I recently read an article that addresses the emotionality, of the fear of failure. The fear of making a mistake that will forever mark you, letting others down, embarrassing yourself, being judged, or not performing to your potential…further proving that all your hard work has been for not. Our only innate fears, those that we are born with, some behavioral scientists say – are the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises… making the fear of failure “learned.”
Here are some true successes based on what one may see as failure… Thomas Edison, attempted to invent the light bulb over 10, 000 times and failed on every single try, accept the last one. He responded to a question as to why he continued his work, with ” I didn’t fail at all; I successfully found thousands of ways how not to make a light bulb” It really is about learning from what is not working and continuing to strive for what will and does work.
Michael Jordan was quoted as saying “I missed more than 9,000 shots in my career, I lost 300 games, and 26 times I was trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life, but that is WHY I succeeded.”
Identifying your fears and admitting that you are afraid will help you overcome them. Fear comes first, then courage.
Finding a road to success can be an easy and measurable process. The steps will be different for everyone, but the process is the same. Set well-defined, measurable & achievable short term goals. Focusing on the result that you are seeking to achieve, rather than the possibilities of the things that can go wrong.
Live in the present. Focus on making positive choices TODAY … If you know something doesn’t work and you feel like you are in a familiar situation, make the choice you have not made in the past. You may find you have a different, more positive result.
Remind yourself that you CAN achieve success. Not everyone is slated to be the president, but we can reach our true potential. With patience, self-confidence, hard work and perseverance- You can be successful!
According to a survey administered by career builder, the majority feel it’s a thing of the past!
The traditional 8-hour day has seemed to be over taken by flex time and technological innovations that allow work to come home with you. What made us think that an 8-hour day was the most productive anyway?
Let’s get the history: In the late 18th century during the industrial revolution, factories were utilizing a single work force 16 hours a day. These were not sustainable hours for any employee under most work environment conditions. Robert Owen- started a campaign “Eight hour labour, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest.” So there we have it, the birth of the eight-hour day…
Interestingly enough, Ford Motor company was the first to adopt the idea. The result of this was that their productivity doubled along with their profit margins…with their staggering results, they encouraged other manufacturing companies to look at their productivity model and adjust the average work day.
Fast forward 100 + years and we are once again addressing the length of the work day. Now we say Work Smarter- Not Harder. Well what does that mean? Manage energy not your time… according to the famous author Tony Schwartz. According to him, humans have 4 different types of energy: Physical, Emotional, Mental & Spiritual – Ultraradian Cycles.
Basically we can focus for 90-120 minutes at a time. Then we need to shift our focus onto something different for 20-30 minutes. Well that is great if you can do that… but most of us can’t. Instead, with today’s technology-people are taking their work home, to the gym, to wherever they have service. The dis-advantage to this, is you may be doing less during your work hours because you can fall back on doing it “later.” Then the harmonious balance between work and personal is disrupted. Unless you are in a job- where you have an awesome boss that offers you leniency when you need to take personal time to off-set the after hour work time…you are not in a good spot.
I personally believe that we are the most productive and are reaching or truest potential when we have reached a balance in all aspects of our life. Work needs to stay with work and personal needs to stay with personal. Balance IS being the most productive. Creating balance IS working Smarter, Not Harder. Don’t bring your work home with you, I am sure that there are loved ones that need your undivided attention…and on the flip side- personal issues don’t need to come to the office
You may ask yourself… is one more important than the other? Companies today are placing emphasis
on both. Depending on the industry and the open job position, soft skills may be more important.
Let’s get a general understanding of what is meant by hard skills and soft skills.
Hard skills usually refer to your learned experiences through schooling and work. These are
learned skills in an environment where the general rules are the same.
Hard skills can be learned in school, from work experiences, in exterior environments that hone
your skills in whatever area of expertise that you are pursuing. There are usually a designated
level of competency and a direct path as to how to excel with each hard skill.
Soft Skills usually refer to personality traits that allow you to naturally be a team player. Have
good reasoning skills and an ability to problem solve individually or with-in a group. Soft skills
allow an individual to read others well and make good decisions.
In my opinion, soft skills are more important in most business careers than hard skills. Most
employees aspire to better their positions, which usually entails managing others. With-out soft
skills, it is very unlikely you will have staff that want to perform for you.
Something to consider:
You may be excellent at your job utilizing your hard skills, but if no-one likes you and doesn’t think
you are a team player you’ll be sitting on the bench, missing the promotions.
If you work on your Soft skills: learning how to engage well with others, listening, problem solving,
being a team player while leading, and my favorite…patience. All of these fall under
communicating well with the people around you.
Do research on the company that you are interviewing with. It is important that you ask informed questions about your potential new company.
Everyone is different: We all come to the job with different experiences. Ask your interviewer what an average day’s workload entails. From start to finish.
Be yourself! It is easy to get caught up on what other people might expect from you, but interviews work both ways. If you are the right candidate for the job, you will feel confident that you can handle the position.
Dress for the job. If your day is going to be in a warehouse, do not show up in a three piece suit
Get to your interview a few minutes early, not hours. 10 minutes is acceptable.
Be confident with your skills, not cocky. Having confidence that you can achieve the expectations set forth is appealing to potential employers. But saying that you are the best worker to ever step foot on the planet is a red flag.
Be honest about your work history
It’s important that you are interviewing for THE job not just any job
Here is what we are looking for in a New Hire:
Well-spoken with clear communication skills
Signs that indicate you work well with others
Having a great personality that can add positively to a team
Finishing up the interview
Reiterate you interest in the position
Show excitement and enthusiasm for the opportunity
Have confidence in being able to do the job
Now be patient. These decisions take time.