For many of us, being `good’ isn’t really good enough. We want to make the very best we can out of our lives – to achieve all we can achieve and be the best we can be. We want to be Brilliant. There are many tools to find out what point you are at now, understand where it is you want to get and develop strategies and powerful methods to get you there. As quickly as possible and as economically as possible with as much fun as possible. 

In this article (Part – 2 / 2), I will review the rest 25 tips (out of 50 tips – check last article) to help you discover your own way. it is organized to be short and determined. If you want more plans and details about how to be Brilliant in your life, I suggest to read books like (How to be Brilliant by Michael Heppell). The uses many clear examples and stories to show you how to overcome barriers that hold you back.

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26 - Be Patient

Be Patient. Life does not use a simple linear equation: effort in=results out.

Be Patient

Sometimes, a LOT of effort is needed to get the results you desire ( a book deal). Sometimes, the results you desire take a year or so (getting back to health). Sometimes the results you want come in a mysterious way (despite doing on-line dating and some speed dating, you bump into the guy of your dreams buying vegetables down at the Farmer’s Market). It’s worth hanging on in there. You will get what you want. Be patient.

27 - Study.

In a world where almost anything can be Googled/ Binged, what’s the point of really knowing and learning things?

Study

Study. In a world where almost anything can be Googled/ Binged, what’s the point of really knowing and learning things? Answer: it’s the platform for your own breakthroughs, innovation and thought leadership. Study hard in your chosen field. Leak those studies into peripheral areas and study at the interfaces to other fields, too.Know stuff (learn it), Knead stuff (use it, apply it) and then Knit stuff (create your own ideas and concepts). Study.

28 - Note-book.

Paper or electronic, it’s no big deal. Start jotting stuff down. Quotes, references. Things to follow up. Ideas. Authors to read.

Note-book

Paper or electronic, it’s no big deal. Start jotting stuff down. Quotes, references. Things to follow up. Ideas. Authors to read. A person to try and contact. Have it with you most of the time which is the possible advantage of a small paper note-book+pencil. Regularly review and consolidate. Musings and quotations, not just actions. Private to you. More scrap-book, less text-book. This is the book you are writing. This is the book which is the basis of identifying your unique brilliance. Get one. Write one. Daily. Note-book.

29 - Scale

Scale. Get good at scale. When do you need to be a big picture visionary?

Scale

Scale. Get good at scale. When do you need to be a big picture visionary? Thinking ahead, dreaming and plotting: hot-air balloon view. And when do you need to come down to Earth, change the scale and think detail, detail and yet more detail. One aspect of ‘being brilliant’ is about choosing the right sense of scale at the right time. Scale.

30 - Chemistry

Chemistry. A great meeting needs chemistry between the players. A presentation needs chemistry between you and the audience.

Chemistry

Chemistry. A great meeting needs chemistry between the players. A presentation needs chemistry between you and the audience. You and your future business partner need a certain chemistry. Chemistry is the soft stuff, the intangible that turns ‘pretty good’ into ‘brilliant’. A great gig into an awesome one. An OK pasta place into an excellent one. Think about the molecules you are generating: open, abundant, encouraging and receptive? Or hostile, cynical, closed? It’s not a cologne nor after-shave; it’s a choice. Chemistry.

31 - Use Your Head

You have the most marvellous brain. But on a daily basis we mis-treat it.

Use Your Head

Use Your Head. You have the most marvellous brain. But on a daily basis we mis-treat it. Distract it with crazy multi-tasking, poison it with corn syrup over-load, fatigue it by taking no breaks, torture it with lack of sleep, cause it deep anxiety by dwelling on what’s not going to happen, deprive it of fresh information by not reading... Don’t do it. Just don’t do it. Love your brain and it will amply return the care and attention lavished upon it. Start now: you really don’t need that third cola. Really. Use Your Head.

32 - Act on Feed-back

Act on Feed-back. Get regular feed-back and act upon it. Sure, some people are rude. Some overly critical. Some are too nice.

Act on Feed-back

Act on Feed-back. Get regular feed-back and act upon it. Sure, some people are rude. Some overly critical. Some are too nice. But if you ask enough people you will identify themes (‘you don’t listen’, ‘you are really creative’, ‘you’re brilliant at pitching’, ‘you really need to address your time-keeping’...) and that’s what you need to address. Act on feed-back.

33 - Rhythm and Rituals

Establish your rhythm and rituals. Create a certain rhythm to your day: your highly productive writing/ creating/thinking parts.

Rhythm and Rituals

Establish your rhythm and rituals. Create a certain rhythm to your day: your highly productive writing/ creating/thinking parts. Your sheer doing, labouring parts. Your chill out/relax parts. Punctuate that with certain rituals. The walk, the conversation, the reflective ristretto coffee, preparing a meal. Simple brilliance can appear from simple rhythm and ritual.

34 - Forget Perfect

Forget Perfect. Brilliant isn’t about being perfect. In fact trying to be perfect is what so often stifles releasing the best version of ourselves which is the key to our route to brilliance.

Forget Perfect

Forget Perfect. Brilliant isn’t about being perfect. In fact trying to be perfect is what so often stifles releasing the best version of ourselves which is the key to our route to brilliance. No: raise your standards, sure. Don’t walk by a quality issue, true. But don’t get hung up about 100% perfection. Presentations which are too slick don’t engage. Timetabled vacations for the kids are not so much fun for those on the receiving end. And perfect marketing plans so often lack bite. A bit of wabi sabi, a bit of imperfection is an important key to brilliance. Forget Perfect.

35 - DO !!

Do. Don’t just talk. Don’t just read. Don’t just study. Brilliant is a verb. Brilliant is an activity. Get out there and knock their socks off.

DO !!!

Do. Don’t just talk. Don’t just read. Don’t just study. Brilliant is a verb. Brilliant is an activity. Get out there and knock their socks off. Today. With your pitch, the meals you serve, the cars you service, the constituents you speak to, the children you teach, the clients you consult with, the book you write. Do it brilliantly. Do.

36 - BALANCE

Balance. Brilliant isn’t making it on the stock exchange if you never see your kids. Brilliant isn’t winning the company Porsche two quarters in a row if the third quarter you were in hospital with chest pains.

Balance

Balance. Brilliant isn’t making it on the stock exchange if you never see your kids. Brilliant isn’t winning the company Porsche two quarters in a row if the third quarter you were in hospital with chest pains. Brilliant isn’t doing it just to impress the neighbours. Brilliant is achieving balance across what is important to you: only you can decide what that is. It isn’t easy. That’s why it’s a characteristic of brilliance. Balance.

37 - HAVE COURAGE

Have courage. Too many people won’t speak out in meetings. Or do hang around to be last out of the car-park. Or do respond to e-mail from their boss on a Sunday afternoon. Not you. You know that isn’t brilliant.

Have Courage

Have courage. Too many people won’t speak out in meetings. Or do hang around to be last out of the car-park. Or do respond to e-mail from their boss on a Sunday afternoon. Not you. You know that isn’t brilliant. That’s keep your head down. No: have the courage to work from a deeper place than just the immediate issue and not walk by a quality issue: a poorly run meeting, a customer being poorly treated or a badly managed ‘re-org’. Have courage.

38 - BE ON TIME EVERY TIME

Be on time, every time. Have your notes with you. Polish your shoes. In one sense it’s harder and harder to pull ahead of the competition.

Be on time, every time

Be on time, every time. Have your notes with you. Polish your shoes. In one sense it’s harder and harder to pull ahead of the competition. But in another, it’s easier: the basics are increasingly poorly addressed. Do an agenda for your meeting and your professionalism will be noted. Remember and use your host’s name at the conference. Do the basics,brilliantly. Consistently. Be on time, every time.

39 - NO EXCUSES

No excuses. No, he wasn’t late because of the traffic. He got up late. No, the essay wasn’t of poor quality because of too many deadlines. She didn’t have a plan.

No Excuses

No excuses. No, he wasn’t late because of the traffic. He got up late. No, the essay wasn’t of poor quality because of too many deadlines. She didn’t have a plan. Global Conglomerates isn’t doing badly because of the recession. It doesn’t have a ‘hard times’ strategy. It’s pretty easy to find an excuse. And a lot of the time you can get away with it. But it causes your standards to degrade so quickly and it sure isn’t brilliant. Keep an excuse for when it isn’t really an excuse. No excuses.

40 - BE THERE

Be There. When you are at home: be there; stop worrying about work. When you are at work: be there; stop wishing the day away. When you are playing Lego with your daughter: be there; at your son’s football match: be there; when she’s low and writes to you: be there. Be There.

Be There

Be There. When you are at home: be there; stop worrying about work. When you are at work: be there; stop wishing the day away. When you are playing Lego with your daughter: be there; at your son’s football match: be there; when she’s low and writes to you: be there. Be There.

41 - TODAY!

Today. Today is a great day to be brilliant. Go for it. Today.

Today

Today. Today is a great day to be brilliant. Go for it. Today.

42 - GET CLEAR ON YOU

Get Clear on You. Get clear on who you are and what you offer the planet. You’ve got to become you. Parents, school, books, music, politicians have all done their fair share to shape you, for good and for bad. But it’s now time to start releasing your brilliance. What are you about? What’s your philosophy? What’s your contribution to this spinning rock hurtling through space? Get a handle on that and your brilliance will shine. Get Clear on You.

Get Clear On You

Get Clear on You. Get clear on who you are and what you offer the planet. You’ve got to become you. Parents, school, books, music, politicians have all done their fair share to shape you, for good and for bad. But it’s now time to start releasing your brilliance. What are you about? What’s your philosophy? What’s your contribution to this spinning rock hurtling through space? Get a handle on that and your brilliance will shine. Get Clear on You.

43 - MANAGE YOUR OWN CAREER

Nobody: your manager, your CEO, your HR specialist has your career truly, really in mind. You must take that action. Every month take 15 minutes to look at your CV. Does this represent your brilliance? If so: how will you maintain it? If not: what needs to be done? Don’t delegate nor out-source the management of your career. Take it 100% on board and get it back on track. Manage Your Own Career.

Manage Your Own Career

Manage Your Own Career. Nobody: your manager, your CEO, your HR specialist has your career truly, really in mind. You must take that action. Every month take 15 minutes to look at your CV. Does this represent your brilliance? If so: how will you maintain it? If not: what needs to be done? Don’t delegate nor out-source the management of your career. Take it 100% on board and get it back on track. Manage Your Own Career.

44 - BE CONSISTENT

Be consistent. The croissants need to be melt-in-yourmouth buttery every day. The high-wire act needs to be consistently terrifying. Your team’s customer service needs to be truly remarkable. Brilliance isn’t about one-offs. Nor is it about 100% perfection. Does it rule out spontaneity ? No way! But it is about consistency. Turn up on time, every time, day after day. Easy? No. Brilliant? Yes. Be consistent.

Be Consistent

Be consistent. The croissants need to be melt-in-yourmouth buttery every day. The high-wire act needs to be consistently terrifying. Your team’s customer service needs to be truly remarkable. Brilliance isn’t about one-offs. Nor is it about 100% perfection. Does it rule out spontaneity ? No way! But it is about consistency. Turn up on time, every time, day after day. Easy? No. Brilliant? Yes. Be consistent.

45 - SYSTEMS

You don’t want to waste your energy trying to find that document, be it paper or electronic. Nor wondering which clients you should chase for actions. Nor money. And your big ideas need to be front of mind not lost at the bottom of a drawer of back of a notebook. Systems automate, make things easy, save your energy and ensure what needs to be done gets done.

Systems

Systems. You don’t want to waste your energy trying to find that document, be it paper or electronic. Nor wondering which clients you should chase for actions. Nor money. And your big ideas need to be front of mind not lost at the bottom of a drawer of back of a notebook. Systems automate, make things easy, save your energy and ensure what needs to be done gets done. So you can really concentrate on being brilliant. Whether it’s a brought-forward file, a white-board, both or something totally different, sort a system soon. Systems.

46 - PAUSE

Pause. Just slow down. The adrenaline is building: too much, too fast. You’re running, not thinking. Clearing e-mail not creating. Talking hurriedly in corridors not making business breakthroughs. Pause; take a breath; re-connect; be here now. Re-engage brilliance. Cool. Pause.

Pause

Pause. Just slow down. The adrenaline is building: too much, too fast. You’re running, not thinking. Clearing e-mail not creating. Talking hurriedly in corridors not making business breakthroughs. Pause; take a breath; re-connect; be here now. Re-engage brilliance. Cool. Pause.

47 - PHYSICS

Physics. Newton’s Third Law of Motion says ‘to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’. The commercial world is much the same. To get the results out, you need to put the work in. The only thing is that unlike your experiments in the lab at school, the reaction to your stimulus can be delayed.

Physics

Physics. Newton’s Third Law of Motion says ‘to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’. The commercial world is much the same. To get the results out, you need to put the work in. The only thing is that unlike your experiments in the lab at school, the reaction to your stimulus can be delayed. Marketing activity may take months to yield robust sales. Your reputation may take years to build. But it will. Perhaps it’s easier to think of it in terms of karma. Whatever. Physics.

48 - TOMORROW

Tomorrow. Have a plan. With a plan you save a lot of energy and you are more likely to get what you want. Sure, things will crop up. Yep, things will go off plan.

Tomorrow

Tomorrow. Have a plan. With a plan you save a lot of energy and you are more likely to get what you want. Sure, things will crop up. Yep, things will go off plan. But overall you achieve a lot, lot more: you stay effective. Draw a vertical time line for the day and allocate actions against that time line also allowing time for meetings (planning and recovery), breaks and a bit of ‘managing crises’ time. Most importantly make use of your peak productive times by matching tough tasks to maximum productivity. Have a plan. Tomorrow.

49 - DO NOT WORRY

Don’t Worry. Well, do worry about some things. Have you got a plan B for your pitch to Global? Have you got some cash for taxis? Has your daughter done enough revision? But don’t worry about everything: it’s debilitating, it’s distracting and most importantly most of your worrying doesn’t change things one iota.

Don't Worry

Don’t Worry. Well, do worry about some things. Have you got a plan B for your pitch to Global? Have you got some cash for taxis? Has your daughter done enough revision? But don’t worry about everything: it’s debilitating, it’s distracting and most importantly most of your worrying doesn’t change things one iota. It will probably still rain. He may well not turn up. The flight could be delayed. Whatever: be resourceful, be brilliant. Don’t Worry.

50 - START

Start. Brilliance isn’t a ‘done and dusted’ destination. The client gets more demanding, there are more exam hurdles for your children to leap and things in general become slowly but surely more uncertain. Brilliance is a path, a journey, a clearly defined arrow’s flight. Choose it and you’ll get what you want; whatever that might be. But you have got to start. Start.

Start

Start. Brilliance isn’t a ‘done and dusted’ destination. The client gets more demanding, there are more exam hurdles for your children to leap and things in general become slowly but surely more uncertain. Brilliance is a path, a journey, a clearly defined arrow’s flight. Choose it and you’ll get what you want; whatever that might be. But you have got to start. Start.

Resources:

Nicholas Bate – How to be brilliant : Nicholasbate.typepad.com

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