4 Life Changing Tips to Create Personal Success

01-27-2014Personal success is achievable for anyone who practices the four keys to success and I believe that you will change your life for the better. Everyone wants personal success and to learn the keys to success. Everyone wants to have a happy, healthy life, do meaningful work, and achieve financial independence. Everyone wants to make a difference in the world, to be significant, to have a positive impact on those around him or her. Everyone wants to do something wonderful with his or her life.

Over and over, I have found that the keys to success are a single piece of information, a single idea at the right time, in the right situation, and change your life. I have also learned that the great truths are simple.

One Common Goal

Luckily for most of us, personal success is not a matter of background, intelligence, or native ability. It’s not our family, friends, or contacts who enable us to do extraordinary things. Instead, the keys to success are our ability to get the very best out of ourselves under almost all conditions and circumstances. It is your ability to adapt and change your life.

You have within you, right now, deep reserves of potential and ability that, if properly harnessed and channeled, will enable you to accomplish extraordinary things with your life. Get my FREE report Roots of Resilience and develop your ability to overcome difficulties, adversities, obstacles and setbacks.

Four Keys to Success

The great keys to success to change your life have always been the same.

  • Decide exactly what you want and where you want to go.
  • Set a deadline and make a plan to get there. (Remember, a goal is just a dream with a deadline.)
  • Take action on your plan; do something everyday to move toward your goal.
  • Resolve in advance that you will persist until you succeed, that you will never, ever give up.
  • This formula are your keys to success and has worked for almost everyone who has ever tried it. It will require the very most you can give and the best qualities you can develop. In developing and following these keys to personal success, you will evolve and grow to become an extraordinary person.

    Learn From The Experts to Change Your Life

    You will not live long enough to figure it all out for yourself. And what a waste it would be to try, when you can learn from others who have gone before. Ben Franklin once said,

    “Men can either buy their wisdom or they can borrow it from others. The great tragedy is that most men prefer to buy it, to pay full price in terms of time and treasure.”

    Your greatest goal in life and in personal success should be to acquire as many of them as possible and then use them to help you do the things you want to do and become the person you want to become.

    Program Yourself For Personal Success

    You will change your life by achieving just one important goal, you create a pattern, a template for personal success in your subconscious mind. You will change your life and be automatically directed, and driven toward repeating that success in other things that you attempt.

    By overcoming adversity and achieving one great goal in any area, you will program yourself for success in other areas as well. In other words, you learn to succeed by succeeding. The more you achieve, the more you can achieve. Each of the keys to success, especially the first one, builds your confidence and belief that you will be successful next time and achieve ultimate personal success.

    Unlimited Potential

    The only real limits on what you can do, have, or be are self-imposed. Once you make a clear, unequivocal decision to change your life by casting off all your mental limitations and throw your whole heart into the accomplishment of some great goal, your ultimate personal success is virtually guaranteed, as long as you don’t stop.

    If you enjoyed reading this and would like to learn more, read my true story, Many Miles to Go. In it, I explore an important truth that has led me to the kind of success I enjoy today and I reveal my proven method for creating, nurturing and maintaining the mindset you need to achieve anything you want to! This book will change your life!

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    Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations. He is among the top speakers, trainers and seminar leaders in the world today. He speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development, including the executives and staff of many of America’s largest corporations. His exciting talks and seminars on Leadership, Sales, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success Psychology bring about immediate changes and long-term results.

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    The Future of Enterprise Strategy: Why Organizations Who Master Über-Connectivity Will Dominate the Markets

    01-20-2014Nicholas J. Webb’s third book, Über-Connectivity: The Future of Business Strategy is slated for release in Spring 2014.[/caption]Historically, organizations have viewed engagement, insights, and connectivity as separate strategic initiatives. When new connection technologies began to emerge, they were viewed in a similar separated manner as nothing more than advertising and promotional tools, or new ways to reach new customers and markets. This was a restricted approach because its perspective was focused externally, absent of internal applications. Ultimately, this was an authoritarian philosophy and the principal enterprise defect of past organizations. This was Simplex Connectivity.

    Application Programming Interface (API), Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), mobile applications, Influencing Social Networks (ISN), Enterprise Social Networks (ESN), Netnography, the Internet of Things (IoT), and of course the Internet are just a few examples of new connection technology trends. Each is all about delivering superior returns on strategic initiatives through engagement, insights, and connectivity. Malcom DeLeo, Ph.D. described these trends as the Means, Modes and Venues of hyper connectivity. As they become more sophisticated, so does their application. Now each trend is a thread in the new web of connectivity. When skillfully woven together, these trends replace Simplex Connectivity and create Über-Connectivity–a tapestry of hyper connectivity is presently driving the future of Enterprise Strategy.

    Today, enterprises who engage in Über-Connectivity understand that marketing and promotion is only one of the numerous ways in which this new megatrend will drive enterprise and market success. Leveraging Über-Connectivity will ultimately give organizations the ability to deliver improved value to customers, build revenues, manage cost, supply chain, regulatory compliance and all other strategic goals. And we are already starting to see this impact.

    Studies are showing that organizations that use ESN, combined with innovation governance and infrastructure, achieve far better returns on strategic initiatives. By 2016, most large organizations will have an ESN that leverages game mechanics with socialization. Über-Connected Enterprises also significantly increase the value they deliver to partners and customers through APIs. In fact, APIs are so central to an organization’s success, they have now become the foundation on which the best organizations build their enterprise strategy.

    Über-Connectivity is even driving the evolution of interfacing because it mandates speed and simplicity. This has been best demonstrated by mobile technology. Over the past five years, we have moved from typing–the initial installment into the connected grid was through typing on a desktop computer–to touching, thanks to mobile technology. Über-connected enterprises will develop layered and dynamic value focusing on value added touching. What value does touching add? Just look at Instagram’s success. Instagram’s increase in popularity had little to do with improved functionality and a lot to do with its mobile-centric touch interface. Mobile interfaces are the final wave of this trend that will move us towards our most intuitive communication means, talking. The talking interface is quickly overcoming the technological hurdles that will ultimately make it the interface of the future. Just look at the iPhone’s Siri and Xbox One.

    But Über-Connectivity doesn’t stop there. Masters of Über-Connectivity will be able to leverage the digital grid to drive open innovation, crowdsourcing, vendor collaboration, and far better insights. The old days of developing technologies in a research and development department are rapidly becoming archaic. And sticking with these outdated strategies will leave you at a serious disadvantage.

    Another example of Über-Connectivity’s power is demonstrated by 3D printers and laser scanners. They have reached price points that now make them viable home appliances. The recently introduced Makerbot fifth-generation printers require virtually no technical skills and represent the beginning of an accelerating trend. In the next 36 months, 3D printers will include self-leveling build platforms and cartridge-based media. This trend is extremely important as physical things have now become part of the Über-Connected phenomenon. Consumers will be able to press a button on their wirelessly connected device and select from hundreds of thousands of free and low-cost objects to print on their home printer. Low-cost laser scanning already exists today and it allows anyone to essentially make photocopies of physical objects. As pseudo-metallic, elastomerics, and component integration come into play in many industries, products will become obsolete.

    Learning to leverage these various tech trends with an Enterprise level strategic focus provides unlimited opportunities for revenue growth and strategic success. To sprint ahead of the competition, here are the five most important enterprise trends for 2014 through 2016 and what you should do to get started.

    1. Über-Connectivity will become the foundation to Enterprise Strategy

    The Means, Modes, and Venues that drive Über-Connectivity, Engagement, Insights, and Connectivity will transition from a set of strategic initiatives to a foundation that all enterprise strategies are built upon. Revisit your enterprise strategy by building it on top of an Über-Connectivity foundation.

    2. APIs will be essential for success

    The iceberg analogy has been used historically to describe the fact that most APIs live inside the enterprise firewall. The “tip of the iceberg” speaks to the fact that most APIs are not public. Although there are many predictions about the growth of APIs and their importance to enterprise success, most are understated. Develop a core competency in connectivity to leverage the amazing power of the connective tissue of APIs.

    3. 3D printing and scanning will rapidly accelerate

    The overwhelming majority of music, books, and videos are consumed as digital objects. We will see a rapid acceleration of 3D printing and scanning. This will result in many products and distribution channels becoming obsolete. The market will soften for physical objects and strengthen for dynamic and layered designs that can be printed by users at will. Identify ways of developing dynamic and blended value in your technologies so as not to be destroyed by low-cost 3D printed objects that compete with your products. New models will emerge including blended value options where certain components are made available free to users and other components are sold to the consumers.

    4. Über-Connectivity will drive innovation

    Crowdsourcing and open innovation have been around for nearly a decade now. The true enterprise benefits of these powerful connecting trends have lagged for two reasons: a risk-centric view of open connection and a lack of a connected infrastructure. Über-Connectivity now provides the infrastructure necessary to drive better consumer insights, vendor partnering, and time-to-market. Adopt an Über-Connected strategy that drives internal collaborative innovation leveraging ESNs and external collaboration leveraging APIs, the social web and open digital grid platforms.

    5. Über-Connectivity will be a Core Competency

    As organizations, we cannot develop and deploy trends that we do not understand. We must understand how Über-Connectivity drives departmental strategic goals and how to leverage the “connection tools.” The Über-Connected marketplace mandates that organizations develop a core competency in Über-Connectivity. Revisit your enterprise strategy to identify how Über-Connectivity will drive better returns on all strategic initiatives. This may also require training and outside consulting to build the necessary internal skill sets. Choose your connection tool partners carefully as they are critical in building the infrastructure necessary to grow, thrive, and prosper in the Über-Connected marketplace.

    Über-Connectivity’s ultimate power lies in its ability to unite Enterprise Strategy both internally and externally in ways that have never before been possible. Learning more about Über-Connectivity and the newest connection technology is the first step towards market domination and superior strategic returns.

    Source: https://www.nickwebb.com/

    Nicholas J. Webb is a world-renowned business futurist and innovation thought leader. Webb is the author of The Innovation Playbook and The Digital Innovation Playbook. His third book, Über-Connectivity: The Future of Business Strategy is slated for release in Spring 2014. He is also a successful inventor with a wide range of patented technologies ranging from one of the world’s smallest medical implants to consumer and industrial products.

    Webb is also the inventor of the popular Hanz line of educational toys. He has been awarded over 35 Patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Webb has launched hundreds of technologies in his 25-year career. He currently provides business and innovation strategy consulting to a wide range of clients, ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 companies.

    For more information on Nicholas J. Webb, please visit: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Nicholas-J.-Webb

    10 Game-Changing Hard Trends That Will Create Both Disruption and Opportunity on a Global Level

    01-13-2014Daniel Burrus is considered one of the World’s Leading Futurists on Global Trends and Innovation, a top LinkedIn Global INfluencer, and is the founder and CEO of Burrus Research.[/caption]No matter what industry you’re in, your company can’t survive without technology. From smart phones and tablets to mobile apps and cloud-based technology, there’s a plethora of technological advancements to not only keep track of, but also to profit from. To stay competitive, your organization needs to anticipate the most significant technology trends that are shaping your business and changing your customer, and then develop innovative ways to use them to your advantage, both inside and outside of your organization. Remember, if it can be done, it will be done. If you don’t use these technologies to create a competitive advantage, someone else will.

    Over the next five short years the following game-changing technologies will transform how we sell, market, communicate, collaborate, educate, train, innovate, and much more.

    1. Big Data Gets Bigger and Becomes a Service. Big Data is a term to describe the technologies and techniques used to capture and utilize the exponentially increasing streams of data with the goal of bringing enterprise-wide visibility and insights to make rapid critical decisions. Companies are learning the hard way that Big Bad Data can get you into trouble fast, so there is a new push to focus on the quality of the data as it is being captured. High Speed Analytics using advanced cloud services will increasingly be used as a complement to existing information management systems and programs to tame the massive data explosion. This new level of data integration and analytics will require many new skills and cross-functional buy-in in order to break down the many data and organizational silos that still exist. The rapid increase in data makes this a fast-growing hard trend that cannot be ignored. Big Data as-a-Service (BDaaS) will emerge this year as cloud providers offer midsize and smaller organizations access to much larger streams of relevant data they could not tap into otherwise.
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    2. Cloud Computing Gets Personal and Advanced Cloud Services will be increasingly embraced by business of all sizes, as this represents a major shift in how organizations obtain and maintain software, hardware, and computing capacity. As consumers, we first experienced public clouds (think about when you use Google Docs or Apple’s iCloud). Then we saw more private clouds giving companies the security and limited access they needed, as well as hybrid clouds that provided both, giving customers and consumers access to specific areas of a company’s cloud. Companies of all sizes are using the cloud to cut costs in IT, human resources, and sales management functions. As individuals increasingly use personal mobile clouds, we will see a shift to services and less of a focus on the devices we use to access our services. This shift will also help us address the three limiting factors of mobility: battery life, memory, and processors.

    3. On Demand Services will increasingly be offered to companies needing to rapidly deploy new services. Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) is increasingly joining Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), creating what some have called “IT as a service.” The rapid growth of Collaboration-as-a-Service (CaaS), Security-as-a-Service (SaaS), Networking as-a-Service (NaaS), and many more are all giving birth to Everything as-a-Service (XaaS). All will grow rapidly for small as well as large companies, with many new players in a multitude of business process categories. These services will help companies cut costs as they provide access to powerful software programs and the latest technology without having the expense of a large IT staff and time-consuming, expensive upgrades. As a result, IT departments in all industries will be increasingly freed to focus on enabling business process transformation, which will allow organizations to maximize their return on their technology investments.

    4. Virtualization of Storage, Desktops, Applications, and Networking will see continued acceptance and growth by both large and small businesses as virtualization security improves. In addition to storage, we will continue to see the virtualization of processing power, allowing mobile devices to access supercomputer capabilities and apply it to processes such as purchasing and logistics, to name a few.

    5. Consumerization of IT increases, as consumers become the driving source for innovation and technology, which is fueled by rapid advances in processing power, storage, and bandwidth. Smart companies have recognized that this is a hard trend that will continue and have stopped fighting consumerization. Instead, they are turning it into a competitive advantage by consumerizing their applications, such as recommending safe and secure third party hardware and apps. Encouraging employees to share productivity enhancing consumer technology will become a wise strategy.

    6. Wear Your Own Device (WYOD) will take off this year as wearable technology goes mainstream with big players launching smart watches, smart glasses, and more, creating new problems as well as opportunities for organizations of all sizes. Over the past few years, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) caught many IT departments by surprise; it’s now time to get in front of this this predictable hard trend and turn it into an advantage.

    7. Gameification of Training and Education will accelerate a fast-moving hard trend of using advanced simulations and skill-based learning systems that are self-diagnostic, interactive, game-like, and competitive, all focused on giving the user an immersive experience thanks to a photo-realistic 3D interface. Some will develop software using these gaming techniques to work on existing hardware systems such as both old and new versions of Xbox and PlayStation. A social component that includes sharing will drive success.

    8. Online Learning and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) have been embraced by highly recognized and traditional educational institutions, putting them in a position to challenge all educational systems by making Location and Tuition far less of a barrier to receiving the information, training, and knowledge people need to know in order to succeed in a rapidly changing world. This hard trend, combined with Gameification systems, will change the face of global education.

    9. eBooks, eNewspapers, eMagazines and Interactive Multimedia eTextbooks are finally passing the tipping point due to the abundance of smart phones and tablets that provide a full color experience, and publishers providing apps that give a better-than-paper experience by including cut, copy, paste, print, and multimedia capabilities. Interactive eTextbooks will finally take off thanks to easy-to-use software such as Apple’s iBook Author and other competing tools, freeing new publishers to create compelling and engaging content, and freeing students from a static, expensive, and literally heavy experience.

    10. Social Business Applications take on a new level of urgency as organizations shift from an Information Age “informing” model to a Communication Age “communicating and engaging” model. Social Software for business will reach a new level of adoption with applications to enhance relationships, collaboration, networking, social validation, and more. Social Search and Social Analytics will increasingly be used by marketers and researchers, not to mention Wall Street, to tap into millions of daily tweets and Facebook conversations, providing real-time analysis of many key consumer metrics.

    Spot Your Own Hard Trends

    Are these the only game-changing technology-driven trends to be aware of? Of course not. As we all know from past experience, technology is always evolving, resulting in new trends emerging and new products appearing every day. That’s why smart organizations stay ahead of the trends by anticipating them, adapting them to their unique environment before the competition does, and ultimately enabling the organization to profit from them. The more you’re able to do that, the sooner your organization will reach the next level of success.

    Note: This list has been shortened from Daniel Burrus’ original 25 Game-Changing Hard Trends That Will Create Both Disruption and Opportunity on a Global Level. The original article with all 25 trends can be seen at the source link below.

    Source: https://bit.ly/1iHAnMO

    Daniel Burrus is considered one of the world’s leading technology forecasters and business strategists, and is the founder and CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven trends to help clients better understand how technological, social and business forces are converging to create enormous, untapped opportunities. He is the author of six books, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal best seller Flash Foresight: How To See the Invisible and Do the Impossible as well as the highly acclaimed Technotrends.

    For more information about Daniel Burrus, please visit: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Daniel-Burrus

    Underdog Leadership: The Necessity of Stacking the Odds Against You and Your Organization

    01-06-2014When I was growing up my dad had a variety of sayings that he repeated many times. His favorite was, “I always cheer for the underdog.” If two teams were competing and he didn’t know either one, he would ask, “Who’s the favorite?” After I told him, he would say, “Okay, I’m cheering for the other team.” I suppose since he was born six months before The Great Depression that throughout his childhood and teenage years he felt very much the challenge of having little or no money to achieve what he wanted in life. Consequently, he was always trying hard at whatever he did and cheering for the person or group who seemed to have less going for them.

    And that was part of his key to success.

    PEOPLE CHEER HARDER AND PULL HARDER FOR UNDERDOGS

    The St. Louis Cardinals have won 11 World Series, which is the second most in the history of Major League Baseball. Most teams would be thrilled to win five or three or even one. Yet somehow the Cardinals always position themselves as being underdogs against all those great big successful teams that they feel honored to just play against. I live in St. Louis, and every year the season starts off with, “We are going to have to work incredibly hard every game just to have the opportunity to have any success at all.” The Cardinals’ fans start hyperventilating on the first pitch of the first game and they don’t stop focusing until the last pitch of the last game.

    And that is part of their key to success.

    CLARIFY THE CURRENT REALITY AND DEAL WITH IT

    Successful underdogs don’t focus on what they don’t have. They also don’t give in to the temptation to say they don’t have a chance against overwhelming odds. Instead they look for a tiny bit of leverage they can turn to their advantage. Of course, Apple couldn’t beat out IBM in the 1970s, until they did. Of course, IBM the fallen king of hardware could never become a dominant global services company, until they did. Of course, Wal-Mart couldn’t replace the successful retailers of the 1960s so they just kept trying harder and harder at adding value to the people who were attracted to them. Of course, Bill Marriott couldn’t take his company from root beer stands to a successful hotel business, until he did. Successful underdogs focus on their current reality and they leverage what they can leverage to improve a little bit at a time.

    And that is part of their key to success.

    UNDERDOGS TRY HARDER FOR LONGER PERIODS OF TIME

    Individuals and organizations who hang on to the underdog mindset keep on keeping on. They never feel like they’ve arrived or completed their journey. They just keep on digging and working and searching for ways to get better and add more appropriate value to their customers.

    And that is part of their key to success.

    WHY YOU ALWAYS NEED TO TURN YOUR ORGANIZATION INTO THE UNDERDOG

    If you’re running a startup business, you’re an underdog. And that’s good. If you’re running an organization that is number one in the world or in your marketplace, then you need to make sure that you retain or regain the attitude of the underdog. Over the past 16 years I’ve had the opportunity to work with executives at a variety of companies who were number one in the world at the time I worked with them. These included Marriott (hotel lodging), Anheuser-Busch InBev (beer), Coca-Cola (beverages), McDonald’s (quick-service restaurants), and Toyota (automobiles). In every meeting I attended and in every conversation I had with these executives I never once heard anyone say, “We’re dominating the market and I doubt anyone can catch us so we’re just going to take it easy this year.” Instead I heard them say things like, “We have to focus even better this year in order to be successful. We have to work smarter and pay attention better to our customers. The odds are against us so we have to build even better teamwork and create better value for our customers if we want to keep on being successful.”

    And that is part of their key to success.

    HOW TO BECOME AN UNDERDOG

    Create a realistic competitive challenge. It doesn’t matter where your organization is relative to your competition. Whether you are at the top or the bottom of the heap, you need to craft a realistic competitive challenge. And then you need to step back and think about how to succeed in the face of that challenge.

    An unrealistic competitive challenge means that it is extremely unlikely you will come anywhere near hitting the mark you’ve set for your organization. At the end of the year people aren’t inspired. They’re demoralized. It feels like the boss has lost all touch with reality. A startup company is not realistically going to dominate the world in pizza sales within 12 months. I know, I know, you’re going to tell me about some example of where that happened in some industry. The once in a blue moon examples are intriguing, but not very helpful.

    On the other hand, aiming for a big goal can still be a realistic competitive challenge. When John Kennedy said the United States would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, it seemed impossible at first glance, but was it really? He made that statement on May 25, 1961, which was a month after the Russians had sent their own cosmonaut into space. That meant the U.S. had eight and a half years to send one of their own astronauts to the moon. A difficult competitive challenge, yes. Unrealistic, no.

    What realistic competitive challenge can you create for yourself and/or your organization that will cause you to be in the underdog role, where the odds are stacked against you achieving it?
    If you’re number one, then maybe the goal is to be number one more times in a row than anyone else has ever done it. Or maybe you can redefine the industry you’re in to expand your competition. Or maybe you can set a challenge to do something that no other organization has ever done before. Remember Apple’s original goal to make a personal computer that would sit on everyone’s desk. If they could get one on one person’s desk, then they could get one on everyone’s desk.

    Be the underdog. Stack the odds against yourself. And then work smarter and be cleverer at understanding your current reality than you’ve ever been before. Leverage what you can leverage in order to make progress. Cheer your team on to beat the odds that are stacked against them.

    And that will be part of your key to success.

    BOOK RECOMMENDATION

    Admittedly I am a huge fan of Malcolm Gladwell. I’ve loved all of his books, but I really think his best effort is his book, David versus Goliath. That book inspired this article. He does a masterful job of explaining why disadvantages are so important to have and why powerful people are not always as powerful as they first appear. I really encourage you to read it and think about how you can apply the ideas in your life and in your work.

    Source: https://bit.ly/KnOBa9

    Dan Coughlin | Author and Executive Coach on Leadership, Innovation and Branding:

    Dan Coughlin is a leading authority on managing for long-term business success. His client list is a who’s who of some of the world’s best-known companies including McDonald’s, Toyota, Marriott, Coca-Cola, GE, and more than 150 other organizations. He has also worked with hundreds of small business owners in groups such as the Ace Hardware Platinum Performers Conference, National Automobile Dealers Association, National Tooling and Machining Association, and Restoration Industry Association.

    Since 1998 he has invested over 3,000 hours on-site as a management consultant observing and advising executives and managers in a wide variety of business functions and in more than fifty industries. As an Executive Coach, he has provided more than 1,500 coaching sessions for presidents, vice-presidents, and senior directors in Fortune 500 companies, major privately-owned firms, and small businesses. He and his clients constantly work to hone simple processes that will improve performance throughout their organizations.

    For more information on Dan Coughlin, please visit: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dan-Coughlin