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Friday, August 30, 2013

Social Capital

Your social networks and your communication abilities are resources you use like any other resources to succeed. They both complement each others. Social capital is that portion of your contacts which help you in generating value for yourself and others.

When you build your social networks you improve your abilities to communicate, which is again the key to leveraging your achievements and successes. Every market transaction, every invention, every piece of art, and any close personal contact happens because of the willingness to communicate, to exchange meaningful messages that can effect change.

Your social networks are what leverages your achievements and success into even greater successes. Being able to mold and modify your social networks in ways that benefit you, and potentially others, is what you want to achieve.

Interesting books on communication by this and other authors: astore.amazon.co.uk/chrihaveltd-21 or search for "Christian Jonathan Haverkampf" on your local Amazon website or at your local book dealer. Suggestions for further explorations in communication: www.chrishaverkampf.comwww.ivy-experts.com and www.communicationweb.co. You may also want to take a look at the following sites: www.chrishaverkampf.de (deutsch), www.chrishaverkampfcoaching.comwww.chrishaverkampfcoaching.de (deutsch), www.selfhelpnet.cowww.wordfields.com (adventures), and www.wordnets.com (success stories).
© 2013 Christian Jonathan Haverkampf. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction and/or dissemination prohibited. Please note that no professional advice of any sort can be given in this blog. Always consult a professional if the situation and/or the risks warrant it. Thank you for your interest in my work. This means very much to me. Trademarks belong to their respective owners. If this article is marked as a work of fiction all references to persons, living or deceased, or organizations, including former ones, are coincidental. I know that this is reiterating the obvious, but thanks for bearing with me.

Leveraging Your Achievements and Successes into even Greater Success

Many people achieve something, succeed, and then stop, not because they want to but because it just happens this way. When you are successful you want to use your successes to build even greater success. Much has been written about constant improvement and the like, but what keeps you going is a good vision and a sense for yourself and others, plus persistence.
Building success form success requires that you communicate your achievements well. It is the key to leveraging successes into even greater successes.

Interesting books on communication by this and other authors: astore.amazon.co.uk/chrihaveltd-21 or search for "Christian Jonathan Haverkampf" on your local Amazon website or at your local book dealer. Suggestions for further explorations in communication: www.chrishaverkampf.comwww.ivy-experts.com and www.communicationweb.co. You may also want to take a look at the following sites: www.chrishaverkampf.de (deutsch), www.chrishaverkampfcoaching.comwww.chrishaverkampfcoaching.de (deutsch), www.selfhelpnet.cowww.wordfields.com (adventures), and www.wordnets.com (success stories).
© 2013 Christian Jonathan Haverkampf. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction and/or dissemination prohibited. Please note that no professional advice of any sort can be given in this blog. Always consult a professional if the situation and/or the risks warrant it. Thank you for your interest in my work. This means very much to me. Trademarks belong to their respective owners. If this article is marked as a work of fiction all references to persons, living or deceased, or organizations, including former ones, are coincidental. I know that this is reiterating the obvious, but thanks for bearing with me.

Wanting to Succeed

Do you want to succeed? That is not question to be laughed at or shrugged of as rhetorical. Most of us have an ambivalent attitude to success, often we just do not know it.

Wanting to succeed is a step which for many people is a difficult topic to talk about, but the need to succeed to be broadcast out into the world, not lest so that the world can respond in kind. Once you communicate it formally, taking about it or even writing it down, it becomes real. And that is actually the most powerful step in turning a vision into reality, namely communicating the vision out into reality. From then on it has a place in it. But that is also the point many people are afraid of, expressing what they are passionate about. Nothing seems to bridge the personal and the public sphere quite as revolutionary as a declared vision.

Once you declare a vision, others often want to hear the details, which many scares off stating the vision in the first place. Or even worse, people might not be interested in hearing it. But the vision is who you are, it is when you paint on the canvass of the world, and it is your very personal way of expressing yourself. A clear vision also marks the transition from being a child to becoming an adult. A child may say 'I want to be famous one day' without going any further, but feeling what the world may need and responding to it affirms your vision. A vision takes, and builds commitment in the world. This is how it works its wonders.

Commitment may sound limiting, but it is not. When you commit yourself you actually open yourself up to the world and reaffirm being a part of it. Fears of commitment, whether in relationships, business or any other human endeavor, are widespread, because people often feel it deprives them of something, but it stands it helps build more freedom, confidence and the ability to self-actualize beyond what one believes is possible. Commitment is something virtually all successful people have in common. It greases the machinery of change.

Expressing your wish to succeed in a particular field or life in general to the world commits you to something, namely that you picked a road you want to walk on and that you will actually walk the walk. It is not more, nor less than that. Not much to be afraid of so far, but many fear the promise of success ironically because it is there to pick. No one can promise that success will happen in a certain way or even in a certain field, which is, however, not the point. Once you commit yourself to success, success can actually take on shapes you did not even know existed when you committed yourself to the road.

Interesting books on communication by this and other authors: astore.amazon.co.uk/chrihaveltd-21 or search for "Christian Jonathan Haverkampf" on your local Amazon website or at your local book dealer. Suggestions for further explorations in communication: www.chrishaverkampf.comwww.ivy-experts.com and www.communicationweb.co. You may also want to take a look at the following sites: www.chrishaverkampf.de (deutsch), www.chrishaverkampfcoaching.comwww.chrishaverkampfcoaching.de (deutsch), www.selfhelpnet.cowww.wordfields.com (adventures), and www.wordnets.com (success stories).
© 2013 Christian Jonathan Haverkampf. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction and/or dissemination prohibited. Please note that no professional advice of any sort can be given in this blog. Always consult a professional if the situation and/or the risks warrant it. Thank you for your interest in my work. This means very much to me. Trademarks belong to their respective owners. If this article is marked as a work of fiction all references to persons, living or deceased, or organizations, including former ones, are coincidental. I know that this is reiterating the obvious, but thanks for bearing with me.

From Vision to Reality: Transformation

Success begins with a vision which becomes reality through someone's action. When you become better in bringing about change your success increases, whether you change how someone feels or how traffic flows across a bridge over a large river.

How successful you will eventually be depends on how well your actions transform the present into the future, I have already discussed this process in other articles. Here I just want to add a couple of thoughts. You may also want to look at my articles on how to build a vision.

Once you have build your vision, much depends on how you relate to your vision. To you treasure and nourish it, or do you see it as something dangerous which could complicate your life? Unfortunately many see their dreams and visions as the latter.

You want to become one with your vision and be close to it, if it is a vision that pushes you to grow and become that which you can be. The closer you are to your vision emotionally and in thought, the more powerful it will be in motivating you and the clearer the future will take shape before your eyes.

When your vision becomes real to you, you begin to act from this reality and you become the person you envision yourself to be, as long as the envisioned you is who you genuinely are. A vision is always about change. It is not a photo, not even a film, because you are developing into a new you through it.

To make your vision real you have to believe in it, and belief is easier to accomplish if the you in the vision is the way you really are. You want to begin with a belief that is in tune with who you are in thought, emotion and action.

We all have our patterns how we think, feel and do things, how we take in information, and in what form, and how we express ourselves, and the more your vision agrees with yourself as you are the more powerful it can be. These patterns are fundamentally resistant to change over time, and one's vision should accommodate for that. Richard Branson, the British business magnate, will always want to surf the edges of the world and try out new things, whether it meant opening up his first music store or experimenting with commercial space flight. A vision of being in the civil service, for example, may never work out for him given his personality. He may never consider doing something that does not fit him, but I have worked with many people who tried to be successful in fields that ran counter to their personality. It is something which is very common, and people's unhappiness is then responsible for burnouts, relationship breakups or even worse. Aside from the often unimaginable individual misery, the loss to society is undoubtedly considerable. You may want to take a look at my other articles in which I have discussed how to build a sustainable vision and how to avoid burnout.

Too much literature focuses on techniques of how to act based on a vision. In fact, having the right vision will put the rest in place quite automatically. This is why it is important to have a good vision in the first place. Many people I have seen no longer dare to dream. People often conclude that it is not worth or even practical to have a vision because their past experiences are proof that it is not worth having a vision and believing in something. It is a lack of trust in the possibility of change, which to many seems not only audacious but foolish. In reality successful people leverage their negative experiences and failures often even more into successes than their positive experiences. Success after all is about change, and change usually happens primarily in those places where a need for change is recognized and appreciated. Helen Keller was blind and death, nevertheless she became a very successful writer and lecturer. And if you check out your local book store, you will note that the list goes on and on.

Looking at the process by which visions become reality in the future may help. It requires action, but not of the kind many think. It requires relishing the belief and the vision, feeling positive about it, and sharing this with the world through one's actions. A fear of change is often a fear of how the world may react if one begins sharing one's dreams and visions with it, a fear of voicing one's vision. But undeniably you will show your vision to the world through everything you do and say, even gestures and all forms of non-verbal communication give away your vision. A good vision is one that will permeate all your actions and be clearer to other people than you may think. Other people may even perceive your vision clearer than you are aware of it consciously.

The belief that change in one's own life or that of another is possible requires seeing something that is still missing in the world. To some the glass is half-full, they see the opportunities from a lack of something they would like to see in the world as a motivator, to others the glass is half-empty, they see the world as a deficient and unjust place. It's your choice how you want to view the world you live in. The difference between one group and the other is rooted more in one's values than in one's life experiences. Steven Spielberg discovered as a 'thin' and outsider kid that he got the recognition he craved for from others when he used his film camera to make films, but these films quickly became to him a means to entertain others and himself, thus giving something form himself to others. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart got recognition, especially from his father, when he played and wrote music as a child, but his play with notes also opened up entire new worlds to him which he could shape with his affinity to clarity and experimentation.

Even if you crave for fame or closer contact with other people, and in many cases that is the starting point for monumental successes, the fun comes with the vision and the entirely new spheres of thought, feeling and insight it unlocks. You build your world as you build your successes.

Interesting books on communication by this and other authors: astore.amazon.co.uk/chrihaveltd-21 or search for "Christian Jonathan Haverkampf" on your local Amazon website or at your local book dealer. Suggestions for further explorations in communication: www.chrishaverkampf.comwww.ivy-experts.com and www.communicationweb.co. You may also want to take a look at the following sites: www.chrishaverkampf.de (deutsch), www.chrishaverkampfcoaching.comwww.chrishaverkampfcoaching.de (deutsch), www.selfhelpnet.cowww.wordfields.com (adventures), and www.wordnets.com (success stories).
© 2013 Christian Jonathan Haverkampf. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction and/or dissemination prohibited. Please note that no professional advice of any sort can be given in this blog. Always consult a professional if the situation and/or the risks warrant it. Thank you for your interest in my work. This means very much to me. Trademarks belong to their respective owners. If this article is marked as a work of fiction all references to persons, living or deceased, or organizations, including former ones, are coincidental. I know that this is reiterating the obvious, but thanks for bearing with me.

Passing on Success

We want to make others successful and pass on what we have learned about success. But how can one make someone else, whether one's own children or new acquaintances more successful?

By passing on material wealth? No, history shows that successful people often came from less well to do backgrounds. Having control over resources often makes little differences because resources will usually go where they can be put to best use. If you can put other people's resources to good use they will come.

Passing on status, putting a relative in a good position, and so on, does not help much either. To the contrary, if you did not work yourself up to the position you do not have the experience, and thus neither the knowledge nor the skills to successfully hold on to it.

The real way to make someone else successful is by passing on information. If you educate someone in a trade or profession, or provide for someone else to educate, you can impart success. If you explain someone how to be successful or provide helpful guidance, you increase this individual's chances of success.

If you mentor someone you primarily provide information so that another person can earn his or her success, who will take pride in the accomplishment.

The information has to be communicated and it is therefore important to reach people who can benefit from this information. Fortunately, spreading the word about success and how to attain it is getting easier with the quickly advancing information technologies. One only has to place this information and look for it in such a way that it is successfully exchanged among the gazillion pieces of information out there.

Interesting books on communication by this and other authors: astore.amazon.co.uk/chrihaveltd-21 or search for "Christian Jonathan Haverkampf" on your local Amazon website or at your local book dealer. Suggestions for further explorations in communication: www.chrishaverkampf.comwww.ivy-experts.com and www.communicationweb.co. You may also want to take a look at the following sites: www.chrishaverkampf.de (deutsch), www.chrishaverkampfcoaching.comwww.chrishaverkampfcoaching.de (deutsch), www.selfhelpnet.cowww.wordfields.com (adventures), and www.wordnets.com (success stories).
© 2013 Christian Jonathan Haverkampf. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction and/or dissemination prohibited. Please note that no professional advice of any sort can be given in this blog. Always consult a professional if the situation and/or the risks warrant it. Thank you for your interest in my work. This means very much to me. Trademarks belong to their respective owners. If this article is marked as a work of fiction all references to persons, living or deceased, or organizations, including former ones, are coincidental. I know that this is reiterating the obvious, but thanks for bearing with me.

A Culture of Success

A culture is how the world around us communicates with us, and how we communicate with the world. Communication itself is the exchange of meaningful message, and therefore culture influences how we perceive and make others see meaning in the world. Since meaning is the process by which we bring about change in the world, culture influences this as well.

Interesting books on communication by this and other authors: astore.amazon.co.uk/chrihaveltd-21 or search for "Christian Jonathan Haverkampf" on your local Amazon website or at your local book dealer. Suggestions for further explorations in communication: www.chrishaverkampf.comwww.ivy-experts.com and www.communicationweb.co. You may also want to take a look at the following sites: www.chrishaverkampf.de (deutsch), www.chrishaverkampfcoaching.comwww.chrishaverkampfcoaching.de (deutsch), www.selfhelpnet.cowww.wordfields.com (adventures), and www.wordnets.com (success stories).
© 2013 Christian Jonathan Haverkampf. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction and/or dissemination prohibited. Please note that no professional advice of any sort can be given in this blog. Always consult a professional if the situation and/or the risks warrant it. Thank you for your interest in my work. This means very much to me. Trademarks belong to their respective owners. If this article is marked as a work of fiction all references to persons, living or deceased, or organizations, including former ones, are coincidental. I know that this is reiterating the obvious, but thanks for bearing with me.

Emotional Necessity + Joy = Success

Something has to become a necessity to become a reliable and constant driver for success. Things may be nice and interesting, but feeling this way does not lead to success in most instances. It is an entirely different story if you need to do or accomplish something. Necessity does not much sound like enjoyment and pleasure, but that is not true. We all need to eat, it is a necessity, yet it has spawned a large culinary industry which caters to every taste. Steven Spielberg had to make films, Thomas Edison invent light bulbs, and Mozart compose. They enjoyed their work, but at the same time it had become a necessity to them. They had to go on like eating and breathing, that is how fascinated they were with the opportunities their fields offered to them.

When something becomes a necessity it is no longer just play, but it has gained a seriousness to it we know from dedicated professionals and experts. It is no longer play for the sake of play, but play for the sake of reaching further out and literally going where 'no man (or woman) has gone before'. Your work becomes a profession, but at the same time you enjoy the play and treasure the opportunities. It is no longer a fancy or a string of random and general ideas that you want to become a successful musician, business leader, writer or scientist, but you are driven to go further into uncharted terrain, and your work has become a necessity, because everything else feels boring and stale. If it is really something where you can find yourself in, it gives you wings and actually helps reestablish a balance in your other areas of life.

The first step is to think, dream and feel what should be different in this world, giving you the pivot point and the necessity for your work. Successful people have considered how they can use what is available to them to bring about a change in the world, and then followed it with action. Seeing beauty again in something small and inconspicuous or appreciating the ocean not only for the water it contains but also for the openness and the transportation possibilities it offers defines the difference between the one who stays on the beach of life and the one who opens up a new sea route to new beaches and tells others about them so that they may enjoy them as well. If you want to learn a new mediation technique, success is more than just learning it, because you will use it to bring about a change in yourself, whether a deep relaxation, and insight, a good feeling or anything else you may desire.You will then feel successful when you achieve this change in yourself. Success is always a first degree cousin of change, and often internal change leads to external change.

Success means doing what is necessary to feel true happiness from who you really are. You may meditate, analyze important contracts or go on a scientific voyage, happiness is to be found wherever your passion is that is not only a momentary affair but an expression of your own personality, your dreams, thoughts, feelings, and values, in sum of you. Many people I have worked, even materially successful ones, were afraid to demand happiness. Don't you think the world and all beyond it does not want you to be happy? It would not make any logical sense if it were not so.

Happiness is something that can be achieved, but not merely through work or love itself. It depends on the relation one holds with one's work. What does it mean to you? Happiness requires realizing and seeing reflections in the world of oneself and vice versa, and thus finding a connection between oneself and the world. Unfortunately many people have lost a meaningful connection with themselves, so it is even more difficult to find one with the world. Building it again starts from feeling. The more you can feel yourself the easier it becomes to identify what could change in the world around you.

Change is at the core of the necessity I referred to in the beginning. It does not mean giving up one's present life, instead it means affirming one's place in the world by finding meaningful work in it. Once you realize what should change in your world, whether your home, your workplace or your country you are on your way to never running out of meaningful work running through your hands. Whenever we feel something should be different in a an area of the world we care about, we automatically feel the necessity for change, and this could be a strong driver for success. Many people underestimate what energies can be released by volunteering for a cause that means much or finding time for a hobby one is passionate about and which lets one feel really good about oneself. Aiming for success can even lift the fog of milder depressions because there is a new injection of meaning.

The emotions play an important role because they move you away ('e-motion') from where you are. There is much talk about emotional intelligence and a shift to reflecting one emotional qualities in interpersonal relationships, but no less important is the emotional relationship you have with yourself, it is the one that is relevant and with you at all times. The clearer and more transparent you can develop a sense for yourself, your thoughts, emotions and patterns of doing things the closer you are getting to who you are and to finding your place in the world in terms of the people and your work.

When you feel the necessity to be happy and be all that you can be, then you are well on your road towards success in any definition. Many people hold the belief that demanding happiness and success is a burden, but it is the other way round. How much longer can the world tolerate unhappiness and hopelessness? That not only seems inhumane.

Interesting books on communication by this and other authors: astore.amazon.co.uk/chrihaveltd-21 or search for "Christian Jonathan Haverkampf" on your local Amazon website or at your local book dealer. Suggestions for further explorations in communication: www.chrishaverkampf.comwww.ivy-experts.com and www.communicationweb.co. You may also want to take a look at the following sites: www.chrishaverkampf.de (deutsch), www.chrishaverkampfcoaching.comwww.chrishaverkampfcoaching.de (deutsch), www.selfhelpnet.cowww.wordfields.com (adventures), and www.wordnets.com (success stories).
© 2013 Christian Jonathan Haverkampf. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction and/or dissemination prohibited. Please note that no professional advice of any sort can be given in this blog. Always consult a professional if the situation and/or the risks warrant it. Thank you for your interest in my work. This means very much to me. Trademarks belong to their respective owners. If this article is marked as a work of fiction all references to persons, living or deceased, or organizations, including former ones, are coincidental. I know that this is reiterating the obvious, but thanks for bearing with me.

Fascination

When you are fascinated with something you are far more likely to succeed in it because it receives an emotional boost which can energize and move you much more forcefully. A general fascination about life in general is quite common to many successful people. Fascination is a feeling with various positive emotions attached to it. these emotions impress what we are fascinated about on our memory, one reason why we tend never to forget things and events that awoke our fascination in the first place.

But let me first go over situations where it seems to whither away:

  • If there is nothing that fascinates you, you should discuss with a mental health professional whether you suffer from a mood disorder, which can nowadays be treated quite effectively.



  • Maybe you have made negative experiences in life which have convinced you that it is dangerous to be fascinated about things. A good way to get across this bridge is to investigate and analyze with the help of an experienced professional what holds you off from finding the world a fascinating place to live in, as well as why and how.
But our capability to be fascinated usually stays with us. Many people who achieved great successes in their fields can remember little things in their fields that fascinated them early on and which they never forgot. It may have been something small and unpretentious to most other people, but it provided an angle to see the depths and beauty in it to this one person. Albert Einstein marveled at the compass he was given as a present as a small boy. There were surely 'compasses' in your life as well, things, events or people that excited you and drove you to find out more about them. Things or people that opened up the sky a little bit and offered you a unique insight into the deeper layers of our planet, psychologically and physically.

Soichiro Honda's glimpse of a Model T one day in the 1910s as a boy in Japan became a life-changing event: "I could not understand how it could move under its own power. And when it had driven past me, without even thinking why, I found myself chasing it down the road as far as I could run." (see ASME, founded as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, https://www.asme.org/engineering-topics/articles/automotive/soichiro-honda). Similar experiences have been described by successful people in other fields. Whether filmmakers, such as Steven Spielberg, musicians like Mozart, computer scientists and others, there were events of great emotional impact which helped carry them through difficult times. These experiences have in common a strong emotional component, but they do not have to appear early in life, they can still occur much later in life. The important thing is to let them happen and not be too apprehensive about the changes they might bring about. When we resonate with events, people or things in the positive or in the negative it is because it touches something in who we are, in our personality, with the experiences we have made over the years, or even something we have learned, or, in sum, with who we are.

You may want to spend some time thinking about the things that fascinate and excite you. Those that truly do are the ones that come from deep inside you, from who you are. (Have you followed your path, or did you follow roads people expected you to take?) What is inside you will find these little things in the world which resonate with your inside. These little things we get so excited about in turn fire up our emotions and motivate us to do extraordinary things.

Experiences may have been very hurtful and unpleasant, but they can still trigger in us a desire to see a change in the world. People who have been victims of accidents or crimes may become outspoken and effective advocates in the world to make all our lives safer, but also spread humanity, hope and optimism in the world and instill them in everyone who listens to them. Overcoming an adversity can be powerful in other areas of life as well.

I was always interested in what makes people tick what also became my college admissions essay while I was still in high school. I have always wondered why people do not reach their full potential though they have a strong desire to be successful. Many people take up jobs they hate and do things they do not like to do. The only plausible answer to this is that people do not live up to their full potential and express themselves to the world. The real reason, fear, lack of confidence, understanding or faith in the world, and especially oneself, is often covered up by a seeming inability. Many people, when I asked them, could not tell me what their passions were, what they believed in, how they wanted the world to be changed. They could not even give me a spontaneous idea, because they were often too afraid to even fancy a thought.

It begins with realizing that you play an important role in this world and your life lends meaning to the world, rather than the other way round. We all can imagine the changes we want to see in the world and often the important step is to accept that we would like to see those changes. Loving life endows it and many little things in it with meaning, which conjures up powerful emotions and calls to action. The fascination, which this leads to, can be a forceful and valuable support in helping you to reach those goals you know and those you have not even conceived yet.

Interesting books on communication by this and other authors: astore.amazon.co.uk/chrihaveltd-21 or search for "Christian Jonathan Haverkampf" on your local Amazon website or at your local book dealer. Suggestions for further explorations in communication: www.chrishaverkampf.comwww.ivy-experts.com and www.communicationweb.co. You may also want to take a look at the following sites: www.chrishaverkampf.de (deutsch), www.chrishaverkampfcoaching.comwww.chrishaverkampfcoaching.de (deutsch), www.selfhelpnet.cowww.wordfields.com (adventures), and www.wordnets.com (success stories).
© 2013 Christian Jonathan Haverkampf. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction and/or dissemination prohibited. Please note that no professional advice of any sort can be given in this blog. Always consult a professional if the situation and/or the risks warrant it. Thank you for your interest in my work. This means very much to me. Trademarks belong to their respective owners. If this article is marked as a work of fiction all references to persons, living or deceased, or organizations, including former ones, are coincidental. I know that this is reiterating the obvious, but thanks for bearing with me.

Learning

Success means achieving a desirable outcome, and reflecting on the outcome one actually achieves is where learning begins. We all spend our life experimenting ... and fail more often than not, which includes those who achieve breathtaking successes. Without making mistakes there is no learning and no reassurance that one's eventual path is the right one. One has to have failed to succeed. Thomas Edison failed so often in his attempts to put together the first light bulb that there hardly seemed any possible way left, besides the one that actually did work! And so he entered the history books as the inventor of the incandescent electrical light bulb which has been used ever since all over the world.

Success means that you have learned from the situations where you did not attain a positive outcome. The reason why some learn more from their experiences than others is because they think more about relationships between their actions and the eventual outcomes. The greatest success stories we know of are about people who learned about the effect their actions had in the world. When you become aware of the great effect little things can have and how, in a domino effect, things can lead to each other you begin to appreciate the power you actually have in the world.

Successful people often have a habit, or even an obsession, in analyzing how their actions are linked to the outcomes of their actions. Sam Walton was one such individual who painstakingly tried out in his first stores almost everything he saw in other stores, and frequently also tried out his own 'crazy' ideas to see if they worked. He mentioned again and again that he enjoyed this immensely. Thomas Edison with his more than 1,000 (or even 10,000) attempts to invent the light bulb eventually learned how not to build a light bulb, which eventually led him to how to build a light bulb. Edison quite clearly showed that the road itself should be fun and you should feel passionate about where you are headed, then you are actually likely to be successful.

Writers also must appreciate the effect they have on their readers to become better and more successful writers who can bring about a change in their readers. This requires to write, try things out, and learning from the reaction you have on your readers. The more you are interested in your readers, and the more you think about giving them a unique new experience and insight, the better you will become as a writer.

We all are unique and have our unique preferences and passions. Usually we set out on our road of life without knowing or understanding them yet, but if one is open and determined they will reveal themselves in due time. I have discussed in other articles how to find them, which also involves reflecting on one's past and finding out what was fun and enjoyable, or what one felt about strongly. A depression or other conditions often make this exceedingly difficult and should be taken care of first before setting out on the journey, or as an early combination with it. Mood conditions usually make decisions and self-reflection more difficult, but can nowadays be treated quite effectively. Anyhow, thinking about the things we feel good about is something people should do more often, because underneath are the passions, the strengths and talents, the things that add meaning to life.

People often do not learn from their experiences when they cannot correctly assess the outcome. Some see it worse than it is and some better. Important is to see how the outcomes can all fit into a picture and get you closer to your goals. Outcome analysis is something which has to be learnt over time, but the best way to get there is becoming an expert in a field and finding out what additional knowledge, insights and skills you need to be successful in this area. Many underrate the importance of practically useful expert knowledge. The reason why all successful people in history had their breakthroughs is because they were experts in something. It may be that Steven Spielberg's camping out at Universal studios allowed him to make the necessary contacts, but if these contacts had not seen the very talented young man with great promise standing before them this would not have helped him much. Learning is indeed much underrated, because many people do not know the enormous benefit they can get out of it.

Interesting books on communication by this and other authors: astore.amazon.co.uk/chrihaveltd-21 or search for "Christian Jonathan Haverkampf" on your local Amazon website or at your local book dealer. Suggestions for further explorations in communication: www.chrishaverkampf.com (coaching), www.ivy-experts.com (consulting) and www.communicationweb.coYou may also want to take a look at the following sites:  www.selfhelpnet.cowww.wordfields.com (adventures), www.wordnets.com (success stories), burnout.beatstress.org/www.ivyexpertsconsulting.comwww.chrishaverkampfcoaching.comwww.chrishaverkampf.de and www.chrishaverkampfcoaching.de (deutsch).
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Reflection

Reflecting on things is something that can make you more successful. In today's world not enough people really think through what they do, where they are, where they have been, and where they want to go. The emotions are one important piece of information, but much of this information needs to be processed further by our rational thinking. There are trends under many different names which really mean the same thing, calmly reflecting on achieved outcomes and the conditions in which they were achieved. It is not only that you learn how to constantly improve on the way you do things, but a reflective attitude to events and relationships in the world also means that you will be able to stay calmer and better listen in to your thoughts and feelings, especially in difficult times or when decisions have to be reached in complex situations.

Thinking is still an important corner stone in the world, taking in reality, processing it, and acting to change this reality. Emotions and other sources of information are important, but they are important for the decisions they lead to when combined with the other sources of information. Thomas Watson Sr., the founder of IBM made Think! the motto of a company that for many years was the undisputed leader in computer technology and facilitated the astronomic flight of the personal computer industry and the emergence of many new companies possible. But then the company became locked in into its ways of doing things and lost its edge to the more free thinking start-ups in the 1980s and 1990s, before turning around and focusing once again on its historic domain of high-value larger-scale computing. It was as if in the end IBM reflected again on what it does best. Thinking turns usually turns out quite useless if you cannot make yourself a part of it. Thinking is the act, reflection the art of actually getting somewhere with it.

We live in a world where we have to think, what we tend to forget when we are flooded with so many theories about non-rational information sources. But the trick is to see thoughts, emotions and everything else as information sources, which help us understand and act in our world. To put all theses sources together require the ability to reflect.

Interesting books on communication by this and other authors: astore.amazon.co.uk/chrihaveltd-21 or search for "Christian Jonathan Haverkampf" on your local Amazon website or at your local book dealer. Suggestions for further explorations in communication: www.chrishaverkampf.com (coaching), www.ivy-experts.com (consulting) and www.communicationweb.coYou may also want to take a look at the following sites:  www.selfhelpnet.cowww.wordfields.com (adventures), www.wordnets.com (success stories), burnout.beatstress.org/www.ivyexpertsconsulting.comwww.chrishaverkampfcoaching.comwww.chrishaverkampf.de and www.chrishaverkampfcoaching.de (deutsch).
© 2013 Christian Jonathan Haverkampf. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction and/or dissemination prohibited. Please note that no professional advice of any sort can be given in this blog. Always consult a professional if the situation and/or the risks warrant it. Thank you for your interest in my work. This means very much to me. Trademarks belong to their respective owners. If this article is marked as a work of fiction all references to persons, living or deceased, or organizations, including former ones, are coincidental. I know that this is reiterating the obvious, but thanks for bearing with me.