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10 things-i-have-learned-in-business-life


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10 things-i-have-learned-in-business-life

  1. 1. 10 Things I Have Learned
  2. 2. #1 Realise that your career is not your life  Keep up your relationships with family & friends, don’t neglect hobbies 2
  3. 3. #2 Have a realistic self perception  Take the time to learn about your strengths & weaknesses  E.g. there is no use trying to be an accountant if you cannot add up 3
  4. 4. #3 Be kind to yourself and to others   Kindness costs nothing and makes you feel better. If a situation is already bad it doesn’t get any better when we are unkind to each other. 4
  5. 5. #4 Have a roadmap of goals & steps to achieve them  Goals without plans are unlikely to be achieved. 5
  6. 6. #5 Be flexible, always be ready to develop an alternate plan  As John Lennon said “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans” 6
  7. 7. #6 Don’t take anything that happens at work personally Most negative stuff that happens at work would happen to whoever sits in your chair.  Even if it is personal, refer to back to # 1.  7
  8. 8. #7 Know your boundaries Have a clear idea about what you want, what you are willing to give, and what you are willing to take.  Be willing to walk away if necessary.  8
  9. 9. #8 Decisions are made by those who turn up Participation is important!  And it is powerful when accompanied by enthusiasm and passion.  9
  10. 10. #9 Apply yourself Each day take a positive step towards your goal.  If you fail one day, get back to it the next day, this will get you there in the end.  Failure is really just practice.  10
  11. 11. #10 Don’t give up on something you care about without good reason. Many people quote Winston Churchill in this regard, but they often fail to quote him in full.  It is worth reading the full quotation …  11
  12. 12. Churchill said: “… this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” 12