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Thursday, 29 August 2013

7 Ways to Success

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Success means different things to different people. I have, on occasions, asked myself if I am successful in what I'm doing. In my self-reflection, I thought of different people in my life whom I think are successful in their own ways and I think these are the reasons that contribute to their success:

1. Discipline and Consistency - My father-in-law is a men of few words but when he speaks, you better listen. He does not sugar-coat his words but who needs the sugar when you have all the wholesome stuff? Really, he is like my father because I did not have a father since I was 2.5 years old (he is deceased), so when I got married, it was like I gained a father as a bonus! Discipline is his middle name; he wakes up at 4am every morning to pray, without fail and his exercise regime is as regular as my brushing teeth! His attitude towards his work is the same and I am proud to say that at 63 years of age he is still as employable as any young chap, if not, more so!

2. Work Hard - Robin, a long time friend of mine, possess the "old mind set" of working hard. Some people may say that working hard is not enough, you've got to work smart these days. I agree but I still hold firm to the belief that hard work does pay off. His mantra in life is "Work hard and never ever rest!" Ok, maybe but a little rest or time for recuperation is fine, buddy. My point is there is no short cut to success, opportunities may present themselves, but you still got to go grab them and work on them. I am truly happy for my friend that he's now achieved the success in his career that he so deserved through his hard work!
“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” 
― Thomas A. Edison

3. Add Value - Sean, though younger than me by a few years, is sort of a mentor to me. Adding value to someone is his way of working. Never looking to profit from someone or something first, but always looking out for a way or two to enhance the other party's life. I've been blessed to pick up some advice from him that has benefitted me a great deal. Sean has never been an employee, I suspect his success in being his own boss comes from his way of adding value to people he comes across.

4. Passion - One person whom I can think of who lives his life with utmost passion is none other then my husband, Daniel. I've written a short while ago about a congratulatory party our family held for him for going back to school to pursue his beloved subject, Architecture. At a ripe "old" age of 34 years, with a job and two children, he's going back to join a class of 20 year olds, if that is not passion, I don't know what is. In fact, I've always known him to live a life of passion; I've not once heard him complain about his work because he loves it! He took steps towards achieving his goals and passion so that he not have regrets. If there is one thing I want my children to learn from him, this is it. "Pursue your passion and you'll never need to work a day."

5. Network - Abigael, once featured in my blog's "I'm a Mummy, hear me RAWR!" series, is the queen of building relationships (in my opinion). Her positive disposition and sincerity make her a natural networker; always coming across as warm and engaging, it's hard not to want to be a part of her circle. I'm not saying here to put on a front but making a few extra links and lending a helping hand when needed is always a welcome to anyone and people DO remember you for it.

6. Follow Your Heart - Lynn is my ex-colleague at MCYS (then, now MSF). She was doing well in her department but she just didn't get the kind of job satisfaction she was craving for. Hence she left her job and decided to pursue her passion - music. Now, the founder and full-time private music tutor at Lynn Tan Piano Studio, she is living a life of fulfilment and passion.

7. Never Too Late - Edel, my good ol' cousin, is an example of 回头是岸 (translated as "Repent and be saved; If One only turns his Head, there is the Shore." (Source) He dropped out of school at 15 year old and went back to school only at 20 years of age. Seven years later he got his degree and is now a technical analyst at Merril Lynch. What I learnt from him is that it's never too late to make a decision that means something and in his words, "Nothing is too difficult, just a matter of whether you want it or not." Word.

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