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Successful People vs Unsuccessful People

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I found this image when browsing LinkedIn, credits of the image are unknown, but it is a simple representation of successful and unsuccessful.

Although some may argue that the image isn’t entirely correct, the message it sends across is that those who want to succeed will take steps to prepare for the results they want. They are the people who are willing to go the extra mile to learn and build on others instead of themselves.

I hope that this image will bring you further enlightenment as you travel down the path of success regardless of what field you’re in. Always take the time to learn skills that matter now and don’t invest all your time into seeking knowledge from books. Actions speak louder than words so go out and act.

Five things every leader should do.

5 Things

I came across this article whilst browsing the web. These are 5 things that every leader should do in order to run and maintain a successful organisation.

Create Focus: A leader should strive to paint an inspiring vision. Most people don’t want to run from something, but rather they seek to run to something. As individuals, we want to be a part of something greater than ourselves. A leader should paint this inspiring vision, and then articulate the priorities to help people know how to make progress against that vision.

Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Solution: It’s human nature to love our own ideas. But sometimes that means that we hang on to them too long. Along the leadership or innovation journey, you must ask: Are we making sufficient progress to believe that our original hypothesis is correct, or do we need to make a change? If you never lose sight of the problem, how you attack the solution can remain more flexible, iterative and ultimately, be more likely to succeed.

Lead With Questions Not Answers: The best leaders don’t need to have all of the answers. They surround themselves with great people, and ask the right questions. It’s not what you know. It’s the questions you ask that help you become a more effective and inspiring leader.

Build Capability Through Principles & Frameworks: Leaders must unpack “why” a decision has been made, and not just the “what” the ultimate decision is. This practice makes explicit the principles or criteria that you applied to reaching a conclusion. These principles can then provide teams with a compass to navigate uncertainty and make their own decisions when you are not available or able to assist, moving beyond your individual ability, and building organizational capability.

Cast a Tall Shadow, Not a Dark Shadow: All leaders cast a shadow. The question is whether yours is blocking the sun, or inspiring others with its silhouette to strive for more. As a leader, we must all walk the talk. Leaders need to role model the behavior they want their organizations to emulate. The two greatest indicators of what we view as important are (1) how we spend our time and (2) the questions we ask. Organizations watch these cues to determine what leaders “really view as important”. So be clear on your say/do ratio, and ensure the shadow you are creating is the one you aspire to project.

Credit for this article goes to: Brad Smith

How Bad Do You Want It?

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Being fit and being successful are all dependent on your actions. People always talk the talk but never walk the walk. The reasons to why you aren’t successful now is because you aren’t trying hard enough. When you want something, say a new suit for example, you will go out and go purchase your suit. But when you say you want to start training to get fit and look good, you only train once a fortnight, eat junk food and would rather have a beer than a protein shake. What does that say about you? Do you really want those rippling abs or are you just saying something without actually acting to achieve it?

Where you will be in 5 years is dependent on how hard you work now. If you work hard now, maybe you won’t need to in 5 years, but if you slack off now, then in 5 years you may need to work your life away to sustain a living. If you want success, go out and learn then go and get it. Surround yourself with people who want the same goals and absorb all their information. Everyone can say they will do something but there’s only a handful who will actually put the action behind their words to achieve it. So which one will you be? One who talks the talk? Or the one who walks the walk?

How bad do you want it?

Article Written By: Allen Fu

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33 Ways to be a better entrepreneur

Be a Better Entrepreneur

The opportunities for growth as an entrepreneur are always endless. The burning desire to build a great company is an invaluable quality of great entrepreneurs.

These are 33 ways to be a better entrepreneur.

1. Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good. ~ Malcolm Gladwell

2. In your heads is the future of innovation. – Ron Conway

3. Surround yourself with success.

4. Be obsessed about your product.

5. Get it out, evolve, iterate quickly and make it great.

6. Be a team player and great at expanding your network.

7. It’s better to do something hard if you’re capable of solving hard problems.–Paul Graham

8. See the whole picture and go beyond it.

9. Create a plan but be prepared to adapt and adjust.

10. Persistence is without a doubt the most essential quality of a great entrepreneur.

11. You want the quality of Apple, the trustworthiness of Zappos, and the likeability of Richard Branson, enchant your customers.–GuyKawasaki

12. Be realistic with your expectations, goals, and current situation.

13. Focus is another trait that is essential for success.

14. Learn to trust others – delegate where necessary.

15. Identify your strengths and weaknesses, and work on those that need improvement.

16. If you have an idea put it up there online, no matter what it looks like. You need the feedback early on.–Brian Chesky

17. Take on more than you’re ready to, and get used to that feeling- Drew Houston

18. Great entrepreneurs are great at executing and following through.

19. Ignore your mistakes. The number one thing to worry about is “Am I doing what I’m good at?–Max Levchin

20. Know when to introduce a new product or service or when to outwit the competition.

21. A great entrepreneur knows when opportunities knock and takes advantage of it.

22. Keeps real good relationships with his employees, co-owners, investors, creditors, debtors and customers.

23. Risk more than others think safe. Dream more than others think practical. Expect more than others think possible. Care more than others think wise.” – Howard Schultz

24. The quality of your VC isn’t more important than the quality of your product or your team.

25. Be prepared to outsource where necessary (and concentrate on what you do best).

26. Know how to predict the future and create a plan to take advantage of it.

27. Customers will always tell you how to improve but not how to be different.

28. Be consistent in your management practices until you realize what’s wrong with them.

29. Building a company is like baking a cake… sometimes the eggs get on the roof. –- Marc Andreessen

30. Entrepreneurs must test early, pivot when necessary.

31. Join a startup for the learning experience, then start your own company.

32. It’s ok if something doesn’t scale as long as it strengthens your position.– Adam D’Angelo

33. Believe in yourself, but always be ready to learn and adapt.

What separates the exceptional entrepreneurs from the rest?

Credit of this article goes to Thomas Oppong

Never Give Up!

Image Source: Funders and Founders
Image Source: Funders and Founders

More than often you hear about people giving up just before they reach their goals, isn’t it just truly tragic? What if our standard of life was to never give up at all? The words “give up” could never even go together?  Think about the potential everybody has. No one remembers a quitter, so why be one? Life is full of obstacles, and no one will ever tell you its easy unless you inherit a billion dollar fortune, but even then it won’t be easy. So why not try something new today, something that you have never done before? Search for an opportunity or a hobby and just stick to it for a few months to see where it takes you, without even trying, will you ever know where it will go? Probably not.

So take a dive, and push and push and push until you reach success. Don’t mind the negatives because your goals are so much bigger than them!

Here’s a great story I picked up off the internet;

The story of the donkey who fell down a well.

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well.

The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. they all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then,to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well, and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!

Use the negatives to build yourself. Be what you want to be, do what you want to do. NEVER let anyone tell you otherwise!

Article Written By: Allen Fu

Welcome!

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This inaugural post marks the beginning of a revolution. One that begins with the education of not just the mind but the body. All success stories begin with one thing; a dream. Our dream here is to move the hearts of those around us to seek a higher education to further take care of themselves and those in their immediate circles. Through self belief and the power of action, it is possible for anyone to influence those around them to generate a positive movement to collectively change the course of their futures. To us, success is defined as the amount of lives we can change positively and the visions we can induce through motivation and nurture. We believe that anyone can live a life with optimal health, overwhelming wealth, and timeless freedom. Life is out there for the taking, so spread your wings and take a dive, without action you will never see results.

“Luck is defined as when preparedness meets opportunity”
-Allen Fu (Founding Director of DBS)