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Focused People Find Success

Kevin Dee By Kevin Dee,
Chairman of the Board at Eagle

This post first appeared on the Eagle Blog on July 26th, 2016

Focused People Find SuccessMost people want to enjoy some success in their life.

Perhaps they might define success as having a balanced life, enough money, a challenging job, good relationships and a manageable amount of stress.

NOTHING comes without a price.  You need to EARN that success.

It IS worth it!

So …

Here are some things that will distract you …

  • Your personal life when you are at work.
  • Your work life when you are at home.
  • Video games, pokemon Go, excess TV and other such distractions.
  • Facebook, Twitter and the 101 other social media sites.
  • Your smart phone, with warnings about emails AND texts AND news AND sports scores etc.
  • Your colleagues latest drama.
  • Anything that looks remotely interesting that might distract you from real, hard work.

What do you NEED to do?

Focus on what you should be focused on!

“Never confuse motion with action.”   Ben Franklin

  • When at work … work!
  • When with your family … focus on them.
  • When out playing … play!

It is NOT easy.  It should not BE easy.

It is VERY manageable if you are prepared to put in the work.

It is all in your hands.!

“Work is hard.  Distractions are plentiful.  And time is short.”  Adam Hochschild

The 5 People You Need to Succeed

By Elizabeth Bromstein at Workopolis
This article originally appeared in the Workopolis Career Resources Blog

The 5 People You Need to SucceedThere was a time in my life when I looked around me and realized that a lot of the people I knew never actually did anything. They talked a lot about doing things – writing books, going back to school, going skiing – but nothing ever actually got done.

Today I prefer to surround myself with a different sort of person – one who does things. They’re better conversationalists: talking about all the things you did, rather than all the things you’re “going” to do makes for better conversation. Also they’re a galvanizing force. Being around people who do a lot of things makes me want to do things. And doing things is good.

Of course, we all have different ideas of what it means to be successful. For some it’s great wealth, for others it’s great life balance and great love. Whatever we’re striving for, the people with whom we surround ourselves have a big impact on whether we achieve it.

If you’re looking for a job, changing careers, or starting a business, the people in your life will be absolutely instrumental in your success or failure.

Here are five people who will help you get a little closer to your goals. Feel free to add your own. Then head over here to read about the 10 people you need to ditch before they drag you down.

The connector: This is the person who knows everyone. They have thousands of Facebook friends, who are real actual friends (not random strangers they don’t actually know in person), and everyone knows who they are. The connector is well liked and always willing to connect the people they know with each other.

The cheerleader: The cheerleader thinks everything you do is awesome, and is always encouraging you to do more of whatever you want to do. You want to start a business, go back to school, invent something to end world hunger? The cheerleader is sure you can do it.

The realist: Cheerleaders are great but sometimes they’re … what’s the word? … oh, yes, crazy. Sometimes your ideas are just bad. It’s not that you want people to step on your dreams but maybe you shouldn’t quit your job to write that musical about Nazis. Oh, wait, that’s The Producers…or is it The Sound of Music? OK, so maybe that particular idea is actually great. But the realist will let you know if you have a really bad one, and be your sounding board. The realist is not a pessimist. The realist can also help you come up with realistic ways to implement your ideas.

The idea generator: I have one friend who is an endless fountain of creative energy. He has as many ideas for other people as he does for himself – art projects, writing projects, business projects, solutions to problems. He never runs out and is always willing to share. No, they’re not all great ideas and some are crazy, but many are great, and his enthusiasm is infectious. Just being around him gives me ideas. Everyone should seek out someone like this to have around when your own idea well is tapped.

The success story: The success story is the person who is living their dream, whether that turned out to be the original dream they’ve been chasing all their lives, or some variation thereupon. I’ve got many of these in my life and every one of them is an inspiration when it seems like everything sucks.

Who do you keep close?

7 Steps to Selfless Networking

How much time do you spend meeting people? How much time do you spend building on relationships that you have established? What do you expect from those relationships? Will they help you? Do you only build relationships with people you think will help you?Businesspeople eating.

Networking is often viewed as a great way to build a professional reputation, to add to your client base or to open doors to meet new recruiters.  It is really hard to draw a straight line correlation between networking efforts and return on those efforts, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter, because if you are “networking” purely for your own gain, then likely you will fail.

Here is a selfless approach to networking:

  1. Go to events where you will meet new people, otherwise you’re just hanging out with old friends and nobody’s benefiting. This doesn’t mean ditching your friends completely, but make sure it’s not only your friends.
  2. Depending on your trade, networking opportunities can be hard to find, so take some initiative and find new events, rather than waiting for somebody send you an invitation.  If you want to build a niche network, you may even need to start your own networking group.
  3. Networking with the intent of “taking” is very transparent. Most people won’t retain “takers” in their network (as a side note, you should also avoid these folks).
  4. Help others because it will ultimately come back, but do it because want to, not because you want to get something back.
  5. Avoid abusing your network.  Refrain from giving names out to people you don’t know, and genuinely get to know someone before asking for names of their contacts.
  6. If you believe that an introduction will benefit someone you know then make that introduction.
  7. Network with people who you think are interesting, otherwise it’s just boring for everybody.

There are many rewards to networking but if you don’t treat your network properly, you’ll never get to reap those rewards. Do you have any other tips for selfless networking? Have you ever encountered a selfish networker?  Tell us your stories in the comments below.

Personal Productivity: ONE Thing Within Your Control

Most people in business would like to be a little more successful. More specifically, most Important-Urgent Chartcontractors would love to make more money.

No matter your profession, if you can develop your “time management” skills to the point where you are more productive than the people around you, then you WILL be more successful.  After all, the more productive contractor fits more into their schedule and, ultimately, makes more money!

It is NOT rocket science! It is about continually looking at how you might improve. Here are some points to think about:

  1. There are many ways in which we all waste time every day. What if you could reclaim some, or most of that wasted time? Could you work on a small project for another client? Add more effort into a matrix for a proposal? Do more networking?
  2. Most of us get easily distracted which takes us away from our most productive work.  If it’s not the plethora of social media, it’s the news flashes, water cooler gossip or our private lives intruding into our work time.  The ability to FOCUS on work and tame those distractions will help us reclaim that wasted time and make us MUCH more productive.
  3. Most people coast through their day and just “do stuff.” They are busy from the minute they arrive to the minute they leave, but it is not always a productive busy!  The only way that you get better is by making time to improve!

This improvement is ALL within your control.  It is VERY easy to reclaim time each day, and if you can make that into productive time then you can be more efficient, take on more value adding tasks, and just maybe get more time to enjoy leisure activities in a stress free way!

Are you prepared to put in the effort, to get some ideas, try them and really work at improving your productivity?  Let us know how you plan to do it in the comments below.

How You Can Be Busy AND Get Things Done

There is an old saying that if you want to get something done give it to a busy person, they will find a way to get it done. There is a lot of truth in that saying

People who can get things done are often the “go-to” contractor on a client site, successfully manage multiple contracts at once, and sit on boards for industry associations and charities.  If you’re not one of these people, it SHOULD beg a couple of questions: How do they do it? and Can I do that too?  After all, it’s the easiest way to increase your revenue and your professional reputation!

Obviously not everyone wants to get those extra contracts, so this won’t apply to them. Clock running out of timeAlso, not everyone is willing to work one little bit more than they need to, so this won’t apply to them either. However, if you WANT to be successful, or you WANT to go above and beyond for your clients, or you WANT to do the best that you can then this does apply to you.

Truly busy people typically have a couple of characteristics that help them:

  • Attitude.  They care!   They want to do the right thing.  They want to succeed.  They take pride in their work.
  • Time Management.  They apply sound time management techniques and are always looking to be as efficient as they can.

How do they take on that EXTRA task AND get it done?

They are motivated to succeed which is really half the battle.  Then they give that job the right level of priority so it fits into their day/week/month and shift other “less important” tasks around. Have you ever REALLY looked at how you spend your time?  Someone who is exceedingly efficient at managing their time will increasingly fill their time with “high return” activities, squeezing out the “low return” activities with an end result of a much higher level of productivity.  THAT is how the busy people GET THINGS DONE!

IF you want to be successful and IF you have that great attitude then the next thing you can focus on that will have the best return for your career is Time Management.  It’s not an overnight fix, it is truly a lifelong learning exercise but it is worth it.  You can read a few of our past posts on Time Management here.

Being able to get things done will not only help you do more for your client, you’ll eventually be able to take on more contracts and, ultimately, increase your revenue stream! The question is, are you willing to put in the extra effort it takes and change some routines to achieve that goal?

Do You See Problems or Solutions?

Whatever your position in life you will take pleasure from success.  There seems to be one consistent factor when dealing with successful people — they find ways to overcome the barriers in their way.

In other words, the best way to achieve success is to focus on how to get it, not on why you can’t do it.  So if your habit is to focus on the problems and why you can’t achieve the success you want, then you need to change that thinking.  Instead you need to step back and look at what you could possibly do to achieve your goal.  Here are some tips:

  1. Keep the end in mind. Don’t focus on the problem or barrier, instead, focus on the Mend result.
  2. Brainstorm. Write down every thought you might have about how to get to that end result no matter how outlandish.
  3. Set Small Goals. If the goal is BIG, then try to develop interim goals.  If you set a goal of becoming the lead project manager on a multi-million dollar project but have no project management experience, you might want to start with taking a few courses in that area!
  4. Collaborate. When you have crystallized your goal in your mind and have some thoughts about how to get there, talk to others.  Two heads are better than one, and the more people discussing and brainstorming the issue the better.  For example, if you have a business issue, involve your peers and anyone else you think might be able to bring ideas to the table.  Do NOT underestimate the creativity of the junior members of your team.
  5. Focus. All of this needs to happen with a total focus on the issue.  You cannot be doing this in between your regular tasks, the next big deadline etc.  Set aside dedicated time; it doesn’t need to be days but perhaps an hour or four!
  6. Humility. Don’t think you need to have all the answers.  Give credit to those who do help.   Be willing to help others when they need it!
  7. Believe!  If you don’t believe that you can succeed then your chances are dramatically reduced.  Everything is possible you just need to find the key!

Success — whether it is winning a new contract, learning a new skill, or even achieving a level of fitness — is achievable.  It takes work, it takes commitment and it takes a little courage. Are you up for it?