xiv) Don't Blame Circumstances

Successful people don't blame circumstances, ie

Some "...people always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want..."

George Bernard Shaw as quoted by Martin Newman, 2007

Furthermore, Australian research (Terrance Fitzsimmons, 2012) shows that successful people have similar backgrounds, ie usually skills learnt in childhood from

- suffering or witnessing some dramatic or traumatic event in childhood that has interrupted family life like a major health issue in the family, family suicide, etc

- professional parents (usually father with stay-at-home mother) and/or from a small business family in which members learnt to juggle or balance work, family and community priorities, which gave them an innate understanding of business

- leader in a sporting group when young, (eg captain of a sports team), ie helped develop strategies, goals, leadership and teamwork which all help later in the workplace

- women tended to have their children when young, ie 18 to 23 years old. They were later able to handle long and inflexible working hours and business demands as their children are older and more independent. Plus options like relatives to look after children.

The above help developed resilience and self-confidence.

. For successful women

"...are super women......super intelligent, gifted, born into small business families, they were challenged as children, and overcoming their challenges gave them confidence. They have supportive husbands, they had mentors..."

Terrance Fitzsimmons, 2012


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