9 Things Successful People Do Differently – Read It Again…

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Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others — is really just one small piece of the puzzle. In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.

Here are nine things successful people do differently:

Get Specific

When you set yourself a goal, try to be as specific as possible. “Lose 5 pounds” is a better goal than “lose some weight” because it gives you a clear idea of what success looks like. Knowing exactly what you want to achieve keeps you motivated until you get there. Also, think about the specific actions that need to be taken to reach your goal. Just promising you’ll “eat less” or “sleep more” is too vague — be clear and precise. “I’ll be in bed by 10 p.m. on weeknights” leaves no room for doubt about what you need to do, and whether or not you’ve actually done it.

Seize The Moment To Act On Your Goals

Given how busy most of us are, and how many goals we are juggling at once, it’s not surprising that we routinely miss opportunities to act on a goal because we simply fail to notice them. Did you really have no time to work out today? No chance at any point to return that phone call? Achieving your goal means grabbing hold of these opportunities before they slip through your fingers.

To seize the moment, decide in advance when and where you will take each action you want to take. Again, be as specific as possible (e.g. “If it’s Monday, Wednesday or Friday, I’ll work out for 30 minutes before work”). Studies show that this kind of planning will help your brain to detect and seize the opportunity when it arises, increasing your chances of success by roughly 300 percent.

Know Exactly How Far You Have Left To Go

Achieving any goal also requires honest and regular monitoring of your progress — if not by others, then by you yourself. If you don’t know how well you are doing, you can’t adjust your behavior or your strategies accordingly. Check your progress frequently — weekly, or even daily, depending on the goal.

Be A Realistic Optimist

When you are setting a goal, by all means engage in lots of positive thinking about how likely you are to achieve it. Believing in your ability to succeed is enormously helpful for creating and sustaining your motivation. But whatever you do, don’t underestimate how difficult it will be to reach your goal. Most goals worth achieving require time, planning, effort and persistence. Studies show that thinking things will come to you easily and effortlessly leaves you ill-prepared for the journey ahead, and significantly increases the odds of failure.

Focus On Getting Better Rather Than Being Good

Believing you have the ability to reach your goals is important, but so is believing you can get the ability. Many of us believe that our intelligence, our personality and our physical aptitudes are fixed — that no matter what we do, we won’t improve. As a result, we focus on goals that are all about proving ourselves rather than developing and acquiring new skills.

Fortunately, decades of research suggest that the belief in fixed ability is completely wrong; abilities of all kinds are profoundly malleable. Embracing the fact that you can change will allow you to make better choices, and reach your fullest potential. People whose goals are about getting better, rather than being good, take difficulty in stride, and appreciate the journey as much as the destination.

Have Grit

Grit is a willingness to commit to long-term goals, and to persist in the face of difficulty. Studies show that gritty people obtain more education in their lifetime and earn higher college GPAs. Grit predicts which cadets will stick out their first grueling year at West Point. In fact, grit even predicts which round contestants will make it to at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The good news is, if you aren’t particularly gritty now, there is something you can do about it. People who lack grit more often than not believe that they just don’t have the innate abilities successful people have. If that describes your own thinking — well, there’s no way to put this nicely — you are wrong. As I mentioned earlier, effort, planning, persistence and good strategies are what it really takes to succeed. Embracing this knowledge will not only help you see yourself and your goals more accurately, but also do wonders for your grit.

Build Your Willpower Muscle

Your self-control “muscle” is just like the other muscles in your body — when it doesn’t get much exercise, it becomes weaker over time. But when you give it regular workouts by putting it to good use, it will grow stronger and stronger, and better able to help you successfully reach your goals.

To build willpower, take on a challenge that requires you to do something you’d honestly rather not do. Give up high-fat snacks, do 100 sit-ups a day, stand up straight when you catch yourself slouching or try to learn a new skill. When you find yourself wanting to give in, give up or just not bother, don’t. Start with just one activity, and make a plan for how you will deal with troubles when they occur (e.g. “If I have a craving for a snack, I will eat one piece of fresh or three pieces of dried fruit.”) It will be hard in the beginning, but it will get easier, and that’s the whole point. As your strength grows, you can take on more challenges and step-up your self-control workout.

Don’t Tempt Fate

No matter how strong your willpower muscle becomes, it’s important to always respect the fact that it is limited, and if you overtax it, you will temporarily run out of steam. Don’t try to take on two challenging tasks at once, like quitting smoking and dieting at the same time. And don’t put yourself in harm’s way; many people are overly-confident in their ability to resist temptation, and as a result they put themselves in situations where temptations abound. Successful people know not to make reaching a goal harder than it already is.

Focus On What You Will Do, Not What You Won’t Do.

Do you want to successfully lose weight, quit smoking or put a lid on your bad temper? Then plan how you will replace bad habits with good ones, rather than focusing only on the bad habits themselves. Research on thought suppression (e.g. “Don’t think about white bears!”) has shown that trying to avoid a thought makes it even more active in your mind. The same holds true when it comes to behavior; by trying not to engage in a bad habit, our habits get strengthened rather than broken.

If you want change your ways, ask yourself, “What will I do instead?” For example, if you are trying to gain control of your temper and stop flying off the handle, you might make a plan like this: “If I am starting to feel angry, then I will take three deep breaths to calm down.” By using deep breathing as a replacement for giving in to your anger, your bad habit will get worn away over time until it disappears completely.

It is my hope that, after reading about the nine things successful people do differently, you have gained some insight into all the things you have been doing right all along. Even more important, I hope are able to identify the mistakes that have derailed you, and use that knowledge to your advantage from now on. Remember: You don’t need to become a different person to become a more successful one. It’s never what you are, but what you do.

 

The White House’s New Campaign to Encourage Startups; Key Resources Listed

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Last week Sharon Vosmek, the CEO of Astia, a not-for-profit group created to help companies run by women that need outside capital, stopped by our offices to appear on Bloomberg TV’s Street Smart show and catch us up on Astia’s progress.

Our conversation was wide-ranging. Vosmek explained where Astia’s early-stage companies are likely to find venture capital financing these days (corporate venture arms of behemoths such as AOL, Intel, and, believe it or not, Bosch). She also dug into ways to increase America’s economic competitiveness (advise and fund overlooked innovators around the country).

Today Astia and over a dozen formidable foundations, tech companies, and educators (including the Kauffman Foundation, Google, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) announced an initiative to do just that.

Coordinated by the White House, the Startup America Partnership gets players in the startup ecosystem to make investments in and provide expertise to high-potential ventures. Among this year’s commitments: IBM is pledging $150 million; HP more than $4 million; and Facebook is launching Startup Days, a new series of training events to be held around the country.

This Bloomberg News story takes a look at Steve Case’s role as head of the campaign. More on individual participants’ commitments on the Startup America website.

Checkout these sites to learn more about entrepreneurship opportunities:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/startup-america

http://www.astia.org/index.php

http://www.nfte.com/

http://www.kauffman.org/

 

Can You Change Your Career After 40?

Category : CAREER

Changing your career at any age can be a little nerve rattling; however, as adults approach the age of 40 several factors keep many in jobs they would otherwise let go. These factors include age discrimination, opportunity to further education, financial resources, and much needed encouragement to get started. After working with people in their careers for over 20 years I have seen numerous people successfully change careers after 40. The key to these changes has often entailed:

1. Taking an inventory of skills

Here is a simple way for you to get started. Take a blank sheet of paper and draw a very large T on the paper. Write on the left side of the T, skills or jobs you have most enjoyed over the years. On the other half of the T, skills or jobs you did not enjoy. Consider your past work history, hobbies, and volunteer experiences when filling in your “T” area. Here are a few examples: Working with people, leisure activities, working with things, data, instructing others, artistic, mechanical, scientific, managing, influencing, sales, working with your hands, job location. Be as specific as you can with your likes and dislikes.

2. To get additional career ideas

Research the classified Ads – Even consider local businesses that you feel you would enjoy working at or even owning.  Then make a note of them, and add them to your list of potential careers to further research.

In the Millennium new career opportunities are opening up everyday, and many new small businesses are emerging! Consider how you may use your skills and expertise to take advantage of this growing need in society.  Working from your home and starting out small can be fun, too.

3. Choose a career you can enjoy, not one that is only directed at making money

You will need passion and enthusiasm to learn new things, and to push yourself to greater heights.   The more you enjoy the work you choose, the more time you will spend at it. This can help you increase your income potential in the long run.  Why not create a life based on the best person you want to be not what someone else tells you to be.  Life really can be fun if you create income based on what you truly enjoy doing.

4. After researching careers you find interesting, narrow down your career selections.

Learn more about each career you find interesting. Helpful books for in-depth career research can be located at your local library or on-line. These books include: The Enhanced Occupational Outlook HandbookThe O*NET Dictionary of Occupational Titles, The Guide for Occupational Exploration (EGOE or GOE abbreviated) or the New Guide for Occupational Exploration.  The O*NET Dictionary of Occupational Titles is the standard of the industry at this time for research in occupations.

Click on the links above to see what these books look like so you have an idea when you go to your local library.  Or you can click on the links below to go to these sites on-line to further research careers that that you may be better suited to.  These occupational reference books show specific’s about an occupation; necessary skills, necessary education, basic salary ranges and much more.  So referencing these important guides can give you a better idea of what can be expected and skills necessary for a particular occupation.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook http://stats.bls.gov/oco/home.htm (OOH) Online,

O*NET Online
http://online.onetcenter.org/

5. Paint a clear picture in your mind of what it is you really would choose to do in your career.

It is very important to paint a picture in your mind of the career you would like.  Be very specific, right down to how close the your job is to you, along with the amount of income you would like to earn from it, down to what your office looks like, whether it is indoors or outdoors, the kind of people you would like to work around.  Paint every tiny detail in your picture in your mind of your idea career, a career that you can really love.

A clear picture in your mind of what you like to do will bring it to you faster, as you are the instrument that brings change to your life.  See yourself doing it already, put forth strong emotion in your thoughts when you think about it, as again, you ARE the instrument that brings change to your life.  So the better you research your likes and dislikes, and the specific’s of certain occupations, you can then choose better what it is you would like to do, as well, pin-pointing a career you can love will help to give you clarity in bringing it to your life.

6. Put your plan together

Take time to put your plan together now that you’ve done your research.  Do you need more education, additional financial resources, a new resume, support from your family members, an intermediate job? Write a plan of action and then follow it step by step.

7.  Financial Resources

If you’re struggling for income don’t forget some companies have opportunities for career transition within a company, ask the human resources office if any such program exist within your company.  As well, you may want to look into government grants or other government programs for financial/educational opportunities.  Our government has many programs to help those out financially and educationally to promote growth in each economic development area.  Ask your local workforce Center or One-Stop Center for more information on local government sponsored programs.  Research on-line for possible grants that may apply to you.

Changing your career at 40 is very possible. Remember changing your career can also include starting your own business. Focus on the skills you enjoy using the most, and build a career based solidly on your likes.

Changing a career is a process that can be fun, self awakening, and can give you a new zeal for living. Get started today and ask the people who care the most about you to give you the support you need.

Also after you get done reading this article I would also highly recommend you read another exceptional article on career changing later in life by Sue Fredrick called “Using your Pain as Fuel.”   Truly inspiring and very helpful. Also if you are needing serious help one-on-one career counseling you may also want contact this site Brilliant Work click here.  You can also check with other Career Counselors on-line.

If you need further help contact your local college and ask if they provide career counseling or consult the yellow pages and look under vocational counseling or career counseling.

 

 

 

Seasonal Jobs With Perks

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I’ve been fortunate enough to have spent the last 30+ years summering in Amagansett, on the Eastern tip of Long Island. And without fail, I could always count on my father’s favorite two topics of conversation: Did you hit much traffic? and Did you see what store opened or closed over the winter in East Hampton and Amagansett?

Well, it’s that time of the year again and as spring and summer  approach us, my attention is once again drawn to all of the changes to businesses along Route 27.  I think it’s safe to say business isn’t what it used to be.  The Hamptons goes through economic cycles like any other city, town, or summer resort. And right now, business out East seems to following the seasonal trend rather than a yearly one as it had the opportunity to experience for the last several years. Meaning, for the next 3-4 months, they need to earn lots of dough in order to survive the long winter ahead.

I speak of the Hamptons because of my personal experience but seasonal jobs are bursting in all the beach,  country,  and mountain resorts.

I think for most of us readers, its fair to say we all love to shop, but now it’s time to shop for your summer seasonal jobs. The advantage of planning ahead is not only choosing which industry and summer resort but also take advantage of some of the perks. Many retailers (not just national either) make it easy for their employees to relocate temporarily by offering housing. Restaurants are notorious for feeding their employees whereas retails stores will definitely offer employee discounts and might even dress you in their own labels. And of course, the camaraderie among summer employees is priceless, and just think, of all the networking opportunities that await you.  But seasonal benefits don’t end there – every new experience opens new doors that one might not have known existed. There are many outdoor positions with the parks and recreation departments, camps, and country clubs as well.

Most importantly, is the cash factor. We all need it. And because summer is short and businesses count on the valuable months for their survival, there’s lots of cash to be made.

We have put together a list from www.canuworktomorrow.com of the best of the summer jobs, tasks, and perks to boot.