

However, being ambitious, lucky and persistent can really work. While nothing guarantees success, finding what you like and trying to become good at it are definitely important steps in that direction.

Focus on your own goals

There is a certain temptation we all feel when it comes to other people's success: check out exactly how they made it u to this level.

Nevertheless, this is not really the appropriate approach, as each individual has its own path in life: so better focus on your goal and how you plan to achieve it.

Clarity

First, you have to know what you want. Sometimes this is best discovered by knowing what you don’t want. This can only be accomplished by trying, experimenting, and taking action.

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Focus

Once you become clear about what you want to do, identify the tasks that help you make the most progress.

If you can discipline yourself to work on high-value tasks, your life will change for the better.

Goal Setting

Goal setting gives your mind something to focus on. If you don’t give your mind something to go after, it won’t know what to do. Use the SMART criteria for setting goals:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

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Managing Oneself

Focusing on our strengths, understanding them and finding true purpose is a two-step exercise:

  1. Ask yourself what you are good at.
  2. Ask yourself if you enjoy that activity.

Write down what insights come to you in a journal. With time, introspection and humility you will find your true purpose by this self-assessment.

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Investing In the Best Hours Of Your Day
  • The morning hours are usually the best hours of your day, and what you do at that time has the power to change your life.
  • Keep yourself away from distractions and just focus on your morning goals, like meditating, reading, writing or exercising.
  • Checking e-mail, watching the news, or consuming useless (junk) content is the worst thing you can do in the morning.
The “Water Mindset”

Taking a cue from Bruce Lee’s famous quote ‘Be Water’, we must adopt a water mindset and adapt to our body and physiology: our best hour of the day could be any hour of the day, as long as it is according to you. Give yourself the best hour of the day.

All of us cannot wake up and join the 5 AM Club as our bodies are different and each morning isn’t the same.

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Creating Moments Of Elevation

Certain experiences make us feel joyful, engaged, amazed and motivated.

  1. Concerts, museums and great outings engage all our senses, making the moments stand out intensely.
  2. Breaking the routine, or the ‘script’ of life provides us with a pleasant surprise, resulting in little moments of big memories.
  3. Competing in something, like a game or a bet, raises the stakes and creates in us a rush of endorphins, making the event more entertaining and memorable.
Factors Of Motivation at Work

The number one reason for employees to leave their jobs is the lack of recognition, praise and appreciation.

In research spanning decades, employees were asked about their motivation factors at work and had only one common factor across 46 years, which was the appreciation they got from the employer for their hard work.

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Find What You Love to Do and Do It

Focus on doing something you love.

When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving.

Learn How to Balance Life

If people think their job will lead to success, they might spend too much time on it and neglect other areas of their life.

Keep a balance between work, rest, health and life. 

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Mental Toughness Traits
Mental Toughness Traits

Professional athletes have five common traits, which make them mentally tough:

  1. Ego strength
  2. Level-headedness
  3. Stress tolerance
  4. Thoroughness
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Ego Strength

Ego, generally considered an enemy, surprisingly can also be defined as a measure to handle setbacks, criticism and rejection.

When our ego-strength is embraced and utilized positively, we genuinely believe in ourselves no matter what the circumstances. No rejection, loss or failure can destroy our will to keep going.

Level-Headedness

Mental toughness is about keeping calm and level-headed while in situations that can make one emotional or make one’s heart pound.

It is almost like a superpower if you are composed and ‘cool’ instead of giving a knee-jerk, emotional reaction.

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We should try and learn every new skill possible and continuously build our personal brand.

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Your Skill Inventory
  • Your skill sets are of no value if no one knows about them, and sometimes we ourselves do not know the value of our unique skills.
  • Updating your resume regularly with a clear list of your old and new skills helps you understand and shape yourself for your next adventure.
  • It is also a good idea to create a brand for yourself in a specific sector, listing out the relevant skills that are concentrated and leave an impact.
What Makes a Good Resume

The last decade has changed the way a recruiter looks at a profile. You need to constantly update and restructure the content with the market realities and demands.

  • A good resume has brevity, action verbs, and skills that fit the job being applied for.
  • It helps to have a formal tone while providing hard, countable facts.
  • Making use of keywords and familiar buzzwords(corporate lingo) makes finding and selecting easier for the recruiter.

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A 10 Minute Daily Review

For 10 minutes, take a notepad and jot down/review your day. Be consistent, noting your achievements, shortcomings, mistakes, and learning.

Meditation

Meditation, often talked about but rarely practiced, is the key to focus and something that will help us in our endeavors no matter who we are.

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