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Awaken The Star Within You

Years ago I read a great book called "How to be a Star at Work" by Robert E. Kelley. This book became and continues to be one of the "100 Best Business Books of All Time" and the "#1 Career Book" ranked by The New York Daily News. The author makes the argument that "stars are made, not born". This is terrific news for anyone who is looking for ways to become a star at work.

Based on Kelley’s book, there are 9 breakthrough strategies you need to succeed. Here are his strategies and some of his ideas as well as my thoughts on how to awaken the star within you:

Top 10 Success Traits

I am often asked about the characteristics of successful people' the qualities, traits and habits that make them successful. Those who ask wonder (1) if there are indeed common habits or traits that can be linked to success, and (2) whether they could achieve some level of success by applying those qualities. The answer to both questions is 'yes!'

The characteristics below are not all-inclusive. But they are all important, if not the most important, ingredients for success.

Here is my list:


Boost Your Success By Thanking People

"Approval and validation are often far more valuable than material rewards and are usually worked for far harder than mere pay." -- L. Ron Hubbard

In a Gallup Organization poll of 2,000 workers, 69% said praise and recognition from their bosses is more motivating than money. Four out of five workers said recognition or praise motivates them to do a better job. Despite this, most workers feel they are not properly recognized nor praised.

Science of Success - Achievement

When I was younger and still naive I had big dreams and always thought of having anything I wanted and being anything I wanted to be. However just like many other people from all walks of life I was told you can't do this or you can't do that, basically being told that I can not be a success.

I just needed to get a job and work hard, basically going along with the herd. Fact is I was already a success in my own little way at that time and as I am now even a bigger success in my own right today and I will always be a success in one form or the other.

Yogic Mind Training Techniques

Within every form of Yoga are the tools of change. Yoga was designed to give you the tools to improve yourself, your health, and your lifestyle - at this moment. Just by practicing your favorite form of Yoga, each day, you reinforce your emotional health; but let's observe how the principle works and how to do it.

Discipline is Essential for Self Improvement

Most of us are regularly exposed to information offering get rich quick schemes and ways to make our fortune for little or even no effort. This is probably even more the case for students of Self Improvement than for most other people.

There may even be some people who have become rich as a result of such offers!

The Big Boy Concept

Being the eldest son of my parents, I became the “big boy” of the family. My parents gave me the status of a “big boy” and started giving me the tasks that were somewhat challenging for me at that young age. Whenever, I had some hesitation in doing a certain task, they used to encourage me by saying, “you are a big boy, you can do it”. Though I was a small boy at that time but my confidence level grew to the new heights and I started behaving myself as a big boy. That “big boy” concept slowly developed into the “I can do” philosophy which has helped me a lot through out my life.

ReCareer in the Second-half of Life

Ah, Spring! Time for renewal, regrowth, ReCareer. ReCareer? What's that about? ReCareering is about finding authentic work in the second half of life. I decided to learn more about the process of recareering recently with Richard P. Johnson PhD, author of ReCareer, Finding Your Authentic Work.

Celebrating Successes: The Power Of Compliments

Years ago, when I was new in management circles, a veteran administrator decided to share his self-described secret of success. He said: You have to be careful, Bill. I've learned not to compliment my people. Makes them too self-assured, and they get lax in their work habits. Better to keep them guessing.

As I listened, I uttered silent thanks, grateful that Don was a professional acquaintance--and not my boss. Both intuitively and from experience, I knew that managers build loyalty when they celebrate their employees' successes with compliments.

7 Steps to Make It Happen

Step 1. Identify it. The southern expression for that is "Name it and Claim it". What do you really want? Be specific. Not, "I want a job that will pay my bills". Instead - "I want to work as a Store Manager making $XXX per month." Also try to look past the obvious goal, and connect to the feeling you are really looking for. "I want to be able to feel safe with my money, not just each month but for the future." Sometimes you can let go of a specific goal and find another way to get the same feeling.

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