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“Expecting life not to be unfair, just because you are fair to everyone is like expecting a lion not to eat you just because you don’t eat lions”. This social media post I saw describes my life perfectly.
When I started my professional life as a young Management Trainee in 1992, I had no idea just how many challenges, setbacks, and failures life would throw at me.
If I did, I would have been indignant — how can life be so bloody unfair???
Today, when I look back at my life, the one thing I realise is this — hard work is only the bare minimum that is required to find success in life.
A few of the other qualities that are essential are
1. Growth Mindset – the belief that any ability can be learned. That one can learn anything and from anyone. That failures are not a reflection on you, but only your lack of preparation
2. Resilience — the ability to quickly accept reality and then to try and maximise the reality instead of expending energy on resenting reality
3. Ownership — the belief that ultimately, you need to take complete ownership for your own life. And that whatever action that is needed to be done to make your life a success needs to be done by you or through your influence
4. Social consciousness — the understanding that we are all interconnected and that the only way to success is through giving and taking help from so many people.
Did I have all these qualities in abundance when I started my professional life? Nowhere near as much as I have now. After all, life is the best teacher. All you need is the mindset to absorb the lessons life dishes out— in plenty.
Would you agree?
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