8 Factors for Success in Your Career and Business
by Louise D'Allura on January 9th, 2014

Each month I take time out to watch at least two TED talks because I love the perspective, inspiration, learning and ideas they provide – far more interesting than TV! 
 
I wanted to share with you this 3:55 minute TED Talk -  Success is a continuous journey - by Richard St. John.

Perfect for business owners, or anyone with career aspirations, he shares his journey – both the rise and fall, including the impact on his own mental health.  

He shares his model of successemphasising it is not a linear process rather a constant flow of 8 factors that we need to keep an eye on. If we don’t, we fail.  It took him 7 years to get back to making his business successful again.
 
The 8 factors Richard outlines are:
1.     passion
2.     hard work
3.     focus
4.     pushing yourself and others
5.     having great ideas
6.     making constant improvements
7.     serving others
8.     persistence

Just in case the video doesn't work, here is the link:
http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_st_john_success_is_a_continuous_journey.html
I think these are relevant if you’re passionate about your career or in your own business. 
 
One of the points that really sticks out from Richard’s comments is ideas – if these dry up you’re stuffed!  Talking with clients and customers he explains is key to keep ‘hearing ideas’ what’s needed.
 
Now one area he didn’t mention in a lot of detail but I feel needs to be in there is the element of self care.  Over the years this has been something I have neglected and he eludes to it with his feelings of not being happy and suffering depression.  

Really finding those things that we do OUTSIDE of work that make our heart sing is key.   I love what I do for a living so I have to constantly keep a watch on - what am I doing right in this minute?  Am I taking any time out or am I pushing myself too hard?  I can literally work all day otherwise!
 
If you’re a bit too business or career minded too ensuring we take time out means are fresh to keep that flow of ideas coming.  Without it we get stuck!
 
What else would you add to that list?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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2 Comments

Debra Jarvis - February 6th, 2014 at 6:31 PM
Awesome Share Louise!!! :)
Louise D'Allura - February 7th, 2014 at 1:40 AM

Hey Debra! Yes it is rather good! Were you surprised by any on the list? Are there any you would add?

Thanks again for taking the time to comment and share!!
Louise
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