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Getting Past Shiny Things: Choosing Core Metrics, Selecting Your Projects From Them

No one celebrates Thanksgiving in Taiwan, and my business partner is Canadian. But the majority of our clients are American, so the normal rigors of client calls and sales calls were wiped from the slate, leaving us a day to evaluate where exactly we were at.

It was both inspiring and shocking. If you're a small-business owner, I'd highly recommend you check out this post. I'm going to walk you through how we identified everything we could be doing, what we were doing well and poorly, and how we chose metrics to measure success and let that dictate our projects.


The first thing we wanted to do is figure out exactly what we had implicitly or explicitly committed to.

When we calculated how many internal projects and initiatives we had active, or that we wanted to start in the near future, we realized we had 42 current internal projects that would represent hundreds if not thousands of hours to complete.

The 3 Keys to Success: What You Need To Know To Be More Successfull

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Over the last few days I read (and participated in) a very interesting discussion on what qualities were necessary for success. There was talk of several, among them: attitude, perseverance, patience, humility, etc. I agree in principle that all of these virtues can be part of someone's of success and they can even facilitate the work of achieving it, however, I think we can delve deeper and go straight to the essence of what it takes to have all the success you want. First, let's define what is the success, according to the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language: Success. (From lat. exĭtus outlet).

I like this definition, but I think it falls a little short because the focus is directed to business. I think we should include the results over the course of one's personal life. Also, I believe that each one should define exactly what it means to be "successful" for them. It is likely that what I would regard as success, you might not or vice versa. What's more, someone could be successful in their business but be a failure in their personal life. How many times have we seen someone famous that seems to have "have it all" professionally, then their personal life is a disaster? Once again, here we would have to see how to measure "disaster". What do you consider being a disaster? And if they don't consider themselves a disaster, are they? Well, one of the participants of the discussion considers that there are three main virtues necessary for success: attitude, patience and humility. We should first define each one of them to see how to fit them into the definition of success : Attitude. (From lat. * Actitūdo).

I love the part "moods expressed in some way" and fits perfectly with my perception of what "attitude" is. How does it fit into your vision? Patience. (From lat. patientĭa).

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