No matter what your definition of success is, it is important to understand that success is based on your efforts. It takes actions, skills, fortitude, and commitment to succeed. While these are some intrinsic traits essential to achieve success, there are a few qualities that you can and must foster to excel in life.
So, how to learn the art of succeeding? Here are a few extremely important lessons that will teach you how to excel at almost everything that you do!
- Master persuasive oratory
Some of us are born orators. Some develop the ability to speak clearly and confidently in front of others. But, persuasiveness takes oratory to another dimension. When you are persuasive enough, you can tell your audience what you want, and why is your want important for them as well. Speaking assertively, positively, and charmingly will help you sell anything you wish – be it an idea, a plan, or your business products and services.
- Write well. Always!
“Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature’s chief masterpiece is writing well.” While sharing these words, Andre Breton couldn’t have been more right. He brilliantly explains how writing well, as an art, can make you wise. Just like speaking well brings a multitude of benefits for you to cherish, so does writing well. Those who know how to play right with words can influence any and everything. No matter whether writing is your profession or not, when you know how to express your thoughts through written words, you leave an indelible impression on the readers. And, that’s how you taste success in the long run!
- Be a great listener
Listen, not just to hear the words of the speaker, but also to understand them. Learn when to talk and when to listen. A good listener applies critical thinking when listening. This helps in understanding the meaning behind the words. So, the moment you think your attention is wandering, bring it back. Be an active listener. You will be a person who never misses out on important details – and that’s something you definitely need to excel at whatever you do.
“We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say.” ― Zeno of Citium
- Value time to be valued
In order to be successful in all that you do, you have to follow successful patterns. One such pattern is to understand the value of time, and manage it wisely. When you know how to manage your time well, you know what requires your attention the most. You assign priority to tasks accordingly. And, people who are headed towards a particular direction, who know the value of time, are always valued.
“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. ” – Coco Chanel.
- Don’t let humility die
No matter how far you may have come in your life, never lose the sight of the place from where you started your journey. Remember your roots. Don’t let success get to your head. Practice humility and make it a part of your behaviour. Stop nourishing your ego. Surround yourself with humble souls and realize the power of humility.
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” – Ernest Hemingway.
- Learn from your mistakes
Everybody makes mistakes. But, what sets successful persons apart from the rest is their keenness to learn from their mistakes. Learning is a conscious decision. Develop a habit to learn from your failure. Don’t treat it as a setback, but as a cornerstone to success. Understand what went wrong and how to prevent following the same course in the future.
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ― Albert Einstein.
- Relaxation is important
Working day and night isn’t bad. Excelling at everything does mean that you put your 100% in completing it. And at times, burning the midnight oil becomes important to succeed in life. But, it shouldn’t become a habit. If you are unable to find some time for yourself, then success will not stay with you for long. Keep your life in order and take breaks to gain the energy you need to focus on new things. Every so often, remind yourself to relax. It’s important!
Speak well. Write passionately. Listen actively. Value time. Stay humble. Learn from your mistakes. And, while doing all this and much more, take time to relax.
Remember that you are good. You can be better. The road to excellence is a never-ending journey. The more you stay true to yourself and others, the easier it will be to excel at almost everything that you do.
“It’s a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.” ― Paulo Coelho.