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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….:

Look In The Mirror- Can You See This Fatal Flaw?

We were celebrating our client’s triumph in the most hostile takeover in Australian corporate history when its Chief Executive sobered the mood with a warning that has stayed with me ever since. It is a massive ‘watch out’ for businesses and ourselves. Do you suffer from this fatal flaw?

When client Campbell Soup Company launched a takeover bid for Australian biscuit maker Arnotts in 1991, the newspaper headline screamed : ”US Cookie Monster Wants To Gobble Our Arnotts.” So began a hugely emotive and aggressively fought takeover war, which ended with Campbell’s gaining control at the last gasp against all expectations.

The celebration cocktail party was in full swing a few weeks later, all the advisors and client executives in fine form, when Campbell CEO David Johnson (coincidentally- an Australian), gave us this chilling warning during his speech. “Enjoy the moment, “he said, “but be very careful. Because, remember this…..”

The Absolute Secret To Success- But Be Warned, It Can Hurt!

The telecommunications executive looked at me expectantly, awaiting my answer to the most critical question of all: “How do I drive my career to ‘success’?” Oh- I knew the answer. And shared it. He was disappointed. As I knew he would be. Bet you will be too- because it is NOT EASY, though very, very simple. Here it is.

Many of us think about what ‘success’ means- what it looks like for me and how I’ll know when I get there. It’s one of life’s tough questions, and often takes years- if ever- for us to get clarity on ‘what’s it all about?’- for us. There is good news though. While nailing what ‘success’ means can be a long journey, the answer on how to get there is right in front of our noses. Seriously. Achieving ‘success’ is built around one very simple habit. And here it is.

What Steve Jobs, Picasso and Sir Stamford Raffles Had In Common- And I Stole It!

Jogging by the river in Singapore last week, I stumbled upon the statue of the ‘founder’ of Singapore Sir Stamford Raffles, being freshly painted. It reminded me of something I stole from him once- and something I want you to steal from me. Seriously. Here it is. Take it.

Some dispute that Sir (Thomas) Stamford Raffles actually founded Singapore, but it’s a moot point. He had a vision for what this small fishing port could become, set the path, and went on to achieve much in his short life. He died aged 46.

But here’s the thing- most of Raffles’ ideas were not his own. Neither, according to the recent biography “Raffles and The Golden Opportunity”, were his ‘discoveries and his enthusiasms.’ You see- Raffles had a crystal ball apparently, and could see what built the success of both Pablo Picasso and Steve Jobs. Quite simply, Raffles built his success on one critical habit.

The World’s Most Powerful Aphrodisiac – And The Top Three Tips On Where To Get It

“Power is the great aphrodisiac,” Henry Kissinger famously said. But not for me. My constant search over 25 years for more responsibility, control and power never led to any success in that department, sadly. What the journey did give me was a brutal lesson about the price involved with ambition. It’s a price to pay with great caution. Here’s why.

I wrote about this last week in a major industry on-line magazine. About 50 people emailed me, agreeing, disagreeing. I share it with Possum readers now. Here’s the story. A young man came to see me a few weeks ago. “Please help,” he asked. “I am 24. I want to be a CEO in my industry by age 35. How do I do it?” My heart sank. I saw myself sitting there, 30 years earlier. Same ambition. Same desire. I knew so well why he wanted it. But also knew the price he would have to pay to get there.

I concluded the very best advice I could give him was this. It’s harsh, but true, and from my heart. Maybe there is a message in it for you?