Never let your past dictate your future.
The past can not be changed. However, without our past, we would endlessly make similar mistakes over and over again. Our past allows us to learn the lessons that life is trying to teach us and allows us to move forward.
Don’t follow, lead.
There are two types of individuals in this world: leaders and followers. Successful individuals in life are the ones who lead the pack. Successful people did not get there by chance; rather they carve out their own path through hard work. Leaders deliver consistent value with integrity and passion, they take responsibility for their actions and follow-through on their commitments.
Move out of your comfort zone, forcibly if needed.
Let’s face the facts, being comfortable and unchallenged all the time kills productivity; without that rush of unease which comes from having deadlines and expectations, humans will tend to do the minimum required in order to get by. When you push your boundaries and move outside of your comfort zone, it allows you to develop and to expand your limits; by doing so, you become more productive; have an easier time dealing with unexpected chaos, and find it simpler to brainstorm and harness your resourcefulness.
In today’s highly digital world, sometimes it is beneficial to take a step back and breathe. Getting caught up in the endless minor details blurs one’s ability to see how everything links together ultimately missing the overall vision, also known as the “big picture.”
To be successful requires focus and determination. Successful individuals have goals, and a plan in order to achieve those goals; they do not let obstacles, roadblocks or useless details derail them from getting there.
Never ‘do’ without learning.
The greatest gift an individual can give to themselves is the gift of learning something challenging, innovative and different. Successful individuals endeavor to constantly learn new things and expand on what they already know. Growth, change, and development is key to success.
Ask for advice.
Asking for advice is not always easy. More often than not, individuals are determined to struggle to figure the problem out on their own. However, asking for help is not a sign of weakness, on the contrary, it is a great strategy, and Social Media has made it easier than ever to reach out to the experts who inspire us. Additionally, it better prepares you for the next time you find yourself or a colleague in the same dilemma.
Feedback is essential.
Feedback from peers or a mentor is critical because it gives you a different perspective on your current situation. Feedback allows you to review what you have completed and allows you to develop and implement ways to improve on the task or challenge next time.
Life lessons are about discovering who you are and endeavoring to become better than you were yesterday while helping those around you to become better too.
Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. Stop. Think. Connect.