Inspirational post by my friend John Drumgoole Jr
Soichiro Honda is the founder of the Honda company, which is a well known large automotive company. Honda’s story starts when he went for a job interview to work for the Toyota company. Honda was rejected and was told that he is not fit for the job!!
The man didn’t give up and decided to create a company that competes with Toyota and so Honda was born!!
If there is anything we can learn from this inspiring success story, is that you should never give up and that rejection can motivate us to do even better.
When you consider these 10 things, you will realise that success is within your reach.
- Being On Time: Respect yourself and respect everyone else by being on time and keeping things to the point so that you respect the person you are meeting’s time.
- Work Ethic: I often hear people saying ‘we have a good work ethic’, no, getting the job done is the best work ethic you can have. Work cannot be benchmarked, getting the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible is what work is about.
- Effort: Keep on keeping on! The never give up attitude outworks everyone, every time. Remember that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard!
- Body Language: Winning is about attitude and if you believe you can, then make sure your body is sending the same message.
- Energy: People trust consistency, it takes energy to be consistent and to become successful.
- (Choose Your) Attitude: How we react to our circumstances is a choice. These choices will always determine our attitude.
- Passion: Are you passionate enough to achieve your goal. It is your passion that will get you there.
- Being Coachable: Are you prepared to learn, unlearn and re-learn throughout your life? Will you choose to listen to others, take the criticism and compliments.
- Doing Extra: Everyone is delivering the mediocre, the average and the predictable. Will you be extraordinary and deliver more than was expected?
- Being Prepared: The Boy Scout motto is ‘Be Prepared’. Will you roll with the punches? Can you do the 10 Things consistently and still be prepared that everything will not be as you planned it to be?
When I look at these 10 Things, they are often what we call Emotional Intelligence (EQ). When we understand the concept of EQ, we realise that you can never say you are emotionally intelligent. These 10 things are what we need to focus on daily, so that we may achieve success.
Muhammad Ali is one of the most successful boxers in the world. He was the first one to win a boxing world championship three times. He started boxing at the age of 12 and won his first world championship at the age of 22.
What can we learn from Muhammad Ali about winning?
1. Suffer now – celebrate later
Work hard for your future. Don’t wait for quick wins and never give up. Suffer now and celebrate later as a champion.
2. Winning is mental work
Winners are not made in the gym. It happens inside one’s head. If you really want to win, you need to have a burning desire to win, big dreams and a bright vision of where you want to be heading.
3. Positive affirmations generate belief
Ali was well known for how he shouted his affirmations before entering the boxing ring. His most well-known affirmations were: ”Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Nobody can beat Mohammad Ali.” and ”I am the greatest of all time.” People thought he was arrogant because of shouting these affirmations. Later he revealed that he repeated them only for himself because he was so afraid of entering the boxing ring. By repeating those affirmations he made himself the winning mindset.
Set yourself high goals and stick with them. Goals are the greatest source of energy.
5. Visualize yourself winning
Visualize the victory. Many times the human mind is full of fears and doubts. The competitive advantage of Ali was his ability to prepare for a victory, not the loss.