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Rules for Success: Part 6

In this weeks blog we continue with our series on ‘rules for success’. Through the series we have quoted a simple set of guidelines for success as provided by notable figures from various walks of life.

Not surprisingly there is a common theme, however everyone has their own priorities and unique spin – which leads us nicely to the subject of this weeks post.

Want to Know Serena William’s 5 Rules for Success?

Serena Williams is a well known and highly-respected tennis player and role-model. She is arguably the greatest woman tennis player of all time, who has spent a total of 319 weeks as No.1 in the world.

During her career, she has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles in addition to which she has won four Olympic gold medals, in both singles and doubles.

So just what principles have driven her to such great success? Here they are.

  1. Believe in yourself – “you have to believe in yourself when no one else does”
  1. Intense focus – “if you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration!”
  1. Never settle – “I’m a perfectionist, I’m pretty much insatiable. I feel there’s so many things I can improve on”
  1. Rise again – “I really think a champion is defined not by their wins, but by how they can recover when they fall”
  1. Overcome your fear – “Whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger”

Serena has demonstrated her ability to apply these rules to her life and sport over many years and with great consistency. And perhaps this is where some of us come unstuck.

We may know and believe in these rules, but are we truly dedicated to their pursuit? How many times do we think about principles such as these? Every day, once a week, once a month, or even less?

Achieving success requires dedication and commitment through the entire process. This includes keeping your own rules for success firmly at the forefront of your mind and applying them everyday.

The Final Word

As we have commented previously, the current global crisis seemed an excellent time to share some inspirational principles. We sincerely hope you have been able to take something away from them. But don’t stop there!

Whether you are applying them to your business, your team or perhaps a personal activity or goal, revisit your own rules for success or guidelines for success in business, daily if you can. It is no different to reviewing and re-assessing your business plan, and will be just as effective.

We have one more set of guidelines for success in business to come next week. In the meantime remember we remain open for business, and would be only too happy to discuss any requirement for business funding you may have. Get in touch today.