Book Excerpt: Legends Over Generations by Ashraf Haggag
Welcome to TRB Lounge. Today, I’d like to welcome author Ashraf Haggag, for sharing with us the excerpt from his upcoming novel Legends Over Generations.
Read ahead to get a sneak-peek into this insightful new release.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Since the beginning of human settlement, a lot of people came up with ideas, philosophies, beliefs, experiments, research, redesigning of thoughts, talents, and surveys to bring myths to reality.
People contributed to various life aspects science, politics, literature, arts, social activities and so many other fields. These genius minds put a keen interest in every phenomenon right from when they were young. The zeal, passion, dedication, hard work and efforts they put into their work helped them discover something new about the world we live in.
In these Legends, we’ve seen inexplicable abilities that helped us define our existence and human life. Their names are engraved in the sands of time for their work in the welfare of mankind with different inventions that have made our lives easy, enjoyable and successful. The following chapters commemorate the greatest personalities we’ve ever seen who changed the world.
They are among the most influential people of today’s world. With practical advantages in various aspects, they have helped us to grow a better understanding of the world and different working phenomenon’s that governs us. Their way of shaping modern day culture is completely unrivaled.
Key Features & Traits Across all Legends
- Greatest people are passionate about what they do.
Passion tops the list because “if you love what you’re doing, it will be so much easier to develop the other seven success traits. There are two types of people: strivers and seekers. Strivers know what they want to do early and can go for it from a young age, the majority of people, however, are seekers. They have to discover what they love.
There’s one easy question you can ask yourself to determine if you’ve found your passion: “Would you do it without being paid?” If the answer is yes, then you’ve likely found it.
- Greatest people work hard while living
Hard work is necessary in any field, but it’s important to live while you work. There is no link between success and hours worked however Successful people aren’t workaholics; they’re “work frolics” because they perform and live normally their daily life.
- Greatest people have a specific focus.
Focus is key. To be successful, it’s important to specialize in a certain area and build your expertise.
“Success means narrowing down and focusing on one thing, not being scattered all over the map,” St. John writes.
However there’s more to it than just picking a field and focusing on it. You should start out thinking wide and then narrow it down into one specific focus.
- Greatest people push themselves out of their comfort zones.
Pushing yourself starts with getting out of your comfort zone. Greatest people push themselves through shyness, doubts, and fear.
There are seven specific ways helps to push yourself toward success:
- A goal to push you.
- A challenge to push you.
- A deadline to push you.
- Push yourself with self-discipline.
- Get others to push you.
- Get competition to push you.
- Get a tormentor to push you and a mentor to support you.
5. Greatest people consistently come up with new ideas.
The key here is creativity. There are eight ways to come up with ideas and creativity
- A problem to solve, because creative ideas come from everyday problems.
- An observant: Eye-Q can be more important than IQ.
- Listening Ears are antennas for ideas.
- Asking questions leads to ideas.
- Borrow an idea, and build it into a new idea.
- Make connections: Take one thing and connect it to another.
- Mistakes and failures lead to great ideas.
6. Greatest people are constantly getting better.
Someone who achieves great success is always improving, regardless the field.” Continuous improvement means getting good at something, then getting better, and then aiming to be the best. It’s important to focus on your strengths rather than your weaknesses. It’s fine to be bad at a lot of things as long as you’re really good at one thing.
- Greatest people provide value to others.
Most people only care about how they can handle their problems. However if you shift your focus off yourself and put it onto the people you serve, you set yourself in a different category of others
- Greatest people are persistent through failure.
There is no true overnight success. Persistence works hand-in-hand with patience. And it’s important to keep in mind that failure is unavoidable, whether it’s making mistakes or facing blatant rejection. How you deal with it can be the deciding factor.
“Failure can be heartbreaking, and when it happens you have a choice, “You can let it be your school or your funeral.”
Greatest people using failure as a stepping stone and building off it.
*The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong – Gandhi
* We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves –Dalai Lama
* It always seems impossible until it’s done –Nelson Mandela
* Silence is the ultimate weapon of power –Charles De Gaulle
* Never, never, never give up.-Winston Churchill
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ashraf Haggag is a senior executive with nearly three decades of experience in close proximity to the corporate market. His more recent experience has also taken him to every facet of the hospitality industry.
Haggag has direct experience in many different aspects of business, including sales, marketing, revenue management, and administration. Having worked in Germany, the United States, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, his global experiences have helped him realize that companies must target new market zones in order to grow and prosper in the international marketplace. He is eager to bring enhanced cross-cultural awareness to today’s business leaders.
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