SELF PRESERVING HABITS OF CHAMPIONS by Bayo ogunmupe
IF you can develop your personal vision of wealth, you carefully appreciate your innate gifts, the resources you need will be divinely made available to you right where you are. If you have no goals, you cannot evaluate what you need. For any profit-making venture to blossom, it must be a product or service that repeats. It must be a necessary object of life, for which you are to produce at lower cost. It must be beneficial to a large population. A portrait that will attract investment must be creditworthy. The use of other people’s resources is the key to creating great wealth, however, you must consider paying back with interest. Therefore, you must never borrow to pay expenses in excess of your earnings. Mis-using borrowed money has been the source of misery and penury. Many opportunities to build great wealth have been lost because of breach of agreement. On your road to greatness, you should be prepared for the unexpected. Stranger situations or disasters may prevent plans going the way envisaged. You must face the truth courageously. Otherwise, your integrity is at stake. Beware, for it is the strength of our character that is being tested when things go wrong. Here are some life-saving habits of champions: One, champions gloat on and have undying faith in their own integrity. They are honest to themselves and their group. Which is why you must have a team, mastermind group or think tank. They should not be more than seven and not less than two.
Ability to delegate is the second essential habit of a good leader. Finessing your vision is essential to creating an essential work force for your organization. Thus, trusting your team with your vision is a source of strength. Delegating is an important skill on the path to excellence. Shedding your duties to your teammates enables you to focus on higher tasks that cannot be delegated.
Three, ability to communicate is another acquired skill of champions. The ability to communicate was the over-riding skill that enabled the U.S. Army appoint General David Eisenhower as the commander in chief of Allied forces in Europe during World War II. Eisenhower had an uncanny ability to say succinctly what he wanted done. If you can’t explain your vision to your group, they wont be able to help you. This is why the stock of vocabulary of leaders is always far higher than those of their followers. Also, Eisenhower’s facility with words enabled him to become a two-term president of the United States.
Four, good sense of humor is also a great asset in a leader. Humor boosts morale while morale boosts productivity. By encouraging your team to laugh while working, you are winning effortlessly. Humor entices the worker to the workplace.
Five, confidence keeps you going in a period of depression. Part of your job as a leader is to stoke the fires of ambition by maintaining high morale at all times. By focusing on the higher goal you bind the team together in the period of adversity.
Commitment is the sixth habit of champions. There is no greater motivation than seeing the boss in the trenches working alongside his teammates. It shows hard work is practiced at every level. Thus, commitment to the course is inviolate, commitment also boosts loyalty.
Seven, creativity is an outstanding quality of leadership. Sometimes, you will be forced to deviate from your set plan. Here, creativity will pull you through. It is in such a critical situation that your team will look up to you for a new road map on what to do. This is where your intuition will be needed. Drawing on past experiences is a good reflex here. Reaching out to mentors for support is also useful. Eventually, your decision will make or mar the vision.
Realizing your greatness sometimes involves some forecasting which is why you must inspire your team all of the time. By acknowledging the work of mates you keep the vision moving to the end. The greatest secret of success is that the best way to secure success is to constantly give part of your income away. First, you should give back to the one who blessed you with the wisdom to become rich. Secondly, you should give to the less privileged, for he who gives to the poor lends to their maker, and their maker will surely repay you.
By giving part of your income to God, you are showing your gratitude to the Divine as your partner in your quest for success. And thus you are securing your gifts in an account, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt and where thieves do not break through nor steal”, Matthew 6:20. Moreover that positions you for greater harvests.
Our Champion for today is Kenneth Saul Rogoff, the Thomas Cabot Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He is also a chess grandmaster. Rogoff was born in March 1953 and grew up in New York where his father was professor of Radiology at the University of Rochester.
Rogoff received his BA and MA from Yale University and his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. Rogoff learned Chess from his father at the age of six. But he took up the game in earnest when he got a chess set for his 13th birthday. He was soon recognized as a chess prodigy. By the age of 14, he was a master and New York State Open Champion. Shortly after, he became a senior master, the highest U.S National title.
However, at 18, Rogoff decided to make a career in economics. Thereafter, he served as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Rogoff had been Charles Robertson Professor of International Affairs at Princeton University. He later served as Economic Counselor and Director of the Research Department of the IMF from August 2001 to September 2003. His latest book, This Time is Different, which he co-authored with Carmen Reinchart was published in October 2009.