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Two Inseparable ‘Must Haves’ For Success- Do You Have Them?

The two most critical ingredients to building successful businesses and careers are so very elusive. Yet without these two factors thriving in tandem, failure is guaranteed. How do you rank against each?

I was in New York two weeks ago exploring opportunity I’d been approached about. It was intoxicating, and seductive. I resisted temptation, though, and left with absolute clarity about what I want and will do next in my career. Not for me the global stage. Rather, all my energies will be focused more locally, helping leaders accelerate growth – growth of businesses, market value, reputation, team success, careers. I am bursting with excitement about how I can best help do this. Here’s the key. Achieving ‘success’ is built around two simple yet critical traits every one of us must have to reach goals:

The Secret To Fast-Tracking Success

You need to be cheeky to do this, and brave. Do it well, and you’ll accelerate towards success. Some won’t like this approach. So be it. It works, and I love it.

I am in Cape Cod tonight, having just finished dinner with Artist Steve. Three years ago he was a failed marketing guy. Unemployed. He spent his time painting seascapes. Someone saw his work, and bought a painting. Steve had an idea. He rented a gallery in the main street. Put up a sign: “Artist Steve- Cape Cod’s Newest Art Sensation” (or something like that). He sent paintings to a friend who had bookshops in Berlin and Amsterdam. “Now exhibiting across Europe” the banner triumphed across the gallery window. Steve sold $600,000 in paintings last year. Sure- he has talent, and now has ‘fame’ momentum. Most importantly, he did what many successful people have done. He had the nerve to….:

Want To Make 2015 An Unforgettable Year- Here’s How!

I am determined to make the year ahead unforgettable- a year which I will cherish for the rest of my life. You can too, if you are brave enough to take this one very simple action.

It was the death of former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo that has sparked me into action. His obituary in The International New York Times gave me the clue. “Cuomo,” it read…” may be remembered more for the things he never did than what he accomplished.”

I’ll tell you why they said that of Cuomo shortly. Point is, his is a legacy of missed opportunity, of unrealized promise. Join me in making sure 2015 is not a year to be remembered by what we do not accomplish. Take responsibility now to make the next 12 months GREAT for you. Start by remembering the words of William Ernest Henley in his poem ‘Invictus’ as you consider your goals and aspirations for the year ahead:

“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”

Why Taking The Exit Door Is The Key To Surviving In Fast Changing Times

It was 3 a.m. in my hotel room in New York. The fire alarm shattered the calm. What happened next stays with me vividly, every day. It sums up why so many fail to survive life threatening crises, or survive the change underway in business. Here’s why.

I thought the alarm would stop. It didn’t. All on our floor headed out into the corridor, dazed and scared. Someone screamed. I smelt smoke. The fire escape beckoned. But I stopped. I did not want to go through that door. And that hesitation sums up why so many fail to adapt to the tsunami of change underway in business. It’s summed up in an expression I heard last week. Simple. Powerful. Says it all. Here it is. Read it, embrace it, and survive.

The Power In Doing This, Alone- And It’s No Fantasy

A movie on a flight from New Zealand last week reminded me of something I am simply not doing enough of in my life. I need it. I want it. It is all around me.
When I do it, it energies me. What about you? Do you need more of this too?

It was a second rate movie in many ways. “Night Train To Lisbon.” Based on an excellent book by Pascal Mercier, it tells of an aging, divorced and bored Swiss Classics teacher who saves a young woman about to suicide off a bridge. She is grateful, then runs away, leaving her jacket with him. In the pocket, a memoir of a Portuguese doctor from the 1970s, and a ticket for the night train to Lisbon, departing in 15 minutes. He rushes to the train station in a vain attempt to find the girl. Instead, as the train departs for Lisbon, he impulsively climbs on board.

And that is what I am not getting enough of in my life. It is there for all of us. In the words of the author Mercier (coincidentally, taken from later in the movie):

5 Golden Rules For A Longer And More Vibrant Career

I’m 52, and usually the oldest guy in the room whenever I meet with colleagues at or our industry more broadly. How has this happened? How have I survived and prospered in a so-called ‘young person’s industry’? Here’s the answer, in 5 simple Golden Rules. They worked for me. Will they for you?

First, not a rule. Just a reality. To survive in business and ensure your career keeps evolving and remaining relevant, you have to work on yourself as a project. You have to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. Seriously. Get very serious about yourself and working on improving and developing yourself.