Three Surprising Life Lessons From Successful People

People often envision successful people enjoying the good things in life such as happiness, wealth, and power. Likewise, we tend to associate success with admirable traits such as wisdom, hard work, and discipline. Thus, we look at successful individuals and wonder about their secrets. We want to emulate their virtues and know their tactics so we can also savor the sweet taste of success one day. One way to make famous and successful personalities your mentor is by learning about their views on life. However, as undoubtedly interesting individuals, you may even be surprised by the life lessons they give. Here are three surprising lessons from highly successful people you may want to know:

Learn to say no.

You might think that successful people never want to miss anything and so always feel the need to say yes to everything. However,  a quote from one of the most successful American investors, Warren Buffett say otherwise. As the quote from Buffett says, “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” This quote stresses the need to protect your limited and valuable time. As much as you want to, it will be hard if not impossible to accommodate every request and give in to every demand. Thus, learn to prioritize tasks as you manage your time. Not everything deserves a slot on your calendar and it is alright. In fact, trying to please everybody can even prevent you from reaching your goals.

Failure is a good thing.

With her bestselling novels, world-famous J.K Rowling is surely a picture of success. However, one advice from this British writer teaches the importance of failure. As Rowling said, “Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success.” The quote is not encouraging people to fail. Rather, it emphasizes the need to see failure as doors that show wonderful lessons and can lead to great opportunities.  Her words teaches us to never lose hope even after experiencing failure. Another successful personality, Oprah Winfrey, backed this refreshing view about failure with the quote, “Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”

Aim for simplicity.

You might think that a brilliant man like Microsoft founder, Bill Gates thinks in a complex manner. However, in a speech he gave during the 2007 commencement exercise in Harvard University, some of his advice is to keep things simple.  According to the billionaire, “The barrier to change is not too little caring; it is too much complexity.” His speech implies that the key to solving complicated problems is by thinking of simple solutions. 

Almost everybody longs for success and many desire for a faster and easier route to get there. However. there is no exact formula nor a predefined path for success. Yet it will surely involved the willingness and enthusiasm to learn. So take that first step towards success by being open to surprising and novel ideas that can help you reach your dreams.

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One Way To Easily Reach Goals & Be A Better Parent: Set Family Goals

Admit it, your goals and aspirations as an individual doubled or even tripled the moment you become a parent. Maybe you want to lose that extra weight by eating healthier and at the same time, you want to save a certain amount of money to enjoy financial freedom. While working on these targets, you are probably concerned about raising smart and responsible children too. Likewise, you wish to create family memories that your kids can cherish for years.

With the many hats that a mother or a father has to wear, parenthood can sometimes feel like a huge burden. Most of the time, defining the goals is the easiest part of the journey. The real challenge starts in the process of accomplishing each one as you may encounter stress and difficulty that can push you to quit.

But cheer up, there is one simple thing you can do to successfully sweep all your targets in one strike. It is as easy as making your goal-setting an important family activity. A research done by the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) found out that having a partner to work on your targets increases your chance to achieve the goals by 65%. This proves that making your spouse and/or kids your partner, you strengthen your resolve to commit to the goal. Aside from increasing your chance of success, this practice also offers many extra benefits for the whole family:

Enhances Relationships

The act of working together toward a common goal may be more effective in fostering a solid connection within the family than any other bonding activities. As you reach your objectives, you will most likely support and encourage each other every step of the way. The process gives you a chance to communicate and spend quality time, making you more understanding and appreciative of each other. When you finally obtained the fruits of your labor, you may be delighted to discover that it also comes with a priceless reward – a stronger and happier family.

Resolves Conflicts

Each family member has a unique personality that may result in clashes and disagreements. Some families can choose to conveniently ignore conflicts, leaving it unresolved for years. However, when you are working on a common goal, family members have another reason to quickly fix and iron out misunderstandings. This results in harmony that is essential in building a positive environment.

Teaches Valuable Life Skills To Kids

As you exert effort to achieve goals, you show your children the importance of values such as perseverance, patience, and hard work. These life skills that can help secure your child’s future is not that easy to teach using words alone. By making your kids part of your goals, you effortlessly instill those values by example.

Children who actively contribute to the fulfillment of family goals can learn problem-solving strategies and communication skills. It can also boost your child’s self-esteem and teaches them how to cope with stress.

So do you want a healthier lifestyle, financial freedom, responsible kids, a thriving business, and clutter-free home? As long as you set realistic goals, you should not let fear hold you back from weaving big dreams for you and your family. You can achieve all your goals in life and at the same time be the best parent you can be, just start by setting family goals.

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Debunking the Rumors on Mentoring

Mentoring is one of the most proactive ways to make successful strides in both your career and your life because it provides professionals with the chance to ask questions that would perhaps otherwise remain unasked and learn from one another in a supportive and respectful environment. But there are some common misunderstandings when it comes to the decision to get involved in mentorship programs. One of the common rumors on mentoring that seeking help or asking for advice is often confused as a sign of weakness, deters many from pursuing such a relationship. It may even feel like by participating in certain mentorship programs you are admitting to a feeling of confusion or the loss of vision pertaining to certain goals and dreams you have previously established for yourself.

But it’s time to debunk these rumors on mentoring because the most successful people are the ones who are never afraid to ask for help or seek advice. In fact, the most successful people are the ones who take the opportunity to learn from others whenever possible.

Read on to debunk the common misunderstandings and discover the truths associated with the power of mentorship programs.

Mentorship is a sign of weakness

First and foremost, participating in a mentorship program is actually quite the contrary. More than anything else, mentoring exemplifies an unparalleled level of ambition and dedication to career goals and aspirations. At its very heart, mentoring is an opportunity to improve all aspects of your career, and should be acknowledged as a sign of responsibility, professionalism, and strength.

Mentorship is a formal relationship

While a mentoring relationship may be a formal one, it can truly be whatever kind of relationship you want it to be. And look for these relationships everywhere. Someone doesn’t have to carry the formal title as your mentor in order for you to learn from them. In fact, try looking for mentoring moments in the most informal of situations. You’ll be surprised what you can learn even when you least expect it. And then the next time you find yourself in a formal mentorship setting, you’ll have new insights to bring to the table. To find out more about what makes for an optimal mentoring relationship, read these 3 Ways to Improve Your Mentoring Relationship.

Mentorship is for young professionals only

Mentorship is perfectly suited for professionals of all ages and at every career stage. And despite popular belief, older professionals can and should take every opportunity to learn from younger professionals as well. Every career-minded person, should learn from whoever and whenever they have the chance because new perspectives and fresh ideas can lead to career-changing breakthroughs. Most importantly, mentorship is a career-long journey because true learning is a lifelong process.   

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