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5 lessons I’ve learned this year
- December 10, 2016
- Posted by: Mohamed Bouya Maalainine
- Category: News
As the year comes to an end, I’d like to share five lessons I’ve Learnt about success this year.
The first is the need to listen. Listen actively to others. Don’t listen with the intention of replying but simply for the sake of understanding them. Listen to what they say, imply, need and/or want. Listen to yourself, as well. What do you really care about? What do you want to achieve? What do you say versus what do you mean? Listen to all these. And then listen to your environment. Is it the right one for you? What are the unspoken rules that guide the behaviours and ethics in that environment? What are the expectations the environment has of you? Don’t miss out on listening to each and every detail. It’s only then that you can take effective and well planned actions that will make you successful.
The second lesson is that your network is your net-worth. I have always known this in theory but this year I practiced it more than in any other year. Whether you are travelling, interning or attending an event, you should never stop connecting with others. Be authentic and let your inner self shine. If your intentions are good it will be known. Keep in mind that in human interactions, trust is a premium commodity. In a nutshell: If you want to go fast, walk alone; if you want to go far, network.
The third lesson I learnt this year is that you get what you expect. This is a twisted law of attraction. You don’t only desire things to happen but you expect them. You command them to happen. Here is the other side of the coin, though, if you expect bad things from people you will receive a bad outcome. More often than not, you will cause it yourself with your own scepticism. So only expect the good from them. They might disappoint you a few times but if they feel that you are genuine they will live up to your expectations, eventually. Needless to say that this is not an invitation to be naïve. To sum up, don’t wish to be successful; expect it.
The fifth lesson is to be grateful. We tend to take for granted the small things that are essential to our everyday life like waking up. I made a personal commitment to wake up with a thank you for being alive and to sleep with a reflection of gratitude. Show appreciation towards anything or anyone you have in your life. Someone else does not have it, for sure. Plus, you would be surprised by the responses you can receive when you express that gratitude. Thank you to anyone who contributed to making me who am I today. Special thanks goes to the ALU community for being amazing.
I am sure you noticed that I skipped the fourth lesson. I am also sure that this might have distracted some of you. This is a lesson in itself; life is not linear. Success is not linear. Don’t let small failures distract you from achieving your end goal. Be like a baby who falls many times in order to learn how to walk but finds himself able to run. I am glad that ALU doesn’t have a linear learning model. I can’t wait to see you joining us next year. *Cough* I am asking you to apply *cough.*