How to Achieve Full Potential by Understanding Success, Failure and Your Inner Self 98

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This is a guest post by Laura Morrissey. She is a content writer for Disc Assessment, a tool used for behavioural and personality assessments. She shares tips for self-improvement and how to reach success through tapping into one’s personal strengths.

Behind every successful person is their journey to reach their full potential.

Many of us wander through life wishing we could be better, do better and live better, but many never find the drive to truly discover themselves and the magic within. Some people are born with an instinct or talent that is nurtured; however a lot of people encounter their best qualities and talents later on in life.

Subconsciously and consciously, we grow as people each and every day through the experiences we have and the people we meet; however there is always some area in our lives where we feel could be better.

It may be that your life has come to a halt. You may be under pressure at work or simply want to shine and become the person you know you can be.

A question that is helpful to ask yourself at this stage is “Do I want to be here in five years?

Improving yourself and being the best you can be allows others to see and value your own unique and amazing qualities, welcoming success and giving you a sense of self-fulfilment.

Failure and Success

Fear stops most people from achieving.

Everyone has hopes and dreams but when it comes to being daring or sticking out from the crowd, fear stops us.
It is human nature to want to succeed and our own society pressures us to achieve and win, failure usually holding the hands of disappointment and consequence.

It is important to understand that failing is natural and expected and we are all only human, therefore to simply learn from your mistakes, move on and try again. Accept your flaws.

We often:

• resist change;
• fear rejection;
• fear becoming someone else;
• fear risk taking;
• are afraid of being let down;
have a fear of failing or succeeding;
• get negative feedback from others that can also internalize within, outside factors such as people, situations, etc. can hold us back.

In the words of D. Roosevelt, “…the only thing to fear is fear itself”.

Success, however, is different for many people and can present itself in the smallest and largest of ways, anything from finishing that book you have been reading for so long, to becoming world famous and earning lots of money.
You should begin by taking small steps to achieve small things, things that you would consider to be minor successes, working your way up and accepting mistakes.

The Road to Self-fulfillment

In order to reach your full potential, you first need to determine what that is and what you want to succeed in.

Are you heading towards a career upgrade? Improved social skills? Healthier lifestyle?

You first need to create positivity and take an optimistic approach, harboring confidence – everyone has it inside themselves somewhere, no matter how deeply buried.

Be aware that your mind is your best asset and a strong mentality can get you where you want to go, therefore achieving your full potential starts with mental clarity and being inspired.

Working on your people skills can help in the long run too.
Do you avoid socializing? Smile and be polite to fellow colleagues or help a friend out.
Positivity attracts positivity and you can also ask others for feedback.

Health

Be healthy. Eating good food and drinking lots of water gives you the energy and nutrients your body needs to function properly. Certain foods can also boost mental activity, fight depression, anxiety and give you more overall vitality, leaving you feeling good.

Exercise is also crucial as being in good physical shape helps boost energy and give you a positive image of yourself.
You will notice a massive difference in everyday performance and feelings after switching your junk food for fresh fruit and veg.

Self-Discovery

Challenge yourself and raise your standards. You should practice getting out of your comfort zone as real growth comes with hard work and challenges help you better yourself.

Finding a passion and a purpose creates momentum in your life.

Whether it is a hobby, belief or an end goal, by allowing yourself to be carried away and immersed, passion can help you achieve great things.
When you are passionate about something, you will do whatever you need to do in order to achieve and you are less likely to give up.

Start a new hobby or start something new. Often, self-esteem boosting comes from learning new skills and achieving, no matter how big or small. Reading books is also a great concentrated source of wisdom which can stimulate the creative side of your brain as well as your imagination.

So that’s what potential is all about. You already have what it takes to become the best version of yourself. You just need to understand the real meaning of success and failure, learn to explore yourself and get to know your fears and desires.

What will you do today to get closer to achieving your full potential?

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How a Classic Car Enthusiast Turned Entrepreneur with a Business Operating in 36 Countries 7

interview claus stig christensen ceo bookaclassic

This is an interview-style post with Claus Stig Christensen.

Q: Hey, Claus. What’s your background and what do you do?

A: I am the CEO of BookAclassican online platform that allows the owners of classic vehicles to rent out their cars, motorcycles, trucks and vans for weddings, events and for use in film and television. I am a classic car owner myself and have a Jaguar MKII. 

I have been self-employed since 1998. I started an import/export company (Cubrix ltd.) where I imported electronic goods from far east and sold it to the supermarket chains (Aldi, Netto, Lidl etc.) and DIY chains across Northern Europe.

While staring up BookAclassic, I realised I had no know-how and knowledge of e-commerce and the mechanisms that drive the internet so I went back to school (Aalborg University) and finished a Bachelor in E-commerce in 2015.

Q: Where did the idea about BookAclassic come from?

A: I was a classic car enthusiast who realised there was a lot of value in my Vespa Sprint that I wasn’t tapping into.

It started when I was a poor student back in 1991. I did not have the money to store my Vespa for the winter so I came up with the idea to offer it as window decoration in fashion shops on the high street.

It took me one hour and I had rented out my Vespa to three shops for the winter. And in return, I got clothing worth about £400 – this sparked the idea that classic vehicles could be a cash cow instead of a money pit!

Q: What can people find on your platform and how does the system work?

 BookAclassic is the go-to source for anyone looking to rent a classic vehicle

A: BookAclassic is the go-to source for anyone looking to rent a classic vehicle and provides an elegant platform for those who want to make a bit of extra cash from a beloved car, bus, motorcycle or other classic vehicles.

We give the owner full control over the bookings they take, whether they’re driving their classic car for a wedding or allowing someone to take the wheel of their vintage bus for a road trip.

The most popular bookings on the site are vehicles for weddings, proms and other events. To facilitate this, we are cooperating with professional owners and car museums, as well as private collectors.

In these instances, the owner has complete control over their vehicle and how it’s driven. There’s also the option to offer your vehicle for events, photo shoots and for use in adverts, television shows and movies. We know how much people love to see their cars on screen, and we’re very happy to make this happen for so many of our customers.

The secure system automates the booking process allowing owners to easily view jobs and accept or decline them. Owners also have control over their profile, available dates and prices.

Q: What dreams can BookAclassic make come true?

A: We want to help private collectors fund maintenance on their vehicles, buy more classics and keep them on the road. As I mentioned before, owners love to see their beloved vehicles on television, in films or used in adverts.

We have one client in Portugal whose Triumph was recently used in a music video. He was over the moon seeing his car be part of that and the money he got from the booking paid for the car’s maintenance too.

Q: What were your biggest challenges when you were just starting out?

A: Everybody said to me an automatic system couldn’t take care of customers needs better than a person on a call – that got me fired up! I wanted to show everyone that I could do it.

I was the only person that believed it could work and it would be the future.

Then I saw the film The Social Network about the start of Facebook and I realised that you just have to think big. The globe is a small place when you are on the net.

I have realised that the limits to what you can do are often in your own head. There is no limit to what you can achieve if you set your mind to it.

Q: How has the business evolved over the years?

A: BookAclassic started in just one country and has grown to serve 36 countries across the world, including the UK. The advanced booking systems allows owners to upload their vehicles for free with the company taking a percentage of confirmed bookings only.

The team are all classic car enthusiasts and we built the platform based on how we’d want to rent out our own classic cars, then developed it with feedback from other vehicle owners. This allowed us to streamline the booking process, ensure peace of mind for everyone involved, and make everything as simple as possible with text and email alerts.

Q: What’s your best piece of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?

A: I have a few:

  • Build your business on what you love – then work will become a joy.
  • You are never going to be the fastest runner if you follow in others’ footsteps.
  • Find your own niche, make sure you are the best, and always work on offering amazing service.
  • You only fail when you stop trying.