Work on yourself – the greatest idea that you’ll ever get!
Benjamin S C Ugoji
“Where success is concerned people are not measured in pounds and inches or pounds, or college degrees, or family background; they are measured by the size of their thinking.”
- David Schartz
I read about this piece of advice – “work on yourself” from an article written by Mike Litman, author of "Conversations with Millionaires" which according to him was from Jim Rohn, one of the American great business philosophers. According the Jim Rohn most people spent most of their time in life working on their work rather than working on themselves. But what does it mean to work on yourself?
I’ll give you a scenario or a picture here. Imagine you want to move to the next level in your life – in any area of your life (Spiritual, Business, Education, Finance, etc.). What do you do? I presume that you need to change. But what does it mean to change; after all change is difficult. The beginning of any starts with the awareness that you have the need to change. For me change has to be moving towards a direction or goal that will impact or add value to who you, what you do, and the result outcome or experience you achieve.
Work on yourself is a call to continuously and consistently be a growing person who is willing to learn and contribute in a meaningful way as to enrich yourself first and those around you. It calls for a change in the way you think, your attitude and your behavior. It is also a commitment and realization to develop those habits and virtues which helps you to move towards your destiny.
In this article I’ll be discussing three steps you can adopt to work on yourself so as to grow into the person you desire to become. The thought of working on yourself is a desire to think in a certain way, do thing in a new way and ultimately become a great achiever. It won’t be easy but with determination and persistence you will be transformed into a new person that will imbibe these growth principle as a habit by which “you do life.”
Develop your thinking – good thinking habit
“What is thinking after all? Is it not the capacity and ability to perceive, process, and pattern information (ideas, thoughts, percept, concepts, principles, data, considerations …) for effective performance towards a desired outcome?”
- Benjamin Ugoji – Founder Progress Path - Mastery Education
The beginning of any great change started with people changing the way they think. Thinking is a skill and disciplines by all means develop it. Who you are, what you do, and, the results you get out of live, depends on how well you master this skill. You have to become adept at thinking on three levels – spiritual, mental and physical level. Having said that, you have to realise that thought is about things – intangible and tangible. You also have to understand certain principles according to Napoleon Hill, that “an intangible impulse of thought can be transmuted into physical counterparts by the application of known principles.”
Imagine that your thought is a seed that needs to be harnessed, cultivated and harvested. How will you make it possible? You need to realise that the starting point of all achievement is a vision, a dream. That dream continued changes to a desire. And if it’s definite, leads to a plan, which can be turned into action. But it must be definite and written as a goal. Otherwise it’s a mere passing thought.
If you want to profit from this idea of becoming a good thinker by all mean develop thinking as a discipline. All great achievers throughout history know that ideas can be transmuted into things (including great fortunes), through the power of definite purpose, plus definite plan.
You can read my article on changed thinking here
Develop your intelligence – the glue binds your ideas and thought into a workable plan
“I think of intelligence as equivalent to the horsepower of a car. There may be a powerful car driven badly and a humble car driven well.”
- Edward de Bone, Author of Tactics, The Art and Science of Success.
There is a link between thinking and intelligence. According to Edward de Bono, thinking is the operating skill through which intelligence acts upon experience. Intelligence is a potential and thinking is an operational skill.
By all means develop your thinking and don’t forget to improve your intelligence. What is intelligence after all? The main aspects of intelligence are as follows:
· Ability to respond to complex changing environment, looking beyond present concerns to see the big picture
· And making connections with situations you've already encountered, or thing you've learnt
According to Dr. Carl Sagan “Knowing a great deal is not the same as being intelligent; intelligence is not information “alone,” but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used. –
Intelligence is in the realm of insight and imagination that ability or capability to see or imagine things in a new and profound way so as to educate, inform, or entertain.
It was Einstein who wrote that imagination is more important than knowledge. I think intelligence no matter the sphere give you the impetus to demonstrate your ability, capacity, knowledge or experience in a meaningful way. It enhances your productivity or profitability in your chosen field.
Earl Prevette, the author of “How to turn your ideas into cash”, wrote that, “Intelligence is the ability and capacity to size up yourself, size up your environment and organise them into a workable plan that you may share life’s abundance.”
Seek to develop your intelligence through learning, reading, writing, and humour. You can develop intelligence through focus and change of percept in the way you look to make sense of new ideas from different sources. Learn to be more creative in your thinking adopting discipline of flexible and integrative thinking. Spend time with people who can make a difference in terms of your thinking process and the value or insight they bring to you in terms of new ideas.
Develop the ability to execute masterfully – second to none
“By thought the things you want is brought to you, by action you receive them.”
-Wallace D Wattle – Author of
You need to realise that ability is the power to act and it can only perform in the present. To work on yourself does not just involve developing your thinking and intelligence. It also involves your being able to sculpt your immediate environment in the bid to execute your ideas or thought into a reality.
You need to learn to get rid of all forms of perfectionism and procrastination and develop strategies to improve your mental activities so that you can bring to birth your dreams. You have to be responsible to giving birth to your imagined reality. You have to learn to be in the NOW, and put your whole mind into the present action. Realize that there is never any time but NOW, but there will never be ant time but now. For the realization or reception of what you want you must begin now.
Be determined and confident that what you set your heart to do is possible. If doubt or fear grips you imagine the pain you will experience if you don’t persevere. Think and focus on the pleasure you’ll experience on realization of the task. Focus on the tasks or activities you will need to accomplish your dream. Practice makes perfect. According to Malcolm Gladwell, “practice isn't the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
Model the great achievers in your field and find out what they do. Seek to think through and follow through. And be open to new knowledge and seek where to apply it in your life for you to profit.
Know also that the law of action is made efficient by doing the job well – the job in hand.
“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence is not an act but habit
This article is a call to alert you that if you want to move to the next level in any area of your personal or professional life you need to think and act in a new way. According to Tony Robbins you have to imbibe a set of principles he call “organizing principles.” These principles are three steps that will impact you and raise your stake – bottom line. You need to raise your standard – know the things you want in your life. Remove every form of limiting belief and adopt more empowering belief system. And you need to continuously develop new skills so that you can deliver the results or outcomes that are second to none.
If you want to learn more about these principles you can click this link so as to get the authors recent book on this ideas.
“High impact entrepreneurs, according to the 2011 High-Impact Entrepreneurship Global Report, are the 4% entrepreneurs responsible for 40% of the total jobs generated by all entrepreneurs.”
- Mauritz Bekker- from the article; How to develop High-impact
Who are entrepreneurs? And what do they do?
It is important to look into the meaning of the word Entrepreneur. Entrepreneur stems from the French words “entre” and “prendre” together which means “do.”
Brad Rosser an Entrepreneur bore credence to this say by the time he left Virgin to start his own business.
”…By the time I left Virgin to start up business on my own, I’d had a pretty good training on how to be an entrepreneur. What was most important thing I did learned? That it’s not rocket science. There’s a lot of chance involved in becoming an entrepreneur, a lot of opportunity. But what marks the entrepreneurs out is that they take these opportunities, rather than thinking of all the reasons why they won’t work. It’s the different between theory and practice.”
Back in 1803 Jean –Baptiste Say (French Economics and Businessman), defined an entrepreneur as “an economic agent who unites all means of production – land of one and labour of another and the capital yet of another and thus produces a product.”
There are many definitions of entrepreneur, but the one that makes the meaning clear for a lay man is for me the one described by T. Harv Eker, the author of “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.” He described the entrepreneur as a person who solves problem at a profit. Hence, if you want to become an entrepreneur, you need to become a “problem solver.”
Do you want to become a problem solver and be rewarded for meeting the needs of the people you solve their problems? The more people you can solve their problem for profit the more your reward.
It’s as simple as that!
Imagine how your life will change if you help many people meet their overarching need through your ability to create effective solutions to their problems by way of products, services or new businesses. Essentially, to become an entrepreneur is to become innovative in the way you do things.
You can read an article “50 Reasons to own your own Business and Celebrate being an Entreprenuer” written by Natalie Sisson – Founder Suitcase entreprenuer by follwing this link:
What does it then take to become entrepreneur?
I want to make mention of two things that each business or enterprise do in other to exist. One is that they solve a problem and the other thing they do is that they satisfy customer(s). These two points sound a bit simplistic but that in a nutshell underpins the framework under which businesses exist. The entrepreneur needs to understand these key roles in the bid to create a business.
The sole aim of a business is to serve a customer. You serve the customer by helping them to meet their need, and you do it with your best use of your skills and talent.
Skills are the things you need to be able to have the job done. In taking stock – analyses of your skill set, it is important to mention here three types of skill you need to navigate the world of work. These skills are called transferable or functional skills. In the world of work you need to continually re-invent yourself so as to become more proficient in their use. They make you mobile in the world of work. These skills are as follows:
· What you can do with people ( interpersonal and communication skills)
· What you can do with information or data (cognitive skills)
· What you can do with objects/things (technical skills)
The skills you need in the world of work are listed below. Perhaps it will be right for you to make a skills audit.
Table 3.1: Skill set evaluation
Evaluating your peoples skills
Listening to others
Evaluating your manual /practical skills
Using a computer
Evaluating your communication skills
Dealing assertively with people
Talking to people in authority with confidence
Evaluating your mathematical /mental skills
Making rapid calculations
Assessing your problem solving skills
Working out routes
Coming up with new ideas
Diagnosing faults and causes of problems
Evaluating your creative skills
Designing / decorating a room
Finding alternative use of things
Using colours creatively
You need to personally evaluate you own skills set and create a framework of the following:
Who can I serve by using these skills?
Here I am interested in the field of work or niche that you can use it.
What can I do with these skills in terms of products or services you can develop? Here I am keen on the problem (s) you can solve to your audience by using this skills. If you need inspiration for this task you to refer to Maslow’s hierarchy of need.
How can you make this dream come true?
Here I am keen on strategies and tactics and implementation techniques to get the results you earnestly desire.
Exploring the entrepreneurial core skills
In the previous section we’ve tried to figure out who entrepreneurs are and also what they do. It will be good to explore some of the skills or attributes of entrepreneurs so as to motivate us on how to develop these attributes. For one thing the entrepreneurs “do.” Hence it is safe to say that they have a can do attitude. Let us see according to Douglas Cartwright what these attribute look like.
- Have a belief about what is important in life (values).
- Forming those beliefs and values into a relatively coherent vision and purpose.
- Dealing with fear and loss.
- Learning to take risks.
- Developing an optimistic thinking style.
- Taking action
For me these six point or principles summarises the mind-set, skill set and personality traits of entrepreneurs in different fields as they do what they do best – creating opportunities that impact life. For one thing entrepreneurs come in different shades they are contributors, creators, distributors, philanthropists and investors who adopt vehicular mechanisms (resources), by way of technology and human association (great teams) to enable their ideas to become a reality. In a nutshell the entrepreneurs have found ways to take hidden values – idea, information, systems and organise them in a way that would enable people to use them. As they add value they began to create tremendous economic empires. Entrepreneurs throughout history from Sam Walton of the WalMart supermarket to Bill Gate of the Microsoft Fame practice economic alchemy. They are builders and visionaries who create with great imagination and execute excellently.
Core attributes of entrepreneurs
What are the attributes, characteristics, mind set and skill set of entrepreneurs? For us to begin to look at this it’s important to first find out what entrepreneurs do. They solve problems for profit. In so doing they create value. The values that they create are two folds:
· They create new products, services and different opportunities.
· The products they create avenues for employment.
Essentially entrepreneurs see opportunities where others see problems and they are able to see emerging patterns in their areas of expertise.
In this section we have to mention some of the core attributes of entrepreneurs. The list is not exhaustive and you can add yours
Team players Passionate
It is important to mention here that entrepreneurship is necessary to turn raw materials into valuable problem solving products.
Do you see solutions or possibilities in any given situation?
Look around you; is there a problem around your immediate environment that you would like to solve for profit?
You can learn more on my book: A primer on Entrepreneurship Education ... 'how to turn your passion into profit'. Buy it through this link: Entrepreneurship Education
Copyright 2013 BSC Ugoji – Founder Progress Path – Mastery Education
Ben is an empowerment expert who want to help people to learn, grow and contribute through sharing powerful knowledge that change lives. He is keen to help you become more, do more and achieve more. He is also a writer / author. You can read his articles on LemmyC on Hubpages. And his eBooks at Scribd - one of the biggest digital library in the internet. You can access his kindle books through this link: BSCUKindleBooks