A Collection of Thoughts and Insights
The secret of being way more productive at your current level lies in automation. But, as we will discuss here, this is not as easy as it sounds, as there are several steps that need to get done correctly before we can automate our work.
We conclude this series about factors that differentiate individual performance and levels of success by looking at how attitude, aptitude, and environment interact with one another and discussing how we can use this knowledge to operate at our best.
Every other thing (attitude and aptitude) being equal, the environment in which talent is cultivated decides outcomes.
You have heard the saying that “hard work beats talent, but only if talent doesn’t work hard.” If talent works hard, hard work (attitude) alone cannot beat it. This is why I believe aptitude is the missing piece in our discussion of how to win. To reach the top, it is important to maintain a winning attitude, but it is also necessary to have the aptitude to accomplish your goal.
This is an introduction to a 4-part series on the subject of what determines outcomes. What makes winners win? The focus, as is usually the case on this blog, will be on the individual even though the same principle applies to organizations and states.
In this post, Elisha Otome argues that although fear can be crippling, it is also needed - in right amounts - as a motivating force to accomplish great things. A lot of people keep on keeping on because “they are still scared.”
What does it take to win? What do winners do differently? By taking a closer look at high-achievers, some patterns emerge that we can use as a guide. In this post, we discuss four “winning ways.”
The major mistake I see young graduates make is this: believing that what they do in their “free time” has no bearing on their job performance. Free from the pressures of work, and especially of being continuously assessed by everyone, from their peers to their supervisors, graduates often feel the urge to wind down after work in ways that, over time, are counter-productive. Most of life is spent outside of work, so the ways in which we spend this time deserves more thought and attention than is usually paid.
Michael Taiwo, PhD
Whether you are a high school grad going to college, or a college grad moving to the workforce, or a worker contemplating a career switch, transitions are unnerving. The old rules no longer hold true, and failure feels near. Your dreams brought you to this doorstep of change, but your fears can send you back. To change your dreams into reality, you must walk through that door, outside threats and inner doubts notwithstanding. DREAM inspires you to slay what terrifies you so that you can have more, do more and be more.
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I want to reach out to 'personally' thank you for sharing your speech. I've read it four times now, and suspect I will read it a lot more over the coming few months. I was recently admitted to INSEAD to study for a MBA, and I'm certain it's the right thing to do next...but suddenly, I am realizing how much I have fallen in love with the predictability of working at --- (which is quite a good place to work), and I have been hit by crippling fear. I find that it helps to come back to read 'Dream' every time the fear peaks. So I thought to thank you for writing it. It almost feels like it was written for me.
Wow. I am inspired by this piece…It simply re-echoed what I believe in: winners never quit and quitters never win. As I push on with my PhD program, this piece has revved up my engine and I believe soon, I will be echoing these same words of yours. 'Fortune favors the bold'
This resonates so deeply, as it’s how I’ve consciously chosen to live my life and I’ve seen similar breakthroughs by pushing ahead for my dreams in spite of fear.
I will have my kids read this. I wish I read this earlier in life. Fear is surreal, never feed it.
What a great message. Dreaming will be my second nature. I should learn to starve my fears.
Your speech at the Spring 2017 Chemical Engineering Banquet here in Fayetteville was truly inspirational and your story and experiences truly aligned with mine here in Fayetteville. Thank you for coming back to our town and inspiring us young soon-to-be engineers!
Love it. A simple yet profound message from the heart that resounds and reverberates everyone's once heard inner voice... Act or do nothing.
Words on marble...."Your dreams will always exist side by side with your fears. Both of them are a product of your rich imagination. And you have the power to make one or the other a reality"- Dr. Michael Taiwo. I love the simplicity and the message. People need to come out of fear! It's evil!
About the Author
Michael Taiwo was born and raised in a town in the middle of nowhere in Nigeria. He considers himself low maintenance probably because he was raised on less than 50 cents a day. As a child, he would walk a mile to the town’s public library because there were orange, mango and cashew trees behind the library and he was welcome to them. He would have as many fruits as his stomach could hold, and then go into the library to enjoy yet another free item: books.