Success requires thinking beyond the norm

Much like thinking out of the box, self-storage success depends in part on thinking outside of yourself and the routine that resides inside the gates of your facility. Here are some secrets to success from influential bloggers:

1. Concentrate on others. Dharmesh Shah, HubSpot founder and Chief Technical Officer, notes in a July blogpost entitled, "Simple Daily Habits Of The Delightfully Successful," think of others and praise them daily. He suggests, "For five minutes, focus on what your manager needs. Forget your job description: What does your manager hope to accomplish?.....Or focus on a customer. Forget what you provide: What does that customer hope or need to accomplish?...Or focus on a particular employee...The answers will surprise you.

"Maybe what your manager really needs is to rescue a high visibility project. Maybe what your customer really needs is to fight off a new competitor. Maybe what your employee really needs is an occasional opportunity to express creativity in her heavily process-based position. Every day, spend a little time thinking about what someone else really needs and help them get it, even if the effort required falls outside your job description or typical focus or business as usual."

Further, he notes, give someone unexpected praise daily.

Blogger Tim Brown, CEO and president of IDEO global design firm, emphasizes that helping make others successful makes you successful. "We've found that people who are obsessed with their own ideas aren't very good at collaborating with others. And if you're trying to solve complex problems-which we're often asked to do-you need multiple minds working together to arrive at the best solutions," he notes.

2. Display your humanity. Shah points out that admitting a failing directly links to success. "Say you were wrong. Say you are sorry. Make a joke at your own expense. Ask someone for help (because that implicitly shows you don't have all the skills or answers.) Admit you bit off more than you could chew...When you do, you'll find it much easier to work to improve your weaknesses. Plus you'll find that other people will gladly help you, usually without being asked.

3. Relax! Blogger Kathryn Minshew recommends that career advancement hinges in part on the ability to "Sit back, relax, and let your mind wander." As a three decades-plus entrepreneur, I can attest that this advice has merit for small business owners. She suggests that people "take some time out for yourself at the park, on your patio, or at your favorite vacation spot. Once you're there, and let yourself daydream about where your career might take you three, five, even 10 years from now. Let your mind roam and think about all the possibilities...Don't necessarily think about what might be possible given your current skill set, experience, or situation-remember, this time is for dreaming, not for planning, and you'll want to give yourself time to really just daydream."

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