Motivational book by Paul Arden

9 Apr

It’s not how good you are its how good you want to be.

Nearly all rich and powerful people are not notably talented, educated, charming or good-looking. They become rich and powerful by wanting to be rich and powerful. Your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have. Without having a goal it’s difficult to score.

So How Good Do You Want To Be?

All of us want to be good at our jobs, but how good do we really want to be.

Quite good.

Good.

Very good.

The best in our field.

Or the best in the world?

Talent helps, but it won’t take you as far as ambition.

Everybody wants to be good, but not many are prepared to make the sacrifices it takes to be great.

To many people, being nice in order to be liked is more important. There’s equal merit in that, but you must not confuse being good with being liked.

Most people are looking for a solution, a way to become good.

There is no instant solution, the only way to learn is through experience and mistakes. You will become whoever you want to be.

You Can Achieve The Unachievable.

Firstly you need to aim beyond what you are capable of.

You must develop a complete disregard for where your abilities end.

Try to do the things that you’re incapable of.

If you think your unable to work for the best company in its sphere, make that your aim.

If you think you’re unable to be on the cover of times magazine, make it your business to be there.

Make your vision of where you want to be a reality.

Nothing is impossible.

 

Do Not Seek Praise. Seek Criticism.

It is quite easy to get approval if ask enough people, or if we ask those who are likely to tell us what we want to hear. The likelihood is that they will say nice things rather than be too critical. Also, we hear only what we want to hear.

So if you have produced a pleasantly acceptable piece of work, you will have proved to yourself that it’s good simply because others have said so.

It is probably ok. But then it’s probably not great either. If, instead of seeking approval, you ask, ’what is wrong with it?’ .You are more likely to get truthful, critical answers.

You may even get an improvement on your idea. And you are still in a position to reject the criticism if you think it is wrong.

The person who doesn’t make mistakes is unlikely to make anything.

BENJAMIN Franklin said, ‘ I haven’t failed, I’ve had 10,000 ideas that didn’t work.’

Thomas Edison said, ‘Of 200 light bulbs that didn’t work, every failure told me something that I was unable to incorporate into the next attempt.’

Theatre director Joan Littlewood said, ‘If we don’t get lost, we’ll never find a new route.’

All of them understood that failures and false starts are a precondition of success.

At the last company I worked for you would not be fired for being wrong, but be fired for not having initiative.

It had a positive attitude to mistakes. It was a great company. Failure was a major contributor to its success.

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