Daegan Smith asked:
In a world that has become a borderless arena of opportunities and inestimable possibilities, there seems to be no better time or era to be alive than today. The Millennials (born 1982-2000) is posed to gain a better quality of life than all previous generations, yet also faced with even greater challenges and tough competition. You should equip yourselves with all the skills you need, should begin to learn how to harness and channel your youthful energy into identifying your self-potentials.
The secret to success, without a passion for what you do, will remain a secret! What one person or another achieves depends largely on personal enthusiasm and motivation rather than abilities. As such, the profound differences between successful people and others are the goals they choose to pursue with persistence and consistency. And a big contrast between a job and a career is that, the former is something you do for money, while the latter is something based on your inner drive and motivation. You want to do it, you are excited when you do it, and you love to do it. You do it simply because it is your harmony with your core values and your goals.
“When a group of artists – Degas, Pissarro, Monet, Cezanne and Renoir – were rejected by the establishment of their time, these five great masters of all the time formed their team and continue to do what they believed in, to the ridicule of critics. Everyone told Renoir to give up painting because he had no talent. A Parisian expert looked over Reinor’s paintings and sneered: “You are, I presume, dabbling in paint to amuse yourself.” And Renoir replied: “Of course, when it ceases it amuse me, I will stop painting.”
In Renoir’s later life he suffered from advanced rheumatism, particularly in his hands. When Matisse stopped by to see the aging painter, he noticed that every brush stroke was causing Renoir great pain. And Matisse asked: “Why is it that you still have to work? Why do you continue to push yourself?” And Renoir answered: “The pain passes, but the pleasure, the creation of beauty, remains.”
I felt the need to re-emphasize three vital subjects on professional development which, when spiced with passion, will unleash the potentials within, allow success in any endeavor, and uncovers the secret of your passion (what you want) and reveal your passion.. These are Attitude, Effective Communication and Leadership.
I am…I can…I will!! Attitude is everything!
We are responsible only for how we choose to think and behave. Attitude is the way we view our lives – out experiences, our environment, our opportunities, our problems, our choices and our responses. The big difference between common people and those who are uncommonly successful is their attitude – whether positive or negative.
To develop a Positive Mental Attitude, you must:
1. ACCEPT YOURSELF as a masterpiece
2. TALK POSITIVELY about yourself, your abilities… and others, too.
3. THINK GREAT on what tomorrow has to offer
4. INVOLVE YOURSELF only with positive people and events
5. TREAT FAILURE as an opportunity to succeed
6. UNLEASH your energy in everything you do
7. DEVELOP YOURSELF and grow up.
8. END EACH DAY with THANKSGIVING and PRAISE
“What lies before us and what lies behind us doesn’t in the least compare to what lies within us.”
Value your words! Effective communication is a key!
Communication is an art. Whether one-on-one or one-on many, the key it to present your ideas with the end of achieving your desired results – better understanding, a call to action, entertainment, motivation, solutions, etc. Good communication, always, is a product of good listening. The more you listen, the better you learn, and the more you know, the better you respond.
Public speaking and presentation is something that most people would rather void. However, anyone can harness this potential and overcome the fear to speak in front of a large audience by learning to appreciate the various methods techniques of delivery. Good speech delivery employs the elements of gestures, body movement, eye contact, facial expression and vocal variety.
In any talk or presentation, one must consider the importance of preparation, research and organization of the following factors:
1. PRESENTOR – appropriate appearance, mood, condition, enthusiasm
2. RESOURCES – venue, visuals, props, sounds, people, structure
3. EVENT – significance of the occasion, program system, flow
4. SUBJECT – main focus of talk, discussion, theme of the event
5. EXAMPLES – applicable stories, anecdotes, experience, news, demos
6. NEED – value of the talk to the audience, benefit of knowing
7. TIME – allocated duration of talk, arrival at the venue
8. AUDIENCE – type, age bracket, quantity, emotions, discipline
9. TREND – relevance of talk to current situation, fashion, past experiences
10. IMPACT – opening statements, style, punch lines, humor, gestures
11. OBJECTIVE – purpose of talk, to inform, to sell, to ask, entertain
12. NET EFFECT – result, call to action, feedback, resolution
“As we talk, remember always: we may have the right premises, but let us be careful in arriving at the wrong conclusions!”
Take the lead! Leaders are made…not born!
Even in this age of electronics and communication technology, leadership is the vital ingredient to success in any organized unit, be it a large corporation or a small entity. I have always looked upon military leadership as the ultimate training for anyone wanting to accomplish any objective as well as looking after the welfare of his men.
The following principles have proven effective in developing your potentials as a leader:
1. LEARN to be technically and tactically proficient
2. EMPLOY YOUR MEN in accordance with their capabilities
3. ALWAYS KNOW YOURSELF and seek self-improvement
4. DEVELOP SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY among your subordinates
5. ENSURE ASSIGNED TASKS are understood, supervised, accomplished
6. RECOGNIZE YOUR MEN and look after their welfare
7. SET THE EXAMPLE and keep men informed
8. HANDLE AND TRAIN your men to work as a team
9. INITIATE AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for all your actions
10. POSITIVELY MAKE SOUND and timely decisions
“As a leader, to achieve something that you’ve never had, you must do something that you’ve never done!”
Finally, after knowing the three vital subjects to professional development that tells you that SUCCESS IS KNOWING WHAT YOU WANT, you may now strive always to be the best that you can be. And remember always: The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but rather, what he becomes by it!