November 13th, 2010 Archive

What You Need to Succeed

November 13th, 2010 by Ric in Sharing Success

“Tough times never last, tough people do.”
- Robert H. Schuller

Nothing, it seems, is easy in this economy. Things are supposed to start getting better soon, but for now, it seems like everybody is just trying to survive. Since few people are willing to spend, cash is still a rare commodity today.

Fortunately, John Carpenter Dealey has an article up on Small Business CEO Magazine  entitled What You Need to Succeed in a Tough Economy. 

In the article, Dealey discusses seven things you can draw on in order to succeed during tough times. While I agree with pretty much every point he makes, I think his title can be better. I think you need these seven things; whether or not the economy is tough:

1. Time

Time is money, or so the saying goes. Dealey believes that Time “can be one of your most valuable assets.” You might be surprised at how much more you can get done if you know how to use your time properly and efficiently.

2. Creativity

Creativity is more than just drawing, painting, and making music. Creativity is about utilizing the tools you have in unexpected ways and finding unique solutions to perplexing problems. 

One way to improve, or rather, better harness your creativity is by keeping a journal. You are more creative than you think you are – you probably just don’t remember all the ideas you have. As Earl Nightingale says, “We have 50,000 ideas run through our minds daily. Ideas are like wet slippery fish. You got to get ‘em when they show up or they will slip away never to be seen again.” By keeping a journal, you can remember at least some of those 50,000 ideas, and maybe you can apply some of them to your business.

3. Determination

A wise Jedi once said, “Do, or do not. There is no trying with the Force. There is only doing.” Yoda may have been talking about a mysterious power, but the idea of “doing” still holds true. Dealey shares this quote by Claude M. Bristol: “It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles.” When you commit to something, and are determined to do it, you will find a way.

4. Belief

Liz and I believe (and I’m sure many of our contributors do too) that your world is a reflection of your beliefs. What you believe manifests itself in your thoughts and actions, as well as in how others react to you. If you believe you will succeed, and if you believe in your product and your company, others will see respond by putting their faith in you.

5. Courage

Mark Twain once said that “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” Courage is about overcoming adversity and doing remarkable things despite any obstacles that get in the way. Adaire Mercer wrote about this recently, right here on Make More, Live More, Give More. In her article Conquer Your Fear, Adaire shares some on advice on how to overcome your fear.

6. Visualization

Liz posted something a while back called Focused Projections where she discussed how important it was that “we project our goals into the future and focus on what we need to do in order to achieve success.” This allowed us to really flesh out or plans, making it easier for us and those around us to turn those plans into reality. By clearly visualizing your plans and goals, as Dealey puts it “the easier it will be for you to communicate this to others within your company and inspire them to work with you to achieve success for each member of the team. “

7. Service

Dealey wants you to ask this question: “Who can I be of service to today?” He cites Zig Ziglar, who says, “You can have anything you want in life if you help enough others get what they want.” By focusing on serving others, you end up on the receiving end as well.

Dr. John Carpenter Dealey states that “these resources are exactly what you need to succeed in a tough economy.” I think he’s understating things – these resources are what you need to succeed in life. What do you think? Are there other things you think you need to succeed?


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