Heidi Grant Halvorson wrote an article, then a book, about the 9 best strategies for success that have been proven across the board. Here they are, in her words:
- Have Grit — Persistence over the long haul is key
- Know Exactly How Far You Have Left to Go — Monitor your progress
- Get Specific — Have a crystal-clear idea of exactly what success will look like
- Seize the Moment to Act on Your Goals — Know in advance what you will do, and when and where you will do it
- Focus on What You Will Do, Not What You Won’t Do — Instead of focusing on bad habits, it’s more effective to replace them with better ones.
- Build your Willpower Muscle — If you don’t have enough willpower, you can get more using it.
- Focus on Getting Better, Rather than Being Good — Think about your goals as opportunities to improve, rather than to prove yourself
- Be a Realistic Optimist — Visualize how you will make success happen by overcoming obstacles
- Don’t Tempt Fate — No one has willpower all the time, so don’t push your luck
Now, some of these may sound like common sense, but how many of them do you actually use? Willpower and grit may seem like no-brainers, but not many people actually monitor their success or seize the moment. This is the kind of thing that needs to be taught in high school and college. Algebra is fine (not really, its pointless) but knowing exactly how to reach a goal is what kids truly need to be learning.
One of my professors recently told me to never do you’re told. Do more than that. Go above and beyond the call of duty, especially now when I’m trying to prove to people how much I’m capable of. Like I said, this may sound obvious, but too many college kids miss out on opportunities because advice like this isn’t given.
In an article I recently read, Eliza Kern stated that most 20-somethings nowadays are reluctant to pay for things online, such as Netflix and online newspapers. This is because they can get the content through friends’ and parents’ subscriptions. The more I thought about this, the more I realized it was true. There are quite a few people that use my Netflix account and everyone in my family uses the same Hulu Plus account. My mother cancelled our DirecTV because we watch everything online. And not many of my friends pay for online newspapers because we can find the same content for free elsewhere.
So, what does that mean for the future? When my generation becomes real adults, will our online habits change the internet? I know that business have to make money, therefore things will have to be bought and paid for, but what else will change?
College students, and college-aged kids, don’t like paying for things because we’re mostly poor. However, once we get jobs and start our careers and get to the point where we CAN pay for things, will we want to? I doubt it. We may pay for the things we want, but if we don’t feel the need then it probably won’t happen.
And what about the next generation? The one that’s never waited for dial-up, heard the phrase “You’ve got mail” in person, or had the satisfying experience of slamming the land line down in anger. These kids have been surrounded by smart phones and wireless internet since day one. Will they want to pay for anything? Probably not. This leads me to wonder what’s going to happen in the next 20-40 years.
You wouldn’t think that Amazon.com has anything to do with advertising. They just sell stuff at awesome prices, right? This may be true, but that’s not the only way they make their money. Amazon has the best the technology when it comes to linking ads to the right customers. Facebook and Google do the same thing, but Amazon does it better. The track what you look at, what you rate and what you buy, and then they tailor the ads you see to fit what you enjoy. That may sound a little stalkerish, but if I’m going to be forced to look at ads the whole time, I’d like for them to be about things I’m interested in and like.
Although Amazon doesn’t really talk about it, they have the ability to change the face of advertising. But no one likes a bragger.
Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon. And for the rest of your life. It’s happening, folks. The cellular world is going Wi-Fi. The brain behind the master plan, David Morken, was a family man with a large phone bill. Surely there must be a better way? It’s a work in progress and it’s called Republic Wireless. This bad boy allows your phone calls and texts to be transmitted through Wi-Fi, and if on the off chance you’re under a rock and no longer have access to technology’s sweet ambrosia, then the service will switch to a Sprint network. All this for *drum roll please* $19 a month.
Now, having gotten your hopes up, let’s be clear: work in progress. Right now the service is only available on one phone with a small screen and the calls drop. However, Morken has a diabolical plan that will rock the cellular world to its core.
Change is coming, ladies and gents. Change is coming.
Since Hollywood has been stepping into the tech world, most people can link the name Mark Zuckerberg with Facebook and Steve Jobs with Apple. However, have you ever stopped to wonder who was responsible for Twitter? In case you were wondering, you can thank Jack Dorsey. A quiet kid who was happier sitting alone in his room with his police scanner, maps and trains, Dorsey was never an outgoing guy. He taught himself how to create computer programs and he combined this hobby with his admiration for the short bursts of coded conversation that he heard on his scanner. Here was the birth of Twitter.
After being forced out of his own company, Dorsey brainstormed with a friend and developed the idea of the Square. A small white box that plugs into your smartphone or iPad, allowing small businesses and artists to sell their products wherever they are. In today’s society of instant gratification, this is genius.
After falling in love with NYC, Dorsey wants to live there at some point and possibly run for mayor. For someone who isn’t big on face-to-face conversation, his communication skills would definitely need a little polishing. Although, isn’t it almost time for a virtual leader?
17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio is in the process of changing mobile technology. His app, Summly, is used to summarize articles found on the internet into small paragraphs that can be read on your cell phone. This is great for people who don’t necessarily want to read the whole article, or who want to know more than just the headline before clicking on the link.
London native Nick was not expecting this much attention, but he was hoping for it. Having sent a ridiculous amount of emails to tech journalists, Nick was determined to share his project with the world. After finally catching the attention of a Hong Kong billionaire, Nick was saddled with more than he bargained for. Now, he’s a full-time employee for Yahoo while still trying to graduate high school. Yahoo bought his technology for $30 million, which Nick plans on saving for future projects.
This kid’s persistence and passion are to be admired. He was rejected on countless occasions and still he pushed on because he believed in what he was doing. Not many 17-year-olds have that kind of determination. Although, if they knew that $30 million was waiting at the end of race, they might find the motivation.
Honestly, no one knows for sure whether or not their pursuits will pay off. The trick is to keep trying and hope for the best. Like Nick.
What 20-something thinks about insurance? Not many. After being bombarded with credit cards, school loans, college expenses and struggling to find a new career, most young people don’t even consider medical insurance unless they’re on their parents’ plan. HCC Medical Insurance knew that this was the target audience they wanted, but how could they possibly appeal to that age group? Simple. They called to our sense of adventure.
HCC knew that regular medical insurance wasn’t something that would interest a 23-year-old. So, using the fact that they sell travel insurance, HCC focused on the desire for adventure. Backpacking through foreign countries, skiing, snowboarding, strange food…all of these things invite injury and/or sickness. Unless the kid is rich, he or she is gonna need some insurance so they don’t end up working as a maid/stable boy for the next 3 years to pay off a medical bill.
Using social media in its campaign, HCC incorporated videos, graphics and articles about things that young people would to travel safely, like what to pack and how to make sure you’re ready. The results were staggering, giving the company a 96% sales increase.
Most people like to see Facebook and Twitter as a way to keep in touch with friends and share your life with others. However, more and more businesses are realizing that social media is the key to really connecting with their customers. This is the direct link between opinions and actions. People like being listened to, and this is way of allowing that to happen. Social media is definitely a key player in the future of the business world.