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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Fourth annual list of the ten words that are most overused by its 259 million members worldwide
LinkedIn has come out with its fourth annual list of the ten words that are most overused by its 259 million members worldwide. Again, the professional networking site cautions against profiles where people describe themselves as responsible, strategic, creative and effective, driven to come up with innovative solutions. In other words, don’t use trite, empty words that sound good but say almost nothing.
Here’s the top ten list:
Think about it for a minute and you realize that most of these words are generic descriptors that any employer would take for granted. Merriam-Webster defines “creative” as “marked by the ability or power to create.” In other words, it means you can do stuff.
Instead of falling back on empty terminology, describe your skills and achievements in concrete terms. Don’t say you’re “effective.” Say you cut the annual sales cycle by half.
To compile the list, LinkedIn sifted through the “Summary” sections in profiles worldwide, to rank how often each buzzword appears. There have been four shifts from last year. In 2013, “motivated,” “extensive expertise,” “track record,” and “problem solving,” have fallen off the list. Replacing them: “strategic,” “patient,” “expert,” and “driven.” Perhaps the Zeitgeist has changed, and people don’t think they need two-word phrases to describe their experiences. Instead they want pithier-sounding words that emphasize intensity, like “driven.” Or maybe the slow recovery prompts people to say they are “patient.”
LinkedIn also sent me a spreadsheet breaking down the most common buzzwords in 14 different countries, including Saudi Arabia, Brazil, the Netherlands and Australia. Though the lists are similar, the Saudi top ten includes “competitive” and “dynamic,” not two words I would associate with that country, though maybe I’m just ill-informed. In Sweden, No. 10 is “positive,” which could say something about Swedes’ upbeat temperament. Brazilians describe themselves as “dynamic,” and in the Netherlands, the No. 9 word is “sustainable,” perhaps reflecting a greater consciousness about the environment.
One good piece of advice LinkedIn offers: when you’re choosing words to describe yourself, consider the antonym. Would you ever describe yourself as ineffective or impatient? If not, leave the positive forms of those words off your profile.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Make yourself more desirable as a potential employee
If you’re looking for a job during the holidays, it isn’t an easy endeavor. Outside of temporary, part-time seasonal jobs in retail, companies are not typically hiring much between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.There are management holiday vacations and the fact that for many companies the holiday season is a slow time of year.
That being said, even if you can’t find a job during the holidays, there are a few things you can do to make yourself more desirable as a potential employee.
1. Network While You Socialize
Use this holiday party season to your job-seeking advantage. Make every party you attend and every dinner with friends and family your chance to get your foot in the door. Go to that friend’s office holiday party and make it a point to meet at least three new people. It’s making those new connections and getting your name out there that will help give you an edge when there is a job opening. You may also have an advantage by finding out about a prospect before it even goes public.
2. Get a Business Card
Just because you don’t work for somebody right now, doesn’t mean you don’t have marketable skills. There’s nothing wrong with having a business card to promote yourself. Make sure you have enough printed for every holiday party you attend. If you’re handy enough to make professional-looking ones at home on the computer, that’s great. If not, buying 100 business cards online can be done for less than $20.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Don’t Believe the Myths
Many job searchers are convinced that job searching between Thanksgiving and the middle of January is a waste of time. If you buy into this myth about holiday job searching, you are losing one of the better job searching seasons of the year. During this holiday job searching season, you enjoy reduced competition for jobs and more. Debunk the common holiday job searching myths.
During the holiday season, you enjoy reduced competition for jobs and easier access to decision makers who are actually in the office. Fall trade shows are over and holiday vacations have yet to kick in.
You have the opportunity to help people spend their budgets before year end. Hiring managers, with fresh goals for the New Year, are eager to find people who can help them get the jump on goal accomplishment. If nothing else, many organizations interview in December for positions starting at the first of the year.
Holiday Job Searching Tips
If you’re ready to drop the seasonal holiday job searching blues, here are several tips that will help your holiday job search.
Use holiday events for schmoozing with family, friends and acquaintances. You never know who will produce your next job lead. Attend as many events as you can reasonably fit into your calendar. You don’t want to be obnoxious about your job search and aggravate friends and relatives.
But, do prepare a brief statement to tell people that you are looking for a job and the kind of job you seek. With the proliferation of events during the holidays, you have lots of opportunities for networking - and one of them may produce a job.
Send holiday cards with your business card enclosed to hiring managers with whom you’ve recently interviewed. Send a card to any managers with whom you’ve completed an informational interview. Send one to well-connected friends, with whom you’ve recently spoken about your job search, as well.
Schedule time for and activities in your job search exactly as you would schedule a day at work, if you are unemployed. Employed or unemployed, create a job searching schedule with at least one new item to accomplish every day. Don’t get lazy or depressed; keep your spirits up by taking positive action during the entire holiday season.
Check the classifieds in your target job searching markets from late November through December. Those employers are still conducting their searches, unless they happened upon a “perfect” candidate. Many seek employees who can help propel success in January.
Continue to check daily at the online job boards; more employers post jobs online than use the classifieds these days. And, don’t forget to continue to check company websites if you have selected employers for whom you’d like to work. Job posting online never stops, and some companies advertise perpetually for certain positions.
Check professional association websites for advertised positions. Participate in the forum if the site hosts questions or conversation. Even during the holidays, some companies are hiring, if only to start the New Year with a fully staffed department.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
How we ask for help
I had a very interesting experience a few days ago that led me to the insight of the importance of asking for help and also the importance of how we ask for help.
Here is what happened:
I was out having dinner with a new friend, chatting away in my favorite way of connecting, which is bypassing the chitchat to get to the heart of the matter of our lives. One of the questions I asked him was, “What pattern are you trying to break to create more freedom in your life?” He shared that he had difficulty communicating solutions that he so clearly saw in how people were conducting business. He continued to express his thoughts in a very passionate way, and I sensed a deep caring about the human problems that he wanted to help people solve. I offered my quick fix solution—you know—the tendency that’s inside us to want to fix things when someone is struggling. As much as I coach myself not to try to offer quick fixes, I can’t help myself sometimes.
Then my new friend asked me: What was I struggling with that I wanted to overcome? What came out of my mouth surprised me; setting up my new iPhone! I was having a major block switching from my BlackBerry to my iPhone, it felt completely overwhelming and the thought paralyzed me. When I would see people quickly press buttons to get instant access to maps or movie locations, restaurants, websites and all sorts of apps, I felt very jealous and wanted to be able to do it but I didn’t have the patience to go through the coaching. He looked at me with a slight grin, being that this man is also an engineer, picked up his phone and said, “These are just buttons that can help make your life easier and more flowing. There is nothing that stands between you and you getting your phone activated, you just go to the Apple store and tell them what you need to do.” I turned to him and said four magic words, which opened the path for me to move towards making it happen, “Can you help me?” I was direct and clear in asking without really knowing how could this man who lives out of town help me. He immediately said, “Yes, go this weekend and text me from there as soon as you have your iPhone.” I said I would.
Of course, the next day there was nothing in me that wanted to move towards going through the maze of the Apple store to start the process, there were a hundred other things far more important. A day later I got a text from my friend that said, “Waiting,” and he was waiting for my text; whoops I was caught! I didn’t really think he was serious about helping me, I thought it was just dinner conversation. I made an excuse that it was snowing and I promised that I would go the next day. He replied, “OK one more day, but that’s it.” Wow, I really had an ally in helping me.
Would you believe it, the next day I was at the store setting up a new phone line, my iPhone, a couple of apps and a fabulous minouette ring. I texted my friend from the store to share my victory; he called back and we ended up talking about the joy of having broken through my block. I thanked him for his support, and I shared with him my awareness of how powerful it is to ask for and receive help. I questioned him if he asks for help? He told me that he had great difficulty asking for help because he did not want to burden people. I asked him, “Did helping me feel like a burden to you?” He answered, “No it was a joy.” I expressed, “Why would you then deny that joy to other people and not give to them the same chance to have joy?”
This experience led me to have a lot of conversations with other people, if they ask for help and if not, why not? Here are some of the answers that I got:
A lot of people feel vulnerable and that they will be rejected.
Some don’t want to appear needy.
Some don’t want to impose on other people.
Some people are proud and feel they should do it all alone.
A few men said they don’t feel that they need any help!
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Bring meaning to your life
I was talking to a son of a friend of mine who is 16 years old and rather evolved for his age, and I asked him, “Michael, why do you think we are here?” and he said to me, “To wake up.” He proceeded to elaborate on that thought by saying: “I think most people are asleep—they don’t know who they are. I think we need to wake up to who we are.” He then asked me, “Agapi, why do you think we are here?” I had no hesitation replying, “I think we are here to evolve and transform, and I think that everything that happens in our lives, and everything that doesn’t happen is the journey to our transformation… I think fundamentally I totally agree with you, that we are here to wake up.”
This conversation prompted this blog.
There is an underlying and maybe sometimes not so underlying question, which is in all of us: What is the purpose of my life and what am I here to do? Obviously, each one of us has to find our own unique and personal answer to these questions.
“How can I find my purpose?” That’s a question I get asked a lot from people who are successful to unemployed, happily married to single, etc. “I don’t feel connected to a purpose,” they say.
I like to think of our purpose as our individual calling. It does not have to do with our accomplishments or our resume; it is a deeper thing that connects us to our heart’s pulse. When we find it, it adds meaning to whatever we do and helps us feel the true sense of what success is.
Either way, when we connect to our heart’s calling, everything starts to have meaning. So I have come up with five questions that as you answer can bring your calling closer to you.
What am I here to learn?
What am I here to teach?
What am I here to overcome?
What am I here to complete?
What am I here to express?
If you take a moment to answer these questions from an authentic, truthful place, the answers may be very different from what you had previously thought. These questions are meant to break down self-imposed standards we have bound ourselves with.
The answers to these questions are ongoing and evolving. At different stages in our lives, we are here to teach and learn different things. Nothing is set in stone. As you answer these questions, you may find that there is a blueprint that emerges that can guide you to what calls you, and as you follow that thread you start to experience more of an inner fulfillment. Going through life knowing that we are all teachers and we are all students, and we all have something to contribute, alleviates a sense of separation we often feel. That knowing can bring a solace and comfort to the basic question: “Why am I here?” It helps us create a bigger arena where we can explore the dimensions of our lives. It adds tremendous creativity in our existence and makes us welcome the unknown instead of fearing it. It also puts us in the driver’s seat where we become the creator of our lives. Seeing that everything that happens in our lives, the good, the bad and the ugly, becomes part of life’s tapestry. Our life’s experiences are the alchemy that helps us transform and awaken to who we are. My mother used to say, “We are all born an original, and it is a challenge to stay an original in a world that tries to mold us to fit in.”
I personally started my life thinking that I was here to become a successful actress. I went to a prestigious drama school and was acknowledged and validated as a very talented actress, moving on to Hollywood to do a movie. When the movie did not work out I went through a soul-searching journey only to discover years later that my calling was not to become a successful actress and perform others’ scripts, but to write my own script, create my own life, and design my own set. I found my calling in a NY bus, performing for a stranger, realizing that I had to share my gift of expression unconditionally. I had restricted myself with expectations of what life should bring me until that moment.
Learning to become resourceful within myself was and is an extraordinary process, and the joy it brought me is invaluable. So often when I feel stuck about something the question I ask is, “How can I create a desirable outcome?” I return to the basics: “What do I need to overcome here?” It always leads me to taking a positive action. Sometimes it’s overcoming a misconception of inadequacy, or fearing to even try in case I don’t achieve the outcome I was hoping for. Overcoming that in itself creates a huge amount of space for all sorts of possibilities that you may not have even thought of to surface.
The mistake we make as human beings is how we attach ourselves and our well-being to external circumstances for validation. The irony is that some of the greatest awakenings we often have are triggered after things don’t work out.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Here are eight ways you can take control of your own happiness.
One theory in psychology research suggests that we all have a happiness “set-point” that largely determines our overall well-being. We oscillate around this set point, becoming happier when something positive happens or the opposite, afterwards returning to equilibrium.
But this set-point, to a certain extent, can be reset. Although our general mood levels and well-being are partially determined by factors like genetics and upbringing, roughly 40 percent of our happiness is within our control, according to some experts, and a large body of research in the field of positive psychology has shown that happiness is a choice that anyone can make. As psychologist William James put it, “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.”
Here are eight ways you can take control of your own happiness.
A little effort can go a long way in increasing happiness. Two small experimental studies, published this year in the Journal of Positive Psychology, found that simply trying to be happier could actually elevate mood and well-being. In one study, two groups of students listened to “happy” music—one group was instructed to make a concerted effort to feel happier, while the other group was instructed not to actively try to lift their mood. The group that tried to feel happy experienced the most elevated moods after listening to the music.
Make happiness your number-one goal.
People who are happy choose to make happiness among their top goals in life, according to psychologist Tom G. Stevens, Ph.D., author of You Can Choose to Be Happy.
“Choose to take advantage of opportunities to learn how to be happy,” Stevens told WebMD. “For example, reprogram your beliefs and values. Learn good self-management skills, good interpersonal skills, and good career-related skills. Choose to be in environments and around people that increase your probability of happiness. The persons who become the happiest and grow the most are those who also make truth and their own personal growth primary values.”
Linger on those little, positive moments.
According to Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness, our brains are wired to scout for all that’s bad—as he puts it, the brain is like velcro for negative experiences and teflon for positive ones. This “negativity bias” causes the brain to react intensely to bad news, compared to how it responds to good news. But we can counter the brain’s negativity bias—which triggers us to form stronger bad memories than good ones—by appreciating and lingering on those tiny, positive moments.
“People don’t recognize the hidden power of everyday experiences,” Hanson told The Huffington Post. “We’re surrounded by opportunities—10 seconds here or 20 seconds there—to just register useful experiences and learn from them. People don’t do that when they could.”
The secret to happiness could be as simple (and difficult) as becoming more mindful. Meditation—a practice that anyone can do, anywhere, so long as they’re willing to sit and try to silence the mind—is thought to be a happiness-booster.
University of Wisconsin psychology professor Richard Davidson found in his research that a meditation practice might help to shift brain activity from the right frontal area of the brain (associated with depression, anxiety and worry) to the left, which has been found to correlate with feelings of happiness, excitement, joy and alertness.
Smile your way to happiness.
The secret to boosting your mood could be as simple as making yourself smile. A 2011 Michigan State University study found that workers who smiled as a result of cultivating positive thoughts exhibited improved mood and less withdrawal. Fake smiling, on the other hand, resulted in worse moods and withdrawal from work.
Cultivating thankfulness and gratitude is a scientifically-backed way to increase happiness, and it’s firmly within your control to choose to be more grateful.
Grateful people tend to appreciate simple pleasures, defined as “those pleasures in life that are available to most people,” according to a report in the journal of Social Behavior and Personality.
Pursue happiness, find happiness—and success.
Conventional thinking has it that pursuing success will lead to happiness, but research has shown that it may be just the opposite. Pursuing happiness leads not only to happiness itself, but also to success, according to Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage.
In his 12 years researching happiness at Harvard, Achor found that cultivating a positive mindset could boost well-being and improve workers’ performance on many levels, from productivity to creativity and engagement.
“People who cultivate a positive mind-set perform better in the face of challenge,” he wrote in Harvard Business Review in 2012. “I call this the ‘happiness advantage’—every business outcome shows improvement when the brain is positive.”
Let yourself be happy.
Bronnie Ware, a palliative care nurse who spent years working with elderly people on their deathbeds, noticed a common theme that came up repeatedly among her patients at the end of their lives: They regretted not “letting” themselves be happy.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
What to do
If it seems like you’re always stretched too thin and never have enough time to complete your work before three new projects are handed down to you—always with the instructions that they’re high-priority—you probably need to talk with your manager about your workload. But with more companies expecting people to do more with less, how can you talk about this in a way that your manager will listen to? Here are five steps to talking to your manager when your workload is overwhelming.
1. Don’t assume that your manager knows how high your workload is. Your manager can’t help you if she doesn’t realize that there’s a problem. A common mistake in this situation is to assume that your workload is so obviously high that there’s no way that your manager doesn’t know, and so therefore she must not care or can’t do anything about it. But in reality, you’re the person paying the most attention to your workload, not your manager—and she may assume that since you’re not speaking up, there isn’t a problem. So…
2. Talk to your manager about the situation. Pick a time when your manager isn’t rushed and ask to talk about your workload. Explain that it has become unmanageable and why (for instance, that you’ve taken on the responsibilities of someone who left without anything being removed from your plate, or that a particular account has doubled in size in the last year). Explaining what’s behind the workload increase can help because your manager may not be focused on the facts as you.
3. Suggest options. You’re most likely to get the help that you need if you come prepared to talk about options. For instance, you might say, “I can do A and B, but not C. Or if C is really important, I’d want to move A off my plate to make room for it. Alternately, I can act as an adviser to Jane on C, but I can’t do the work of C myself if I’m also doing A and B.”
4. Frame it as a matter of making the best choices. If your manager resists making these kinds of trade-offs, you need to keep pushing the issue. Say, “I hear you that we want it all to get done, but since I’m never going to be able to get to it all, I want to make strategic choices about how I should be structuring my time, and make sure that you and I are aligned on those choices.” If your manager won’t help you prioritize, then come up with your own proposal for what you will and won’t prioritize and ask her to tweak it or OK it.
5. Enforce boundaries. To take on something new when your plate is already full, you need to either get rid of something else or at least push it back. So if a new project comes your way, go to your manager and ask about trade-offs: “If I work on this now, it means that X and Y will have to pushed back by a week. Is that OK to do, or should we put this new work on hold until X and Y are finished first?” Or, “I can do this new project and X, or this new project and Y, but not all three in the time frame we have.”
Monday, December 02, 2013
Thinking about starting a blog and wondering how to make it pay off for your career?
Blogging can raise your professional profile, expand your network, and impress prospective employers. But it’s not for everyone, and you should proceed carefully before launching your site.
Done well, blogging can be a boon to your career. It can help you build your reputation, increase your expertise, assist you in keeping up with what’s going on in your industry, and give you a place to showcase your knowledge. And if you’re blogging about your field, you’ll build credibility as someone who, at a minimum, has an intense interest in and passion for the field.
Blogging can also make you part of a fairly select community of colleagues—people who will trade ideas with you, help you network, and serve as a sounding board.
But before you jump into blogging, ask yourself these questions first:
• How’s your writing? You don’t have to be Hemingway, but you have to be able to express ideas clearly.
• Do you like to write? Will blogging be fun for you, or a chore you don’t look forward to?
• Are you willing and able to post at least once or twice a week, at a minimum?
• Can you picture yourself doing this for at least a year or more? Blogs aren’t short-term projects.
• Will you stay motivated and keep going if you don’t build an audience right away?
• Do you have at least a little technical knowledge (or a comfort level with learning)?
If you answer yes to all of these questions, you’re a good candidate for starting a blog. If you answered no to any of them, you might think of other ways to accomplish the same results. For instance, perhaps you can become a regular commenter on other industry blogs, or contribute the occasional guest post to an existing one, rather than taking on all the work of running your own.
If you do decide to launch a blog, here are four ways to make your blog a boon for your career, rather than a hindrance.
1. Use your real name. Some people blog anonymously, but if you want your blog to play a role in your career or job search, then you’ll need to get the credit for what you’re doing! So you want to have your name attached to your work.
2. Remember that you’re using your own name and watch what you say. You must be willing to stand behind everything you write. Ask yourself how a potential hiring manager would judge your blog … or how your current employer would feel if something you wrote ended up in a major newspaper with your name attached to it.
3. Post regularly. In order to attract returning readers, you’ll need to post a minimum of once or twice a week, and more is better, as long as you’re posting quality items.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Despite common misconceptions, job hunting during the holiday season is actually an opportune time to find your next job.
1. You’ve got more time to search for a job since work has slowed down. If you’re still working while looking for another job, chances are you will have a little downtime during the holiday season. Finding the time to make an interview during your lunch break or taking off a couple hours earlier may be easier for you.
2. Your competitor job seekers may not be looking. With so many people competing for the same job, now is the time to jump in full force to your job hunt. Since so many people think the holiday time isn’t the time to look, your competitors may have taken a break, while you’re out meeting and greeting the right people to get hired. Many companies want to close out their open requisitions and have a new hire start in the new year.
3. It’s a perfect time to meet the people who may be hiring later. Even if the company of your dreams isn’t hiring right this instant, the slowness during the holidays is an opportunity for you to get on the hiring manager’s radar. Introduce yourself via email, phone, or even at a party. You’ll be more likely to catch them in the office when you call.
4. Holiday networking opportunities abound. Holiday parties are a ripe location to meet new contacts. The fact that everyone is in a better mood at these festive events gives you the opportunity to really connect on a personal level, which will help you in the long run.
5. People are more laid back. It’s easier to get to know them during the holidays. Sometimes meeting people is difficult if they think you’ve got an agenda. This time of year, it’s all about being merry and bright, so lay off the pitch and work on personal conversation.
6. End-of-year budgets may provide hiring opportunities now rather than in January. Occasionally, a company’s end-of-year budget works in your favor. If there’s surplus money in the employment category, a company may want to hurry and hire before the year is through.
7. Holiday cards are the perfect excuse to remind hiring managers that you’re available. While sending holiday cards should be a thoughtful and selfless act, it doesn’t hurt to let recipients know you’re available should they be hiring. Make the announcement subtle and not the purpose of your card, and include a personalized note in the card.
Monday, December 02, 2013
For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more.
Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength—tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail up.”
However, we can also define mental strength by identifying the things mentally strong individuals don’t do. Over the weekend, I was impressed by this list compiled by Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker, that she shared in LifeHack. It impressed me enough I’d also like to share her list here along with my thoughts on how each of these items is particularly applicable to entrepreneurs.
1. Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves. You don’t see mentally strong people feeling sorry for their circumstances or dwelling on the way they’ve been mistreated. They have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and they have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair. They are able to emerge from trying circumstances with self-awareness and gratitude for the lessons learned. When a situation turns out badly, they respond with phrases such as “Oh, well.” Or perhaps simply, “Next!”
2. Give Away Their Power. Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad. They understand they are in control of their actions and emotions. They know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond.
3. Shy Away from Change. Mentally strong people embrace change and they welcome challenge. Their biggest “fear,” if they have one, is not of the unknown, but of becoming complacent and stagnant. An environment of change and even uncertainty can energize a mentally strong person and bring out their best.
4. Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control. Mentally strong people don’t complain (much) about bad traffic, lost luggage, or especially about other people, as they recognize that all of these factors are generally beyond their control. In a bad situation, they recognize that the one thing they can always control is their own response and attitude, and they use these attributes well.
5. Worry About Pleasing Others. Know any people pleasers? Or, conversely, people who go out of their way to dis-please others as a way of reinforcing an image of strength? Neither position is a good one. A mentally strong person strives to be kind and fair and to please others where appropriate, but is unafraid to speak up. They are able to withstand the possibility that someone will get upset and will navigate the situation, wherever possible, with grace.
It takes much practice to hone mental strength
It takes much practice to hone mental strength
6. Fear Taking Calculated Risks. A mentally strong person is willing to take calculated risks. This is a different thing entirely than jumping headlong into foolish risks. But with mental strength, an individual can weigh the risks and benefits thoroughly, and will fully assess the potential downsides and even the worst-case scenarios before they take action.
7. Dwell on the Past. There is strength in acknowledging the past and especially in acknowledging the things learned from past experiences—but a mentally strong person is able to avoid miring their mental energy in past disappointments or in fantasies of the “glory days” gone by. They invest the majority of their energy in creating an optimal present and future.
8. Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over. We all know the definition of insanity, right? It’s when we take the same actions again and again while hoping for a different and better outcome than we’ve gotten before. A mentally strong person accepts full responsibility for past behavior and is willing to learn from mistakes. Research shows that the ability to be self-reflective in an accurate and productive way is one of the greatest strengths of spectacularly successful executives and entrepreneurs.
9. Resent Other People’s Success. It takes strength of character to feel genuine joy and excitement for other people’s success. Mentally strong people have this ability. They don’t become jealous or resentful when others succeed (although they may take close notes on what the individual did well). They are willing to work hard for their own chances at success, without relying on shortcuts.
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