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Many of us, if not all of us, regularly encounter situations when our personal confidence is tested. People come to tell us that we are not capable, that we cannot do it, that they tried and failed, that it is not possible. What is worse is that when we fail, some people tell us that…

While human beings were designed with inherent propensity to explore new things, discover unknown experiences and stretch the limits of curiosity, we still tend to be comfortable working with people that we are familiar with. It takes a lot of courage, experience or exposure or some combination of these attributes to seek to work with…

Is there any kind of thinking that can make one an achiever? Do successful people think differently than others? Yes and yes. So, how can you think appropriately for becoming an achiever or a successful person? This is the question that we want to tackle today. We want to equip you with the thinking framework…

Goodwill is a precious opportunity to have. Many of us underrate the power of goodwill and so we do very little to create, expand or preserve goodwill. Goodwill can be a good catalyst if not stimulus for success. Every effort must be done to continuously expand the total goodwill that one has in life. Let…

Many managers and leaders simply use force and fear to get their team members to carry out the actions they want from them. Effective managers and great leaders simply use influence to create motivation in their subordinates or team members to maximise output in a sustainable fashion. Which one of the two is your approach…

A friend of mine last week asked me about my main resolutions for this year. As we were exchanging ideas, I liked his overarching resolution for 2014—to run his personal life like a company! I was so intrigued by this that I asked for his permission to publish his idea in this week’s edition of…

Today, we want to focus on what you can do to ensure that you build a dependable reputation, especially as far as keeping deadlines is concerned. Tough! We start from the fact that everyone struggles with deadlines, from a hypothesis that no one finds it easy to fulfil all deadlines, from the principle that meeting…

You might have read or heard of the quotation from a popular novel that was used on MSCE syllabus, The Scarlet Song: “An unexamined life is not worth living.” In career too, one needs lots of self-examination. Throughout the year, we need to continuously think about our current job, the ultimate goal in our career…

Many people want to achieve a lot but very few are prepared to travel on the long journey to success. Some start the journey but it just takes a single steep hill, deep waters or rocky grounds for them to give up the journey that can potentially lead to a spot where they can possibly…

Ours is a society that still has a hangover of working by guesswork and treating suggestions and assumptions as facts. A lot of information that we come across is neither empirical nor fact-based. And yet, we often make decisions based on such information. If we are to rise and shine, we need to change our…

Last week, we listed five of the attributes that you can develop if you are to become high potential person – the need to have hunger for success, hatred of failure, need for becoming hard-working, being prompt and innovative. Today we continue with another set of five attributes, making a total of ten best practices…