6 Shared Factors of Successful ExecutivesWritten by Jason Katzenback
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3. Enthusiasm, Industry, Persistence, Sincerity, and Self-Confidence: I know a man who spent a year trying to collect money to publish certain literature to be distributed among boys in trenches. He wished to convince soldiers that they should worship Lord on Saturday instead of Sunday. He was enthusiastic, persistent, sincere, earnest, and self-confident. He was not a success.
4. Concentration, Determination, Honesty: There is a certain man who concentrates so intently on his work that he often forgets to eat and sleep; he's determined to win, and he is absolutely honest. He has been working seven years to invent a shirt which will not wear out, and which need not be washed. His honesty, concentration, and determination have not made him successful. He is in an asylum in Pennsylvania.
5. Memory, Self-Control, Tact, and Patience: I know a man who remembers names of hundreds of people; he never confuses one with another. He has self-control, tact, and infinite patience. He has not succeeded greatly. He is footman who opens doors of limousines of women who shop at a certain department store.
6. Imagination: I know of a girl, who for ten years ran a machine in a shoe factory. When I once questioned her of what she thought each day during her work, she replied, " Oh, I just start machine a-goin' and then I imagine I'm one of them duchesses I read about in novels.'' Since many character factors are helpful assets, but not determining factors, what are personal factors which make success certain?
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Pushing Through Your Comfort ZoneWritten by Barbara White
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Fear does not feel comfortable, and many people want to avoid it at all costs. Everyone experiences fear. People who want to be successful feel fear and do it anyway! Fear is part of package. Yes, there is always a risk of failure, but that needs to balanced with old adage “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained”. A child’s risk of falling when taking those first faltering steps is high. Yet, what a transformation to a child’s life once they have mastered skill of walking! Limitless possibilities are opened up in child’s life. The falls and tumbles are soon forgotten overshadowed by new adventures and experiences. Pushing through to leave your comfort zone is hard work. Nature demonstrates that graphically for us. The chick pecking it’s way out of shell, butterfly struggling from it’s cocoon, illustrate how that struggle is necessary in order to bring life, growth and success. The good news is that once we have faced our fears and done it anyway, we have moved forward to a new place. Every time we push through and live out of our comfort zone we will never be same. Growth happens!
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. US Supreme Court Justice, once said “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”
I believe this is true of not only our mind, but also of who we are as unique people. Life moves into a new dimension through each experience we go through in life. However there is also possibility that once we have pushed through our comfort zone into a new place of growth, we rest too long there, and create a different comfort zone! Let’s keep pushing through and moving forward towards growing our uniqueness and living our life fully.
Barbara White, of Beyond Better Development,speaks and writes with passion to inspire and empower people in their journey of personal growth towards the excellence in life that they aspire to. This article was written for her newsletter Growing Beyond Better. If you would like to receive Growing Beyond Better regularly, you can subscribe for this free newsletter at Barbara's website www.livingbeyondbetter.com