Day 166: 4 tips for success (working hard is not one of them)

Today’s instalment of 365 Days of TED is about a recent TEDx talk I watched by Zain Asher about how working hard is by no means a guarantee for success. For many of us we have had the mantra of working hard for success drilled into us since school, so it’s refreshing to hear a different take on it. Zain breaks it down into four key points.

Trust Your Struggle

Zain belies that we need to learn to trust our struggle and have faith that everyhing is going to work out for the greater good. I’ll admit this can be a hard pill to swallow and it would be understandable if people weren’t 100% on board with this point, it’s a hard sell, but really, whats the alternative? Feeling sorry for ourselves when things go pear shape does us no good.

You don’t have competitors

Zain shared with us her philosophy on competitors. “I don’t believe in competing for what I want, I believe in creating what I want” That was probably my favourite quote from her entire presentation. It’s just so darn refreshing.

In every industry there are dozens of people copying the “thought leaders” in that niche. Zain says that this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t look at our peers for inspiration but we do need to be careful to not fall into this mindset of competing and outdoing ourselves because this does bring our insecurities and fears to the surface and holds us back.

The more you give, the more you receive

Zain says that she has experienced the truth in the expression the more you give , the more you receives. She doesn’t believe that receiving should be a motive for giving, but she has noticed the correlation between the two.

Success comes when opportunity meets preparation
Zain says that we need to be prepared for opportunity and gives an example from her own life. Zain always knew that she wanted to work in national news and started preparing for the opportunity whilst she was still working in local news. She figured out that she would need to have a speciality and picked business news and spent every weekend at the library learning about business. Later when Zain met the main who run the business unit at CNN she was prepared for the opportunity.

I love this. Rather than wait for an opportunity to present itself we should prepare for the opportunity and have faith that it will come. This could mean so many things! Maybe you are waiting till the kids are at school before you start that business you always wanted to. Rather than waiting, take a few hours each week to study business then when the opportunity presents itself you will be ready for action.

What did you think of Zain’s talk? Did you agree with her phiosohop on success or respectfully disagree? Let me know in the comment box below

Vanessa Rose