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October 10, 2013

Can you achieve anything?

Today's class led to an interesting discussion on whether people can achieve anything they want too. For the context of achieving business excellence, this is a paramount feature. If you believe you can not achieve your goals, quite simply you will not. When I was 13 years old, I became extremely interested in a band called blink-182. I got it into my head that I wanted to be like the bass player, so without any knowledge or prior experience, I decided to buy a bass, learn every song by them with the aim of being able to play it (vaguely) competently. This commitment to picking up an instrument I had no experience with, never mind the fact I had no musical experience, seemed destined to fail to those around me. My mum bemoamed the fact I wanted to spend over £100 on an instrument she was convinced I wouldn't touch after a few weeks but, and to her amazement, I was commited in my mind that I would achieve my goal. Hour after hour, week after week, I would practice and play, and within around 8 months I had achieved my goal. Even to this day, I still play, and have surpassed my wildest expectations composing my own music and performing live on a BBC Radio show and performing shows in a former band at sold out venues with over several thousand people in the venue.

This theory applies to reaching business excellence. Quite simply, if I esatablished a new supermarket in the UK, people around me would believe I was doomed to fail, as the market is dominated and the market share is almost full. Whilst it may seem extremely difficult to achieve my target, I have more chance of suceeding if I am convinced myself that my venture will be a success as opposed to thinking it will not work. Sometimes a positive mindset and approach is needed to drive yourself on to your goals.

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