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If you heat water to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, it boils. However, if it only reaches 211 degrees Fahrenheit, it does not. See, a margin of just one degree causes a huge difference.
An airplane needs a ground speed of 240 to 285 kilometres per hour so that it can lift to the sky. Any speed less than that will not produce flight. The plane will only crash at the end of the runway.
A satellite must reach an escape velocity of 11.2 kilometres per second to break free of the earth's gravitational pull. Then it falls into an effortless orbit. But if it does not reach such escape velocity, it trembles down to earth. A marginal difference can cause an accident.
Similarly, there are certain threshold values that exist for one to attain success. These are the barriers which, if crossed over, can lead to big breakthroughs, whether in one's own business, career and even social and personal endeavours.
Unlike mathematical values, these are not very precise. Therefore, we need to be persistent in all of our endeavors until we reach our goals and objectives.
There are two fundamental things which will help transform ourselves towards the success zone. First is the burning desire to formulate certain objectives in life; second is the unshakable belief that it is possible and there are several ways to achieve these objectives.
History tells us about successful people who failed at their first attempts but prevailed in the end by perfectly aligning their objectives with persistent and consistent efforts.
Starting today, focus on your burning desire and belief. Match it with hardwork to get your much-deserved career or business break. Believe that your threshold point of success is not very far from you.
• Ignore obstacles by looking at them in a different perspective
• Identify the skills you need to sharpen and those you can share
• Patience and perseverance lead any individual far in his career
Find out how to clear your mental cobwebs to succeed
Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company