Which Skill Will Keep You From Failure?

by michelecorey on November 2, 2011 · 0 comments

in Core Values



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A Linked in conversation from the business coaches for entrepreneurs grabbed my attention this morning. There were 7 comments on an older question that will help you not fail or is it succeed beyond your imagination?

The question was simple, “what’s the single most important skill for business owners (to succeed)?” Now we could easily change “for business owners” to “new managers” – “leaders” – “in your career” -or a vast number of titles because this is great career advice  to build your career . Most of the core choices stay the same which is what I found intriguing.

Of course everyone had an opinion regarding the secrets to success and that’s what made it interesting to scroll through the responses, but there was only one response I saw, that garnered no additional feedback and was what I deemed the best answer.

Perhaps it was because it was written in a story format and you actually add to read the response which many who just want to scan and scroll found too time consuming. Thankfully the responder even spelled it out but this response didn’t get any takes to nod in agreement or acknowledge it’s relevancy.

At this point the additional responses to the question became a shout out where each person said what they had to say with most never bothering to read other responses and a few being sure to add links back to their own very important information. I did appreciate those that both recapped or added to responses.

After coaching hundreds of people over the past decade the skill that I notice gets the most over looked is literally right under our nose – you. Which means the single most important skill I see that create more failure when you don’t have clarity or actions in alignment and more success when you do is “know yourself.”

We’re so busy focusing on all the other stuff on the checklist like: vision, passion, leadership, focus, flexibility, self discipline, being decisive, action, resilience, strategy, systems, a business model, financial understanding, rapport with network, no alternatives (i.e. other paid income), and simplicity which are clearly spelled out as the traits which will bring on your success that we forget to stop and pay attention to your own core and how it affects our actions.

I believe it’s your own core which includes your values that stands as the foundation and stake in the ground for other success traits to springboard.

How do values help you create a foundation for career success? Well that’s an additional blog post that I’ll save for another time. In the meantime I’d be interested in hearing what you think so far.

Reprinted from one of my success or failure posts on Forbes Women

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