How To Stay At The Top Of Your Game

Stay at top

A leader who stand apart from the others is the one who works hard to acquire the skills necessary to stay at the top of his game. He understand the basic that it is hard to get to the top but it is even more difficult to stay there. To avoid his downfall and to remain a role model he has to act very carefully in both public as well as in his private life. Here are some of the desired factors that affects success and keep you at the top:

Have Clear Goals – Be Organized

As you rise up the ladder the most scarce resource you have is time and to best utilize your time, you need to have clear goals. Remember the mantra: Be productive rather than busy. Plan in advance and learn how to prioritize so that you don’t miss out on the important tasks. Learn the art of delegation of responsibilities to free up your time, that may be better utilized in more productive tasks. Your team will repose more confidence in you when they see you organised and in full control.

Take Responsibility

A true leader stands in the front when team faces challenges and gives the credit of accomplishment of the tasks to others. He understand that it is always the team effort that brings success. In the face of challenges he takes the initiative and is the one who guides his team through, but when met with failure he owns up the responsibility himself. This increases the team’s confidence and trust in their leader.

Train Other People

A successful leader do not feel insecure to raise other leaders rather he want to grow from being a leader to a mentor. The biggest investment you can make is, if you work to increase the skills of your people, that is where all the multiplication comes in and your company gains momentum.

Read A Lot

To stay at the top, your best bet would be continuous learning. In today’s fast changing and competitive environment those who think that they know all, are surely doomed for downfall. Only an inquisitive mind can grow constantly to higher levels. Books have a wealth of information and can be your own personal mentors. Whether in trouble or to stay motivated good books will be your best companion.

Listen Well

Some people when given responsibility tend to become bossy and try to push everyone to work as per their own style of doing the things. To build trust among your employees and to improve productivity be a patient listener to your colleagues. You will be doing yourself a great favor if you listen to their suggestions and needs. When your employees feel they are heard, they become motivated and do their best in their jobs.

Be Reliable

Be a person on whom everybody can depend. Develop a habit that you commit only when you are very sure about your ability to complete that task. Always plan keeping in mind the unforeseen difficulties that may crop up and have a safe buffer or margin while deciding deadlines or targets. Be a kind of person who will always do more than promised rather than the other way round.

Demand High Standard From Employees

In the path to success there are no shortcuts and those who compromise on quality are doomed for failure. A true leader will demand high standard of work from his employees and will subject himself also to the same standards. This ensure that the company remain totally dedicated to quality benchmarks.

Ask For Help

No matter the level you have reached there will always be times when situations gets tricky and there is absolutely no shame to ask for help from people who know how to handle such things. Rather this may save you a lot of time compared to learning yourself.

Take Care Of Yourself


Always take good care of your health. Success will become meaningless if you are unhealthy. Exercising is good not only for your health but it has a significant positive effect on your mood too. You will have enormous energy and enthusiasm if you are fit.

Take care of your personal grooming. Look good and smart, after all people first see you from outside.

Related: 9 Success Factors For Growth

Control Your Thought

Anybody who has achieved even little success knows the importance of controlling their thoughts. What you think, gives shape to the destiny you will make. Control your mind and rest all will fall in it’s place.

Apart from the above mentioned qualities there are also few traits that you better avoid in your life:

Avoid Lust Of Power

To remain at the top of your game remember you need to have motivation but there should be no lust for power. If you devote yourself to constant and never ending improvement in yourself, you will keep moving up the ladder. Leave the greed for power and instead develop more leaders. Raise yourself from the level of a leader to mentor.

Avoid Anger

Successful people master the art of keeping their emotions in check. As you move to the top keeping a cool head should become your main priority. If you get angry easily people will see you as an unpredictable person and will not be open to you.

Avoid Ego

Remember it is always teamwork that matters. Individual brilliance can take you ahead only this much, but with collective efforts no mission is impossible. A leader who is egoistic will loose the trust of his employees.

Avoid Arrogance

You need to listen to other’s thoughts and needs if you want to be respected by your juniors. A good leader is not a credit taker but one who takes full responsibility. Keep in mind that ‘none of us is smarter than all of us.’

To master the art of leadership always keep in mind that there are no shortcuts. If you consciously develop these positive traits and desist from above mentioned shortcomings, not only you will always stay at top of your game but you will be able to raise the bar higher.


Personality Traits Of Gemini


Gemini is an air sign making these people extremely independent and energetic. They desire change and freedom more than anything else. Ruling planet Mercury makes them extremely intelligent and a reservoir of thoughts and ideas. Zodiac sign of Gemini commences on May 21st and continues until June 20th. It remains under the cusp of the previous sign from May 21st to May 28th and comes in full strength after that.

Gemini has the nature of duality in character and mentality. Their brains are subtle and brilliant, but they usually lack continuity of purpose. These people are some of the most difficult to understand as their duality of nature makes them bearer of constantly conflicting emotions. In a moment they may be in love and the next moment they may turn critical or dislike the other.


Because of it’s ruling planet Mercury, communication is the key strength area of Gemini. They make great public speakers and are excellent in diplomacy, tact and finesse. Owing to these qualities Gemini will become superbly clever actors, lawyers, lecturer and political leaders. They are mentally very quick and keen and any occupation that can stimulate their intellect and requires good communication will be suitable for them. They are also very capable of making money on stock exchange or as company promoters.


However Gemini, the ‘Twins’ seldom know what they want. They are always restless and go after what they have not got. They are ambitious for social position but at the same time are not constant to ideas or plans and as a result find it difficult to successfully finish their projects. Because of their dual nature they are unscrupulous in finance and untruthful. But if they learn to focus their energy, develop strong will power and force themselves to stick to one thing, they generally make brilliant success.


‘The Twins’ are among the most social people around, they are communicative, witty and have an uncanny sense of humor. They have a sharp mind to quickly see the weak points of others and adjust themselves accordingly. They desist from any kind of conflicts. As a father they are quite open with their children and give them the freedom to explore their talents. The boundaries of generation gap is least visible in their relations. Gemini mother is soft hearted and because she value her own freedom, she gives equal liberty to her children. In general these people are extremely loving.



Gemini can love passionately and yet be inconstant. With their enthusiasm and oratory they attract a lot of people of opposite sex, but can be somewhat reluctant to commit to any one person. They like to take their own time. Their nature of duality make them very flirtatious and it is extremely difficult to pin them down. Gemini people are very articulate and can be manipulative in their relationships. To make them interested their partner should provide the stimulus for their intellect as they love to talk on wide variety of topics. Gemini are easy to date, just be honest with them.

However once they find someone who matches their intellect, they can settle into long term relation. Once committed they tend to be extremely loyal, but still their nature make them susceptible to extra marital relations.


One of the most social sign, they are drawn more towards people who can stimulate their mind. They will make host of friends who matches somewhat on their wavelength.Gemini are kind-hearted, supportive and generous for their true friends. They tend to have lasting friendship with Gemini or Libra people. If their friends are in trouble they will go out of their way to help them. Being good at tact and conversation they can make their friends at ease even in trying circumstances.


Gemini being restless are inclined to suffer from health problems that concerns the nervous system like anxiety or insomnia. They are also very vulnerable to problems with digestive organs. Chest trouble or respiratory issues like asthma, tuberculosis are to be watched for. Because of their poor constitution they need to eat wholesome, healthy diet and exercise regularly.

Gemini Overview

Element: Air

Ruling Planet: Mercury

Symbol: The Twins

Lucky Colors: Yellow, Silver, Glistening white

Lucky Numbers: 5, 6, 14, 23

Lucky Day: Monday and Thursday

Lucky Stones: White and Red Cornelians, Sapphires, Diamond

Some Famous Personalities: John F. Kennedy, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Lord Mountbatten, Donald Trump, Angelina Jolie, Karan Johar

Positive Qualities: Enthusiastic, Witty, Intellectual, Creative, Energetic

Negative Qualities: Superficial, Inconsistent, Impulsive, Lack of direction, Indecisive

The third house of zodiac, Gemini is the house of communication. Fiercely independent, highly intellectual and witty, these people are very curious and constantly seek adventure and variety. They can be hot and cold in temperament at same moment due to their dual nature. On the negative side any worry, annoyance or undue mental strain breaks them down very rapidly producing brain exhaustion.

Their air energy is almost infectious. They know how to dazzle listeners by their wit and brilliancy.

Related article: Personality Traits Of Taurus

8 Things Happy Couples Do Daily


There was a time when two of you were living in an altogether different world, a world which was painted red with love, a world of prince charming and princess beautiful. But after some time reality start taking it’s toll and you need to be conscious about cultivating a healthy and happy relation. Actually the real relationship begins once the honeymoon is over. After a time of fairy tales you need to develop the coping skills to make your relation a happily ever after thing.

As a gardener works hard to keep his garden beautiful and free from weeds, so are you required to work hard on your relation. If left untended your relation will be overgrown by the weeds of unhealthy feelings and thoughts. Keep in mind that happiness is not dependent on the circumstances rather it is a choice. Learn to choose to react to trying situations wisely, understand what are the valuable things in your life and focus on the positives of your partner. Always keep in mind the good things about each other that brought you closer in the first place.

Remember that usually it is not the big things, but the little gestures and things that we do everyday that affects the quality of our relation, the most. We list here some of the most important daily habits of happy couples:

1. Communicate Regularly

Any relationship that gets even a hint of misunderstanding will start getting unhealthy, regular communication between couples develop a unique bond between them. With a conversation going on between you two, there is no chance left for any kind of misunderstanding and remember that if you have any apprehension, a better approach is to straight forwardly ask your partner about it.

Discuss your daily activities to grow intimacy. Appreciate the positives of your partner while leaving the negatives behind. Having a real conversation is a big stress buster after a hectic day which washes out your anxiety and makes you happy.

2. Grow Common Interests

It is a very natural tendency that after the initial phase of relationship passion will settle down. To maintain your excitement for each other it is vital that you develop some common interests. It is true that you are two different individuals who have their own likes and dislikes and this diversity provide a strength of it’s own to the relation. But you will be very happy when you share between you some common interests.

Enjoy each other’s company. Simple daily activities like cooking together or gardening will give you bonding time. Go on relaxing walks that give you time to communicate while sharing your interests.

3. Spend Some Time Together

This one is a no-brainer. Spend maximum time together, but as that is not very practically possible in today’s hectic lifestyle, make it a point to spend at least an hour daily in each other’s company. Go to movies or may be long drives to spend some quality time together. Even when you don’t have enough time at hand you can convert small simple things like grocery buying into a kind of personal time. Go out for lunch or dinner and save your cooking time and convert it into a date.

4. Go Physical

Sex is a connection that you share with your partner and that sure makes bond strong, but to go physical does not always necessarily means to have sex. It also means simple things like to go to bed at same time; to give innocent non sexual hugs and kisses and to hold hands like it was the first time you met. When we hug each other, there is release of ‘feel good’ hormone dopamine and ‘happy’ hormones serotonin and oxytocin. These neurotransmitters deeply relaxes you and also increase your bonding. Another health benefit of these is their positive effect on sleep-wake cycle and lowering sensitivity to pain.

5. Express Yourself

There is no doubt that it is vital to have honesty and love in your relation, but it is equally important to express those feelings to your partner. Never be miser in saying those three magic words ‘I Love You’. Most couples after the initial phase start taking their relationship for granted and it may cause loss of warmth in the relation though in their heart they still feel same as before. Keep in mind that until you express yourself nobody will understand you.

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6. Have A Sense Of Humor

Nobody wants to live in a serious relation. To have a sense of humor, could go on to be a big asset in taking your relationship to another level of happiness. It is a proven fact that cracking jokes can have a positive impact on your physical as well as emotional health. Laughing together increases love and bonding.

7. Say No To Distractions

When you are together make that time count by avoiding any kind of distractions specially those caused by social media or TV. Make a habit that when together, you will switch off your devices and give each other undivided attention.

8. Plan Your Future Together

Happy couples have optimism working for them. They understand that planning together makes bonds stronger. Understand that your relationship is built when you are together as one. Plan all aspects of your life whether it be having children, your career or buying a new house together, get your team work going. More you plan for future, more you grow in togetherness, trust, love and happiness.


Happy couples understand the basic that small gestures make big impact. It is not the pricier things but the valuable ones that provide happiness. With good understanding of their differences, they know how to balance their relation for common good.

Keep in mind that life is like a river and you will be at it’s mercy if you don’t steer towards the direction you want. For fulfillment in life you need to have happy relations and those will not be automatic, you need to work on them, feed them daily with these practices and you will be good to write your own story.

Rags To Riches – Sam Walton

Sam Walton

Their life is the story of rise from streets to the corridors of power, from scarcity to abundance, from a nobody to height of fame, these are the people who have defied all odds to reach the pinnacle of success. We share today the inspiring story of rise from rags to riches of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton.

“Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom.”

Early Life

Born to Thomas Gibson Walton and Nancy Lee in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, US on March 29, 1918, Sam Walton grew up during the Great Depression at the family farms milking the cows and supplying the surplus to customer to make ends meet. To support his family he did all kind of odd jobs from distributing newspapers to waiting tables.

After high school he decided to attend college and completed his graduation in 1940 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. After graduation he joined as management trainee in a company from where he resigned to be inducted in army for service in World War II. In army he reached the position of captain before leaving in 1945.

Success Story

At the age of 26 he started his first variety store in Newport, Arkansas with the help of a loan of $20000 and his small savings. He named his store Ban Franklin. With some innovations and pioneering concepts the sales of his store increased 3 fold within 3 years. He opened his second store after three years at a distance of 200 miles from the first store. This gave him huge lessons about management and delegation of responsibility. After tasting success with these stores he went into overdrive and started opening new outlets and in 12 years he expanded to 18 Ben Franklin franchises.

He encouraged his managers to innovate and got them deeply involved by offering them equity stakes in business. This motivation of his team went a long way in designing his success. Another unique strategy by Sam was that he chose the location of his stores in smaller towns rather than the big cities, a usual practice at that time. He used to say “If everybody is doing it one way, there is a good chance you can find your niche by going exactly in the opposite direction.”


The first true Wal-Mart opened in Rogers, Arkansas on July 2, 1962. In Wal-Mart stores Sam Walton strategically marketed American products. This helped to bring down his acquisition cost of the merchandise significantly and became more competitive than the foreign companies. As a result of this he was able to pass on the savings in product pricing to the customers. He said “There is only one boss. The customer, and he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.”

Within next five years Walmart expanded to 24 outlets and US$12.6 million in sales. Growing rapidly from a retail chain in Arkansas it has become world’s largest company by revenue and as of January 31, 2017 Walmart has 11,695 stores and clubs in 28 countries around the globe.

Personal Life

Walton married Helen Robson on February 14, 1943. They had four children. Walton was included in Times list of 100 most influential people of the 20th century in 1998. He has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992. Sam M. Walton College of Business at University of Arkansas is named in his honor. He had been ranked the richest person in the United States from 1982 to 1988 by the Forbes magazine. At the age of 74, Walton died on April 5, 1992 due to blood cancer in Little Rock, Arkansas. He left the ownership of his company to his wife and their children.


Related article: Success Rules By Bill Gates

Personality Traits Of Taurus


Taurus people are noted for their determination and perseverance in all areas of life. Their ruling planet is Venus, which make them sensual in nature and good at art. The second sign of zodiac, Taurus is the sign of patience, reliability and caring. It commences on April 20th and continues until May 20th. It remain under the cusp of the previous sign from April 20th to April 27th and comes in full strength after that.

Taurus has the curious power of dominating others and are often called stiff-necked and obstinate. They are very unyielding in determination and have a tremendous physical and mental power of endurance. The ‘Bull’ can pass through enormous strains of fatigue, working in the areas where they are enthusiastic. It’s a sign of earth and is very stable and rooted. Taurus is very reliable, practical, polite and down to earth.

Bulls have a penchant for acquiring materialistic things. They are generally well dressed, look good and are usually considered richer than they really are. They also make wonderful hosts and hostesses.


Because of their determination and patience they are the dependable ones in the office. They have good business intuition with which they rise up the ladder and make excellent directors. They are good with finances that make them good employee in banks and financial institutions. Taurus have an innate sense of harmony, rhythm and color. They have an artistic streak in them and often gain success in music, poetry, literary works and art.

With there traits of persistence and hard work they make excellent public servants or heads in business, but they are governed by their sensation and because of their love for pleasure they are unable to make best use of their gifts. They are aggressive in nature and get angry quickly, this may affect there professional relations. A Taurus boss is no nonsense authority figure who at time is even feared by his employees. Another negative for them is that they tend to be lazy so they are best suited for the jobs which can keep them excited, in that case they will work with great determination and focus.


Taurus are generous to the last degree and will make any sacrifice for person they care for. They are very straight forward and honest with people. Playing games in relations is not their cup of tea. As a father they are quite traditionalist and give little space to their children. They want their children to imbibe values and see the world from their viewpoint. Taurus mother will be very possessive and could at time be imposing her thoughts and values on her children.

Their negative traits of being stubborn and lazy may adversely affect their relations to some extent. They can get angry quite quickly that may cause some concern among family members. But deep in the heart they will always be very loyal and caring.


Taurus have a conservative approach towards their relations, they don’t rush into things. For their own benefit they should not marry early. When choosing partner they remain rooted to traditions and want to form bond with someone from similar social backgrounds. Reliability is one of key concern for them in their partner because they themselves are very loyal and they want a rock solid relationship. When in love they are most yielding and pliable.

But Taurus can be easily misled by their emotions or sensations. They are jealous in disposition and can act violently if their values are ignored. They are not very good at dealing with stress, so when tense they can drive their partners crazy. It is advised that they should decide on any important thing when they are alone, as they may be swayed too easily by other’s opinions.


Taurus make most faithful loyal friends and their most lasting friendships are with Virgo and Aquarius people. They will be a pillar of strength for their friends in need. Due to their nature they take their own time to develop faith on someone and their circle of friends in whom they can confide will always be small, but for these people they will be prepared to do just about anything. Taurus is the one, you can count on no matter what the matter is.


These people have splendid constitution and are the real bulls with great stamina and endurance. Due to their love for everything materialistic and sensuous they love to have rich food and wine and may over indulge in it. This may lead to their gaining weight and getting associated problems. The bulls usually suffer from health problems related to the throat, nasal cavities and upper part of lungs. They need to be wary of skeletal system problems like rheumatism.

Taurus Overview

Element: Earth

Ruling Planet: Venus

Symbol: Bull

Lucky Colors: All shades of Blue, Earth Tones

Lucky Numbers: 6, 15, 24, 33

Lucky day: Friday

Lucky Stones: Emeralds, Turquoises

Some Famous Personalities: Harry S. Truman, Queen Victoria, Mark Zuckerberg, Bing Crosby, Leonardo Da Vinci, David Beckham, William Shakespeare

Positive Qualities: Generous, Dependable, Patient, Ambitious, Sensual

Negative Qualities: Stubborn, Self Indulgent, Lazy, Jealous, Materialistic

Taurus is one of the most practical sign of the zodiac. They are strong, powerful and determined. Being an earth sign they are highly rooted and always love to be on familiar grounds. They don’t like change and experimenting or innovation are not cut out for them. In relations they are conservative but dependable that is why people look up to them as they can take good care of relations. Their liking to go by the book and traditions make them stubborn and if anyone close to them do not follow that, they get angry.

Bulls by nature are materialistic and have a love for the riches but they are not lavish spenders. They will always save for the rainy day. Taurus will be able to rise high up the success ladder and do very well in relationships if they can control there emotions of aggression and anger.

Related article: Personality Traits Of Aries

Commit To Growth

Growth commitment

We all have far greater potential in us then our current level of achievements. Everyone can grow into that person who they dream to be but very few take a step towards the path of growth. It is very unfortunate that most people will live the life of mediocrity by fearing pain of change rather than deciding to grow and leaving their mark on this world.

Nothing worthwhile is ever achieved by anyone without paying the price for it. If you are looking for pearls you need to dive into the depths of ocean, superficial efforts won’t yield results. Diamond is simply carbon that has endured the pressure over time. Some people though hope for miracles that they will achieve their goals and their desires will be fulfilled automatically. But they need to understand that miracles don’t happen, they are made by people who work continuously with discipline for their progress. You need to Embrace Discomfort for Growth

You get most fulfillment when you progress. The feeling you get on seeing yourself improving is the most satisfying one. To make your future better ‘now’ is the time when you need to invest in your growth plan. As John Maxwell says “growth is only guarantee that tomorrow is going to be better.”

Everybody hopes for a better future. It is one of the most positive feeling that gives you support in most difficult of situations, but you need to work on your plans to realize your goals. Everybody hopes but only those who work continuously for their dreams get results. So in order to reach your goals, to grow into a person who you desire to be, you need to start working on yourself because you will grow only when you decide, only when you take first steps toward it. Don’t assume that you will grow with time. Remember growth can not be accidental, it has to be deliberate, it has to be intentional. You need to resolve that you will grow into a better person by working for it.

John says that you need to ask yourself question that what are you doing to develop yourself. If you are not taking any intentional steps for making you a better version of yourself then nothing is going to happen on it’s own. You need to develop yourself first because that is vital for your own success, at the same time you will not be able to contribute to others because you can not give what you don’t have. By taking first steps toward growth you lay the foundation of your future. Another thing that you need to be conscious of is to see that you do something to develop others also. This will be your biggest contribution to others, that will give you feeling of fulfillment as there is multiplication of talent and good ideas.


To make your own personal growth plan start with clear cut defined goals. Mark out the areas that you want to grow in and write them in your journal. It is said that you get what you focus on. Once you are clear about your objectives and area of growth next step would be to start immediately. Having a role model can be of great help. To follow someone who has already achieved what you desire is one of the shortest and quickest way to get started. Study your role model deeply and analyze what has worked for them. But remain analytical also at the same time, as what has worked for them may not work equally well for you. Be consistent in moving towards your goal but at the same time remain flexible about your approach.

Make friends with books. Wealth of knowledge is at your disposal. People pour their lifetime wisdom when they write a book, you may be able to save years by just reading them. Books have the power to mold your mind. As William Faulkner said “Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! you’ll absorb it.” Develop the habit of reading daily for at least half an hour on the topics where you want to develop your skill and within two years you can be a master in it.

Share your growth plan with someone close to you. It is said that when we declare something to others, we become more conscious about it and do not deviate easily from decided path. At the same time they will be able to analyze our progress and give us their viewpoint. Even better would be if you get along with someone who is also striving for growth in same areas as you. This way healthy competition will keep you on your toes.

Starting immediately is of vital importance. Don’t wait for some perfect plan, you will improve your plan en-route if you keep reviewing your progress and have a flexibility of approach. To reflect on how you are moving ahead is also very significant. Develop the habit of writing a journal about your plan and progress. See the weaker areas where you need to do more and adjust accordingly. This will be a big help to prevent you from going off-track.


Finally it is not enough to learn something, action is of even greater importance. World belong to those who are ‘doers.’ Keep in mind an imperfect plan acted upon efficiently is far superior to a perfect plan on which no action is taken. Practice daily what you have learned and modify to suit your plan.

In summary, your personal growth plan should be:

  • Decide that you want to grow, have a firm resolve.
  • Have clear defined goals.
  • Follow a role model.
  • Study about skill you want to develop.
  • Share your plan.
  • Start immediately, don’t procrastinate.
  • Review your performance.
  • Keep acting in continuous disciplined manner.

In the end your elevation from a mediocre level or from being a commoner to a higher level justifying your full potential is very much possible and it starts the moment YOU decide to grow.

Related article: 9 Success Factors For Growth

9 Success Factors For Growth


Achieving the objectives or goals in your career can be extremely difficult if proper attention is not paid to some of the factors that are critical for success. These factors are to be carefully cultivated for accomplishing our missions in life:

1. Knowledge

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” – Benjamin Franklin

For success in life make a priority to increase your intellectual capital. You will be able to increase your value with the habit of continuous education and pursuit of knowledge. Think of education as an investment that will increase your ability to contribute and in return that will increase your earning chances. With a penchant of learning you make your way up the business ladder. As it is said, ‘To earn more, learn more’.

2. Aquire New Skills

Another name for success is skills. For increasing your value at your job concentrate on developing and acquiring new skills. One single skill that you master may take you to the heights of success. In these competitive times the half life of your business is only 2-3 years. The whole pattern of doing business changes within this short a period, so to remain ahead of others you need to sharpen your saw or acquire new and better skills. In the words of Jim Rohn “Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills”.

3. Networking

Networking skills are one of the biggest requirement for success. Always work to develop and increase your circle of contacts. Many people get this wrong, to make long term contacts rather than focusing on what you can get, think what you can give. Whenever you meet someone new, try to do something for them first without expecting anything in return and you will be able to develop some of the best all season contacts. Remember networking is not about contacts but developing relations.

4. Money

One of the best rule for success is to save money. Money gives you freedom to pursue what you desire and when opportunities present them you will be able to take advantage of them. Though this is true that money rarely leads to success but without money also you will loose out on various opportunities. Consider money as an instrument for achieving your objectives.

5. Work Ethics

We are a final product of our habits. Good habits will do wonders for you whereas bad habits will hurt your success. They will grow into a lifestyle that will take you away from growth trajectory. Good working habits like setting goals, managing your time, taking control of emotions or writing your work reports seems very simple but they go a long way in creating a life you want to create. They will increase return on time you invest. Develop good habits to think before acting, setting priorities and always make your plans in advance. To reiterate the importance of good habits remember what Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”

6. Mindset – Think Positive

Time and again we have heard ‘you become what you think or do.’ Importance to carry a positive mental attitude can never be under estimated. Always interpret situations positively and rather then finding problems look for solutions. Make a shift in making your beliefs more enabling and you will be able to find answers to most complex issues. Your optimism will motivate you towards success.

7. Positive Self Image

For success in business or personal life your positive self image in your own eyes as well as in the mind of others is vital. How you perceive yourself, what you think and feel about or how you evaluate yourself seems to have a direct connection with success. People with positive self image will have more career satisfaction and fulfilling life. In other’s eyes though not only your confidence  or efficiency, your appearance is also critical because people see you externally. So you need to take care of both your internal and external personality.

8. Innovation

Companies that do best in long term are those which always strive to innovate. Same hold true for individuals. For achieving your toughest goals, to come out of difficult situations you need to think out of the box. One good idea can transform your career. Phenomenal success can be yours if you combine hard work with creativity.

9. Character

In the end your career will be outward reflection of what you are on the inside. Your character traits of self discipline, honesty, integrity and trust are the foundation of any worthwhile success. As Theodore Roosevelt once wrote in The Outlook “Bodily vigor is good, and vigor of intellect is even better, but far above both is character.”

To give yourself a better chance at success take care to integrate these success factors in your life.


Success Rules By Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Bill Gates was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, US. He along with Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft which is the world’s largest software company. Gates has remained one of the largest shareholder of Microsoft until recently. He was included in Forbes list of wealthiest people in the world and has remained at the top of the same for many long years. He has been responsible in making computers simple enough to operate for common people.

On education front Gates completed his schooling from Lakeside School in 1973 with merit and enrolled in Harvard College. He took great interest in computer science courses there before dropping out in two years and started Microsoft. Starting from offering a simple operating system for IBM, it went on to become largest company to provide operating systems to most of the hardware manufacturer.

In 1994 Gates started his philanthropic journey when he was hugely inspired by Andrew Carnegie and David Rockefeller’s work and created William H. Gates foundation by selling some of his Microsoft stocks. In 2000 he along with his wife created Bill & Melinda Gates foundation by combining all family foundations he held. It is said to be the wealthiest charitable organisation with assets running in to billions. Gates foundation is actively involved in developing world in various philanthropic endeavors and donate large amount in charities for scientific and welfare works.

We have listed below some of most important rules for success as given by Bill Gates:

1. Have Energy

To be successful you need to work against a variety of obstacles and to do so you must have tons of energy. You should have so much energy that you can overcome the feeling of risk that is associated with any business. Only Your drive will be able to take you to your final destinations.

2. Work Hard

There is simply no alternative to hard work. Bill Gates is himself known to be a very hard working person. He loved to stay up all night working. By his own admission he used to work up to 18-20 hours in the beginning and even when his company was well established with a number of engineers, he himself used to write codes on all important projects. People dream to be successful but those who taste success are those who work super hard to realize that dream. This is a world of ‘Doers’.

3. Create The Future

To look into the future and think of a product or strategy that is ahead of it’s time is the sure shot way to get a big boost in your work. Try to be innovative if you want to make a name for you. When you work on this path of course there are risks involved, but without risk there is no growth. Doing something that is being done by others will make you only living but if you create something new you not only create wealth but also a legacy. Get your creative juices flowing and look for the things or projects that will be able to add value to others. As Bill Gates says, “innovation is the real driver of progress.”

4. Enjoy What You Do

To have passion for the work you do is one of the most essential qualities to move ahead in business. If you don’t really enjoy what you do then at the first sign of difficulty you will leave the task. Only your passion will motivate you to keep up your efforts when no results are in sight. If you enjoy what you do, you no longer perceive it as a job but see it as a fun or fulfilling activity. With passion only you will be able to create a master piece.

5. Work With Smart People

It is said that if you are the smartest person among your group then it is time to change your group. If you want to succeed then get along and work with smart people. It is said that you are sum total of the five people you hang out with. The effect of smart people rub on to you and your whole life direction changes. When you are part of a group of achievers you strive for more and improve your own personal expectations.

6. Ask For Advice

You will benefit yourself a great deal if you develop a habit of asking for advice. This may save you huge efforts and time. Get role models, ask for support and then work hard on it with your own creativity. Always have people around you who know you and are able to correct you when you are wrong. A close circle of your well wishers and moral support will be great help in tough times.

7. Pick Great Team

Always be on look out for great partnerships. To be vastly successful you need to be good in hiring, the people who are smart, hard working, intelligent but most importantly are with integrity. It is huge bonus if you have around you the people whom you can trust in all kind of situations. Bill Gates suggests, if you induct good people then you need to just inform them of the job responsibility and not to worry about managing, they will efficiently complete their tasks themselves.

8. Never Procrastinate

In business people don’t like to work with those who procrastinate. In personal life you may be liked by some for doing work at the last moment, that may be your image but such things never make any reputation in business. Remember if you wait for situations to be perfect to start, you might never be able to start. So start immediately and make situations conducive to your work with consistent disciplined work. The perfect time to start something is always ‘Now’. If Gates found any of his subordinate procrastinating, he used to remark sarcastically, “I will do it over weekend.”

9. Have A Sense Of Humor

Job or business, at the end of day is a part of larger picture called life. Don’t loose your liveliness, sense of humor, compassion and gratitude for what you already have in the daily routine of your job. Live your life fully and enjoy your work.

Gates has been listed in magazines as the richest man in world for many years and also as most influential in 20th century. He has received honorary doctorates from many universities and is the recipient of many national and international awards. He has also authored two books ‘The Road Ahead’ and ‘Business @ the speed of Thought’. These golden rules can go a long way in making your life successful.

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Personality Traits Of Aries


Aries by nature have a strong will power and a great obstinacy of purpose. They are born fighters who have upbeat and attractive personalities. They are energetic and adventurous. This is a sign of go getters and achievers. The zodiac sign of Aries is the first astrological sign. It commences on March 21st and remain in strength until April 19th. From March 21st till March 27th it remain overlapped by the cusp of the previous sign and comes in full strength after that.

Aries are dominating personalities and do not like to take orders from others. Though they are very enthusiastic and optimistic, they are also very impatient and impulsive so if they don’t like something they will leave it in between. They in fact are quite child like as they don’t see anything beyond them. They want the world to revolve around them. Ruling planet Mars give these people their aggressiveness and fighting abilities.



People born under Aries sign have greatest ability as organizers on a large scale. They have contagious energy and are always looking for speed and action. They will follow their dreams and goals with strong determination. They are intensely independent in work and like to do it in their own way. Aries don’t like interference in their jobs. Because they are almost self obsessed, they resent all criticism and would accept it only with great logic, reason and with proof of their shortcomings.

With their strong personality and abilities they can reach any height of material success and power, but are required to keep their head. Aries are inclined towards praise and flattery. They are also notorious for not finishing what they start because they have low tolerance of boredom and are impatient. They want to gain success immediately otherwise they loose interest and give up.

To them greatest happiness comes from work and overtaking obstacles. Aries are enormously ambitious. They generally succeed in business and amass money and position in their life.


Aries are frank, outspoken and dominant but underneath their strong personality lies their insecurities. They crave for affection and sympathy. Aries make a dominating father and impose their likes and dislikes on children. Still they give their children enough space to let their natural talent bloom. Same way an Aries mother is dominating in nature and will be very strict. In order to be protective she will spoon feed her children.

Aries are rarely wild and rebellious but they are aggressive to the point that they maintain their independence and find it difficult to adjust with others that’s why many a time they are unhappy in domestic life but deep inside they remain rooted.


Aries women is strong and independent. She look for long term relationship and is not flirtatious. She has from inside a great need for love and passion but won’t allow a man to be her master. She believes in equal relationship and encourages and give strength to her partner. As much as she wants her independence, she also like to give sufficient space and time to her partner.

Aries men on the other hand love strong paced adventure filled life. He has a dominant personality who likes to take control. But usually men suffer through their affection as they seldom adjust and find it difficult to understand women. Aries by nature are possessive and if they feel they are not getting proper attention from their partner they can be quite jealous. This is a sign which is faithful and loyal to their partner and in return always seek support and tenderness from them.


Aries make long lasting friendship with Aries or Leo as they look out for friends who are caring and generous in nature. Friendship with them will be warm. They like to help their friends and will encourage them to achieve greater heights. In problems they will stand along with their friends but again in friendship also they don’t want to be challenged. If confronted they may turn very childish and fight back. They are prone to throw temper tantrums at others.


Aries have a very strong constitution and if faced with health challenges they have an incredible power of recovery. As they are extremely focused for achievement of their goals, they usually overwork their brains. They will face maximum health problems associated with the head. Headache and trouble with eyes is common to them. They may also face eruption on face or head. Aries because of their aggressive nature, throw caution to winds and get into fights. They are liable to get cuts and wounds in head. Danger from fire is also presented to the Aries.

Aries Overview

Element: Fire

Ruling Planet: Mars

Symbol: Ram

Lucky Colors: Red, Crimson and Pink. When they are ill all shades of Blue or Violet will be soothing to them.

Lucky Numbers: 9,18,27,36

Lucky Day: Tuesday

Lucky Stones: Rubies, Garnets and Bloodstones

Some Famous Personalities: David Frost, Adolf Hitler, Shakespeare, Ravi Shankar, Charlie Chaplin, Al Gore

Positive Qualities: Independent, Optimistic, Enthusiastic, Self-confident and Courageous.

Negative Qualities: Moody, Impulsive, Impatient, Irritable and Short Tempered.

Aries, the first zodiac sign people want to live adventurous life and like to be center of attention. They always see themselves first, like to project their personality on others and can be very self oriented. They are very impulsive, usually they don’t think before acting or speaking. They will speaks whatever comes to their mind because of which they find themselves in difficult position.

Aries also lack caution. They want a fast paced life filled with adventures. Chase is what drives them whether that be in business goals or relationships. They don’t like monotony, if there is no excitement they will leave the task in between or get disinterested in the relation. They are impatient and desire to peek into the future. To keep them motivated and interested their should always be a higher goal for them to achieve. In that case they will love the game of business and life. They always like to be a leader and are never satisfied in subordinate roles.

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Best Ways To Retain Your Good Employees


Retention of good employees is very crucial for the success of any business. Companies put in considerable efforts and expenses to hire these employees, train and induct them so it become equally important that management also maintain good retention practices. We need to understand that people do business with people and when efficient employees leave, it may result in loss of business by way of customers shifting loyalty along with those employees.

Direct losses are caused in term of reduced customer satisfaction, sales and impact on other coworkers. Many studies show that exiting of a trained employee results in losses that may be equal to double their salaries. In today’s competitive environment it is already very difficult to find talented people and when old employee leave it creates a void and if they be senior employee then it disturbs the entire succession plan also.

There may be a variety of reasons that influence the decision of resigning employee. To plug these weaknesses in future it is very much advised that companies conduct extensive exit interviews. Here are some of the ways to increase the retention of key employees:

Pay Them Well

Monetary benefits most of the times rank on the top of the list of reasons why employees quit. Pay them well and at par with the industry standard. Remove the easiest of all the tangible reasons out of way to increase your company’s retention rate. Give them annual increments judiciously. If given a meager increase the employees get demoralized. Beside the salary part create other financial  benefits like annual bonuses and incentive for them and link those to performance. For senior employees you may also consider giving them stock options. Think it this way, exit of a good employee causes more financial losses than their salaries.

Mentor Them

A great company think more in terms of enabling it’s employees rather than managing them. Give your team best of tools and training at job. When you equip your people well it will have dual benefit of increased job satisfaction and lower instances of employees leaving the company. Arrange for training for a new job skill or for their further education. It creates a sense of responsibility in employees when they see that you are taking all measures to overcome their weaknesses and shortcomings. They feel their worth is increased when they get new skills.

Challenge Them

Always seek to use their talent and skills, it will benefit company as well as the employees will feel fulfilled at the job. If they are not given tasks that challenge them at intellectual level then they will get bored and apathy will set in. They will start exploring opportunities that are commensurate to their skill level. Give them the responsibilities that have the capacity to stimulate them. Communicate to them that there are ample growth opportunities within the company and they should keep pushing themselves.

Offer Promotions

Promotions and Career advancement are critical components of your efforts for employee retention. This motivates the employees as they see the clear growth chances in their own organisation. Wherever possible try that people are promoted from within the company. People selected from outside for higher responsibility are not aware of the company’s work culture and at the same time it may also frustrate your existing employees.

Make Them Feel Appreciated

Apart from monetary benefits, appreciation of their work and contribution towards the company remains most desirable by the employees. One of the most important quality of good leaders is to give the credit to the deserving people. A sure recipe for dissatisfaction among the employee is an unsecured leader who takes all the credit for accomplishments himself while giving little appreciation to the people involved at the ground level. Keep in mind that happy workers are productive workers

Develop Trust

Trust is the foundation over which all company relations are based. Leaders should ensure that the employees are trusted fully until there is some definite negative information. On the other side even employees should have complete confidence on the company’s management. When people have complete faith in their managers they will accept healthy criticism if they are wrong and go extra distance to achieve the goals set by company. High level of trust between managers and employees drives the overall company performance.

Clarity Is The Key

One essential requirement of the managers is that they should convey very clearly to the employees what is expected of them. Clear performance metrics should be used so that there is perception of equitable treatment and fairness. Clarity of roles within the team about work responsibility, support staff and benefits will go a long way in reducing wasted efforts in company. Clear communication of the company mission to the employees will ensure that they stay committed and work in line with the company expectation.

 Maintain High Quality Of Supervision

It is said that employees don’t leave company, they leave managers. Adequate care is to be taken by the leaders that their employees have complete freedom to express themselves. Communication channel between employees and company should always be open. They should be free to give their inputs or air their grievances in transparent manner. Lot many times misunderstandings are caused simply because the message or expectations are not clearly communicated.

The managers should never threaten job or income of their subordinates rather give them the support and help. A manager who makes his people feel undervalued will cause increased employee turnover. They should have faith on their leader that if there are some challenges, they will be first to face it or at least guide them to handle the situation.

In the end employee retention is as vital as hiring. If you follow these steps you will be able to increase the employee retention rate in your organisation. Keep the atmosphere engaging and stimulating for your employees and they will remain committed and loyal to the company. Employees are the strength of any company, take a careful look at your organisation and ensure that you are doing your best to retain your best talent.

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