Continuing our blog from last week, being successful is about working smarter and remembering these 5 things:
1. Identify the things that you want to achieve.
Set goals to define a path for yourself.
You have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. You decide that you would like to run your own business and break away from your 9 to 5 job in the next year.
2. Figure out how your strengths can help you reach your goals.
Those strengths that you defined with your SWOT analysis can serve as a road map for your future.
Perhaps you are a gifted metalworker. You do some research and decide that you should go into business making art from metal. You decide that in the next six months you'd like to pull together the resources to leave your job and be a blacksmith full-time.
3. Focus on the skills that you need grow to develop your strengths.
Instead of stressing out about the things you don't do well, put most of your energy into refining your unique talents.
Starting your own metalworking business is going to require you to learn some new things. You'll have to figure out where you can get materials to do this sort of work, and you'll need to learn how to build up a client base. In addition to practicing your metalworking, you'll have to spend some time networking. You have to do all of these things so that can afford to grow your metalworking skills.
4. You may encounter obstacles along the way, and that's when you know which weaknesses to work on first.
Weaknesses that interfere with your ability to achieve your goals need to be tackled head-on. You might do this through acquiring new skill sets or finding a colleague with strengths in areas that challenge you.
Imagine that your business is doing so well that you have to file quarterly taxes. You balk at this because you don't understand the tax code. Rather than waste time on taxes that you could spend crafting beautiful sculptures with your specialized skills, you hire a CPA. The CPA has a different set of specialized skills and knows how to make sure you comply with tax laws and get the maximum number of deductions.
5. Always focus on enhancing your strengths.
There are things that you can do better than anyone else. If you can find out what those things are, you can spend time working to make your best even better.
You are already excellent at working with one kind of metal. To enhance your strengths, you might practice with different materials or find a mentor who can teach you new techniques. In this case, not knowing how to work with certain types of metal isn't really a weakness – it's just untapped potential.
Don't let yourself drown in deficiencies.
When you dwell on the negative, you don't give yourself a chance to shine. By becoming an asset-based thinker and appreciating your strengths, you can find success more easily. Instead of going down rabbit-holes to take on work that requires a specialist or beating yourself up over unchangeable aspects of your character, focus on maximizing your talents. Not only will you be more successful, but you'll be a lot happier too.
Article by Angelina Phebus, Lifehack