Have you set clear written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?
In a popular urban legend, this is the question that was posed to new graduates of the Harvard MBA program in 1979 (or Yale class of '53, depending on whom you ask). As the story goes, they found that:
84% had no specific goals
13% had goals, but not in writing
3% had clear written goals and plans to accomplish them
Ten years later, the same individuals were interviewed again. The 13% who had set goals were…
by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D.
Goals are an absolutely essential ingredient in any recipe for success. After all, if you don't have a destination in mind, you're not likely to get there by accident.
Yet, goals in and of themselves, no matter how inspiring, are pretty passive things.
We also need next actions.
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When was the last time you asked a complete stranger out on a date? Not just any stranger, but someone whom you thought was out of your league? What did it feel like to even consider the possibility of approaching this person and asking for their number?
If you’re like most, your heart would have been pumping like crazy, your blood pressure skyrocketing, sweat glands on overdrive, and your mind racing with fears of rejection or being embarrassed.
Did you go for it anyway? If you did, kudos to…
Quick, make a list of the most successful and accomplished people you know. Seriously, take a moment to think of 3-5 people you have had personal contact with who are well-established in their careers.
Now, make a list of the most intelligent and talented folks you know.
Are the two lists identical? I bet anything that they’re not.
Weird, huh? Thing is, many of the most successful individuals in the world are not necessarily the smartest or most talented. This is good news because after all, we…