Do You Want To Be Successful?

Do you want to be successful? If so, get rid of these common 10 lies from your mind!

 

There are so many people who aspire to be entrepreneurs, but are too afraid to take the plunge because they have preconceived notions about what it takes. Some concerns are valid because people are scared of the financial risk, or they have a steady career and worry about the cost of moving into entrepreneurship. But, there are no challenges in life that are insurmountable and no barriers to success which can’t be over come. If you want to be successful, choose to remove the next 10 points from your mindset.

 

1. Successful people are inherently “different” from me.

The only reason that someone would have to think this is because they probably haven’t done their research on the backgrounds of some of the worlds most successful entrepreneurs. Most of these people are similar to you and I and many of them have experienced adversity at a level well beyond what most people could even begin to imagine. Almost every entrepreneur has failed numerous times, but they have chosen to not let their failure define them. 

2. Successful people are more intelligent than me.

There are geniuses out there, but their intellect is focused on one particular area and they tend to be exceptions to the rule. knowledge, common sense, skills, and experience are what make 99% of entrepreneurs successful. Why would you downgrade your worth by comparing yourself to someone outside of your area of expertise?

3. Successful people have more talent for business than I do.

Many successful people can’t even balance a checkbook, but they are smart enough to surround themselves with people who can. Did you know that some of the Presidents that are considered the “best” in US history were actually inexperienced in politics? These people know how to surround themselves with brilliant Cabinet members. If you have access to a good manager and accountant, your lack of business skills doesn’t mean that much. Over time, you’ll learn.

4. Successful people have more education than I have.

There is a list of 55 Dropout Billionaires. If it was true that all successful people have more education than the average person, then that list would simply not exist! People like Richard Branson, Giorgio Armani, and Jenny Craig would be serving you burgers and fries instead of being the big names that you actually know. Life experience, common sense, and a good business concept will trump formal education any day of the week.

5. Successful people have never failed like me.

The fact is that successful people fail more than anyone because they’re always willing to try and never quit. Sylvester Stallone was homeless and cleaning cages at a NYC zoo when he wrote his script for Rocky. Walt Disney was in his second bankruptcy when Snow White became big and got him out of that. Failure is nothing more than a temporary set back that provides a wealth of learning and experience. 

6. Successful people have more of a winning personality than me.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are extreme introverts who have overcome their shyness. Also, Steve Jobs didn’t believe in bathing. Only someone with the lowest of self-esteem allows this lie to be true within their lives. Many of the successful people you read about have quirks that would get them banned from local places. If you can smile and be pleasant with people, your personality is good enough! 🙂

7. Successful people are willing to take more risks than I am.

To be an entrepreneur does take some degree of risk, but that risk involves believing in yourself. Most successful people are not reckless and mitigate their risk exposure with a vast amount of research before launching any project. Risk happens everyday in our lives and we have to deal with it. There’s no reason to develop an aversion to risk when it comes to your own ability to achieve success.

8. Successful people started with more money than I have.

Having unlimited capital will make your business start up easier, but not having it doesn’t stand in your way of launching a successful enterprise. If you hae a roof over your head, food on the table, and gas for your vehicle, you’re way ahead of the many who began their careers homeless. John Paul Dejoria, the billionaire who co-founded Paul Mitchell Hair Care Products, started his company with $700 and an infinite amount of determination. Lack of money is never a good excuse.

9. I’m a woman, and men have a better shot at success than I do.

This might be true in some big corporate settings, but not for entrepreneurship. Sara Blakely, the creator of Spanx, Debbie Fields, the creator of Mrs. Fields Bakeries, and Marian Ilitch, the creator of Little Caesars Pizza, are all successful female entrepreneurs who started their careers with nothing but a dream and a mission. 

10. Successful people care more about money than I do.

Love it or hate it, the world is fueled by money. We need it, that’s why we work. However, entrepreneurs are motivated by much more than money. They are passionate about what they do and they love it. They have the flexibility and independence of being in charge of their own futures. They’re driven by the dream of making a difference in the lives of others. After all is said and done, the money they earn is just a nice bonus.

 

In conclusion, there are no worse lies in life than the ones we tell ourselves. If your initial assumptions about a fact are incorrect, everything else that follows will be wrong as well. Self-deception is the worst barrier to personal success imaginable. For every 100 excuses you can offer as to why you cannot succeed; only one reason is required to convince yourself that anything is possible. Every day, people with less capability and more disadvantages than you have made the transition to a successful and independent life. Seize the moment to act!

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Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: The Secrets to Success!

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. knows that the biggest question that people have is how to find success. So, we reviewed this article from Forbes about the secrets to finding it! Most of the gals that people set in life are centered around finding success in their personal lives as well as their business lives. These two things tend to depend upon each other.   Personal success supports and reinforces professional success. Professional success reinforces personal success. Together, they reinforce life’s most important pursuit – happiness. So how do we find it?

 

1. The Law of Attraction

The secret to success is positive thoughts. Your thoughts are a magnet that brings things your way and helps you to identify and externalize your inner strengths and capabilities. Put good things in your mind and they will happen!

 

2. The Element

Find out what you excel in. That’s where you have to position yourself. You need to find your own “element,” your passion. The right occupation that matches your inner strengths and capabilities will help you bring out the best in yourself.

 

3. Learn how to fail

You have to be willing to try, fail, try again, fail again, and still get back up. Understand that luck will play a part in your success, being in the right place at the right time can make a world of difference. “There is plenty of luck to go around; you just need to keep your head raised until it’s your turn,” says Scott Adams. “If you drill down to any success story, you always discover that luck was a huge part of it. You cannot control luck, but you can move from a game with bad odds to one with better odds. You can make it easier for luck to find you. The most useful thing you can do is stay in the game. If your current get-rich project fails, take what you learned and try something else. Keep repeating until something lucky happens.”

 

4. Law of Large Numbers

This states that you give yourself enough times to take advantage of success. Give yourself enough opportunity with equal chance for each possible outcome to occur. Your turn to succeed won’t work unless you can execute and stay away from harmful behavior that destroys your progress.

 

5. Get your priorities right

Use your resources wisely, stay focused, and develop the right relationships. Don’t be greedy and don’t be complacent. 

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: 12 Things You Should Look For in a Job Other than a Paycheck!

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. believes that there is more to finding success in the work place than just how much money you make. Of course, being in a position that rewards you financially is beneficial to your life, but at what cost should you sacrifice your happiness for your paycheck? So, we decided to review this interesting article by Joshua Becker about what to look for in a job!

“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you’ll have more success than you could have possibly imagined.” – Roger Caras

To help you get motivated to wake up and go to work every day, consider these 12 factors in finding your dream job other than what you’ll take home in your paycheck.

1. Choose a job that adds value. Does it make a positive difference in some way? By doing your job, are you leaving value?

2. You enjoy your co-workers. You spend most of your day, week, and life working. But, do you enjoy the people around you? It is comforting to know that the people in the workplace support you, cheer for you, and want to work together as a team.

3. You feel appreciated and valued. Having a big paycheck is always nice, but appreciation at work is something you carry with you every day. This can be communicated through respect, unexpected gifts, or even just a simple, “thank you.”

4. You are trusted. It’s a good feeling when you don’t always have someone looking over your shoulder. When you’re given a task, are you given the freedom to complete it?

5. Your work is something you enjoy. The old saying, “Find a job that you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Look for a job that keeps you motivated by its nature not by your paycheck, because the luster of a big paycheck wears off quickly if you are unhappy in your position.

6. Your job should fit your personality. Anyone who has taken a personality test knows we all have unique personalities that will thrive in certain environments. Some enjoy working with people, some enjoy working alone, some enjoy calling the shots, others enjoy taking direction. Find a job that fits you!

7. It challenges you to grow! Find something that pushes you out of your comfort zone. Whether this is through challenging assignments, demanding of excellence, or educational opportunities, find something that forces you to grow beyond your current skill set that you’re comfortable with and makes you a better person.

8. The company values align with yours. At the end of the day, your integrity is what matters most. Don’t compromise that when you go to work. If you’re in a job that requires you to go against your personal beliefs, you should find something else.

9. Does your work provide you with a flexible and results oriented culture? A culture of flexibility suggests results-driven focus. A focus that is more interested in you successfully completing your job with excellence rather than clocking the amount of hours you spend working during the day.

10. It values family. You value your family right? Your job should too.

11. It brings you balance. Work is not so bad when you enjoy it. But, if you find yourself not being able to explore other endeavors because you’re always working, it’s not healthy for your soul, life, or body. Find a position that allows you to enjoy your life outside of work too.

12. Last but not least, it brings you SATISFACTION! Can you look back at your day, your week, your year with satisfaction? If the answer is yes, then this is more valuable than any number of digits listed in your bank account.

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: The Top 10 Interview Tips!

Are you a recent graduate about to start interviewing for your first real job? Have you been in the workforce for a while now and looking to do something different? Well, interviewing is part of this process. As simple as it seems, there are certain things that will help you make a better impression with the company you are interviewing with. Positive impressions are more likely to get you the job. So, Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. decided to take a look at this artice3 from Nancy R. Mitchell about having proper interviewing etiquette.

 When you are going into a company for an interview, your attitude and behavior towards others is just as important as your resume, your previous work experience3, and your innate abilities. Today, more people are too worried about the look and appearance of their resume rather than their manners. What people don’t realize is that companies that are hiring aren’t just concerned with a resume, but finding someone to be a part of their “business family.” They look for things like: courtesy, respect, trust, and reliability. These are the foundation of good relationships which translate to success in business.

 

 

Here are the top 10 things that you should avoid when you’re going in to interview for a job.

 

1. There are no “do-overs” in first impressions

You make a first impression with 5 seconds. When you’re interviewing for a position, you are given a little more leeway. But, that time to make your first impression with an employer happens within your first 30 seconds. This means that you’re on stage the second you walk into the building where your interview is being held. You never know who is around. You could be walking in with a representative in the company or in the elevator with them. The first thing you should do is turn off your phone before you arrive. There is nothing worse than introducing yourself to someone only to hear your phone start ringing from a call, chiming from a text or email, or vibrating loudly in your pocket. When you arrive, smile and shake the hand of the person who is there to greet you as well as the person who escorts you to your interview. When you enter the interview room, make an impression! You need to have enough enthusiasm and energy to mask your nervousness.

 

2. Avoid wardrobe malfunctions!

Always dress up and conservatively for a job interview. Whether the job is at a corporate building, a fast-food restaurant, or a relaxed environment, your goal should always be to dress to impress your employer. When you were growing up your family probably told you to dress up for holidays, to go visit family, or for a big family occasion, right? The reasoning behind it was to show respect. It’s the same concept when you go in for an interview. How much you “polish up” shows the person who conducts your interview that you respect them and the interview process.

 

 3. Don’t underestimate the power of a smile

No matter how “sharp” someone may seem on paper, they need to match that in person. Going into a 30-40 minute interview with someone and not flashing a smile can hurt your chances of getting a position. Your employer will be distracted by wondering what is wrong with you rather than being able to conduct an effective interview for you. A smile shows confidence and an overall pleasant personality. It makes people want to get to know you and be around you. When you’re interviewing, you’re not just going in to get a job, you’re about to enter a business family.

 

4. Body language speaks volumes

Employers will judge your interest and attitude in a position through your body language just as much as from what you do, say, and what is on your resume. The right thing to do during an interview is to sit up straight and have your feet on the floor. Many people think that a “relaxed pose” shows confidence, but in reality it shows a lack of respect or interest in the position. Also, pay attention to where you put your hands, DO NOT have your hands on your lap under the table, you’ll look nervous. You should have one arm on the rest of the chair or on the table. Just as important as your body language is your eye contact. You should face the person who is speaking with you and maintain eye contact.  If you’re a someone who struggles to sit still, hold a pen or pencil if that helps you control it.

 

 

5. Mastering the art of “Meet & Greet”

How you greet someone reveals a great deal about your confidence, attitude, and overall demeanor. Learn how to give a GOOD HANDSHAKE. You should always stand for a handshake in business and give yourself space from the person. Maintain open posture, smile, and make eye contact. Also, don’t forget to say your name!

 

6. Use your interviewer’s name

The sweetest sound that people here is their name. So, us the person who is interviewers name when you meet them and when you leave. You don’t need to sprinkle their name in multiple times throughout the interview, but you should remember what it is.

 

7. Table Talk

After you go in for your interview, always stand behind the chair and wait to be asked to take a seat. Never place your personal items on the table; you should always place them under your chair or beside you. The only thing on the table should be a portfolio if you have one and a pen.

 

8. Your phone should never ring

If you have somehow forgotten to turn off your phone and you’re unfortunate enough to have it ring during an interview, you have to do some serious damage control. NEVER answer your phone, simply reach down and turn it off! Then apologize sincerely. At this point you have to show why you are the top candidate for the position so that your lack of preparation for the interview is not what your interviewer remembers.

 

9. Exit Strategy

When the interview is completed, always reinforce your interest in the position and thank your interviewer for taking time out of their day to meet with you. Make eye contact and shake hands with your interviewer and use their name when you tell them goodbye. If possible, thank the person who greeted you when you arrive as well. This simply, is just good manners. You should have a smile on your face until you are completely out of the building, in your car, and on the road to go home!

 

10. Post game play

Write a small thank you note to your interviewer within 24-48 hours of the interview. It shows good manners, interest in the position, and that you’ve appreciated the time they have taken out of their day to meet with you for your interview. During your interview make sure you show your people skills. When your interviewer likes you, they will “pull” for you to do well. They will even answer your questions more thoroughly and even relax around you. All of these things will help you to succeed in your interview.

 

All of these tips are not intended to say that a strong resume is not important, but it’s a way to give yourself the edge over the other person interviewing with you who didn’t take as much care in preparing for the interview as you did!

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: Winners vs. Losers

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: Winners vs. Losers

 

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. asked our people some questions today about winners and losers.

 

How would you classify a winner?

–          Go getter

–          Determined

–          Competitive

–          Self motivated

–          A master of their craft

 

How would you classify a loser?

–          Quitter

–          Lazy

–          Excuse maker

–          Drama Queen/King

–          Person who has a “dark cloud” following them

 

Would you think of these people as winners or losers?
1.       Babe Ruth? (Office answer: No)
2.       Jim Carey? (Office answer: No)
3.       Michael Jordan? (Office answer: No)
4.       Jack Nicholas? (Office answer: No)
5.       Billy Joel? (Office answer: No)
 

When we asked them why they thought these people were all winners, the unanimous response was because they are all well known, successful, and they match the reasons why they mentioned earlier as to what defines a winner.

 

But, what is less known about these people are all the failures that they had to endure to get to the place where they are recognized now for their greatness.

 

Babe Ruth

–  Holds the record for the most strike-outs in the National Baseball League

 

            Jim Cary
– Went on 3000 failed auditions before he got his first gig on “In Living Color.”
 

         Michael Jordan

       – Was cut from his high school basketball team and has been missed more than 2000 shots in his career
 

          Jack Nicholas

           –   Has the most 2nd place wins in Golf
     

           Billy Joel
  –  Was homeless for over 2 years before he finally got his big break in music

 

So, why doesn’t anyone classify these people as losers?

–          Well, all of them have one thing in common. Determination. No matter how many times they failed at something they kept going. Their dreams were more important than the obstacles that got in their way.

–          No one remembers any of the bad things that happen, all they remember are the good and all that they have accomplished

 
Facts about winners and losers:
1.       A loser is always part of the problem, A winner is always part of the solution
2.       A loser always has an excuse, a winner always takes responsibility
3.       A loser says, “that’s not my job!” while a winner says, “let me do that for you”
4.       A loser sees the sand trap on the green, a winner see’s the green around the sand trap
5.       A loser says it’s impossible, a winner says, it might e difficult, but it’s not impossible

 

The only difference between a “winner” and a “loser” is mindset. The only time someone loses is when they give up on reaching their goals. So today and from now on, decide who you want to be. A winner or a loser.

 

 

 

 Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is a privately owned firm that specializes in direct marketing, brand building, public relations, and consulting for Fairfield County, Connecticut. We are dedicated to providing a predictable career path for our people that leads to an opportunity in management. To learn more about the career opportunities within our company please visit our website at http://www.ncg-corp.com/ or email our Human Resource Manager Alessandra at hr@ncg-corp.com

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: How to Get Taken Seriously By Your Employees!

If you want to be successful as a manager, a business owner, or a leader, then the people who you lead need to take you seriously. This tends to be pretty challenging, especially if you’re recently promoted or not used to being in a leadership role. But, no matter how long you’ve been in these positions, sometimes earning the respect of those around you can be a challenging task. Since Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is committed to providing an atmosphere that gives our employees the resources that they would need to be successful in Management roles moving forward, when we saw this article on www.under30ceo.com/ we decided to share it with our people!

 

How to get taken seriously by your employees:

 1. Separate BUSINESS from PERSONAL:

It’s important for your employees to see you as the boss and think of you in that role. Bringing too much of your personal life into that equation can be troublesome. Don’t talk to your employees about your dating adventures, or spend hours on personal calls at the office. Nobody will take you seriously if they see these personal parts of your life. It is important for your people to see you as a boss.

 

2. Set an example with time:

Do you want your employees to show up for work on time? Do you want them to put in a full and productive work day? The answer of course, is YES. But, if you take two hour lunches every day and cut out of the office at 3:00 on Friday, then don’t be surprised if your people start adopting the same habits. Set a good example and demonstrate the behavior you want to encourage.

 

3. Don’t pass the buck:

Leaders get a lot of credit when things go well. But, they have to take responsibility when things go badly too. Don’t think you can, “pass the buck” and shift the blame to your employees. What they do under your leadership is a direct reflection of your management ability. If workers need more training, better supervision, or even reassignment to other duties, it’s YOUR job to make that happen.

 

Treat them like employees, not servants:

Unless this is your personal assistant, remember that they are employees of your company and not your servants. They come to work to accomplish corporate objectives, not to pick up your dry cleaning, buy your theatre tickets, or run out and pick up coffee. It’s demeaning for them to do these things. It shows that you don’t value their real job because you would rather them take time out of your day to do these menial tasks. If you want your people to be productive, you have to make them feel valued. You can do this by organizing weekly meetings and letting your employees talk freely about their concerns. Treat them like humans, not numbers. Everyone has problems, so as a boss, it’s your job to fix them.

 

4. Keep confidential information to yourself:

As a manager, you have a lot of information that comes your way on a day to day basis. This includes company plans, personnel issues, budget numbers, and salary figures. When this information is shared with you from an employee on a confidential basis, you NEED to keep it that way. Sharing private information is a big no-no. If you don’t want your employees talking about this information with each other, you have to set the right example first and not talk about it with them. As a boss, your people need to trust you. This can only be achieved if your relationship is professional and respectful.

  

5. Help your team out:

When there is a fast approaching deadline or task to be accomplished, it’s normal that you ask your team to put in some overtime hours, right? Well, it really helps them stay focused and motivated if you’re willing to do some extra work too. If you’re out enjoying your weekend while they’re slaving away, it can foster resentment. See what you can do to chip in and help out. Put in some extra effort yourself and make it a team effort. They will respect you more simply for the fact that you’re willing to go the extra mile. Also, this ensures that in the future they’ll take you more seriously the next time you ask them to put in extra effort.

  If you want your employees to take you seriously and respect you in the work place, the most important thing that you have to do is act like a human being. Even though you are in charge, don’t abuse your position. No one likes the over bearing boss who is on a power trip. Having a solid work environment is all about communication, interaction, and cooperation. People enjoy working in team environments with open communication because it allows mutual ideas to foster great ideas and great ideas lead to great business!

 

 

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is a privately owned firm that specializes in direct marketing, brand building, public relations, and consulting in Fairfield County, Connecticut. We are committed to giving our employees the tools and the resources to be successful within our company. Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. provides a predictable career path that can lead to the opportunity in Management within our company. To learn more about the careers available at Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. please visit our website: www.ncg-corp.com/