Saturday, August 2, 2008

Passion Provides Power

When you are doing what you love to do you always find the energy you need to carry the task to completion. With passion you get the power to pursue, power to press on and power to persist. Typically you are good at the things you like to do. The key here is to identify the things you are good at and do more of them, do less of the things you are average at and stop doing what you are bad at. When you play it to your strengths passion will provide you with the power to succeed.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Here On Out

Your ultimate destiny is not decided by your past. It is decided by your future. Adopt a "here on out" mentality. Learn from past experiences to inform your future efforts but don't look back and don't dwell on the past. Focus your energy on your most important goals. It is what you do during the coming days that will determine your legacy. Your destiny is not final yet. It will be determined by your priorities and actions "here on out".

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Do It Like The Duck

If you want to be successful it is going to take a lot of hard work and long hours. Keep a relaxed demeanor and a happy smile. Work hard but don't let it show. Keep it your own little secret. Never complain about your workload. In office environments it is popular to moan and complain about how difficult things are. Don't be part of that crowd. Instead say something like "All I have is time and money." Do it like the duck floating along peacefully on the surface, but paddling like crazy underneath if needed.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Seize The Day

Time is a perishable, scarce and non renewable resource. Time cannot be stored and saved for later use. When it is gone it is gone forever and will never come back. Be disciplined about the use of your time. Don't let it slip around your fingers. Slot your bigger tasks for times during the day when you have high levels of energy and then fill up with smaller tasks around them. Decide on your priorities and go for the first next action. Seize the day! Carpe Diem.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Time To Get Organized

It is said that one minute of planning can save you five minutes in execution. And there are very few activities that yield a 500% return on investment, wouldn't you agree? Planning is one of the absolute best uses of your time. You can never allow yourself to be in such a hurry that that you don't plan your day. It doesn't take long either, only a few minutes at most. So think ahead and get organized starting today.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Business = Satisfying Customers

Your value to the market place is determined by how well you satisfy your customers. It really doesn't matter if you are employed or not, you are in the customer satisfaction business. If you are an employee your boss is your customer, if you are self employed your clients are your customers. You must know where you stand with them. It is not a question of your opinion here but theirs. Always figure out ways to improve your customers satisfaction with your business.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Just Say Thank You

When someone gives you advice and say something you already know, don't say; "I knew that already", just say "Thank you!" Emotional intelligence and social skills are not about showing off your knowledge but to show off your gratitude, how much you appreciate the other person and your mutual relationship. Be thankful for their good intention to teach you something useful and valuable. Bite your tongue and just say thank you.
About the Author

Urban Gavelin a native Swede with more than twenty five years of business experience. He has held positions as director of sales- marketing- and business development on Nordic, European and World Wide levels. Urban has lived and worked in Stockholm, London and New York, now works primarily with leadership development and sales training and is a credentialed coach. He has studied Executive Management at Lausanne Business School and Stockholm School of Economics.

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