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How to Embrace and Use Adversaries as Tools to Push Yourself to Success

How to Embrace and Use Adversaries as Tools to Push Yourself to Success

You might look at anybody asking you to embrace your adversaries suspiciously. The reason for this is you have heard it repeatedly said that opponents should remain at arm’s length. It is true that relationships with your adversaries tend to be quite tense.

Here’s what you can do to restore it.

Reduce the Tension

You can change it by reducing the tension, which is what embracing the adversary means. Taking the step allows you to make a positive decision that will reflect in other areas of your life too. Importantly, it will set you on course for the success you wish to achieve.

One of the most popular TV programs is Survivor. Occasionally, participants are offered the chance of taking a friend to a dinner or lunch after winning a reward. Often, the winner opts to take a foe rather than a friend. The winners realize that rivals are crucial for their game plans.

Categorize Your Adversaries

It’s important for you to understand the category your adversaries belong to. Adversaries can be:

  1. focused
  2. emotional
  3. vengeful

Life is a journey. In this journey, you need friends and foes alike. Friends have your back while rivals keep you on your toes. Foes ensure that you never have a moment’s piece. They keep you focused on staying ahead of the competition. In this regard, foes are crucial for your success.

Use Adversaries as Motivation to Innovate

Businesses understand the importance of competition. Some of the greatest innovations known to man have come about because entrepreneurs were forced to innovate. Without innovation, the competitors would have destroyed and buried some of the well-acclaimed entrepreneurs.

Adversaries can also be detrimental to your success through:

  • casting a cloud of doubt over your abilities
  • sapping energy
  • stymieing progress
  • distracting you from attaining your goals

Adversaries can emerge anywhere. Examples include:

  • your colleagues at work who feel threatened and uncomfortable by your skills
  • a superior at work who refuses to acknowledge any good idea you bring to the table
  • a subordinate who never passes any opportunity he gets to undermine your leadership

Don’t Ignore the Issue, Face it Head on

Ignoring, sidestepping or attempting to contain your adversaries isn’t a good way of handling this problem. Your success depends on your ability to turn these adversaries into allies or collaborators. Your networks, positions, and careers will benefit greatly as a result.

So, are you still unwilling to learn how to embrace adversaries and use it as a tool to succeed? The hope is that you now have the information that can help you develop a strategy for fixing the relationship with your adversaries. Use the information to build a ladder that leads to success.

Until next time!


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5 Books That Changed My Life

5 books to success in business and life


Life isn't easy, with many ups and downs,  you can only appreciate the good time from enduring the bad times.  These 5 books have helped point me in the right direction and have given me the structure to move towards success and living a great life.

Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill taught me I can do anything with my mind,  whatever you think about you can become.  You have the confidence to believe in yourself,and have that burning desire to do what you want and your dreams will become your reality.  


The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Timothy Ferriss has taught be to be more efficient with my time by using simple tactics like outsourcing my life and business, batching tactics that can save you loads over time over a lifetime and much more.

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!  

Robert Kiyosaki Taught me early in life the difference from the Rich and the Poor (their way of thinking) and the road to get out of the rat race by understanding the difference between assets and liabilities.

How to Win Friends & Influence People

Dale Carnegie taught me the importance of communication and some important communication tips that has help me to build long lasting business and personal relationships.

"Think about what the fish wants not what you want"  - Carnegie explains to put yourself in the shoes of who you're communicating with.


The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime

 MJ Demarko has taught me about the three financial paths: the sidewalk, the slow lane and the fast lane,  and how to get on the fast lane by being smart with spending and think bigger with my ideas.


Anyways that wraps it up folks for my books, but I would love to hear what books that have influenced your life,  leave your comments at the bottom of this post.




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