Many of us go through life bouncing from one job to another. Seldom are these people happy with anything they do and always uncertain about what they should do to improve things. Then, there are some who hope to be lucky and get a “good’ boss or waiting for someone to recognize their untapped potential one day.
When I was young, I used to believe that if I worked hard and did what I was told, I would be successful in life. Then, after some years, I realized this attitude was not enough because given the safe outlook, there can be limitations on my career opportunities in the longer term.
Confidence does not come from things going easily. It comes from facing adversity and rising to challenges. Take time to make a good plan and have the patience to follow through a number of times. And if things do not go your way, it is a simply sign that you need to be more flexible in your approach or reset your expectations.
Failing can make us stronger. The important thing is to learn from them. Failure is another opportunity for us to create a different strategy. Never take mistakes personally. Do more of what seems to work. Do not wait for others to tell you what to do and always do what you say you will do. Action speaks louder than words and inaction says nothing at all.
Face your fears. The fear of making mistakes will only keep you from trying, learning and growing. And ultimately you will lose out anyway. We have to stretch to grow. What is the risk of trying something new? What is the worst that can possibly happen?
I reckon the risk all of us face is not in taking chances or trying to do things that have never been done. But, in not doing them and knowing if we could have done them. Transform your fears into action as that will enhance your chances of success.
On hindsight, a mistake we make in life is to think we work for somebody. We ultimately work for ourselves. Sure, others may sign our paycheck. But what is more important is we drive our own boat. If we want to change our lives, it has to start with us and be the sole determinant of our ideas and actions. You see, “When all is said and done, more is said and little done. Be the exception. Action speaks louder than words. Be a person who makes things happen. And if it is to be, it needs to begin with you and me.”