to be successful

We all want to do something we love and be successful. How do we become successful? Some people say that 10,000 hours of practice can make you a master in any field. But research showed that it is not that simple. In this blog five things you need to be successful.

Practice

When you want to be successful, you may need to become a master in a certain field. And to master a certain skill you need to practice. How much? Well, one theory says that 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” can make you a master in any field. Deliberate practice is practicing in a way that pushes your skill set as much as possible. Writer Malcolm Gladwell wrote about this so called “10,000 Hour Rule” in his book “Outliers”.

In his book he writes about the Beatles that became the greatest band in history thanks to a lot of practicing early on in their career. He also writes about Bill Gates that became one of the richest people on the planet because he had been using a computer since his teen years.

You guessed it…it may not be this simple. Practice is important and a lot of practice helps. But the 10,000 hour rule probably only works in certain fields that have very stable structures. For example, in tennis, chess, and classical music. In these fields, the rules never change, so you can keep practicing to become the best. But in less stable fields, like entrepreneurship and pop music, the 10,000 hour rule may not work. But still, practice is an important element in becoming successful.

To be successful you need to grind

To be successful you need to put in the hard work. Work that may be boring and repetitive. You need to grind. The trick here is to start enjoying the grind. How do you do that? Well, try to incorporate rituals in your work routine. I once read a story about an elevator operator in Japan. He had been doing the same, simple work for 40 years. But he was loving every day of it. His secret was the rituals he created: certain moves, a way of greeting people etc. You too can create certain rituals in your work. Routines that can make the boring stuff fun. Make it a game. “How fast can I do it today?” Or “how many people can I call or send an e-mail today?”

Grit

Grit is a better predictor of success than intellectual talent. It is a personality trait that may be defined as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals”. Research showed that individuals high in grit were able to maintain their determination and motivation over long periods despite experiences with failure and adversity. It provides the stamina required to “stay on course” amid challenges and setbacks. That basically says it all. You need some grit to be successful.

Passion

Consistency of interest (passion) is one of the aspects of grit. When people genuinely enjoy their profession and are motivated by their passion, they tend to be more satisfied with their work and more psychologically healthy. Passionate people don’t need motivation. They are determined to get the job done. You need passion to be successful.

Focus

The very subject of this blog. You need focus to be successful. When you are able to focus you can channel all your energy and concentration into a specific task, either long-term or short-term, and remain in that state till the task is accomplished. Focus gets the job done. This is becoming harder and harder in our modern world with smartphones, e-mail and open-plan offices. That is why you need to ‘Train Your Focus’, don’t you?

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