8 Words for Success
I watched a very short presentation on the internet the other day about success.
As it was so inspirational, funny and succinct, I thought I would share the main headlines, the thoughts of others and add some thoughts of my own (with a slant on exams)… succinctly of course!
So then, 8 for Success –
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”
– Nelson Mandela
You might not have a huge passion for your subject, or even studying or completing your exams… but you should have a passion about yourself and achieving your goals and that should be the driving force.
“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”
– Thomas Jefferson
From a personal viewpoint, I was never the most naturally gifted, so in order to achieve what I wanted to do, and especially in the case of passing exams I had to… you guessed it, work really hard, even in times of huge adversity. Whenever I got knocked back for some reason, I worked harder still to achieve my goals.
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
So what has Aristotle’s quote got to do with Good? Well, if you want to be Damn Good at something you must practice, practice, practice and that says one thing to me… questions, questions, questions, and more specifically past papers, past papers, past papers!
“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus”
– Alexander Graham Bell
The key is to identify the issue, FOCUS… and then go for it! Perhaps the key is to focusing on improving your weaknesses rather than procrastinating and wasting time on your strengths.
“Our fate is determined by how far we are prepared to push ourselves to stay alive – the decisions we make to survive. We must do whatever it takes to endure and make it through alive”
– Bear Grylls
Normally it’s someone else who pushes you… parents, friends, girlfriend, husband, exam coach? But the most important person to push you is YOU! Realise what motivates you and remind yourself why are you doing what you’re doing and what are your short and term goals!
“You need an attitude of service. You’re not just serving yourself. You help others to grow up and you grow with them”
– David Green
Sometimes the best mode of developing yourself is actually trying to help others, so help and teach those friends/ colleagues that perhaps are doing the same exams as you. And you never know what you will learn from them.
“Don’t be afraid of new ideas. Be afraid of old ideas. They keep you where you are and stop you from growing and moving forward. Concentrate on where you want to go, not on what you fear”
– Tony Robbins
To generate ideas you need to listen, observe, be curious, ask questions, and try to solve problems. You need to think outside the box, especially in terms of mindset, motivation, study technique and exam technique. When I was studying I used some wacky techniques, however it was trial and error to identify what worked for me!
Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence
– Colin Powell
I think Thomas Edison said it all, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they give up”