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Posted Thursday, April 19th, 2012. Filed Under Corporate - Tips/Tools Blog

The Many Who Failed 5,126 times by Melvin Wong

The Man Who Failed 5,126 TimesBy Melvin Wong – April 12, 2012 0 CommentsShareretweetMany imagine the road to success to be one straight line. In the lives of many successful people, there have been twists, turns and even numerous set backs before one achieves their goals. James Dyson of Dyson vacuums took exactly 5126 tries before getting his first successful model in-to stores. There is much to be learned from James Dyson. A story of persistence, dedication, and commitment is ingrained in each of his vacuums sold worldwide. Interestingly, there are many stories of successful people who had overcome many numerous hurdles. Think Steve Jobs.

In a book written by Stephen Covey titled The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey breaks down character traits of the successful and recognizes seven common traits amongst them. The habits are then further broken down into three categories: Interdependence or Self-Mastery, Interdependence, and Self-renewal.The First Three Habits surround moving from dependence to independence•
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Synopsis: Take initiative in life by realizing that your decisions (and how they align with life’s principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Take responsibility for your choices and the subsequent consequences that follow.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Synopsis: Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life.

Habit 3: Put First Things First
Synopsis: Plan, prioritize, and execute your week’s tasks based on importance rather than urgency. Evaluate whether your efforts exemplify your desired character values, propel you toward goals, and enrich the roles and relationships that were elaborated in Habit 2.InterdependenceThe next three have to do with Interdependence (i.e., working with others):

Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Synopsis: Genuinely strive for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Value and respect people by understanding a “win” for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Synopsis: Use empathetic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, respect, and positive problem solving.• Habit 6: Synergize
Synopsis: Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone. Get the best performance out of a group of people through encouraging meaningful contribution, and modeling inspirational and supportive leadership.The Last habit relates to self-rejuvenation:

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Synopsis: Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle.Covey’s book was first published in 1989 and has sold more than 25 million copies since publication. It is also listed as one of “The 25 most influential business management books” by TIMES magazine. It is still readily available in most book stores as well for those who want a more in depth look to Covey’s observations. Here’s to a better you!

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