The Success Toolbox – The first step is to understand what is required for success

… it’s what you do with what you’ve got. – (Leroy Van Dyke) What is it that we all want? Isn’t it success and happiness? So, it’s no surprise that a reader in Iran is interested in success. Arash (not his real name) is a 35-year-old married carpenter who wants to become extremely successful. That is, … Continue reading “The Success Toolbox – The first step is to understand what is required for success”

The 5 Pillars of Personal Power: Part 5: Self-Motivation

In the last four issues I covered four of the five Pillars of Personal Power: Self-Efficacy, Self-Reliance, Self-Discipline, and Resilience. In this issue, I will touch on the final pillar, Self-Motivation. This pillar can be considered the most important of the five. After all, what good are the abilities to act, depend on yourself, control … Continue reading “The 5 Pillars of Personal Power: Part 5: Self-Motivation”

The 5 Pillars of Personal Power: Part 4: Self-Reliance

In the last issue I continued with the introduction of the 5 Pillars of Personal Power, which are: 1. Self-Efficacy: “I believe in myself; I can do it.” 2. Self-Reliance: “I can depend on myself; I am dependable.” 3. Self-Discipline: “I can do what is best for me, even when I don’t feel like doing … Continue reading “The 5 Pillars of Personal Power: Part 4: Self-Reliance”

The 5 Pillars of Personal Power: Part 3: Resilience

In the last issue I continued with the introduction of the 5 Pillars of Personal Power, which are: 1. Self-Efficacy: “I believe in myself; I can do it.” 2. Self-Reliance: “I can depend on myself; I am dependable.” 3. Self-Discipline: “I can do what is best for me, even when I don’t feel like doing … Continue reading “The 5 Pillars of Personal Power: Part 3: Resilience”

The 5 Pillars of Personal Power: Part 2: Self-Efficacy

In the last issue I introduced the 5 Pillars of Personal Power, which are: 1. Self-Efficacy: “I believe in myself; I can do it.” 2. Self-Reliance: “I can depend on myself; I am dependable.” 3. Self-Discipline: “I can do what is best for me, even when I don’t feel like doing it.” 4. Self-Motivation: “I … Continue reading “The 5 Pillars of Personal Power: Part 2: Self-Efficacy”

The 5 Pillars of Personal Power: Part 1: Self-Discipline

Power is a means of gaining control and personal power is the capacity to control one’s own life. It seems to me that personal power should be our primary concern, for if we don’t take control over our lives, others will do it for us. There are five components of personal power. They are: 1. … Continue reading “The 5 Pillars of Personal Power: Part 1: Self-Discipline”

Change Yourself for the Better

If you say to yourself, “Why would I need to change anything in my life? I’m satisfied with things the way they are,” then this article isn’t for you. But if you understand that you need to make some changes to achieve a better you—if you believe that you could use some improvement— then you’ll … Continue reading “Change Yourself for the Better”