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Setting the Foundation for a Successful Work Ethic
Posted: November 24, 2010

“Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” Reggie Leach

Successful people do not wait for success to fall in their laps, and they do not wait for their lottery ticket to be chosen. They continue doing the things that will get them closer and closer to their desired goals. The following are some prerequisites for success.

  1. Be action oriented.
    As David J. Schwartz puts it, “Life is too short to waste. Dreams are fulfilled only through action, not through endless planning to take action.”
     
  2. Give a consistent performance
    In other words, champions give it their all ... all the time. Unfortunately, too many people flounder when it comes to this point of “consistency.” They have their “good days” and their “bad days.” Inconsistency is not only ineffective and unprofessional; it is also the opposite of how champions behave. Real champions are characterized by consistent performance in all of the roles they play.
     
  3. Focus on results
    Successful performance is results-driven. As George Lucas, film director and producer, describes it, “You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you do not have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you will stop at the first giant hurdle.”
     
  4. Be open to feedback
    Receptivity to feedback is extremely important. Poor performers do not want any feedback. They just want to stay out of trouble, collect a paycheck, and go home.

    By contrast, great performers are always looking for feedback. They want to know how well they are doing and how they can get even better.

Adapted /Reprinted with permission from Dr. Alan Zimmerman’s Internet newsletter, the “Tuesday Tip.”

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