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Top 7 - Listen - Look - Stay Alert - Learn - Benefit

By Maurice S. Clarke

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Each of us, every day miss some great opportunities, here are some key areas to stay alert over - it works for me - maybe you can benefit too.

  1. Listen to other people - most people have got something useful to say about business, life in general, but we often ignore their comments and ideas, and are too engrossed in our own lives and priorities.

    Other peoples opinions offer great market research, listen and learn.

  2. Keep your eyes and ears open - there is a lot going on around you, offering ideas for better planning, greater efficiency, a new product etc. We have to be alert to our surroundings, otherwise we miss so much.

    True winners find opportunities - they rarely fall at your feet.

  3. Give people a chance to talk - not everyone is great at conversation, open them up. Ask the right questions and extract some useful feedback with just a few well chosen words and a show of interest in the other persons job.

    The shyest of people often have more to offer than the talkers. Share a conservation with others, talk less, listen more to others as well as yourself.

  4. Stay fresh and alert - plan your day better - OK you are busy, over stretched and stressed, but with a bit more planning you can get away on time or even go early and miss the rush hour traffic. Good planners get in early, leave early. If your time clock makes you a night person fine - come in at 10, go at 7. Plan your day, but more importantly your time and the use of it. Putting in hours and being busy proves nothing. Results can be got in less time - you will be more alert with a fresh mind to grab new opportunities - it pays.

  5. Save money wisely - look out for bargains in the things you buy - and ways of saving. Saving for it's own sake often means we fail to make a vital purchase which if we had studied options could be a lot cheaper and more beneficial than originally thought. Do not dismiss a purchase as " too expensive" without some thought as to " do we need it at all" or " is there another better/cheaper option".

  6. Save money wisely - look out for bargains in the things you buy - and ways of saving. Saving for it's own sake often means we fail to make a vital purchase which if we had studied options could be a lot cheaper and more beneficial than originally thought. Do not dismiss a purchase as " too expensive" without some thought as to " do we need it at all" or " is there another better/cheaper option".

    Learn from the experience of others and put it to good use.

  7. File top7business mails - sure it's a daily mail we tend to look at for a few seconds and delete, but every now and then a whole bunch or one point makes real sense.

    Why not cut and paste into a text file and review from time to time. In a few months you will get a useful scrap book of key points that are special to you and help drive home some real tips about improving your quest for better business and personal success.

Maurice S Clarke
http://www.holi-swaps.com/
[http://www.y2000solution.com/]
stansoft@compuserve.com

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Article Submitted On: July 11, 1998