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success not for cowards

By Vision Reporter

Added 28th March 2010 03:00 AM

IF you traversed the entire world, it would be difficult to find a person who does not want to make it in life. Whether on a farm, in an office or taxi, every worker wants his or her career to soar in the air like an eagle. But the height of one’s success will be measured on how properly one handl

By Maureen Nakatudde

IF you traversed the entire world, it would be difficult to find a person who does not want to make it in life. Whether on a farm, in an office or taxi, every worker wants his or her career to soar in the air like an eagle. But the height of one’s success will be measured on how properly one handles fear.

Avoid excuses and confront challenges.
Julius Mugisha, a chief executive officer of the East African Media Consult, says for one to succeed in their career, they must drop excuses.

“A coward will always have many reasons why a task at hand was not done, but the dare-devils have no room for excuses,” Mugisha argues.

Ben Carson in his book, ‘gifted hands’, shows that only the daring can hit the top. He became a star neurosurgeon because he was willing to take risks.

For example, there were many excuses Carson would have given in 1987 not to separate a pair of seven-month-old German conjoined twins, who were joined at the head, but he didn’t.

He went ahead with the tricky operation that was a massive success, stamping his mark in the neurosurgery circles as the best neurosurgeon.

At one time he had to carry out an operation without approval from a senior surgeon. The possibility of making a mistake and ending his career before it had even started did not stop him.

Although he was rebuked for not seeking his superior approval first, he was thanked for taking a brave decision.

Knowing your potentials. Christopher Acan, a curriculum specialist at Compassion International, says to succeed on your job, you have to know your potential. “You have to believe that you are capable of meeting the obligation the job requires,” he says.

“But if you are coward, even when you might be more resourceful, you cannot try out anything, making it impossible for the hand of success to reach you.”

Never give up. The road to success is a contest. So, have you given up on this contest called life? If you stopped reaching for your goal, you are the one to blame.

Roadblocks and pessimists are part of life and one must decide that their desire to succeed is bigger than the roadblocks and go for it. Thomas Elva Edison, the inventor of an electric bulb, failed 100 times before his break-through.

If he had given up, his name would not have appeared among the great inventors and neither would we enjoy the bulbs today.

Letting go of the past. The daring use past exploits, bad or good, to propel them to greater heights, but for those that see failure as an end, past misfortunes rule their world.

They use them as an excuse for not trying something new, saying their past efforts were wasted. This retards their career growth, experts argue.

Seeing the big picture. Your employer may be going through hard times, a situation that can many a worker at cross-roads.

While a success-oriented person will focus on how to manage the situation, a coward will always be talking negatively and thinking of the worst.

“Every man is what he is because of the dominating thoughts that he permits to occupy his mind,” according to Hill Napoleon in his book “Think and Grow Rich”.

Great sacrifice. Success sometimes involves great sacrifices. It may be skipping your lunch once in a while, working extra hours and investing in a book that can propel your career to the next level.

For a coward, this may seem as a waste of time. John Mason his book “Know your Limits” says: “You only become a winner if you are willing to walk over the edge.”

The biggest secret to achieving success rings true in three words, “just do it.”

t may be skipping your lunch once in a while , working extra hours and investing into a book or course that can propelling your career to the next levels.

However, or a coward, all this is seems a waste of time and mistreatment and consequently he or she will never have that coveted promotion he or she wants. John Mason his book “Know your Limits” says: “You only become a winner if you are willing to walk over the edge.”

Good judgment
There are times when a decision is needed to be made fast, if is not the company will lose its profits. While a brave person will make a fast decision, a brave one might not make any.

And if done, he or she might take long when the benefits the company would have been lost. If you are unable to make quick decisions when needed, Mugisha says then you may not enjoy success on your job.

Courage
It is not how many degrees; you have but the ability to go for something. There are many well read people yet they are not aggressive enough to do something outside their comfort zones.

They want the cosy life with all its privileges, but they cannot work for it. Such people Mugisha says will never taste success; they will end up being cowards with unfilled desires.

However, you might find a person whose level of education is good, when he or she is more successful than a well-read person since they have courage enough to venture in the unknown.
It needs courage to take on a new career at work which all other people fear.

Venturing into new business or projects is also not for fearful people, one ought to have enough guts to spear lead projects like Bugali Power project to solve the scarcity of power problem in Uganda.

Responsibility
While a brave person will own up the mistake he or she has done. A fearful person will always find reason to blame someone or something in case of any problem at the job. This will make him more endeared to his bosses because of the honesty displayed and if another time something goes wrong, he would be out of the suspects. For instance there was a time when Nsabu Buturo the minister for ethics when he was given money for Mega F.M and instead did a documentary, while misusing some, he owned up his mistake and compeseated the money
Seeing the big picture
Things may not seem the best at one’s work place, while a successful person will choose to focus on how best he o she can manage the situation, a coward will always be talking negatively and thinking of the worst. No wonder the worst will always come to the coward and the best to the brave person. Hill Napoleon in his book “Think and grow Rich” says every man is what he is because of the dominating thoughts, which he permits to occupy his mind.”

success not for cowards

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