This evening, participants at Growthbeans Coaching Circle gathered together to identify what success means to them before getting tips from Benjamin Chan from Protegie F&B Marketing & Branding Consultancy on 4 "developable characteristics" of successful people. The day ended with everyone making a decision for themselves on what steps they were going to take to start developing their selected developable characteristic.
Here are the 4 developable characteristics:
Grit is the combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal which is the hallmark of high achievers in every domain. Imagine if your lifelong dream was to be a swimmer and you had to train in the open seas and you came in last. The punishment from the instructor is to do an additional 2 hours of physical training on top of the full day's training. The following day, in all your fatigue, you have to repeat the day's training and continue to do additional 2 hours of physical training because your fatigue from the previous day meant you came in last again. How long would you be able to keep going? Would you drop out from the training?
Admiral William H McRaven didn't give up. He had Grit. As a Navy SEAL trainee, he kept pushing on and he emerged ahead and went on to command all the SEALs on the West Coast. The scenario above was based on a true experience of his.
How Gritty are you? Take a test here.
2. Visionary mindset
As we started on this journey to create Growthbeans, our vision is to be able to connect people to broaden perspectives, to be self aware, to keep learning, sharing and growing and to understand what true networking is about. We have had people questioned us and ask why we would do something like that, how will we keep it sustainable, why we would run our sessions in this way etc. Did we falter and become doubtful of ourselves? To say we didn't would be a lie but we checked in with ourselves, our purpose and passion and we knew we had to do this. And also we persisted.
If you have a vision of something you want to do to make a positive impact to yourself and others, never let anyone get in your way of it.
3. Problem fixer
What does this mean and what would it look like? From a start up point of view it means that when you do not have a tech cofounder you learn tech on your own or you figure out how to utilize resources available to resolve challenges. Or turning to our best friends Google and YouTube to source for answers. And if one is stuck, it means having the humility to reach out to others to seek help. Are you a problem fixer - willing to step up to the challenge to solve problems?
4. Comprehensive Thinking
This as it's name suggests means the ability to think about an issue in greater detail and from different perspectives. This would require knowledge and information to develop a comprehensive plan.
Here are a few ways to enhance this trait:
1. Read a book (it is said that CEOs read about 60 books a year) - go to the library, book store or use overdrive
2. Be a Google expert
3. Ask friends, experts, mentors who can widen your perspectives and enhance your ability to think more comprehensively - you can do this at Growthbeans Coaching Circle! Which action would you choose?
Here is a simple assessment to determine if you have developed these 4 traits:
1. Have you been able to kickstart the one thing you want to do?
2. Do you break down your goal into subgoals?
3. Do you make a plan for next week and stick to it?
4. Have you read a book or learnt something new in the last two weeks?
5. Have you helped someone, anyone today?
6. When you run into a problem, do you try to fix it yourself?
If you have said yes to any one of the 6 questions, great for you! It is a good start to developing the required characteristics. The stretch goal for you now is to start saying yes to one more question and ask yourself, when would you like to get that done?
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by Shane Yan Shiyan & Shamantha Yan Shiya