No matter what our business or profession, we each strive to achieve growth within our work environment. As part of my work as a martial arts teacher, I devised the following five principles of achievement to guide my students over the years.

Plan: We must first decide what is our plan. A plan of expansion, a plan of action or simply a plan to create a plan (sound familiar?). The plan is the blueprint or picture of where it is we want to go. Executing the plan is going to take work and time, which is going to require…

Patience: Time is the secret to understanding patience. Time builds experience, wisdom, healing and growth. Things don’t always come easy, yet they will come with time. Without patience, there is no chance of harvesting what we sow. To practice and work at anything worthwhile will take a measure of patience, along with…

Perseverance: What matters is not how many times you fall down, but how many times you get back up. Perseverance allows us to better understand our achievements and accept the challenges and obstacles in the way. To persevere is necessary for any accomplishment, as is…

Pride in Accomplishment: It is that “pat on the back” that builds our confidence and commitment.Remember to compliment not only others but also yourself in your quest for achievements. When we are dissatisfied or embarrassed by our work or feel that we could have done better, we can accept our conditions and know that improvement is guaranteed as long as we commit to…

Practice: Every great athlete, wealthy businessperson or scholar will agree that talent, inheritance or genes are not the entire formula for success. Michael Jordan was cut from his junior high school team, Thomas Edison was rejected multiple times, Abraham Lincoln lost election after election, yet they all continued their quest for achievement through practice. When we practice a concept, skill, attitude or whatever task is at hand, we are on the path of perfection.

Achieving our goals and tasks is not always easy. If we understand and use the building blocks of the Five P’s, we can overcome any obstacle and the sky is the limit. The quest for success begins with our commitment to achieving our dreams. The tools are here—Networking University is here for you.

See you in class!

Kirk L. Farber
Dean of Faculty, Networking University
university@networkingtuniversity.com