Our life in this lonely planet may be short (~70 years) in comparison to the life of the universe (13.6 billion years). Yet we need to move ahead in this earthly stint of ours. Here are some general tips to move ahead in life.
Become aware of who you are: If you want to move ahead in life the first step that you need to take is to know yourself. You need to understand who you are, where you are in life and where you want to go. Without complete awareness of oneself it is futile to pursue any action for progress.
Introspect and identify your strengths and weaknesses. We can only understand ourselves, if we inquire into our very own nature. We need to fully understand where we are currently in life versus where we would like to reach in life. This help us know the areas we need to focus on and the areas we need to improve upon.
Talent: To move ahead we need an adequate amount of talent. Talent in people occurs in varying degrees. But it is up to each individual to improve on his talent. Even mediocre people can improve their skill and talent in any field they choose, as long as there is ‘deliberate, focused’ practice. While some people are born with talent there are many who acquire the necessary talent through years of perseverance, enthusiasm and dedication. So lack of talent can never be an excuse for not getting to where you want in life. Finally it is attitude, persistence and practice that makes one an expert with all the necessary talent.
Hard work: Perseverance and persistence are the pillars of success in life. One cannot state the importance of this enough. Behind the fame and success of reputed people are years and years of hard work, unswerving dedication and tenacity to not let go. Even successful musicians, sportsmen, scientist have to keep constantly honing their skills to move ahead in their field. Remember the world is full of talented people and there is a constant necessity to push ahead in life besides improving on your skill.
Street Smarts: This skill in a person is often ignored as against other qualities like persistence, talent and hard work. But in the long run street smarts or ‘savvy’ is clearly what distinguishes winners from the also-rans. Savvy is knowing which option amongst the many are the one that count. Smarts is being able to strategize and make appropriate plans for success. Street Smarts in reality, is making the most of the talent and skill that one already has against the competition. It is knowing the difference on when to strike and when to stay put.
Street smarts requires dollops of common sense. There are many situations where a smarter player is victorious over a more talented player simply because of his cleverness in applying what he knows. Life is a game where you skill counts as much as your ability to outwit odds stacked against you.
Hence to move ahead in life we need all the work – Self-awareness, talent, hard-work and finally street-smarts.