Sunday, August 21, 2011

Quality of Search is Never an Accident

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” – quote from John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) Success is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”(Just Changing one word)

I know, it is just one word, but how powerful is this! Quality and success are not that far apart anyway. There is so much value in this quote Success is the accomplishment, or as the dictionary says the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors. Success is the prosperous result of endeavors.

Without endeavors, there can be no success. To endeavor is, according to the dictionary: to exert oneself to do or affect something. An endeavor is never without direction, it has a goal, a desired outcome. Therefore, success cannot be achieved without endeavors and endeavors require goals, and then success requires goals as well.

 Goals are the result or the achievement toward which your efforts are directed. Success requires endeavors, endeavors require direction or goals, and goals are the desired outcome.If your life’s goal right now is to find a job, and you put all your effort to accomplish that goal, well then going to finding that right fit might just be called a success.

…it is always the result of high intention…
Intention: an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result. Therefore, success is the result of a high level of mental determination upon actions or results. What does this mean?

First, this means that you have to visualize what the desired result is going to be. What is the success that you are after? This is a mental process, imagine how life would look like if you already achieved what you want to achieve. Picture this in your mind’s eye, listen to the sounds, how does it feel? In addition, do this often to strengthen your vision.

Second, it means deciding upon taking action. You can visualize all you want and list goals on long ambitious lists, but unless you decide to take action, nothing will happen. Decide to do it! However, a decision to do something is not enough. You have to put in the energy. Action is the only way to get going and to achieve change! You really need to want to achieve your goals. I know, this sounds absurd, why wouldn’t you want to achieve your goals

  • Decide upon a goal
  • Check to see  if you’re willing to pay the price for it
  • Visualize what the desired success will be
  • Plan ahead and learned from the mistakes of your role models
  • Take skillful action and learn from the magic of role models Rethink your goals. Success is not about the magnitude of your goals, it is about achieving them.
intelligent direction..So you have set your goals, you have decided to take action and you took action. Now start planning. The goal is the destination, and this part of the quote is about how to get there. Many roads lead to Rome, as the saying goes, but there are many roads that are unwise to take.

Find role models that have accomplished what you are aiming for. How did they get from where they were to where they are? What mistakes did they make, what setbacks did they have? Analyze them and prevent them from happening to you. Also, look at what they did that made the difference that brought them closer to their goals and learn from their success. You are not the first to go after this, why make mistakes others already made for you. Search this knowledge and use it wisely.And while you’re studying how these role models achieved their goals, also find out how they did it. What did they do, think, feel, see, and believe and so on. Contact one of those people and interview them or take up an “internship” to see how they perform their magic. Trust me; it is not magic when you see it from close by. Magic is skillful execution, or skillful execution equals magic.
Not everything needs to be directly in the direction of your goal. There also a lot of supporting actions that set roads to achieve success and they are never an accident. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” What are your choices? To success-

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Effective networking is the tying together a group of individuals who trust and build relationships that become walking, talking advertisements for one another.

1.       Keep in mind that networking is about being genuine and authentic, building trust and relationships, and seeing how you can help others. It is a two-way street where all parties involved can feed and grow off each other.

2.       Ask yourself what your goals are in participating in networking meetings so that you will pick groups that will help you get what you are looking for. Most meetings seem based more on learning, making contacts, and/or volunteering rather than on strictly making business connections. Be sure you are involved.

3.       Visit as many groups as possible that spark your interest. Notice the tone and attitude of the group. Do the people sound supportive of one another? Does the leadership appear competent? Many groups will allow you to visit two times before joining.

4.       Hold volunteer positions in organizations. This is a great way to stay visible and give back to groups where you have received help. Offer feedback and suggestion to keep moving forward.

5.       Ask open-ended questions in networking conversations. This means questions that ask who, what, where, when, and how as opposed to those that can be answered with a simple yes or no. This form of questioning opens up the discussion and shows listeners that you are interested in them.

6.       Become known as a powerful resource for others. When you are a strong resource, people remember to turn to you for suggestions, ideas, names of other people, etc. This keeps you visible to them.

7.       Have a clear understanding of what you do and why, for whom, and what makes doing it special or different from others doing the same thing. In order to get referrals, you must first have a clear understanding of what you do that you can easily articulate to others.

8.       Be able to articulate what you are looking for and how others may help you. Too often, people in conversations ask, "How may I help you?" and no immediate answer comes to mind. Tell them what you have to offer-pay forward, what you bring to them.

9.       Follow through quickly and efficiently on referrals, you are given. When people give you referrals, your actions are a reflection on them. Respect and honor that and your referrals will grow.

10.   Call those you meet who may benefit from what you do and vice versa. Express that you enjoyed meeting them, and ask if you could get together and share ideas.