Best Advice for Succeeding in Today’s World

While we all have different ideas on our heads on what it means to be “successful”, one thing we all have in common is the goal or want to be one. So if you are wondering whether or not it is possible to give some pieces of advice that be of use to anyone, take it from people who made it to the top and the revolutionaries. Here are some of the best advice for succeeding in today’s world.

  1. On developing good habits: “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” — Jim Rohn

In order to be successful, we need to act and think the way successful people do. In the words of another revolutionary. This is exactly the kind of reasoning behind the famous quotation by the American entrepreneur. Developing habits is much like practicing; when you practice, you keep on repeating something over and over again until you get a hand of it and finally get it right. Before an artist can draw a straight line effortlessly, she would with squiggly, shaky lines and keep practicing until her hand is strengthened and gets used to the act. It brings to mind another famous saying by the very influential Greek philosopher Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

  1. On setting goals: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” — Michaelangelo

Do not be limited by what people think you amount to; you can be so much more. Walt Disney would probably agree with the legendary painter, as he is famous for saying that “[i]f you can dream it, you can do it.” They say this not without a reason as well. Notice how we usually work based on our schedule and tasks or what we need to accomplish. How can you do great things, then, if you only set small goals for yourself?

  1. On overconfidence: “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” — Bill Gates

What the billionaire Microsoft founder is trying to tell us here is that failure plays an important role in our journey to success. Failure, on one hand, keeps us humble and grounded. On the other hand, success teaches one to be proud and sometimes, even overconfident. There is no room for improvement and growth for people too pleased with themselves, so they are stuck at some point in the middle, before even achieving the success they have been working hard for. They are also struck hard once they fail, and failure is inevitable. So keep yourself grounded and treat your failures as lessons learned and stepping stones toward success.

  1. On hard work: “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” — Vince Lombardi

This is one thing almost all of us are familiar with, but it helps to keep on repeating it, just like a mantra. Nothing worth having comes easy; you have to make it a goal and to be determined to achieve it through perseverance and hard work. It will be difficult at times, but the more difficult an obstacle you face is, the more gratifying and fruitful the experience will be for you once you have passed through it. Take it from the American football and coach Vince Lombardi himself.

Best Advice for Succeeding in Today’s World

  1. On one’s personality: “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” — Bruce Lee

Face it: you can not please everyone. That does not mean you have to change to make people like you. All of us have work on our own ways and have different potentials. Do not pattern yourself on someone successful; be successful on your own terms! You have no idea what greatness you alone can impart in this world, and it will remain unknown if you stop being yourself.

  1. On giving up: “I do not know the word ‘quit.’ Either I never did, or I have abolished it.” — Susan Butcher

Success is not a one-stop destination; it is a continuous process. You go through both good times and bad times. Difficulty, trials, obstacles, and failures are not the end of the world; they are part of that process. They shape, strengthen and prepare you to become the successful person you aspire to be. That is why you should not give up in times of trouble. The moment you ultimately fail is the moment you quit.

  1. On discouragements: “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end, you are sure to succeed.”

On your way to success, you will encounter people who will belittle and put you down. Do not heed their thoughts; what they think is their opinion, and they do not determine what you can accomplish in life. They are only some of the obstacles and are also part of the long arduous journey. The best revenge is to strive harder and prove them wrong.

  1. On loving what you do: “Once you decide on your occupation, you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success and is the key to being regarded honorably.” — Jiro Ono

More than anything, what is important is that you have a passion for what you do. In order to be successful in what you do, you have to devote your life to it; you have to love it so that each time you do it, you put a part of yourself in it. This is exactly what the legendary Japanese chef and restaurant owner Jiro Ono did, and it is the reason why Jiro’s sushi is loved by many.

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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva


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