We have all been in contact with taxi drivers at some stage. Maybe you even use them on a regular basis. For most people he image of a taxi taxi is a car, often of a particular colour, with a light on top. In South Africa however, they are different. They are are a minibus shape and size. Licensed to hold between 12 and 16 adulta, they are often transporting up to 30 people. They have a poor maintenance record and, in my opinion, are often unroadworthy but carry on anyway.
They are pretty much always viewed as a pain in the neck and a nuisance to other road users. I have actually realised that they have exceptionally important lessons to teach us all.
1. They are important to a lot of people.
Most people in south africa do not own cars so they use taxis to get from point A to B. With the volume that they transport daily, if they don’t take that volume where they need to go, the country literally comes to a stand still. This is because the people cannot get to work. We are talking every level from domestic workers to high levwl executives.
2. They are convenient.
They are EVERYWHERE! They go ANYWHERE!
They don’t limit their range to town routes. There are long distance taxis too. Some go as far as 180 km. On every street corner ans sometimes the middle of the road, you can get into one and be on your way. A warning here, they are bound to routes so if you get in the wrong taxi, you will go to the wrong place.
3. They wil, do anything for business.
This lesson is where they get their bad reputation from. I have seen a taxi cross 3 lanes of traffic on a main road to pick someone up. That’s ferocious sales tactics. Just as any other business would do anything to get business, these ‘businessmen’ are the same. There is often nothing illegal in how they do it. It is definitely dangerous. This is what irritates people and rightly so. You have to commend them for the enthusiasm for the business.
The following are 10 habits of successful people
1. They don’t work in their comfort zone.
What is your comfort zone? Your comfort zone is defined as “A psychological state in which a person feels familiar, at ease, in control, and experiences low anxiety.” When you get outside of your comfort zone, it doesn’t mean that you should strive for a constant state of anxiety and stress. It simply means that, in order to grow, you should try new things and expand your horizons.
The reason we are comfortable in our comfort zone is because we are not taking risks when we are in this state. When we live in our comfort zones, we are living life like hamsters on a wheel, going around and around in a constant cycle, but going nowhere in our lives.
Famous motivational speaker, Les Brown, said it best with, “If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.”
2. They don’t do without first learning.
Learning is what we do best. The greatest thing about learning is the benefit that we receive in all aspects of our lives. Successful people strive to continue learning new things and expanding on things that they already know.
If we stop learning, then the only thing we can do is settle with what we already know; if we settle for that, then there is no way to expand our minds. Expansion is essential on the path to success. Since our minds require learning for expansion, we must never stop seeking new knowledge.
Imagine what would have happened if Bill Gates stopped learning and growing. The internet would be much more primitive than it is today. But because he followed his dreams and continued growing, he founded one of the biggest companies in the world and it is still flourishing and growing today.
3. They don’t fear asking for advice.
Richard Branson, a famous entrepreneur, stated, “When you need to make hard decisions, being able to discuss your ideas with entrepreneurs and business leaders who have solved similar problems can make all the difference.”
Asking for advice is not always easy. We think that we have the same opportunity as everyone else and sometimes feel insecure and dependent, so we decide not to ask for advice, and try to figure it out ourselves. But this could be greatly limiting us from reaching our full potential, because the advice we might be seeking could be something that somebody knows very well.
4. They don’t get lost in the small details.
When life gives us seemingly endless opportunities, it is very easy to get lost in the small details. The small details are very easy for us to become focused on, thus causing us to miss out on the overall vision, also known as the “big picture”.
Focusing too much on the smaller details constricts your ability to see how everything ties together. Much of our lives hinge upon the connections that we make with others and with ourselves. If we get lost in the small detail, it is like having missing pieces to a puzzle. How are we supposed to solve that?
Imagine what would have happened if Henry Ford only saw the small details. When building the company that Ford is today, he knew that he must do something different if his company was to succeed. After many people told him it couldn’t be done, his company continued improving upon the smaller details until they got it right.
Henry Ford didn’t focus too much on the small details, which were the hundreds of times he failed; he saw the overall goal and knew that it could be accomplished. It required seeing the bigger picture to make it happen.
5. They don’t multitask.
Multitasking is typically viewed as a skill that only certain people possess. But truth be told, nobody actually has the ability to multitask. Multitasking is known to actually decrease productivity. Those who are successful focus on one specific task and do that task to the best of their ability without interruption.
When you multitask, you limit your ability to fully focus on one specific task at a time. Successful people utilize the talents and abilities that they have by focusing it on one task and one task only.
Emma Watson said, “I just dropped my iPhone in my soup. I think it might be time to tone down the multitasking.” This demonstrates how destructive multitasking is highlighting the fact that when we multitask, we are greatly limiting ourselves.
6. They don’t lie to themselves.
Lying to yourself is one of the easiest things for you to do. It is much more difficult to accept the problems that we have without make excuses for them. Successful people understand that we will encounter problems, both internally and externally.
But it is important to accept the problems that reside in our lives, rather than not dealing with them and lying to ourselves about them.
As Steve Maraboli said, “Stop lying to yourself. When we deny our own truth, we deny our own potential.”
7. They don’t procrastinate in asking for feedback.
Feedback is important, because it gives you a different perspective on your current situation. Sometimes you are not able to see the answer that is right in front of you. But when someone gives you feedback, it allows you to see something from the perspective of someone else.
If you procrastinate asking someone for feedback, you are missing out on time that could be put towards accomplishing your dreams. The longer you wait, the harder it is to utilize advice that others can give you.
“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you´re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better,” entrepreneur Elon Musk once said.
At toastmasters we have a saying “feedback is the breakfast of champions”
8. They don’t follow, they lead.
You have probably heard the phrase “lead, follow or get out of the way.” There are two types of people in this world: leaders and followers. The ones who are successful are the ones who are leading the pack.
Successful people are not successful because they got there by chance. They did not follow somebody to the finish line. They paved their own path in life to get where they needed to be.
Just as the great Robert Frost stated, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
9. They don’t let the past dictate their future.
The past is something that we will never change, nor should we want to change it; because without it, we would not have learned the lessons we needed to learn. Therefore, we would wind up making the same mistakes over and over again until we learned the lesson that life is trying to teach us.
At one time, businessman Shahid Khan washed dishes for $1.20 an hour. His humble background did not prevent him from thinking bigger though. With a net worth of $3.8 billion dollars, he now owns Flex-N-Gate, one of the largest private companies in the U.S., the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, and Premier League soccer club Fulham.
10. They don’t hang around negative people.
Negative people are very destructive to be around when it comes to achieving success, because there are so many situations that life throws at us and causes us to get down on ourselves or our situation. But some people like to focus on this aspect of life the majority of the time.
When you are around negative people enough, you start to see things negatively and you begin to lose sight of your dream. Success is more about mindset than anything, and if you always have a negative mindset, life will reward you with negative outcomes to deal with.
Joel Olsteen once said, “You cannot expect to live a positive life if you hang with negative people.” So if you wish you be successful, don’t focus on the negativity that others bring.
To be successful requires focus and determination. It seems that every successful person follows similar patterns. Therefore, it’s easy to see why they are where they are. They knew what they had to do in order to achieve their dreams and they didn’t let anyone or anything stop them from getting there.
You have the power in yourself to become one of those successful people you admire and look up to.