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Just three work days left before the filing date…..we are in the home stretch!!

I’d like to share the final five phrases shared in the Yahoo! Small Business article entitled, “You’ll Never Hear Successful People Say These 15 Phrases.”  Each point made is very applicable to what we do in our profession.  These are taken right from the article, but I am Withum-izing a few where appropriate.  As you read through these, ask yourself if you are guilty of saying these phrases, keeping you from reaching your fullest potential… and then learn how to remove them from your vernacular. Doing so will make you a stronger professional.

Continuing on from the last email, here are phrases 11-15:

11. “I never read books.”

Tom Corley of Rich Habits found that rich people read (and listen to) books at a much higher rate than poor people: “63 percent of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3 percent of poor.” Also, “63 percent of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5 percent of poor people.” Continuous learning is a critical driver to being successful.  If you are looking for a summer reading list, I invite you to peruse my “virtual library” of the books I have read over the past few years on Amazon.com’s sister site, Shelfari.com.  My “book shelf” can be found here: http://www.shelfari.com/billhagaman/shelf

12. “I’m not good enough.”

Part of being successful is having a high sense of self-worth. Being yourself is one trait that promises success in business and your personal life. Follow your true interests. What you would do in your life if you didn’t need money?  As part of the Withum Way, we encourage everyone to “Live Life Passionately.” Everyone is great at something, work-related or otherwise.

13. “It’s OK.” (over and over)

Successful people know when to walk away and stop taking excuses from others. If there is a bottleneck and something (or someone) that is preventing you from completing a project on time, build up your business, or move you forward in your goals, then you need to address it.  You either sit down with the person one-on-one to discuss why things aren’t getting done, or set boundaries and decide to limit your involvement with that person.  Never accept less from others if it hinders you from achieving your goals.

14. “If our competitors don’t have it, then we don’t need it.”

Copying competitors is one of the many possible deaths for most companies. True innovation comes from the flip side: figuring out what competitors aren’t doing and fill that niche to answer a need in the industry.  “Be Innovative” is yet another Withum Way trait we want our staff to embrace. Think creatively and differently.

15. “Time off is for suckers.”

True success should be seen as a well-rounded approach, one with vacations, weekends with friends and family and hours of downtime on the weekdays. As a firm, we strongly encourage a healthy work-life balance, and that includes taking your vacation time.  Everyone needs to take a break from work once in a while, to refuel and rejuvenate the spirit, reducing stress levels, fatigue and burn-out.  Doing so will actually make you a more productive and valuable member upon your return. 

I hope you enjoyed this series of MP Messages. Please consider these important points to help you be a more successful person, at Withum and in life.

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