It used to be that you were only considered successful, in the eyes of others, if you followed the expected path. If you didn't follow the norm, you were considered different. Thanks to the trailblazers, who dared to be different opened up a whole new world for the rest us.
Failure feels so much worse and eats at our self-esteem when we know we lacked commitment and effort. I'm pretty sure this is the root to the continued failure I've experienced up until now. I'm having to remind myself to not be afraid, and I've discovered three truths about failure.
As I stared at the sea of caps and gowns that lined the Bank United Center, I wondered what I could share with these my Cavaliers on a day so filled with emotion and expectation.
"Graduates, if I could have your attention," I said.
Believe that free will is an opportunity to follow your good intentions toward success. Become comfortable with yourself, have faith that your hard work will lead to your success, and channel that drive inwards so that it will project outward and reward you with your dreams.
God has given each of us the same amount of time. In this regard, all of us are equal. We each have been given twenty-four hours. If we use eight hours to work on someone else's job, and eight hours to sleep, we still have eight more hours.
Success still evades many. The amount of books written on the subject of success and how it is attained are many. Still, so many people are living in frustration, family troubles, depression, poverty, failure, hurt and mediocrity.
If the commonly accepted measures of success don't work for me, then, how do I define it for myself? How do I know if I'm successful, according to my own standards? How I answer these questions at the end of each day determines my level of success.
Just when you think the way has cleared for a smooth ride, challenges come up just to keep life and business interesting. How do you find success in the face of setbacks? How do you keep a great attitude and set yourself up to win?
Seeking your purpose in the form of something larger than yourself, that beckons you, while keeping short-term self-interest at bay, makes you more likely to find and fulfill it -- while living a long, healthier life.
An intervention is a cry for reinvention. And a reinvention requires a significant self-intervention!
This is so similar to the work we do when we're trying to reinvent our lives. This notion of self-intervention requires taking stock of the present and assessing the future.
They seek clarity rather than confusion about how to grow in their positions. A clear system that defines success, how it will be measured, and what the rewards will be provides employees with this security.
It's time for women to be valued for the bottom-line benefits that come from embracing their feminine traits of empathy, kindness, collaboration, openness and flexibility rather than repressing them in order to fit the required leadership mold.
Even when you don't do it, when you sit there quietly, they drain your energy. They create a cloud that surrounds you for hours. The good news? There's something you can do about it. You can walk away. No, really. Whether literally or metaphorically, you can extract yourself from these situations.