How To Be A REAL Success: Blog Post

Session 1: Relationships

What did you learn?

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” -Theodore Roosevelt

Why did you choose to write about this?

When I had heard this quote, I had thought about how realistic it is, and I came to the conclusion that this quote is, in fact, very true. This quote can be interpreted in many different ways, but this is the way I had interpreted it: Being able to get along with your coworkers, peers, and clients will reward you. This quote emphasizes the value of knowing how to get along with people, and if you know how to do this, you can quite literally become successful. I had mentioned that there are other ways to interpret this quote. Another example: If you know how to get along with people in a higher power than you, then you can easily get them to give you more power, leading to many different ways you can use such power to be successful.

How can you apply this to TALONS?

There will be no progress in a group project if there are no good relations. The better you get along with people, the better you can work with them. Based on this information, I can learn from the quote to know how to get along with my peers in school, so I may work better not only with them being in a project with me, but them being in the same environment as me. I can also use this information not only in school, but in the future when possibly trying to get into a university, or trying to get a job.

Session 2: Equipping

What did you learn?

I had learned about the Law of Mt. Everest and how it works.

Why did you choose to write about this?

I chose to write about the Law of Mt. Everest since I feel like I could greatly improve in this area. As the Law of Mt. Everest states: As the challenge escalates, the need for teamwork elevates. As stated in the book, and I quote: “This law is about gathering and growing a team to accomplish something big.” I find that I, when doing a project, focus on myself rather than asking for help. The only help I would ever ask for is just simply asking what I should do if I ever find myself lost. I think that should I find myself in a rough spot, should I find myself in a situation that I cannot find my way out of, I should ask for help, and not be afraid of doing so. Not only this, but I should be able to recognize the magnitude of a challenge that I want to act on and evaluate the team I should bring along with me.

How can you apply this to TALONS?

Like I had mentioned in the previous paragraph, I can improve on my ability to ask for help as well as my ability to evaluate a challenge beforehand and bring along a team with me. If I improve on this, I can think before I do something in a group project and evaluate whether or not I will need help, as I find that it is better to ask someone for help before the act rather then in the trouble of the act.

Session 3: Attitude

What did you learn?

As John C. Maxwell had said: “Our attitude is a choice.”

Why did you choose to write about this?

I chose to write about this principle since I could easily improve on this one. Whether it be me being demotivated on the outcome of an assignment, or it be me just generally having a bad head space, I could easily improve on my attitude by simply deciding to do so. In many situations I find myself in a bad attitude for a small, inconsequential reason, and I could easily just get in a better head space by just thinking of things that make me happy. The idea that we cannot control our own attitude and reactions to different events is false. Anybody can simply gain a calmer place of mind by doing things like meditating, taking short walks in the wilderness, or just listening to calming music. To add another point, people’s first impressions on us are dependant on our own behaviours, meaning that we must choose to have a good attitude when first impressions are important, such as job interviews.

How can you apply this to TALONS?

I can apply this to TALONS by simply taking control of my attitude, allowing me to better help my team on a team project or to better focus on my own work. If I have a negative, unhealthy attitude in a team project, I will just hinder my team’s performance and efficiency, and the same is true for myself in solo projects. I think among the other 3 principles, this one is the one that I should improve on the most.

Session 4: Leadership

What did you learn?

I had learned that being able to look credible is a great trait in a leader.

Why did you choose to write about this?

I chose to write about this principle since I strongly believe in it. As I have mentioned in a previous paragraph, first impressions are very important when signing up for a school or applying for a job, and your credibility is a big part of that. At least being able to look credible can have a big effect on your first impression. For example, wearing professional clothing on a job interview will give the illusion of credibility, as it is certainly true that if you showed up to a job interview in ripped jeans and a leather jacket, you would not look very credible at all. Not only is being able to look credible a good skill in a leader but being able to walk the walk and actually be credible is a great skill as well. The illusion of credibility is very powerful and can, in fact, very much get you to become a real success.

How can you apply this to TALONS?

For my leadership cultural activity, I am in the Cineplex group. When we have to consult one of the managers of Cineplex professionally, the ability to look credible will certainly let them take us more seriously. This is only one example, but this same concept can be true in different leadership projects.