Success Tips 101
26th November, 2015

#Success 101

It gets dawn on me with my little experience that success translates in various forms. A student for example wants to have best grades in his department while a business owner will always opted for more customers and whichever way it is, success is generally desired by many but only few knows how to make it work. Here we shall be delving into some tips on being successful.

1. Realize your Potential

In order to succeed at anything, you need to see that you have the potential to reach your goals. For example, if you want to be a successful you must create passion for your discipline, you must find a need to love it. With this you already have the potential to attain that success.

2. Don’t Look Back

Everyone has failures or mistakes in the past. To have success, you need to learn from your past and value those difficult lessons but do not ever dwell on the past. Simply move forward and make better, more educated decisions from the lessons learned. For the fact that you once had F9 doesn’t guaranty that you won’t graduate as best.

3. Dare to Dream

To succeed, you need to have dreams and aspirations. Be honest with yourself as to what you want out of life and what you want to give of your life. Allow your mind to dream and think big. One of the greatest mistake to make as a youth is not defining what you want to achieve in the nearest future.

4. Don’t Give Up

Many times have seen students that didn’t start well but finish well even as one of the best in the department. To reach success, you have to persevere. Even Thomas Edison had to learn this. When he was creating the incandescent light bulb, it took him more than 10,000 times to get it right. Keep striving even when it becomes challenging. Your background doesn’t mean you back should be at the ground.

5. Have an Unstoppable Attitude

You need to have determination. With good intentions, there may be a close friend or family member that feels it would be better if you focused your attention in another direction. Uphold your unstoppable attitude, determine to succeed. In Kanu Nwakwo’s word “I was determined”

6. Stop the Complaining

You might think there is no correlation between complaining and success when in fact there is a connection. When you are spending time complaining about the obstacles you are facing, you are wasting so much time being negative that you are actually loosing chances to move forward. Instead of thinking of challenges as a problem, think of them as opportunities. Complains doesn’t take you anywhere you have to face reality and work things out.

7. Have a Plan

If you don’t plan for it you cannot achieve it. Even if it is flimsy to begin with, you should construct a plan to include goal, milestones, deliverables such as contracts, business plans, etc., and accomplishments. This will provide you with a visual as to what you are working for, what milestones you have successfully met, and where you need to do better.

8. Accept Responsibility

Many individuals most especially students still depend so much on parents, friends, relatives amongst others. The truth is, whichever decision you make for yourself have overall effect on you, those great men and women as recorded took decisions that have overall positive effect in making the world a better place for all. If you fail who is to blame?

9. Be Happy

A positive mind and happy, upbeat attitude will help you succeed. It has been proven in many studies that a person living in a happy state generally gets much further in just about everything they do. Even when things are not working as expected put a smile on your face because it kills the enemy than you could imagine.

10. No Shortcuts

An old cliché states, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” This should be your motto. When you want to succeed, you cannot afford to take shortcuts. As a student you need to plan ahead for each exam with relevant materials and research.

11. Be Excited to Learn

Referring back to the analogy of Edison, when asked about his failures by a young boy, Edison commented, “Young man, I didn’t fail 9,999 times, I discovered 9,999 ways not to invent the light bulb.” As you work toward your specific success, always enjoy opportunities to learn, even if it takes longer than you think it should.

12. Seek Input

Whatever your idea on success, conduct a “sanity check” throughout the process of reaching your goal. This should be done with someone you trust and who is also successful. Ask God before you embark on anything.

13. Be a Good Listener

To succeed, you need to learn how to listen first. Pay attention to other people who have enjoyed successes in their life, attend seminars given by people that can motivate and encourage, or be open to hearing that a particular idea is not a good one. Good listening takes time to learn but in the end, it will be your greatest tool.

14. Birds of a Feather

If you have a goal of being a best-selling author, or you want to be the best student in your department find friends and mentors who either have achieved that same goal or are also pursuing a successful writing career. It is important to surround yourself with people that can associate with your goal and passion, people who understand the burning desire to succeed and can encourage when you meet with disappointments.

15. Getting Past Fear of Failure

Being afraid of failure is a normal emotion for every person in this planet. How you get pass that fear is the determining factor between failing and succeeding. You can do that by setting realistic goals and then examining those goals on a regular basis to do any necessary realignment. Above all, believe in yourself and the desire burning within.

16. Good Time / Resource Management

The best investment is to invest in the things of God. Being successful also means keeping to a schedule. In addition, you need to learn how much is too much. Good time and resource management will help you ensure that you use your time wisely and that you are not adding third portions onto a plate still overflowing with seconds.

17. Attitude

Putting yourself in the right attitude for success should be at the top of your list. Staying positive and surrounding yourself with friends, that share a positive attitude will help you succeed. Do not allow negative thoughts to slip into your mind. Attend motivational seminars and find ways to enjoy life. A good attitude will allow you to turn any bad situation into a learning experience. You have heard the saying, “The glass is either half-full or half-empty.” You need to adopt the attitude that life is half-full. The result is that you will feel better, have more energy, and have a much higher opportunity for success.

18. Give 100% Effort

If you are going to succeed, you have to be able to get through tough times. You will have to rise to challenges and not quit. You have to plan to go the extra mile and make personal sacrifices. Succeeding means giving 100% effort. Stay focused while keeping your performance on a consistent basis.

19. Believe

Not only do you need to believe in the product or service you are building to success, you also need to believe in you. Your confidence is what will get you through the difficult challenges and build credibility with your customers.

20. Learn a New Skill

School alone doesn’t guaranty success in life. Learn new skills that will enhance your success. If you want to become a hairstylist and someday open a line of salons, in addition to cutting hair, learn how to braid, color, do weaves, etc.

21. Be Thankful

You need to be thankful for not only your accomplishments but also your failures. Having a grateful attitude is important. It will help you stay humble, which in turn, will help you continue striving for the ultimate in success.

I hope with this little piece you must have adopted some tips that would help you best achieve your desired success in that aspect of your life. See you at the top.

Lagos, Nigeria
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