“You are not special. You’re not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We’re all part of the same compost heap. We’re all singing, all dancing crap of the world.” ― Chuck Palahniuk
Okay so this may be an exaggeration, but the truth isn’t that far away from the fiction of Fight Club. To stand out in this world inhabited by millions of people is surely difficult. Some people are gifted and make the best use of their talent. They are rewarded with fame. The first step towards excellence is knowing yourself well, your good and bad side.
These are few values you can inculcate without any talent and will help you leave a mark:
1. Time management
There is literally nothing more valuable than time. If you cannot accomplish your tasks on time, you will not gain respect. In order to do that, you have to be organized and disciplined. Wasting time will prove harmful to your career. Also, once you manage time, you will have free time in hand to do something that you like.
2. High work ethics
“Never leave that ‘till tomorrow which you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin
Work ethics is not just how one feels about their job but also how one does his job. The attitude one has, his behavior, respect, communication skills, and the ability to interact, all contribute to build a good work ethic. Developing it will help you steer through dark times like nothing else. You will get work done with this skill even if you don’t particularly feel like it.
3. Effort never goes to waste
Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”. If you are lazy and won’t put your heart and soul into the work you’re doing, then you can never be successful. Effort never goes to waste. You don’t have to be the most gifted, richest, or the smartest to get work done, but you need to put in your 100%, and remember, practice makes one perfect.
4. Body language speaks volumes
The first thing people notice about you is the way you carry yourself. If you are laid back or slouching, you create a negative impression about yourself. On the other hand, if you are confident and in control of your body, people will count on you.
5. Energy is the mantra to success
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
If you are not passionate about your work, you’ve got to give it a hard look. Doing what you love will fill you with energy and you will send out positive vibes. If you hate your job, your lack of energy and enthusiasm will show it.
6. Attitude can attract or repel
“A great attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a great life.” – Mandy Hale
You are not born with a definite attitude and you can pretty much build it by choice. If you are more open to possibilities and have a welcoming attitude, good things will follow. Never give up and work really hard.
7. Passion will determine your path
“The saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there’s nothing to make it last.” ― Nicholas Sparks
What is the one thing that you can talk about for hours at length? The thing that lights up your face and makes you eager to learn? That is the passion you must fulfill to be happy and successful too. It will wake you up with a smile on your face, so find your passion and follow the path.
8. Never be afraid to learn
“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” – William Shakespeare
Learning is a never ending process. You must be wise enough to know when you need help and be brave enough to ask for it. There are so many great things we know nothing of and only if we are eager to learn can we reach our full potential. Keep growing, stasis is not desirable.
9. Go that extra mile
If you expect your extra effort to be reciprocated immediately, you will be disappointed. But, if you are consistent, then you will get your reward. Make sure you earn it by putting everything you have, and you will be the happiest.
10. Always be ready
Being prepared is a choice. It is a mental state which helps one overcome obstacles. As they say “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.”