Even the most confident (or arrogant) among us secretly doubt the extent of their true powers. We all feel the weight of our limitations and worry that just around the next bend someone with more talent, more wisdom, more energy, youth or imagination is going to outshine our greatest efforts. But the race - the real, long-term race toward business success - is never to the swift. Ask the tortoise: slow may not be the key, but steady - consistent, manageable, focused efforts - will win the race every time.
Michael Byrnes, StrategyPal founder
'In good cause.' Doing a good job makes you feel better. There's a definite endorphin rush and emotional boost in knowing that you have done something well. But far more rewarding is having done something good - something you truly believe in that is linked to values you hold dear. Fight for what truly matters, and victory could not be sweeter.
Ah, faith. There, as Hamlet would say, is the rub. We often make the point about the importance of knowing and clearly defining what you want (if you don't know what you want, you are guaranteed not to get it); however, this clarity must be melded with the faith that what you want can be achieved. This is why it is so critical to not only clearly define your goals, but to define goals in manageable chunks that inspire belief that they can actually be achieved. Want to move a mountain? Fine. But set the goal of shifting those boulders with that machinery in this specific time-frame. Then there's a real chance that you'll get there.
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