Why You Should Not Follow Your Passion

April 18, 2013 by  
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Most success experts would tell you to follow your passion and you would be happy and successful in your work. However this could be bad advice, as argued by Cal Newport in his book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love.

Don’t Follow Your Passion

Cal explains that the common advice to first figure out what you are passionate about and then find a job that matches this passion, is flawed and could do more harm than good. He shares that career passions are rare and that passion takes time to develop and is a side effect of mastery. Read more

How To Achieve Mastery In Your Life

April 16, 2013 by  
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MasteryMastery is the feeling that we have a greater command of reality, other people, and ourselves. It is a form of power and intelligence that represents the high point of human potential.

If you wish to achieve mastery in your life, Robert Greene shares the following keys to mastery in his new book, Mastery.

Discover Your Calling: The Life’s Task

The first move towards mastery is always looking at who you really are inside and knowing it with clarity. You can search the past for signs of your inner voice or a core to your character. Enlarge your concept of work and see it as something more inspiring. You will eventually hit upon a particular field, niche, opportunity, or career that suits you. Read more

50 Favourite Rules From The Rules of Work by Richard Templar

April 15, 2013 by  
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Rules of WorkRichard Templar’s bestselling book, The Rules of Work, lists the unspoken rules to learn at work. Here’s 50 rules that we like:

1) Walk your talk

  • Get your work noticed
  • Never stand still
  • Under promise and over deliver
  • Learn to ask why
  • Manage your energy

2) Know that you’re being judged at all times

  • Cultivate a smile
  • Exude confidence and energy
  • Pay attention to personal grooming
  • Speak well
  • Write well Read more

One Simple Step At A Time For Success

April 12, 2013 by  
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Most people wish to have success as fast as possible, but usually end up not being successful in the end. We tend to forget that success is achieved through small steps over time.

Darren Hardy, the publisher of SUCCESS magazine, shares in his book, The Compound Effect, that it is the little everyday decisions which will lead you to success.

His book covers useful advice and tips, such as:

1) Track every action that relates to an area of your life you wish to improve. Step by step, day by day, your choices will shape your actions until they become habits, where practice makes them permanent. Read more

7 Steps to Create a Culture That Works

April 9, 2013 by  
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All InManagers in companies would definitely wish to have a strong and positive culture in the organisation where employees buy into their ideas and cause, and are engaged to do their best for the company. However, it’s not easy to build a culture and this would take time and much work.

Fortunately, the new book, All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, comes in handy to provide practical advice for managers on creating a culture that works. The authors introduce the following 7 steps:

1) Define Your Burning Platform (Supply the Why)

Identify and define the key “burning” issue so that you can motivate your employees to believe in your vision and strategy. Help your employees to understand what’s at stake, and provide clarity on the ways everyone can do their part. Read more

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