This is the second post of the Success Secret Series, with inspiration pulled from the book, 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People by David Niven, Ph. D. I highly recommend this book and will be sharing how his one hundred studies about success have impacted my life. For the first blog/first secret, click here: http://www.collegetips.com/blog/success-saturday-1103
2. It’s Not How Hard You Try
At college: We have all had a hard semester/quarter – just a rough hard time in school. Sometimes, it is necessary to realize that time is finite, and you are a limited resource. During one particular school session, I was doing the impossible and working 4 jobs, taking on a full-time school load, and trying to keep up with friends. Looking back, it was foolish of me to think I could all that. But lesson learned and never again. You come first. Your health comes first. Sometimes, it does not matter how hard you try. You got to be realistic, but still positive, but honestly know your true limits. *Extra tip* – Since I didn’t have a lot of time to study for my classes, it helped to only study what was on the study guide and then if I had time, go back and try to review the rest of the potential test material.
At work: Many jobs I have had in the past seem understaffed, where you have piles of projects and work that at times may seem impossible. In one of my jobs, I had a list that was a mile long of things I needed to do. At first, I tackled it on by myself, thinking that this would make me a better employee. In situations where you are work as a team, it is okay to ask for help and actually works in your favor since it shows off your ability to partner with others. Again, it is not about working harder, it is all about working smarter.
Don’t be grumpy and be stuck in the way we did things in the past! Move forward and learn from new innovations in technology and advancements! Come up with new creative ways to make the work/study load more enjoyable and less stressful! Efficiency is the word for today’s simple success secret! And partnering! Team work makes the dream work! One team, one dream!