I’ll be frank. I didn’t get to dive into as many reads this week as I’d hoped. With the middle of the week holiday, a Thursday filled with struggle, and more time spent at the gym, ’twas challenging. However, I was able to come up with a few I thought were worth sharing.
By the way, if you read any cool sites with positive, inspirational and/or motivational articles, please pass them along to me. The same goes for business and entrepreneurial websites. I’m always looking to share the good stuff and get put on to more of it. Pause. Anyway, on with the reads!
9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People via Inc.com
Inc.com is one of my favorite spots for all things entrepreneurial and business. I came across this straight-to-the-point article a few days ago. Here’s a list item that did the Macarena before my eyes and can be applied to much of life’s circumstances:
Failure is something I accomplish; it doesn’t just happen to me.
Ask people why they have been successful. Their answers will be filled with personal pronouns: I, me, and the sometimes too occasional we.
Ask them why they failed. Most will revert to childhood and instinctively distance themselves, like the kid who says, “My toy got broken…” instead of, “I broke my toy.”
They’ll say the economy tanked. They’ll say the market wasn’t ready. They’ll say their suppliers couldn’t keep up.
They’ll say it was someone or something else.
And by distancing themselves, they don’t learn from their failures.
Occasionally something completely outside your control will cause you to fail. Most of the time, though, it’s you. And that’s okay. Every successful person has failed. Numerous times. Most of them have failed a lot more often than you. That’s why they’re successful now.
Embrace every failure: Own it, learn from it, and take full responsibility for making sure that next time, things will turn out differently.
What It Takes to Succeed as a Writer Online via Ghostwriter Dad
This article was written a few months back, but the words in it are evergreen. If you’re a writer, his site is worth going through even though he has moved on to a new project. Many a gem. Anyway, keeping with the theme of things you can control, here’s a snippet speaking to what separates the good from the mediocre:
There’s one thing the most successful writers, the most successful bloggers, the most successful business people and even the most successful politicians have in common, that one thing is confidence.
Sometimes, the difference between succeeding as a writer and failing is the degree of self confidence you have in yourself.
Smart writers take action and are ready to stand up for each decision they make whereas mediocre writers take days and week to ponder on each idea before ever releasing it to the public. Smart writers confidently make mistakes and also embrace their mistakes and its solution with confidence, mediocre writers try as much as possible to avoid mistake and as a result hardly achieve anything. Smart writers confidently demand what they’re worth from clients while mediocre writers are afraid of asking “too much” because they think the offer will be going away soon.
It’s really all about having confidence about what you have to offer!
30 Traits Happy People Have in Common via Marc & Angel
This list is full of win. Probably something worth revisiting from time to time. Here’s one example that I know many of us struggle with. I think it relates to the “say no more often” post I wrote the other day:
They aren’t as concerned with what others want for them as they are with what they know is right for themselves. They are happy to swim against the tide, to do what most won’t. They are not people pleasers and they don’t need constant approval.
That’s all for this week. Have/Hope you had a great weekend.