When we consider the keys to succeed in business, what we are really talking about are the components of a happy, successful and fulfilling life. To determine the most important factors, it's important to evaluate how some of our successful predecessors have said about how they have achieved such a balance.
From the following quotes -- and the simple rules that spring from them -- we can learn a great deal about how we ourselves can plow forward in our careers and our lives in general. Those included in this piece come from a wide variety of professional worlds -- from government to film to athletics and beyond -- but all have something important in common: They were and are all of them leaders, respected for their vision and savvy, both within their fields and within the larger culture.
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill
RULE: Have a great attitude
I don’t think enough value is placed in a genuine smile. That can be the difference between a yes or a no. There is something about someone with a positive attitude that is almost infectious.
“80% of success is showing up” – Woody Allen
RULE: Be on time
Nothing says unprofessional like someone having to wait for you. Remember, if you’re early you’re on time. If you’re on time you’re late. If you’re late, that is unacceptable.
“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out” – John Wooden
RULE: Be prepared
Whether you’re going into a business meeting, pitching an idea, or negotiating a deal, always be prepared both physically and emotionally. Be ready for anything that comes your way.
“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile” – Roger Staubach
Rule: Work you full hours or until you hit your goal
Hard work is one of the most important aspects in success in life. So put the work in, nobody had ever napped their way to the top. Perhaps some of your colleagues aren’t willing to put in the time and dedication you are.
“All progress takes place outside of the comfort zone” – Michael John Bobak
RULE: Maximize your opportunity
Every opportunity you get holds more than you think. Perhaps you were invited to a conference, have you networked with as many people as possible? Think of each opportunity as a towel you need to wring every last drop out of.
“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him” – David Brinkley
RULE: Maintain your attitude
No matter how great of an attitude you have, someone will try to knock it down. Whether it is because they themselves are unhappy or they simply do not want to see your succeed, don’t let them win, keep a level head and find you reset button.
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily” – Zig Ziglar
RULE: Know your goals
This may be one of the most important steps. Do you know why you are here? Do you know what you are trying to achieve? Remind yourself daily of your short-term and long-term goals, this will drive you and push you.
“Either you run the day, or the day runs you” – Jim Rohn
RULE: Take control
Not enough people understand the true impact it means to take control of a situation. By taking control of the situation, not only have you proven yourself ready to take on more responsibility, you have given yourself accountability. Being accountable for something you have done is the most important part in learning how to improve yourself and become more successful.