“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand” ~ Vince Lombardi. I am sure that most of us have heard the saying “business as usual”, am also pretty sure that the heading to this article does not make much sense to some of you. Maybe you are thinking the title should have been “unusual business” or something related or maybe you think it is a mistake, NO!!!. The title is perfect and suits the article very well as you will see. The quote by Vince Lombardi basically sums up the activities of what successful people do. On the contrary though I would like to disagree with the phrase “business as usual” to me it simply means business without improvement. If you are in the habit of the business as usual syndrome, then chances are that you are stagnant and not improving in whatever you are doing. You need to change.
Do things differently
To succeed in life you need to do things differently and in a smart way. If you are in business making an improvement on a frequent basis is what will distinguish you from others. Especially if you are in the service industry improvement is very cardinal. Well I have learnt that some things cannot be changed and thus are better left like that. But most of the things we do in life can be improved upon. Improving on the small small things in your life will result in a total change of your outlook. An improvement in your waking up could result in you having more time for other things; an improvement in your eating habits will result in a healthy life. These small changes when put together result in big changes. And this is what distinguishes success from failure.
To do things in unusual way means to have a heart and love for what we are doing. If you have a love and passion for whatever business or work you are doing believe me you will always try to improve on it. I will give an example of the computer industry; see how computers have evolved from the big mainframes to miniature computers with so much power and flexibility. This off course is as a result of the passion and dedication the men and women in this industry have put in. The notion that “business as usual” should not be the one for you if you want to be a success in life. Your business should not be as usual it should be different and smartly done.
Learn the tricks of the trade
“If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability” ~ Henry Ford. You cannot improve on anything without learning the ropes. By this I mean you cannot improve your business or your personal goes without learning and knowing how things are done. Learning is perhaps one quality that needs to be improved upon on a very regular basis. I learn a new thing on a daily basis. Never stop learning. The moment you stop learning you will have closed the door to growth. You need to have an open mind for learning new things and tricks of the trade. In every niche there are norms, “the dos and the don’ts” learn them and improve on them. The will be your guidance to success. Even in your quest to succeed I believe that you have a written down life’s purpose, use it as your guide and keep on improving on it. There is no limit in acquiring knowledge but, also know that it must be put to use. Knowledge without action is useless. Learning must be followed with action.
There is no point in learning how say, foreclosure is done in real estate and not put it to practice. Imagine how much time would have been invested in the learning process. If you have to learn ensure that you will put to use what you have learned. Napoleon Hill says “KNOWLEDGE will not attract money, unless it is organized, and intelligently directed, through practical PLANS OF ACTION”. This is how important action is. I personally, think it is the most important of all success principles. I would also encourage you to read my article on knowledge click here for more in depth.
Having a mentality and doing “business unusual” has many positive credits than negatives. Just the fact that you are motivated to do something differently gives you an added advantage against your fellow employees if you are in employment. Am very sure your boss will be very pleased with you when he sees the effort of improvement being exhibited. It also goes the same for people running their own businesses. The little efforts being applied will definitely be noticed and appreciated by both would be customers and current ones.
“Business is a combination of war and sport” ~ Andrea Maurois. I would like to encourage you to have a mentality of doing things differently. It may be difficult at the beginning but remember that Rome was not built in one day. Start with the small little things that are easy to do and continue on that path for say 3 weeks and see if you will not make a difference. Bye for now and remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.