All of us want to be successful in some capacity or another as it is something that most of us aspire to because we have ambition, goals, dreams, and drive. For some, success is being able to spend time with their family by not having to work a forty-hour work week, while for others, it is having the top-tier career that pays out more money than they could ever need. Success could just be as simple as hitting your goals, being happy with your accomplishments, or getting yourself to a place where you are truly healthy and thriving. The thing about success though, is that it takes hard work, time, perseverance, and persistence. To become successful, one must incorporate the following characteristics into their routine.
- You Must Engage In Hard Work: success is something that must be earned through hard work. If success is handed to you, it provides no value because it means you learned nothing in the moments leading up to it. Life is not one success after another, after another but rather a lot of failures leading up to one or two great successes that are hard earned.
- You Must Learn From Mistakes: any route to success is fraught with interruptions, detours, backpedalling, and obstacles. Use these moments to learn from your mistakes, as it is failure that allows you to move forward with a clearer idea of the right direction to take towards success. After all, if you give up after a failure or choose to repeat mistakes without learning from them, you will not reach success.
- Always Choose to Endure If You Can: along with always doing your best and learning from any mistakes you make, it is almost important to endure through hardships. This is where you must use persistence to get through the task, project, or goal that is difficult and lengthy. The idea here is to keep plugging away at what it is you are working on even if it seems painfully slow, because eventually, you will get there. Does this mean you shouldn’t modify goal? Not necessarily, just make sure that if you do modify the goal, you stick with the original premise of it.
- Never Create Excuses: when you are faced with obstacles, injustices, and difficulties, it can be very easy to fall into the trap of feeling sorry for yourself. Yes, you should take some time to re-calibrate yourself, but do not allow these difficulties be the reason you choose to make excuses about why you haven’t followed through on your goals, ambitions, or dreams. To be successful, you must move ahead and learn from the experience.
- Let Go Of Materialism: if the only thing driving your motivation to obtain success is materialism, it won’t be enough to get you all the way. Successful people make it to the top because they change other peoples’ lives, they change their own lives, and they make an impact. If you are only in it for the nice cars or the big pay cheque, you’ll find yourself always being a victim of lifestyle creep. Find an intrinsic motivator instead.
- Rise and Shine With The Sun: or with the moon, depending on when you work best. Figure out the time of day that you are most productive in. Work hard during that time. This could be during early morning walks at five in the morning or it could be at two in the morning after the moon has come up. Remember that you must work smart, so work when your body has the most energy to be productive.
- Keep Yourself Physically Active: being physically active not only boosts your health but it also enhances focus, improves alertness, and creates greater blood-flow to the brain. This helps you keep a clear head that is focused on the goal ahead. Do not allow yourself to become bogged down by negative thought-patterns or distracting thoughts. Keep your eye on the prize by staying physically active.
- Find a Powerful, Driving Force: one of the most powerful forces in this world is our insecurities because they provide us with motivation. They drive us to prove that we are capable, successful, and worthy of what we want, regardless of what that is. Use your strongest desires to help you become that driving force you need to be to remain focused and motivated on your dreams.
- Relentlessly Study Hard: do not become a drone and go through the motions on a day to day basis. Do not allow yourself to become so burnt out that you no longer care about learning more, discovering more about your dreams. Study your craft, master it, and always keep yourself in a position where you are learning. This will lead you to accomplishing greatness because you will have the knowledge and know-how to help you along the way.
- Take Risks for Your Passions: if you do not take risks, there will be no reward, as the saying goes. Those who are successful, lay it all on the line for what they are passionate about. Although this will take a lot of guts, bravery, and will power, it is what you ultimately need to do, especially if you believe in what you are doing. Do not let fear stop you from achieving what you are passionate about.
In addition to the above points, make sure to take time to learn new perspectives and understand the world from different viewpoints. In doing this, not only do you learn new things about the world but you will be able to use your new understanding to create better routes to success. It is important to be humble and to accept that achieving things requires a good understanding of how to get there, which can come from a majority of sources. To truly be successful, you must be the best person you can possibly be.
Sunak to use budget to expand apprenticeships in England
LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce more funding for apprenticeships in England when he unveils his budget next week, the government said on Friday.
Employers taking part in the Apprenticeship Initiative Scheme will from April 1 receive 3,000 pounds ($4,179) for each apprentice hired, regardless of age – an increase on current grants of between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds depending on age.
The scheme will extended by six months until the end of September, the finance ministry said.
Sunak will also announce an extra 126 million pounds for traineeships for up to 43,000 placements.
Sunak’s March 3 budget will likely include a new round of spending to prop up the economy during what he hopes will be the last phase of lockdown, but he will also probably signal tax rises ahead to plug the huge hole in the public finances.
Sunak is also expected to announce a “flexi-job” apprenticeship scheme, whereby apprentices can join an agency and work for multiple employers in one sector, the finance ministry said.
“We know there’s more to do and it’s vital this continues throughout the next stage of our recovery, which is why I’m boosting support for these programmes, helping jobseekers and employers alike,” Sunak said in a statement.
(Reporting by Andy Bruce, editing by David Milliken)
UK seeks G7 consensus on digital competition after Facebook blackout
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is seeking to build a consensus among G7 nations on how to stop large technology companies exploiting their dominance, warning that there can be no repeat of Facebook’s one-week media blackout in Australia.
Facebook’s row with the Australian government over payment for local news, although now resolved, has increased international focus on the power wielded by tech corporations.
“We will hold these companies to account and bridge the gap between what they say they do and what happens in practice,” Britain’s digital minister Oliver Dowden said on Friday.
“We will prevent these firms from exploiting their dominance to the detriment of people and the businesses that rely on them.”
Dowden said recent events had strengthened his view that digital markets did not currently function properly.
He spoke after a meeting with Facebook’s Vice-President for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, a former British deputy prime minister.
“I put these concerns to Facebook and set out our interest in levelling the playing field to enable proper commercial relationships to be formed. We must avoid such nuclear options being taken again,” Dowden said in a statement.
Facebook said in a statement that the call had been constructive, and that it had already struck commercial deals with most major publishers in Britain.
“Nick strongly agreed with the Secretary of Stateâ€™s (Dowden’s) assertion that the governmentâ€™s general preference is for companies to enter freely into proper commercial relationships with each other,” a Facebook spokesman said.
Britain will host a meeting of G7 leaders in June.
It is seeking to build consensus there for coordinated action toward “promoting competitive, innovative digital markets while protecting the free speech and journalism that underpin our democracy and precious liberties,” Dowden said.
The G7 comprises the United States, Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Canada, but Australia has also been invited.
Britain is working on a new competition regime aimed at giving consumers more control over their data, and introducing legislation that could regulate social media platforms to prevent the spread of illegal or extremist content and bullying.
(Reporting by William James; Editing by Gareth Jones and John Stonestreet)
Britain to offer fast-track visas to bolster fintechs after Brexit
By Huw Jones
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it would offer a fast-track visa scheme for jobs at high-growth companies after a government-backed review warned that financial technology firms will struggle with Brexit and tougher competition for global talent.
Finance minister Rishi Sunak said that now Britain has left the European Union, it wants to make sure its immigration system helps businesses attract the best hires.
“This new fast-track scale-up stream will make it easier for fintech firms to recruit innovators and job creators, who will help them grow,” Sunak said in a statement.
Over 40% of fintech staff in Britain come from overseas, and the new visa scheme, open to migrants with job offers at high-growth firms that are scaling up, will start in March 2022.
Brexit cut fintechs’ access to the EU single market and made it far harder to employ staff from the bloc, leaving Britain less attractive for the industry.
The review published on Friday and headed by Ron Kalifa, former CEO of payments fintech Worldpay, set out a “strategy and delivery model” that also includes a new 1 billion pound ($1.39 billion) start-up fund.
“It’s about underpinning financial services and our place in the world, and bringing innovation into mainstream banking,” Kalifa told Reuters.
Britain has a 10% share of the global fintech market, generating 11 billion pounds ($15.6 billion) in revenue.
The review said Brexit, heavy investment in fintech by Australia, Canada and Singapore, and the need to be nimbler as COVID-19 accelerates digitalisation of finance, all mean the sector’s future in Britain is not assured.
It also recommends more flexible listing rules for fintechs to catch up with New York.
“We recognise the need to make the UK attractive a more attractive location for IPOs,” said Britain’s financial services minister John Glen, adding that a separate review on listings rules would be published shortly.
“Those findings, along with Ron’s report today, should provide an excellent evidence base for further reform.”
Britain pioneered “sandboxes” to allow fintechs to test products on real consumers under supervision, and the review says regulators should move to the next stage and set up “scale-boxes” to help fintechs navigate red tape to grow.
“It’s a question of knowing who to call when there’s a problem,” said Kay Swinburne, vice chair of financial services at consultants KPMG and a contributor to the review.
A UK fintech wanting to serve EU clients would have to open a hub in the bloc, an expensive undertaking for a start-up.
“Leaving the EU and access to the single market going away is a big deal, so the UK has to do something significant to make fintechs stay here,” Swinburne said.
The review seeks to join the dots on fintech policy across government departments and regulators, and marshal private sector efforts under a new Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT).
“There is no framework but bits of individual policies, and nowhere does it come together,” said Rachel Kent, a lawyer at Hogan Lovells and contributor to the review.
($1 = 0.7064 pounds)
(Reporting by Huw Jones; editing by Jane Merriman and John Stonestreet)
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