Saturday, February 25, 2012, AM | 2 Comments
Some people are born with certain traits they follow all their lives consistently and as a result are successful. Others just fade away in obscurity and nobody except the person’s closest friends and relatives know about it. An overwhelming majority of us have to get training and experience to develop some kind of trait to follow and be successful.
A lot has been said about Jeremy Lin of the New York Nicks. I just watched a video and the guy said his record so far is [arguably] better than Michael Jordan and others when they were at this stage of their professional career. Mr. Lin has developed his trait so strongly and consistently that his trait is given the name “Linsanity”.
FINS.COM ran an article in which Jeremy Lin was admired and some light was shed upon his traits that either he has developed as Harvard graduate or it just so happens that he developed those traits and qualities while he was growing up. In other words, that’s how he was raised by his parents.
We as the people…
We as ordinary citizens of the world can also try to create in ourselves some qualities with which we can live our personal and professional career. Like Michelangelo was asked once what was the secret of his success in creating such beautiful art. He said “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
Therefore, we must free ourselves, personally and professionally, out of the shell that most of us have created around us. Michelangelo once said: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
I assume Jeremy Lin, as Harvard graduate, have some special traits and follows them consistently. Everyone of us can have the same attitude and can strive to be successful in each of our own endeavor.
Set goals and follow through
Previously, I have written about mastering your Goal Setting skills and improve career. This is the most important of all traits that must be a part of who you are and what you want to achieve in your life.
Be respectful to others
It has been said time and again that disrespecting authority is considered Un-American. However, these days respecting others seem to fall on the shoulders of books and not on the shoulders of real people. We must bring this trait out of the books and apply it wholeheartedly in our life.
Maintain a purpose
Once you find purpose in your career, you must maintain it every minute of your life. We all must overcome the stress and pressure of today’s complex life. Simplicity is almost completely non-existent.
Be creative and add value
You as a young professional need to find new and better values. You have to find a way to add value before you can expect anyone to give you recognition and respect.
Grab opportunity that fits you
Concentrate on what you are good at. Seize any opportunity that comes your way that fits and adds value in your life.
Find a culture that fits you
Corporates strive to find a person who fits their culture. Your job is to find an organization that performs well in what you believe in. However, you must be compromising to find a balance between the two when a need arise.
Always be open to better yourself
Create a personal brand by opening up in your mind to better yourself. Most of all, be consistent in what you have found in yourself. Don’t get led astray from your own beliefs.
Diversify your efforts as much as fits your culture
In other words, use leveraging to connect to others that fits your culture. That’s how you will consistently follow what you really believe in.
Build and show your personality
Develop your personality in such a way that it becomes a magnet to others. It will attract others but be open to others who might turn out to be different than you are.
In a Nutshell
In order to advance in your career and have a good family life, you must develop your personality free of superficial shells around you. Be respectful to others and be tolerant to those who believe differently.