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Being the Best II

In response to an entry yesterday, FC Now readers are offering their own advice for people striving to become -- and remain -- the best. Among the ideas so far:

  • Mentor an individual or group. "One who teaches another learns twice." -- John Driedger
  • Never be afraid of failure. It is from failure that you will learn life's true lessons. -- Larry Ossei-Mensah

What advice would you offer?

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  • David

    When I graduated high school I was like many others who didn't have a clue about what I would do with my life. I knew I wanted to be successful, better myself, and push my limits. I joined the Marine Corps and I purposely picked the job that was probably the best suited to my ambitions but not my abilities but also had realistic expectations. It's been a tough road but I'm finally starting on my way. After suffering some hardships, learning the facts of life, and hanging out/living with people I had never been around before I've learned that to be the best you've just gotta be the best. Do you're job, do it right, and shut the fuck up. The more you put in the more you get out of it. If you are like I was and just can't figure out what that means, well everyone has a saying that stands out from all the others; here's mine, "Everyone has to find their own way, on their own, with a little help now and then." "Never and I mean never, ever give up!" That's my other one.

  • dp

    The effort to improve ourselves is IMHO one of the most ROI intensive activities we can engage in.

    The biggest trap that we can fall into, is comparing our best to the best of others'. Whilst ultimately in the marketplace, we will be compared against others, we need to keep 'personal development' personal. Progress as measured against our prior capacity is the most valuable metric we have.

    dp
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  • Curt Rosengren

    In a nutshell, do what comes naturally. Find the things that you're wired to do, the things you can really be passionate about. When you do that, you get energy from your work, rather than having to dig in to your reserves to get it done. That means you have more to put into all the other pieces of the success puzzle.

    It's the difference between following the riverbed and trying to push water up and over a hill.

    I don't subscribe to the money = success idea, but I think the following study illustrates pretty effectively the power that tapping into your passion can have.

    In 1962, Srully Blotnick began a study focused on 1500 new college graduates. He divided those 1500 people into two groups. The first, which made up 83% of the total, chose their careers based on the potential for making a lot of money. The remaining 17% chose their career based on what they loved doing.

    Twenty years later he revisited the two groups. Of the original 1500 people, there were 101 millionaires. Of those 101 millionaires, 100 came from the 17% that chose their path based on what they loved!

    Curt Rosengren
    Passion Catalyst (sm)
    blog.occupationaladventure.com