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Professional is Spelled With 5 P's

By: James S. Bain
Posted: May 27, 2011, from the June 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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People. Surround yourself with good people. Your performance and your reputation are most often determined by the people with whom you have aligned your life. Choose those people wisely and be fiercely loyal to them. They will be the foundation of your ultimate success. Show them you care about them by asking about them, and then listen to the answers. Care about them and they will care about you.

Priorities. Focus on the fundamentals, and the results will take care of themselves. Start each day with a simple written list of what you plan to accomplish that day. Make time to take actions that contribute to your purpose and goals. Remember that if you don’t have time to do it right, what makes you think that you have time to do it over? Learn to adapt to a changing environment. Being prompt, reliable and contributing to your team will go a long way to ensure your success.

Persistence. Maintain a positive mental attitude; your attitude is a choice you make each and every day. Choose to be positive and don’t get bogged down in negative thinking. The past is just that—passed. What specifically can you do today to continue toward your purpose?

How many skin care professionals do you know who wake up in the morning and ask themselves, “How can I fail today?” Probably none. People fail because they haven’t focused on their purpose, or they haven’t prepared themselves to take advantage of the opportunities. Just remember, “professional,” in any endeavor, is spelled with 5 P’s: purpose, preparation, people, priorities and persistence. Focus on these and success won’t be far behind.

James S. Bain is an author, speaker, consultant and coach. He is the founder of the Falcon Performance Institute, a consulting and corporate training firm focused on productive performance. Bain is currently anticipating his soon-to-be-published book, Never Pass on a Chance to P—A Roadmap to Success.