How Should Engineers View Success?

It is very important to understand your very incredible potential to be able to do great things and achieve your ultimate goal. Job search to most Engineers who do not realize this concept is indeed very agonizing. I heard disheartening stories from friends who had applied to numerous positions in the past few years and has gotten zero interviews, or very few interviews. There will always be someone better qualified than you on paper and a great deal of luck involved in who ends up getting the job you really want. Unless you comprehend your pure potential, there are fewer chances for you to land your dream job. And to do that, you must initially have a personal view of what success really is. Here are some famous quotes for success.

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day”.  — Jim Rohn

“The starting point of all achievement is desire”. — Napoleon Hill

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. — Winston Churchill

Success is definitely achieved when you see progress in your self-growth and self-improvement. In order for things to change in your life, in order to get where you want to be, you have to grow into the person who is ready for that change, for that job opportunity. Personal development is vital to your job search.

 Self-improvement presents you with new opportunities.

Growth in yourself eventually leads you to new opportunities, opportunities that don’t come about until you grow into the person who is ready for them. All you have to do is focus on self-improvement start by reading personal development articles, books, blogs and implement the things you learn into your own life.

 Self-Improvement increases your self-esteem to new levels.

Self-confidence is ultimately the starting point to landing your dream job—you have to believe in yourself and your dreams enough to go after them. As you grow, you’re building up that mindset, that belief.  Reading success books was what pushed me to grow, to change, the motivation behind my goals.

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Self-Improvement can help you become a better version of yourself.

Becoming a better version of yourself is the main goal of self-improvement—to improve in your job search, your business, your relationships. Whatever area of your life you’re working on, that’s part of growing as a person. You have to constantly look at what you can improve and have the awareness to know what needs to be done to do it.

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The most effective way of finding out how to get better is to ask the people around you to make a list of what you’re best at and where you could make improvements. Take the list of improvements and work on them one by one.

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do”.— Eleanor Roosevelt

“Work harder than everybody. You’re not going to get it by whining, and you’re not going to get it by shouting, and you’re not going to get it by quitting. You’re going to get it by being there”.— Barbara Walters

You Cannot Always Change Situations, but You Can Change Your Attitude.

I am sure that there are certain situations and circumstances in your life that you would like to change. Often, it is quite simple to make changes, but we let laziness, procrastination or fear to stand in our way.

You might be surprised to hear that many of the changes you would like to make are within you reach, and often, within your immediate reach.

For example, you might always complain that you have no time to read. If reading is so important to you, what’s so difficult to arrange your day so that you can find the time? You can always get up half an hour earlier in the morning, or give up half an hour of watching TV in favor of reading a book.

Do you want to improve your job interview presentation abilities, learn a vital skill which will enhance your chances of getting your dream job? These are simple to accomplish goals, but you might always seek excuses why you don’t have the time for them. You simply do not give them any priority, and prefer to stick to your comfort zone.

Sometimes, we might encounter situations and circumstances that we are unable to change. How should we deal with such situations?

If you cannot change a situation, accept it, and learn to live with it. Sure, this requires a certain degree of self-discipline and inner strength.

You might complain, resent the situation and the people involved and be unhappy. This would not help change the situation, and you will be creating suffering and unhappiness for you.

You cannot always change a situation or circumstances, but you can change your attitude towards it.

Changing external situations and circumstances might not always be possible, but changing your attitude is possible.

Instead of feeling resentful, frustrated and unhappy, you can learn to be calm, accept the situation, and not fight with it. You can try to look at the situation dispassionately, and try to find out what you can learn from it.

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Are there people you cannot get along with at work?

Do you have neighbors you do not like?

Is your boss too demanding?

Will you leave your job or go live somewhere else because of that?

Often, by accepting the situation, it will stop bothering you, or a solution might come along.

Various situations and circumstances could be lessons you need to learn, and after learning and acknowledging the lessons, the situations and circumstances will start to change.

If you accept what you cannot change and learn to live with it, it will stop to be an issue and stop to bother it.

When you accept what you cannot change, you save yourself a lot of energy and time, and can devote your time to better things than thinking about the situation you cannot change.

When you accept what you cannot change, sometimes, even without any effort on your part, as if miraculously, things start to change and improve.

Some people might misinterpret what I said and think that accepting situations means giving up. Others might regard acceptance as an excuse for laziness and doing nothing. This is far from the truth. Acceptance of situations that you cannot change is wisdom and not passivity, and has nothing with giving up and should not be an excuse for passivity.

You cannot change the past, and regretting and feeling bad about it is not going to change it. However, you can learn to stop dwelling on the past and move on.

If you don’t like one of your colleagues at work and you do not get along with him, anger and resentment would not help. However, you can try to be friendly and stop being resentful.

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Suppose it is raining outside, but you need to go to work, go the grocery or meet friends. You cannot stop the train and you cannot fight the rain. Would you give up and stay at home, or wear a raincoat and go outside despite rain?

If it is very hot outside and you need to go somewhere, will anger and unhappiness change the weather? You can let thoughts about the weather to cause you suffering and unhappiness, and you can accept it and live with it.

When you change your attitude toward people, situations or circumstances they stop bothering you and they stop causing you suffering.

When you change your attitude, you start to feel better, you become happier, recognize opportunities to make changes, and on many occasions, the situations or circumstances you could not change, begin to change. By changing your attitude, situations and circumstances would start to change, as if by magic.

During your job interview, your interviewer might ask this question,

"How do you assess success?"

A question like this provides your impending employer a sense of your work principle, your objectives, and your overall character. The interviewer is looking for both your motivation and your measurement system. In a way, this is a work ethic question, since it is asking about how you define success. But it is more than that. The interviewer is looking beyond the definition for success and actually looking for how you plan to achieve that success. Or if you have a plan at all.

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Here is a sample answer on how should you view success.

For me, success has a number of different elements.  On the one hand, it's clearly having achieved a specific goal or goals – the satisfaction of a job well done, having achieved one's purpose.  On the other hand, it's also the recognition of that achievement by others.  Ultimately, success is a significant motivator for me – the desire to achieve success in all that I undertake and to contribute to the best of my ability.

So now friend, how do you personally define success?


Jomel is an Online Engineer who works at home to generate extra income. He is one of your reliable guide to best and effective Business Lifestyle Strategies for Engineers

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