6 Shared Factors of Successful ExecutivesWritten by Jason Katzenback
6 Shared Factors of Successful Executives
These factors where determined by interviews with and books from very successful people. Factors which eminently successful people considered essential were collected and classified. They were gathered from talks with big men, from personal letters, from printed interviews, and from books… end result being ideas of thirty-one of most successful people of our country.
Although their ideas differ, yet certain factors are listed by each of these men; and seventeen qualities are mentioned more than twenty times. They are: health, good appearance, hard work, enthusiasm, industry, persistence, sincerity, earnestness, self-confidence, concentration, determination, honesty, good memory, self-control, tact, patience, and imagination.
These qualities are not determinants of success. They do not guarantee success. Of course, they are important. They are valuable assets, but not determining factors. For instance, a man must "work hard" to succeed, but "hard work" does not always bring success.
1. Health: I know a man in perfect physical health; he has strong muscles and strength of two ordinary men; his complexion is clean; his skin is ruddy; his eyes are clear. Yet, he is a failure-his wife supports him. I know another man, who has been in poor health for twenty years. He is an eminently successful man. Health is a valuable asset, but it is not a determining factor of success.
2. Good Appearance: I know a man with bearing of a Royal Prince-splendid shoulders, pleasing manners, and attractive smile. He looks you directly in eye. He resides at Sing Sing.
Pushing Through Your Comfort ZoneWritten by Barbara White
Our greatest growth in life comes from pushing through our present comfort zone. This process starts at birth. A baby feels safe, warm and secure in its mother’s womb. However, to stay there much longer than gestation period would mean certain death for both mother and child. Life began for all of us as we left comfort and security of womb and faced strange and unfamiliar world outside. Our first breath is often a painful experience, a cry of protest at temporary discomfort. Yet without this experience, our life would be fleetingly short.
Each milestone of growth and accomplishment for a young child involves leaving an existing comfort zone. The first crawl, first step, many new, first experiences all push from familiar into unknown. For child process of pushing through their area of comfort leads to increasing independence and formation of their unique personality and character.
This foundational principle continues into adult life. In order to enrich our life, it is necessary to step out of our present comfort zone. Personal growth occurs when a person moves out of their area of comfort and into unknown and challenge of a fresh experience. There is a stage of risk and discomfort before any significant growth in our life. For each of us there comes a point where we hold back and resist. It becomes easier to remain static and comfortable than to keep moving forward.
What holds us back?
Whenever we consider taking on a new project, or venture, or want to put ourselves out there, we feel fear. Fear is natural, and is to be expected. It is our body’s way of letting us know we are moving out of our comfort zone. Fear can alert us to possible threats and dangers. However unlike our cave men predecessors, many of threats today are not life threatening. Fear can warn you and enable you to be more aware and cautious, but need not stop you progressing. If you want to move forward on journey towards where you want to be, you will have to confront your fears. Unfortunately many people allow fear to stop them, and don’t achieve their goals and aspirations.