The 10 Habits of Successful People
Hello STIC alumni,
How’re your work and your life so far? I know you must be very busy with your works after graduation from our beloved STIC. From time to time, I will find time to drop you some information related to the movements within our campus and also some info that might be useful to your work, like this one.
I got all these tips from Jennifer Zhang’s website, while surfing something to feed my brain. Let’s have a look.
Habit 1: a clear understanding of the purpose in everything you do.
Before you start checking your emails or start working, ask yourself: What is the goal of this particular action: does it contribute to something to my goal and/or purpose?
Your goal and purpose is like a compass and your actions are all geared towards following the compass. Without the compass, you will be drifting aimlessly on the waters of life.
Successful people knows what they want to achieve so naturally all their actions are timed to help them fulfill those goals. They have a compass to guide them.
Habit 2: Make quick and decisive decisions.
Winners tend to make quick and decisive decisions but if they like to change it afterwards then they would carefully considered the pros and cons before they change it.
The average person often make a decision but they easily change it afterwards e.g being unfocused. As a result, they don’t accomplish much.
Tip: Winners are able to make quick decisions, because they are very much aware of their value hierarchy, purpose and beliefs and knowing their priorities and goals first hand.
Habit 3: Excellent listening abilities.
Pay less attention to what people are saying in the literal sense, but try to listen what they actually try to say but didn’t: learn to read between the lines.
It helps if you naturally has the ability to “sense” other people’s emotions and feelings.
Habit 4: Set specific dates for your plan.
Make it a habit to write down the things you would like to accomplish for the next day, by week, month and year and prioritize the list. That way the time allocated to the task will be in accordance with its importance.
Let you be the one to manage the time and not let time manage you.
Habit 5: Maintain a diary.
The first diary rule is to maintain flexibility, and use the diary as a way for re-expression of your ideas. – It is a tool for you to translate your thoughts and ideas in a tangible form.
Second, let your thoughts flow free and try not to be too concerned with grammatical errors. Flow and creativity is encouraged and that can only happen when you are not concerned with editing or errors.
Habit 6: Do the things you love.
I know this phrase sounds like a cliché but it is true: all successful people are doing things they want to do the most and manage to earn well through it: Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, the late Mr. Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey are just a few examples of their success as a result of their passions.
Habit 7: Master the basics.
Instead of trying to learn many different things at one time, focus on mastering the things you already know. The basics are like foundation on which further knowledge and skills can be built. A shaky foundation is a recipe for disaster if you want to add more stuff onto it.
So get the basics right and you will be able to handle the more complicated aspect of your job and career. Not only is this applicable to your career, but it applies to other aspects of our lives.
Habits 8: Use the power of self-suggestion.
Don’t underestimate the power of talking positively to yourself.
Make it a habit to say something positive like: “I love the way I look”, “I love myself no matter what” etc etc.. to yourself, preferable in the morning and evening.
If you do this long enough, soon you will see the difference it makes in your life.
Habit 9: Exercise.
Physical exercises or even a brisk walk every day will help you to think more clearly and enable you to see the same problem from a different angle.
The primary reason that my husband and I got a dog is that it forces us to walk him every day and give us the chance to do physical walking on a regular basis.
Habit 10: Have a strong purpose.
All successful people have a life mission where they want to contribute and make a difference in the world. Their main motivation is not money and paradoxically their non-monetary focus brings them the wealth and fulfillment that they are seeking for.
Be clear on the reasons why you do certain things like starting a business or going for a certain career.
Read more on Jennifer Zhang’s website at:
Aj. Yongyut K.
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Brush Up Your English by Yourself
I know your English might be forgotten for some reasons already. I know some of you might not work in the English environment. But since you are from STIC, English is already in our blood. Today, I will help you brush up your English through these useful websites. Just make a few clicks and see for yourself. Enjoy!
1. http://www.english-at-home.com/ Here, you just follow the topics you want to practice – grammar, vocabulary, speaking, games & quizzes, and reading.
2. http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/ This site is a real fun for kids, or teenagers who really want to brush up your English from a scratch. Pictures and animation is real fun indeed. It’s from British Council, so the quality is surely there.
3. If you want the movement on the TV screen, this site is for you, and probably for your kids, nieces, nephews or your little neighbors. It’s on Youtube and purely harmless.
4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/thingstodo/by/type/createandmake I found this on BBC by accident. You will study English and learn some weird things at the same time, kids’ style you know, for example, how to mummify an orange!
5. http://learningenglish.voanews.com/ If you think you want to try reading English news, this site will not let your down. It’s not that advanced, and not that easy. Voice of America guarantees the quality of every news piece. You can practice your listening skills and learn about the world’s affairs at the same time.
If you have more time, you may search on topics like “learn English by kids” “brush up my English at home” “easy lessons on reading”. If I find something useful like this again, I will post it for you. See you next time.
Aj. Yongyut K.
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences