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Sunday, November 22, 2009

The HUNGER Principle for Success

Introduction

Every other day I come across one article or another that tells me how I should do what I’ve always wanted to do. They’re all good and they all make a lot of sense. Unfortunately, they mean nothing if they remain just a piece of reading material. I had a related idea the other day that made me want to try and put as much of this wisdom together in an easy-to-swallow pill, but keeping the real world in focus. I must admit, I’m no “self-help guru” or anything of the sort. But I do have an idea that I think will help you achieve some sense of satisfaction in the life you lead, and so I thought it best to let you know about it. Here is my HUNGER principle for success. The “HUNGER” acronym came to me when I kept going over the reason why we often do things. As a human phenomenon, “hunger” is not easily placed as either a biological, physiological or emotional motivation. But all we know at the end of the day is that we feel it and we do something about it. That’s all the HUNGER Principle is, really. It's nothing more than an idea to help you satisfy your hunger for success, over and over again. Take a look for yourself.

H – Have an idea

The first step is to have an idea, or a dream, or even a vision of something that you’re deeply passionate about. The point is that you have to find that thing that makes you get up in the morning, every morning, and makes you want to do something. When you’re younger, or when you’re otherwise lacking in what is often to referred to as “purpose” - your little bit of excitement that makes you greet each new day - may be varied. It can anything from wanting to make the world a better place, right down to getting back to that video game you were playing to set an all-time record. Whatever this idea or dream may be, the idea behind step 1 is to “have” it. Make sure it’s something that you own, even if someone else gave it to you. Remember, it’s not necessary to have something that you came up with all on your own. Maybe it’s something your parents want you to do, or it’s an idea a friend suggested. Or, it may even be something that first appeared to you as a spark, many moons ago, and that you pushed to the back of your mind because you were either not ready, or not sure. That’s ok. The important thing is that you accept it as yours because that makes a lot of difference in terms of how much effort you’re willing to put into its success.

U – Understand it completely

Now, when I say “Understand it completely,” I am only referring to the fact that you should allow yourself time to get as much background as you can on the idea that you have just made your own. Many people, even some of the wisest business gurus and magnates, will tell you that you have to “seize the day” or “strike while the iron is hot.” That’s all well and good, but I would caution you to temper your newly discovered ambition with a bit of caution. There’s no need to rush. If it’s one thing that we’re reminded of over and over again, time is all we have. Take your time, but use it effectively. Don’t sit around waiting for a miracle, or expecting some kind of wish from a fairy Godmother. Success is a lot of hard work, so use this time to understand what you want to do, how you want to do, and exactly what it will involve. Use this time to understand and plan your approach, step by little, and itty-bitty step.

N – Never say "No"!

Too many ideas are nipped in the bud because at a certain point in the “thinking things through” process people come upon the “No, that doesn’t sound like it’ll work” idea. I’m not going to dispute the fact that there is much to be said for a person’s gut instinct, but learn to recognize when that instinct is hindering you and when it’s trying to protect you. Don’t be a victim of self-censorship. Think about it this way: if people always gave in to the little voice in their head that said, “I don’t know, but I don’t like it,” human existence would be devoid of inventions that have changed the way we live our lives. Don’t caught get in this trap. If nothing else, let the data or information that you’re gathering towards understanding how to realize your idea or dream indicate if you’re headed down the path of some futile pursuit.

G – Go for it!

Now that you’ve spent all the time you’ve needed gathering information behind that idea or dream of yours, and putting together a plan on how to realize it, well, it’s time for action. You’ve put it all together, now go about doing it. This step is where you can up the pace a lot simply because you’ve taken the time to plan it all out. The moment you take the first step towards carrying out your well thought out plans, the rest of process should just flow together as one endless flow of action. The three steps before this one were the “think” steps. Now, it’s time to do it with aplomb!

E – Evaluate your success

Your plan to realize your idea or dream is in full swing. Things are going well. But remember, you should still be paying attention to whatever is going on. That is to say, with each step that you carry out, learn to take a quick look at whether or not the plan is unfolding as it should and with the expected amount of success. Learning to identify failure in the interim period will help you steer clear of certain doom. There is no reason to carry on down a path of assured failure if you can do something about it. Now, don’t get me wrong about this. Many small businesses start out expecting to be profitable in the short run. From stories that we come across every day, this is certainly not the case. Many businesses, when they first start out, recognize that they will have to spend a certain amount of time in the red before they starting earning any positive returns. This isn’t failure. It’s probably part of the plan. The business may look at the fact that a shrinking loss margin is a sign of success, whereas the opposite is a sign of failure. In the case of the latter turn out, they will then use this information to find out what they’re doing wrong and go about correcting it. Remember, if it’s part of the plan, stick to it. Ultimately, after all the little steps have been showing success, the overall idea is that much closer to becoming a reality.

R – Repeat

Once, you’ve finally done what you set out to do, there’s no need to stop. If you find that you this worked for you, and that your achieved the desired results, then, there’s really no reason to stop. I started off the HUNGER process by asking you to have, or “own” an idea. But, as with most people, you may have a million ideas. Once you’ve turned one of these ideas into gold, it should encourage you to try and convert another dream into a reality. “Practice makes perfect,” as they say, so once you’ve got the hang of carrying out what you set out to do, the more you do it, the better you get at it. Here’s hoping that you all get to this last step, “hungry” for more.

One more time, here is the HUNGER Principle for you to remember:

H – Have an idea

U – Understand it completely

N – Never say "No"!

G – Go for it!

E – Evaluate your success

R – Repeat


About Rohin Kallat

From a personal standpoint, my life has been peppered with numerous successes, but almost as evenly sprinkled with failures. There are times when I let myself get down because of these upsets, but more often than not, I’ve always bounced back. I’m just an “average Joe” trying to make it in the world, like most people out there, and some days I’ve been on top, while on other days I’ve been beaten down. The important thing though, is that I haven’t let myself stay down for too long. I’d have to say, that from graduating college to becoming the Head of Division for a company in the last 8 years, I’ve been pretty successful in my own right in spite of all the downfalls. But, the important thing is, I’m always hungry for more. That’s what keeps me waking up every morning. Take this article as a case in point. I woke up one morning with an idea in my head. Now, it’s an article with a “principle” to boot!

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