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How Many Apples Do You Have or What Leads to Success?

How Many Apples Do You Have or What Leads to Success?

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A lot of people want to know an exact formula for success. That’s why we have so many interviews of successful businessmen, IT specialists, actors, singers in our medias. But in fact, to read interviews of successful people like to have a trip to the past. Everything is changing so fast. It’s impossible for us to repeat the exact same action whenever facing the same situation in order to be successful.

Instead, we can understand the common principles of successful people.

An analyst Richard St. John spent 7 years for interviewing successful

 people. He discovered 8 things which really lead people to success.

1.    Passion. If you do your work for love, the money comes anyway

2.    Work. It’s all hard work. Nothing comes easily.

3.    Good. You have to be a good specialist.

4.    Focus. It is really important to focus yourself on one thing.

5.    Push. You gotta push yourself through shyness and self-doubt.

6.    Serve. You gotta serve others something value.

7.    Idea. That’s great to have a good idea.

8.    Persist. You gotta persist through failure, criticism, rejection…

But it is a big mistake to pay attention only on those tips. We need to be careful with things we rarely give much thought to. That’s why we need interviews with failures too.

An English professor Richard J. Wiseman researched the principles of good and bad luck publishing the results in his book The Luck Factor. During 10 years he was looking for lives of 400 lucky and unlucky people. He made a huge number of interviews and discovered: that were good habits that leaded to success.

Lucky people are open-minded and easy-going, they wait for luck and it is easy to them to recognize a good opportunity. While unlucky people have too much worries about failures. It is like to look for apples in a garden, Wiseman says to Sceptical Inquirer magazine. Lucky people try to discover new ways to find more apples, while unlucky people think too much about safety and choose the same pathways. That is why they have few apples.

Ones I got fired. I used to do too many things at the same time and I screwed up. It was devastating. I really didn’t know what to do. But I decided to roll on: “No worries about any failure. I would do my best, I would filter out troubling information and focus on good things”.

The years roll on. I do what I really want to do. I have not many assets, but I am truly satisfied about everything. Let’s see, what I will have in the future.

Do you remember? "Mind is a flexible mirror; adjust it to see the better world" (Emerson).

Good luck to everyone in this community talk!

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Valiantsina  Holubeva

By Val 23 Jul 2016#

Wow! Marina, I am impressed with your text. You see – the idea to use some input materials works well! And it's very good of you to credit the sources.
You text is also great in terms of information it provides. I hope other readers will appreciate it too.
Your score is:
Words: 479
Content: 479х3 = 1437
Language: 479х 1= 479
Multimedia: 100
Total: 2106 points
Wow! Marina, I am impressed with your text. You see – the idea to use some input materials works well! And it's very good of you to credit the sources. You text is also great in terms of information it provides. I hope other readers will appreciate it too. Your score is: Words: 479 Content: 479х3 = 1437 Language: 479х 1= 479 Multimedia: 100 Total: 2106 points

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