My 8 rules of success

What does it take to be successful? Here are my 8 rules:

1- Be pro-active. The opposite would be reactive. People who are pro-active do more and get better results. They also become perceived as opinion leaders and people of reference. Now, who can say they don’t want to get their opinions heard?

2- Forget the pain. Anything worth doing, won’t be easy and will make you break a sweat. Remember, short-term pain is temporary and will go away, while long-term results are durable and are there to stay.

3- Find a personal balance. There always should be balance in your life. There are many possible forms of balance, with one important example, the balance between working, resting, learning and physical health. People often forget about one of these areas and, because of their unbalance, can be easily thrown off by a person who has these areas in balance. The balance rule is important, as, after all, the team is as strong as its weakest link.

4- Concentrate on you strengths, but don’t forget your weaknesses. This rule results from the balance rule, but it needs more emphasis, as strengths are needed to deliver results while weaknesses can easily ruin the way to success. Also, by improving the parts where you are worst, the parts where you are better are also going to improve.

5- Control the uncertain. In the face of uncertainty, one can do one of following actions: do something, not do anything, or do something half way. The “to do” option entails the decision to act on that which is uncertain, not knowing what the results of this action will bring. The “not to do” option entails the decision not to act on the uncertain, while the “do half way” option entails not really to go along with the decision, nor to withdraw, which is the worst possible option. My rule is to decide immediately on whether to act or not to act on uncertainty, but to still be flexible.

6- Listen to others! This is a very common suggestion, but people never tell why it is important, besides the fact that you will be perceived as a better person… Listening is important, because people all around you are trying to teach you something. It won’t always be the best possible information / advice, so one needs to have a critical eye. Learning does not only have to come from books, but it also can come from millions of people who read books and establish their unique point of view based on acquired knowledge and experience. Don’t listen only to satisfy others, but also listen to satisfy yourself.

7- It’s all about objectives. In order to get where you want to go you need to have a plan, a starting point, a middle and an end. Nothing will just fall in your lap. Establish your objectives and make a “road plan” of how you are going to reach these objectives. Besides common knowledge, my advice is to keep objectives and the road plan at the level of top of the mind awareness. Personally, I have them written down and carry them with me at all times in my wallet.

8- Re-evaluate your decisions! Last rule, re-evaluate your decisions, is about any step of decision making, which people usually follow in business, but often disregard in personal day-to-day life, which consists of thinking about your performance in any task (e.g., cooking, playing soccer, taking to your friend on the phone), from a critical point of view. This evaluation is an important step in making your performance closer to perfection, which is just another way of saying that it is a good advice to succeed in your personal life.

It is all in your hands!