Success Article: Three Secrets to Creating Success by Looking Up!
Recently, I was invited to speak about success to the students at the business department at a university. As I stood at the door to the auditorium, out of the first twenty students who walked by, nineteen had their heads down working with their smartphones, tablets, or other electronic devices. Instead of embracing the opportunity to connect with someone who could possibly further their careers, they choose to stay engaged with their devices.
How many of you may be doing this every day? Maybe you have seen others doing the same thing. We are so busy looking down at our devices that we might be missing opportunities directly in front of us. The opportunity could be the person you have been trying to connect with for a job or career opportunity. It could be an event that will give you the idea to create a successful business. You could be someone who might turn into your perfect mate. You get the idea.
The following are three success secrets to being engaged so that more opportunities come your way:
- Make an Effort to Look Up – Always value people over things. Whenever you have opportunities to be among people, put down the devices and engage with the people. First, it is a sign of respect and says to the other person that they are important. Second, when you are looking up and creating eye contact, it makes it easier for other people to approach you and engage in conversation. Devices can give you the information, but people can make the decision on your future success.
- Focus on the Conversation – When you’re in a personal or business conversation, do not consistently sneak looks at your device. It is rude and disrupts the flow of the conversation. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen conversations where the it started off great. Then as soon as someone brings out a device, the flow of the conversation becomes choppy, sentences are shortened or stopped, and potential opportunities are lost. Keep your devices out of sight in your pocket.
- Take Time Away from Technology – Take a “technology time-out.” Believe me, you can do it. Whether it is an hour or a day, leave your device at home, go outside and reconnect with yourself or others. You will recharge your batteries and become creative in other ways. You will find solutions to opportunities you didn’t think of when you were using your digital devices. Your stress level will decrease, and you will find success more enjoyable in your life.
Create your success by implementing the above tips. Looking up and engaging with others will help you be more successful in your career, your business, and in your life!