Lessons that will surely change your definition of failure.
When we talk about “success” we can’t ignore the fact of thinking the greatest people ever existed on earth — like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, J.K. Rowling, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, etc. Often are rags-to-riches stories. And we wonder how they were able to achieve such height of success — how they did it, what are their secrets.
I spend time reading success stories (for inspiration) and most were stories of these most successful people in the world I mentioned above. In this post, I’ll be sharing the 10 most important lessons I’ve learned from them.
10 Most Important Lessons I’ve Learned from the Most Successful People in the World
Successful people aren’t normal, they desire for authenticity
Do you mean, they are crazy? Yes! Successful people don’t go with the flow where everyone goes. They try to exist in their own way as unique as they could be. They self-established power to explore in the area where they feel they are comfortable.
They take risks in trying new things every single day
Andrew Zimmern, a host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods America, says in an article published at oprah.com: “People say it’s gross that I eat grubs and goat liver, but if you haven’t tried it, how do you know? Our brains tell us lies, and if we listen, we cost ourselves surprises. When trying something new, cast off your fear and expectations.”
Trying out new things can help us improve at something we don’t really mind ourselves. We won’t know that ice cream can be in different flavors if we don’t try to crush ice on an apple.
Successful people don’t bargain their instinct for a love-life
Most successful people speak about their lives. Have you heard them mentioning how they feel in love? No. Successful people are narcissists. They are self-centered. They are selfish.
I always watch motivational talks of some of my favorite successful entrepreneurs who are still rocking in the limelight of success today — like Arianna Huffington, Guy Kawasaki, and others. What I’ve learned from them is that they preach more on self-development, self-growth, and emotional intelligence.
These factors are the ones that build a foundation to expand their horizons in uplifting other’s lives in the future. It’s nurturing self first before the others.
They love to be harshly criticized
There are countless reasons why criticism is obviously a good thing that people who strive for success literally love it.
Criticism forces you to think about how you work on the certain thing that you want to be successful in. If someone criticizes you it means that they want to give you feedback on what you’re doing that might benefit them. It means an opportunity to learn more about what you do and improve the areas that need rectifications.
Successful people choose quality over quantity
People with a billionaire mindset would strive to get a piece of gold even if it costs their lives than a huge load of shit, free. What I’m trying to say is that, why would you spend on something that isn’t worth it at all?
People with successful thinking are clever. They are conscious of spending their money, time, and effort. They are “seguristas.” They make sure that everything will happen according to their plan.
They love to fail
Whether we like it or not, most successful people failed a thousand times before they became who they are today. Indeed, failure is the best teacher. So, if you want to succeed in life expect a thousand turns and knock-downs. Once you handled yourself to get up, that’s the moment you become victorious. Applaud!
Successful people love the “What’s on your mind?” thing on Facebook
Yes, I’m not trying to crack a joke here.
The what’s-on-your-mind thing on Facebook is a real-deal and it’s a literal thing for people who want to succeed. That moment when you open your FB and you see that on your status bar, if you mind it carefully, Facebook wants you to think.
Facebook wants you to be productive. Facebook wants you to explore your mind. Facebook wants you to take note of every little idea you have at that moment so when you open your FB again the next time, you’ll realize you’ve got that idea before. And that small idea can be a great impact on your future plans, or projects, etc. The real thing here is; open your mind and execute your idea even how small would that be.
They imagine being a robot on heavy days
Being too ambitious is a tedious task. We want to finish all the things we wanted to do all at once. Successful people aren’t exempted to think this way too; worse than that — they wanted to be a robot.
Robots are stress-free, multi-player, un-restless, and have no physical nerves to experience body pains. These people wanted it this way.
They are hungry of accomplishments. They feel bad when they could not be able to do the tasks they outlined for the day. They are always eager. They are like vampires hungry for fresh blood every single time.
They know exactly what they don’t really know
That’s weird, I know! But that’s what accomplished people are — they possess a genuine kind of humility. These people know exactly where they are on the scale and they don’t brag about it. This does not mean they don’t have strong egos, but when you’re smart and experienced, you simply know that you can’t possess all the powers of every intelligent man on the planet.
To them, family is the key
Behind every successful person is a family that sugars his coffee every morning and flips on his pillow at night. Simon Jacobson, an author of the book Toward a Meaningful Life, stresses that:
“When a family shares principles and values, they grow together. The home becomes a foundation for the family’s shared sense of purpose while providing a springboard for each member to pursue his or her own goals.”
In such homes, families stay up late talking heart-to-heart about what’s on their minds. Children crowd around grandparents to hear stories. Teenagers debate meaningful issues with each other and with their parents. The whole family gets together — and not just on holidays — for evenings of songs, games, and reminiscing. The home becomes alive, a source of energy and hope, of urgency and love. It is not the tranquility of a home that makes it peaceful; it is the life within. Jacobson further narrates.
So, family’s presence in someone’s life is a very important factor for his/her success. This is why a vast majority of the most accomplished people ever existed on earth focus on their family and loved ones. Actionable reflections
So, I hope you find it helpful, the 10 lessons I learned from the most successful people, which I listed above.
And here are a few of the best actionable reflections you can do to yourself right now if you want to achieve a meaningful and successful life:
Rule #1: Get along with people who have the same mindset as those most successful people mentioned in this article — make them your basis.
Rule #2: Rise and shine every morning with a fresh smile on your lips.
Rule #3: Stay bounded with your family and loved ones.
Rule #4: Think in a positive way possible. (Yes, I just said that “positivest” lol)
Rule number 5: Follow this blog. Yes, you read that right on point. Follow this blog so you’ll have updates on my future articles which might be so so so so helpful for you.
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My odd coffee routine changes the way I see life. A work-from-home coffee journal that makes me realize life’s biggest wonders.
Working from home gives a lot of advantages to almost every employed individual around. It doesn’t just give a luxury of time for yourself but it gives you some sort of comfort — the commute hassles, the tardiness fears, the boss’ pressures, and a lot more stressors are somehow lessen or, luckily, crashed out.
I kind of developed a certain pattern working from home for about half a year now. My coffee routine dramatically changed.
The casual waking-up coffee sess now an afternoon break
Usually, I would have my coffee right after fajr (Islamic morning prayer), and it’s normally around 4:30 am. That’s on normal working days — well, before the pandemic. It’s the time I read my favorite book and sometimes writes a few lines of poetry for my Instagram or a short journal, like this.
That routine changed when I started working from home. And maybe because I also moved back to my home country, the Philippines, where I live in a different time zone that I used to clock for several years — I just came home eight months ago from the Middle East.
Now that my sleeping routine has changed, so did my coffee. Even on a humid afternoon in the metro, when I wake up at 11:30 am, coffee is waving.
Here are the the 3 Best Lessons I’ve Learned Working from Home:
1.) It helped me become more creatively productive
As a creative person, I tend to be more focused and more sound when I am left alone. Unlike in the office environment that I have to attend to other unnecessary tasks that are sometimes out of my responsibilities.
Another factor that adds up to my productivity is that I can cook and eat fresh food at any weird time I want. Plus, you got to share it with your loved ones.
2.) Flexibility is key
When you have the idea in your mind that your schedule is flexible, it gives more room to your brain on digesting other functions. I believed it’s a contributing factor to becoming more comfortable in terms of measuring the bar on your daily productivity.
What’s best is that you don’t have to worry about heavy traffic and missed your workout routine.
To me, flexibility is a huge deal because, in the office setting, I can’t just easily walk out whenever it’s prayer time. As a Muslim, my day is set to have a five-times-prayer on my to-do list.
3) Working from home is not for everyone
Of course, working from home is a great positive deal. But it doesn’t mean it’s always the best choice. No — not for everyone.
Many of my friends still prefer to work in the office than in their pajamas. I asked them ‘why’ and here are some of what they have to say:
“I always prefer working from the office because I tend to be more acquainted with my tasks on my office desk than on my laptop.”
—Marie Claire, Office Clerk.
“I miss having coffee with my workmates after office. That kind of moment makes me more feel in love with my work and become more productive.”
— Patrick, Designer
My close friend Zaprollah who was just recently hired and currently onboarding training at home for a BPO company, says:
“I prefer having training in the office than on laptop because all my training mates are new and unfamiliar to me, specially the trainer. It’s always great to be talking to someone fact-to-face so I can easily understand and comprehend them based on their facial expressions.”
How did this pandemic affects your work routine?
Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer data, recorded an unprecedented scale of people losing their jobs. The recent data shows the global record of around 114 million jobs were lost in 2020.
Fortunately, while tens of millions of people are losing their jobs, thousands of people are also taking advantage of the pandemic by starting up their own small businesses.
If you’re one of those affected by the pandemic, or maybe you’re tired of working from home for other people and are wondering if you can also work on your own, maybe it’s about time to really fasten your seatbelt. It’s not really that hard as you think.
I know a lot of people who used the advantage of this pandemic and turned their frustrations into a profitable business. Like for example this one great story of a milk tea aficionado who turned her cafephilia into her own cafe house. Yes, you’re right. She created the milk tea business right in the wake of this pandemic.
So that’s it! I hope I have helped you clear out your mind on something that’s bothering you at the moment, your work or your business. You, how are you dealing with this pandemic and what are the lessons you’ve learned so far?
Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s see what others have to say. In the meantime, I am sending you my warmest congratulations for you have come this really far even in this great adversity. Life is indeed a beautiful thing to have when we know how to handle it with passion and love. No matter what challenges would come, we’re resilient enough to conquer the world.
This is Qassim and have a great day everyone. Please take care. Always!
Assalamu alaikum warah matullahi wa barakatuhu! May the peace and blessings of The Almighty be upon us all. (This Might Be My Last Eid In Kuwait – An OFW Story).
I would like to greet everyone a blessed and joyful EID! To all the Muslims, may our du’as and prayers have been accepted and our good deeds have been received.
As a Muslim, It is sad to say goodbye to a lovely friend who just visits us once a year – Ramadhan – for I am not certain if I could be able to see this friend again next year. It somehow makes my heart a little anxious yet grateful and overwhelmed for I know I am so blessed to have hugged this friend again, this year.
It’s my fourth year celebrating Ramadhan and my last Eid in Kuwait now. And as Ramadhan leaves, I am also saying goodbye to this beautiful place I’m already inloved with.
This Eid 2020 (my last Eid in Kuwait), might be my last glance of Kuwait’s gorgeous towers, beautiful sunsets, amazing humans, tasteful kubos, delicious laban. This might be my last eid prayer, my last to hear takbeer, my last salams to my dearest friends, my last sujood – in this land so beautiful. And this writing might be the last and final sweet memory I would keep for the rest of my life.
To a new beginning
I am ought to depart this land as I am only a stranger here. Though I’m leaving, Kuwait will forever be in my heart – something that I can brag about to my kids when I have one so soon. My four years seeking fortune in this place have been a part of my beautiful memories as an expat.
Though it was a rough ride, it taught me countless lessons that mold me who I am today. I could say I become a better person, a better friend, a better employee, a better expat, a better citizen, a better brother, a better son, a better husband, a better Muslim, a better me.
It’s in my fours here in Kuwait that I realized how beautiful life is if you always see the good things in every bad that happens. It is here I see myself how far I have come in the pursuit of a better purpose. It’s within these four years I realized I am worth something. It’s within these four years that I had all the “bests” of my life.
Within those four years, I’ve got the major gifts of my entire life. I fulfilled most of my weird bucket list. I was able to visit Makkah and Madinah. I’ve built beautiful relationships. I’ve learned more about my religion. I become a husband. I become my own boss.
Being an expat is not easy. I may have experienced the “worsts” while working in Kuwait but it doesn’t mean I have regretted coming here.
The truth is, wherever we go and whatever job we may have, there are always goods and bads. It’s entirely up to us how we keep the boat sailing.
I feel bad to my fellow OFWs who have or had the worst experiences of their lives while working here. Those who have the evilest of employers and the worst workmates. It’s sad to see them suffering. It breaks my heart.
As I bid farewell to my fellow OFWs, I wish and I always pray that that we will all be well. Remember that God is always watching us and all those who do us wrong will surely have to pay the consequences one day.
I know we all have a dream. That’s why we are here because we want to achieve something.
To be honest, I’m coming back home having zero in my pocket. What I have is a dream. A dream that I’ve been working on my entire life and I am certain that now is the time to roll up the curtain.
If you’re an OFW, like me, don’t be afraid to go home just because you have saved nothing in your pocket. If you feel like you’re not worth it anymore working here, maybe it’s time for you to move forward. Don’t get stuck. Don’t quarantine yourself on something you are not happy about.
Invest on something you are passionate about. Forget your stressful job. Start your own and one day you’ll say, “I was once an OFW and I will never be going back again.”
Eid Mubarak, beautiful people in all the earth. Have a blessed day and thank you for reading this long post. I’m certain that my last eid in kuwait is such so memorable.