Top Ten Tips For Life

28 May 2015

Professionals live busy and complicated lives. We are busy trying to succeed at work, whilst simultaneously most of us have a lot going on outside work involving our families and other interests.

Sometimes everything is in balance and we feel in control of events, we are making the most of every aspect of our life. Mostly that isn’t the case and we are either swamped or we have a void. Or both.

So how can we use the time we have to get what we want from our lives?


  • Understand the why – There is a reason why you get out of bed in the morning and do what you do. There are reasons why your priorities are what they are and why you want to spend more time doing one thing than something else. Until you understand what that is you cannot properly allocate your time and money and cannot prioritise effectively. Understanding why you are doing what you are doing will also motivate you and drive you forward. As Nietsche said “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how”.


  • Have objectives – Once you understand why you are doing what you are doing you can set the objectives for the different aspects of your life. Write them down. What do you want to achieve and by when. I have seen it suggested that only 3% of people have clear written objectives and yet they accomplish ten times as much as people who have no clear goals.


  • Think about the how – Now you know why you are doing it and what you want to achieve by when you can think about how you are going to get there. Build a plan. Again, write it down. Put it on the wall and look at it.


  • This is serious stuff – This is about the most important thing you will ever do so take it seriously. Make time to do it and make time to review and update it as you move forward.


  • Burning desire will win every time – How many times do you hear it said of the team which won a game “They wanted it more”. It is the same in life. Someone who is driven by a burning desire to achieve their goals is more likely to succeed than someone who isn’t. If you have passion, faith and determination then the world should watch out. If you do not follow the first 4 steps it is hard to develop the passion you need.


  • You don’t have to want the same as the next guy – Don’t worry about fashionable or trendy. We are all different and have our own dreams and desires. Don’t be afraid to buck the trend in pursuit of your objectives.


  • Understand your market – It is easier to sell ourselves in a place where what we have to offer is in demand and the supply is short. Ideally that is where you want to be. But if your burning desire leads you into an out of demand oversupplied market then don’t let that stop you. The key is understanding the environment and the opportunities and threats it presents.


  • Get some help – You don’t have to do it alone and doing it alone is no fun anyway. We are social creatures so be social. Find some fellow travellers to share the journey with or find one or more sources of advice, people who have been there and seen it and can help you. The only thing better than learning from your own mistakes is learning from the mistakes that others made.


  • Learn something new every day – All these tips are equal but this tip is more equal than the others. Whatever you want to do whether it is in or out of work you can always be better and the better you get the more you will get out of it. You should make a conscious effort to learn something every day. Every day you should become more valuable.


  • Enjoy the journey – There are a number of versions by different esteemed authors but let’s stick with Aerosmith for now – “Life’s a journey not a destination”. The fact that you have objectives and plans to get you there is great. What is most important though is to enjoy every step along the way. If you never get there it doesn’t matter if you have enjoyed the journey. As Steve Jobs said “If today were the last day of my life would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row I know I need to change something”


This piece was written by Phil Jepson for the Pro Manchester SME Club, for more information Click Here.