Success & Personal Growth
This is a little deviation from the typical post that we have had in Profit Finder Pro Software’s blog, but yet plays a big part in business success. Our lives, whether it be personal or professional, is all intertwined. Our work is our life, our home is our life, our family is our life, our dreams for business and personal are all connected. Enjoy this blog piece that encompasses our lives as a whole.
Five secrets from people who struck it rich
Author and coach Brian Tracy has put together a list of success secrets from self-made millionaires. You may not get rich just by reading them, but you’ll definitely increase your effectiveness by putting some of this advice to work:
- Develop a direction. Set clear, concrete goals that will take you where you want to go.
- Dream big. Don’t restrict your ambitions. Visualize an exciting portrait of what you want to achieve.
- Take responsibility. Wherever you work, think of yourself as a free agent with sole power over your career and success.
- Find your passion. Base your career on what you find exciting and motivating. You’ll have good days and bad days, but your core values will see you through.
- Commit to excellence. Whatever field you’re in, devote yourself to mastering it and becoming the best practitioner possible.
Build a better network with these useful tips
Do you freeze with fear at the prospect of attending a networking event? Making contacts at trade shows or cocktail parties can feel intimidating to many of us, but it’s vital to your long-term career success. Get over your nerves and start forging new professional relationships with these tips:
- Know what you have to offer. Successful networkers concentrate on what they can do for others, not what their contacts can do for them. When introducing yourself and meeting new people, stay focused on your own strengths and be ready to offer help whenever appropriate.
- Cast a wide net. Don’t limit your search for contacts to people in your industry. Get involved in community groups and nonprofits where you’ll meet a variety of people in different professions. You’ll get a better perspective on what’s possible and be exposed to a broader array of ideas.
- Help people feel comfortable. You’re not the only nervous person in the room. Seek out people who are by themselves and looking for someone to talk to. You can share experiences as you get to know one another, and maybe team up to meet more people.
- Find common ground. You have a unique set of skills and experiences to share, but you’ll make a good first impression by looking for what you have in common with other people. Seek connections—people, places, previous jobs, etc.—that you can build on as you get to know more about each other’s strengths and goals.
What 20-somethings need to know to launch their careers
Starting a career after college can be daunting, and many 20-somethings struggle with it. If you’re one of them, or know someone who is, here’s some advice from the book The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—and How to Make the Most of Them Now, by Meg Jay (Twelve):
- Don’t obsess over the “perfect job.” All careers are a work in progress. If you have an idea of what you want to do with your life, look for any position that will get you a little bit closer, even if it’s not a direct line to your dream career. If you have no clue, look for an industry that interests you somewhat and start exploring. You’ll have time to change course, but you don’t want to waste your 20s on unrealistic goals.
- Be prepared to stick out a bad job. You may not like your boss or your work, but don’t be too quick to quit. Very few jobs are enjoyable all the time, so you need to get used to enduring some unpleasant experiences in order to advance. Focus on the experience you’re gaining and the knowledge you’re acquiring, and try to deal with the negatives as best you can.
- Try new thing as much as possible. Be on the lookout for opportunities to learn and grow. Changing jobs isn’t necessarily bad as long as you’re making some progress in your career search. Just be ready to explain to potential employers what you learned in each position and how your job shifts contributed to an overall strategy of pursuing your goals.