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Systematic Theory of Success

So what makes a person successful? What is it about that person that makes you sure that they are able to achieve what they are talking about? What factors define a successful person?

Having thought and read about it since childhood here are a number of factors that I think important and how they relate to each other in a systems approach. Of course how these factors are put together and practised is the most significant step towards success and this is taught my people in different ways. However, for now this is a stab at a systematic theory of success.

There are four kinds or groups of factors that have similar roles – Potential, Kinetic, Control or Physical. Within each of these we have the following factors:

POTENTIAL

Purpose

Direction

Belief

KINETIC

Energy

Power

Momentum

CONTROL

Positive Association

Flexibility

Stability

PHYSICAL

Expression

History

Knowledge

Potential factors are the kind of factors that define what is there already within the person. Not in the sense that they cannot be changed, because indeed they all can easily, but they are factors that exist without any more effort. They could be innate within a person or a natural part of a person’s mind or learned. They consist of the purpose that a person holds, the direction they are faced in approaching their purpose and powered by the belief they can achieve it.

Kinetic factors are the dynamic and active ones, the kind that are shown in the effort produced by the person. They consist of the energy that the person has physically, the power that motivation and desire gives them and the momentum controlling how effectively they are achieving their objectives.

Control factors provide how the person takes control and steers themselves though changes in the environment. They allow the changes from kinetic factors acted upon by a person to fit their potential factors and not destroy them. This manages the use of their intelligence to filter and control the interaction between their conscious and subconscious minds. The first factor is positive association, which is a large portion of what positive thinking or having a positive mind-set is focused on. The others are flexibility, the ability to grow and meet the new demands and stability, the control of emotions such as fear.

Physical factors are the interface between the person and the universe, or specifically the environment in which they exist so that the resources available to them enable them to physically achieve their purpose in reality. They consist of expression, the outward visible characteristics shown, history, the changes made over time and knowledge, the person’s self-awareness and awareness of information around them.

Thinking about the interaction between all these factors is useful and helps to underline how important and real this whole process is.

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New Beginnings Through Writing

I am asked quite frequently, “what is so good about being an author”. My answer is really simple; I have acquired a lot of knowledge from the many years of discovering the reason why things happen and now I wish to share this with others.
I did not have a formal education since I went to a stage school in London. Most of the time we trained in the different aspects of stage and television work. The mornings were for classical education, as in English, History, Maths and Geography and such like. This had to be studied as it was a requirement of the land at the time. The afternoons were dedicated to the arts, therefore at times I am quite astounded that I now produce manuscripts that are turned into saleable books.
I have all my life been blessed with a vivid imagination and it is due to this blessing that I now find myself sitting at a computer bringing forth stories that are both fictional and ‘factional’ that are produced to help the reader enjoy their life far more perhaps they did before they stumbled upon my writings. I never thought that I would write books. It truly ‘just happened’ one day that I started to write a book. This was seven years ago and it is only now, today, that I can actually dedicate a certain amount of my daily life to the computer and to the words that flow from my mind.
There are many things that can go slightly array with writing a book or books. Maybe the subject is too bizarre or perhaps too complicated filled with recorded information or applications that are hard to source. Believing that you have ‘what it takes’ to be a published author is another stumbling block, and that is what most would be authors have a problem with, beginning. Perseverance is essential and I would advise all who read this article to believe that they can and just go for it.
It is imperative to focus on your manuscript, to accept that it is a creation and is worthy of birth, this is such a help to the mind that is troubled by not being accepted. It really does not matter if your creation is accepted or not, it matters that you believe that you can create a story, a journey of words that will entice the reader to want more of what is written.
When you have brought your words to life and it is available for the public, whether by your own design (self publishing), or through known publishers, you then must make it available to the world through numerous different avenues.
We are lucky these days for there is the instant connecting tool of the internet and all the different applications available to the many users of the webpage.
I use a website and then the open friendship sites that connect us all together. We have to make use of the modern technology as we do the old fashioned route of telling everyone that our work is available. I direct all that I meet to my website. Let the world know that you have ‘given birth’ to a new creation, so that they also can rejoice in what you have brought forth from the depths of your being, that which I call the inner fountain of knowledge.

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Universal Truths Are the Only Truths

It never ceases to amaze me how many people believe something that is totally untrue and makes no sense whatsoever, they go online to find verification of what they believe, they find it and then think it is the gospel truth.
Just because you believe something doesn’t make it true. You can find something on the internet to backup anything you believe, that doesn’t make it true, you are only parroting what someone else believes. They just happen to believe what you think to be true. That doesn’t prove anything except for the fact that two or more people believe the same thing, regardless of it being true or not.
Truth is elusive and hard to find, there are so many illusions out there. How can we ever determine what is true and what isn’t? If we can’t find the truth on the internet, where can we find it?
The only truths are Universal Truths or the Laws of Nature or Nature’s God. They are the truths that have survived the test of time. They are the laws that state if one does a certain action, you will get a certain result, such as gravity, or if you overspend as a person or country you will suffer the consequences.
These laws cannot be changed by congress or the supreme court. They are unchangeable, regardless if you believe them or not. If you disobey the laws, you will be punished, no if’s and’s or but’s.
These are the laws handed down by God, and preserved through the ages by many of the so-called “secret” societies. These are the laws that are given in the bible as well as many other religious and spiritual writings.
There is nothing mystical or secret about them. The only reason they are secret is because so many people are never exposed to them or if they are, they ignore them and think the laws don’t apply to them. Boy are they in for a surprise!
The sad part about it, one doesn’t even need to go looking for them, they are buried deep inside each and everyone of are the God Within, or our conscience. All we need to do is look within and they will be revealed to us.
How simple is that? Just park your ego at the door and go with what deep down inside you know to be true. Follow that simple rule and you will never go wrong.

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Have You Had an Idea Today?

Ideas! Do they just pop out of the blue or can you deliberately enhance your ability to have them?

Would you be surprised to learn that many people never consciously consider their “thought process” and howA� to deliberately create ideas? On the other hand most of us have experienced and easily relate to problem solving and brain storming techniques. Almost always, thought generation occurs in a formal way to address problems that require immediate solutions. It’s also almost always done “officially” (arranged by the organization and sanctioned by senior leadership) and in groups or teams.

Solving problems is absolutely necessary. In fact most companies and organizations probably spend the majority of their time and resources in whatA� I call “reaction thinking” or in other words, responding to calamity in their environment. I’m all for solving day to day – or probably in your world, “minute to minute” problems. Surly most of them are crucial for your organization’s immediate survival. Otherwise you wouldn’t be spending most of your time trying to solve them? Right? At least it appears that way as we struggle with each disaster that comes across our desk.

Often the difference between success and failure is directly related to our ability to shift from reactionary problem solving to forward looking and exponential ideas that lead to innovation.A� What process, method or plan do you use to consciously create ideas that result in innovation? Don’t use any now?, then read on – 🙂

Innovation doesn’t just happen. It’s deliberate, meticulous and calculated. Successful organizations instill in their team members a desire for constant idea generation. Not only do they generate ideas, but they have a culture where new ideas are acted upon. A right culture is harder to describe than a wrong culture. Your culture is wrong if you hear; “Been there , tried that – it didn’t work!” or “we have a policy that doesn’t allow that!” or even more insidious, “we’ll have to have that approved by THE steering committee.” – that last one is the kiss of death for an innovative oriented culture.

Here is one example to demonstrate the power of ideas. Remember 3M and Post-it notes? A company totally focused on making the strongest glues in the world comes up with an idea to use a glue that failed every one of their tests and the result? – Post-it notes were created! The concept is spectacular, but the real story is in their culture and their research or “idea” investments.

So lets get down to brass tacks. You need to personally contribute to your organization no matter what goes on in it’s current culture. Change always begins with ourselves. If you don’t have a regular idea system or use one already, then you need to start now! Here are some helpful hints to get you on the innovation/idea express train:

Schedule regular “idea”A� events in your appointment calendar for yourself.A� They could be daily – 10 minutes is all it takes or weekly for say 30 minutes.

Don’t let other distractions interfere with your idea time.

Dedicate a journal, file or paper pad for your idea’s list – keep in on or near your desk

Keep a paper pad and pen next to you bed – for those eureka moments. Your unconscious mind is your greatest innovation tool. Waking up and writing down an idea immediately saves those thoughts. (most of us forget our brilliant moments if we wait until morning)

Most of us think in terms of solutions to problems or challenges, start your thinking process list with your top 5 challenges you have today.

Consider everything, especially problems you’ve already dealt with as an opportunity.

Give your thought process form –

Write down your opportunity

Write down below it, the why, the what, the how, when etc.

Write down solutions, no matter how bizarre you think they are.

Keep your idea records

Always review your past ideas for a few minutes at the start of your idea session.

Never exclude a challenge or idea because you’ve thought about it before. Remember, Edison thought of 3000 ways of making a light bulb that failed before he found a way that worked.

Here’s an example to help you gain skill in deliberate ideas.

The What: I want my chickens to get across the road –

currently 9 out of 10 get run over before they get to the other side

fast cars and heavy traffic contribute to the problem

the chickens have short legs and run slow.

Drivers don’t see them

Why do chickens have to get to the other side of the road?:

More feed across the road

Chickens have eaten all the food on the current side they’re on – now starving

I like the eggs they produce and want more

Ideas:

Dress chickens in orange traffic vests

Buy running shoes for chickens

Hire traffic flaggers

Install traffic lights

Install chicken crossing signs

Roast all current chickens and buy eggs from supper market

OK we’re having a bit of fun here with chickens, but it demonstrates how you can implement a regular personal thinking strategy that will lead to innovative ideas for you. Give it a try today. Come back and tell us how your idea strategy works for you!

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Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management

Basically, Knowledge Management (KM) describes how processes participants (particularly decision processes) utilize all resources (particularly information resources) to achieve their goals with precision, accuracy, on time and on budget inside every organization. In order to reach this objective, Knowledge Management comprises Information Systems for capture and shows participants or users best expertise, Human Resources Administration for selecting, take and learn their best talents and expertise in their knowledge areas, documented and undocumented procedures with business rules for standardize organization’s activities and Finance for quantifying their talent and expertise value, performance and importance for the organization.
From this point of view, Knowledge Management is focused in how every key employee of an organization executes her key activities timely, without errors, following business rules (or not), how this business rules are efficient and effective (or not) and how this employee make decisions: which information pieces support this decisions and how this information pieces can configure some behaviors (or not).
Additionally from this perspective, Business Intelligence is a tool, a resource to be used for participants to make decisions. BI describes how organization is making business and how much focused is organization about achieving its goals.
Business Intelligence is about organization’s performance, Knowledge Management is about organization’s behavior in order to obtain the best way to make best business activities (particularly decisions). Here is the key about these two definitions. Other way to understand these definitions, differences and relationships is: BI describes the performance of organization’s activities and KM describes the organization’s components activities that produce the obtained performance. BI captures and tries to improve business results, KM captures and tries to improve organization processes and activities.
Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management together are capable to dramatically improve overall performance of any organization, but it is necessary to understand, plan and apply every implementation carefully. All BI and KM implementations must be fully supported by all organization’s stakeholders and executive levels. With their full commitment, these tools can boost all organization’s personnel productivity and, of course, profitability.