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10 Stupid Mistakes Smart People Make

IQ only gets you so far. The rest of success is avoiding missteps (see below) and then simply showing up and starting.

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Being smart doesn’t stop you from making stupid mistakes, mistakes that can bring your business to its knees.

In this article, I will describe 10 mistakes that smart people need to learn to avoid if they want to be more successful.

1Spend too much time thinking and not enough doing

smart-business-man-mistakesPlanning and preparation are important ingredients in achieving success, but the most important of all is action. You cannot think your way to success no matter how smart you are. At some point, you need to roll your sleeves up and make it happen.

2Wait to be promoted before doing the next level job

If you want to be a leader, then you need to start leading. Leadership isn’t a title or a position; it’s about action, influence and the ability to drive results.

Throughout my career, I have seen people wait to be offered a leadership position before they start to lead. But that’s like waiting to be picked for a football team before you learn to be good at football. More often than not it’s not going to happen. Lead first and then the position will come.

Related: 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Building A Website For Your Business

3Overcomplicate things

We have a natural tendency to overcomplicate things, and the smarter people are, the worse this affliction seems to be. It’s almost as if they need to create complex solutions to prove how smart they truly are. But as Tony Robbins says “Complexity is the enemy of execution,” and if we hamper our ability to execute, then we limit the results we can achieve.

4Under-rate the amount of effort

Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. The problem is, usually the perspiration needs to come first, not the other way round. It’s only by diving in and working hard that we can see a smarter way of doing things is necessary. Remember, it is necessity that is the mother of invention.

Related: Common Franchisor Mistakes… And How To Avoid Them

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5Fail to communicate clearly

When we communicate, it’s the responsibility of the person sending the message to make sure that it’s received and understood. We need to explain things clearly and simply. When people can understand, then they can implement.

Too often it’s left to the party receiving the message to figure out what was being said, and what needs to be done. Just because we’re smart enough to know what we’ve said doesn’t mean that the person receiving the message fully understood it. And when smart people get this one wrong, it can result in failure for both.

6Give up in the face of failure

I have written in the past about the importance of attitude over aptitude. Without the right attitude we give up too quickly; we accept failure as final. To succeed you need to develop an attitude of commitment to go with your aptitude, and then you will be unstoppable. Failure is inevitable: It’s how we deal with it that determines how successful we will be.

7Fail To Delegate

“It would be quicker if I just did it myself” is a phrase you often hear from those who either struggle to delegate or who don’t like to delegate. But when you refuse to delegate work you limit your team’s achievements to what you can achieve yourself. When you delegate, it allows you to increase results significantly. Also, if you cannot delegate you become indispensable at your current level, which might sound like a good thing, but it could actually stop you from being promoted.

8Reject feedback

To improve performance, we need to get feedback. It allows us to know what went well and what needs to be worked on. Without feedback, we can develop bad habits that reduce both our effectiveness and efficiency. Don’t be the person who, just because they’re smart, thinks they know it all. We can all do better, and to improve we need feedback.

Related: The 5 Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

9Wait until they feel 100% ready before taking a chance

Perfect is the enemy of good enough, and if we wait until everything is perfect, then we will never achieve anything. Yes, we can always do a little bit more preparation, but one of the keys to success is starting.

Great opportunities don’t come along every day, and if we wait until we feel we are ready we can miss them.

10Underestimate the value of the not so smart

Just because someone lacks particular educational qualifications doesn’t mean that their input should not be sought out, or ignored when offered. In many cases, experience is a much more valuable commodity than intelligence. It’s great to learn from our mistakes, but it’s much smarter to learn from those of others, so we can save time and money by avoiding making them ourselves.

This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

Gordon Tredgold is a former business and IT transformation expert who has successfully delivered $100m programs, run $300m departments and led teams of 1000 staff for Fortune 100 companies. Now he is an International speaker, published author, executive and business coach. His mission is to help people become better leaders who deliver amazing results. Join him at www.gordontredgolf.com.

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How You Can Make Failing Part Of Your Growth Strategy

Here’s how you can make failing forward part of your growth strategy.

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The concept of ‘fail forward’ basically means that it’s okay to fail as long as you learn from your mistakes. Once you shift your mindset regarding failure, it becomes an asset to your growth. What’s not to like about learning?

Here’s how you can make failing forward part of your growth strategy.

1. Take risks

If it’s okay to fail as long as you learn from it, then it’s okay to embrace the idea of taking more risks. Try new things and see if they’ll work. If they don’t, then at least you’ve tried and learnt.

Related: Flourishing Through Failure And Finding Fortune

2. Learn constantly

Failing and learning shouldn’t be one-offs or isolated incidents. They should weave together in a constant stream of learning that builds and rewards as we move forward. That way, we can improve and eventually succeed more often than we fail.

3. Search and reapply

Learn from each other’s mistakes. Marketing is a spectator sport — you can learn from watching each other’s brand activities — both the wins and losses.

4. Accept failure

This one is the hardest step. It’s not easy to fail. It’s not something we’re taught to do. It distracts us from our mission and it takes time away from being successful. Or does it? If you start failing forward daily, not only for yourself, but for your teams as well, you will create an environment where failing forward is accepted and embraced as part of a learning culture that seeks continuous improvement. That improvement includes actively learning from your individual and collective mistakes.

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Listening To These 8 Audiobooks On Success Is A Better Use Of Your Long Commute

Commuting is mostly just unpaid work, unless you make an effort to learn something along the way.

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Commutes are getting longer, and in some cities they’re up to two hours each way. I have a friend in Los Angeles who does this. He passes the time with audiobooks. Now that’s still a lot of time to be stuck in transit, but he doesn’t view it that way. He says it allows him plenty of time to feed his personal and professional goals.

I’ve spent years listening to literature in the car while commuting, but somewhere along the line I switched over to books on business and personal improvement. I mostly gravitated toward amazing people who built their success from scratch and who experienced tremendous hardship. It stands to reason that if you’re dealing with hardships like a long commute, it’s important to hear motivational words that can help you transcend the difficulties.

Here are eight audiobooks that will help grow your success, both personal and professional, on your next commute:

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3 Questions To Guide You To Success In 2018

Most of the goals we set have some external component to it. Some component that we cannot control. Yet, we act like we can.

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Goal setting as a concept makes perfect sense. At the most basic level you decide on the destination and then plot the way to get there. But as with many things, we like to overcomplicate that which should be simple.

Before you know it, you end up with 2 big goals in 15 different areas of your life and 100 micro goals that will help you reach your 30 big goals.

Complicating something simple. Some of the biggest obstacles to people in reaching their goals are:

  • The overestimate the effort it will take to achieve those goals
  • They want to go from 0-100km/h in the blink of an eye
  • Life is dynamic and static goals often do not make sense
  • They get so entrenched in the day to day running of things that goals get pushed aside.

What if instead of goals, we just focused on giving our best every day?

Of course, you still want to have an indication of where you are going.

But, if you are giving your 100% every day then you can forego the micro goals for a better way of calibrating your compass… using questions.

Related: Goal Setting Guide

I suggest you ask yourself these three questions regularly:

1. What does better look like?

The question at the heart of development and incremental improvement. This question allows you some creative space in which you can imagine a better future.

  • What does better health look like?
  • What does a better business look like?
  • What does better customer service look like?
  • What does better leadership look like?

By reflecting on this question, you materialise the gap between where you are and where you could be. Now, the only thing that is left is to align your daily actions with the better future you imagined.

2. What can I control?

Borrowed from Stoicism this question highlights the power of decision in your life. Epictetus said we should always be asking ourselves: “Is this something that is, or is not, in my control?”

Once you ask this of yourself regularly you will feel more in control of your life and more in control of your business.

Why?

Because your focus is solely on the things that you can influence. It restores the belief that you can actually impact the world around you in a meaningful way.

3. Was I impeccable with my actions today?

One inherent flaw with goal setting is that the goal setter often feels judged. As if we need more of that. In addition to the constant negative self-talk we have to endure we now have an additional source of judgement – whether we reached our goals or not.

As we discovered in question #2 We cannot control everything. Most of the goals we set have some external component to it. Some component that we cannot control. Yet, we act like we can.

So, instead of judging yourself, commit to giving your best every single day.

Related: The Tim Ferriss Approach to Setting Goals: Rig the Game so You Win


Accountability

What I love most about these questions is that they provide a built-in layer of accountability. Use them every day.

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