A success indicator is achieving that which one sets out to do. That definition is the secret embodied in so many quotes about success.
The question that comes to mind is what determines how successful someone will become. Is it intelligence and academic achievement? Is it hard work and determination? How does one set themselves up to be successful?
Maybe it is sacrifice and perseverance and tenacity. Or maybe it is simply just doing whatever it takes to be successful and fulfilling a dream. Everyone has their own definition of success. Earl Nightengale states: "Success is the realization of a worthy ideal". That is the best definition that I have found.
Mary Ellen Tribby, in her book, has a list of what successful people do and what unsuccessful people do. While all of the things that successful people do are important, I believe these (from her list) are the most important: want others to succeed, keep a journal, accept responsibility for their failures, exude joy, keep a to-do/project list, embrace change.
The most important things that unsuccessful people do, in my opinion, include: criticize, blame others for failures, secretly hope others fail, exude anger, never set goals and think they know it all.
"Don't let what you can't do, stop you from what you can do." JOHN WOODEN
"The difference between possible and impossible lies in a person's determination." ABRAHAM LINCOLN
The failures do not recognize and identify where they need to improve. This has to be a constant battle if we are to succeed. For example, a golfer who takes lessons and practices, should play the game better.
We all need to determine how we can be more efficient and, as a result, more effective in everything that we do. If we do this, success will follow.
Bobby Knight, the former Indiana basketball coach, proclaimed that to win, we must prepare to win. That is true in sports and in every part of our lives. It is a fact that some people prepare more for a vacation than they prepare for the remainder of their lives.
What are my strengths and weaknesses? That is a question that successful people ask. When these have been identified, we can address them properly. It may not be feasible to correct some weaknesses. So, we work around them continuing to emphasize our strengths. Striving to get better at what we do.
Unfortunately, most performance reviews focus on the areas that need improvement. A better approach would be to concentrate on both strengths and weaknesses with an attempt to improve both.
Think about what is the worst thing that could happen as you pursue a goal. Maybe it is not as bad as you thought it would be. With that done, forget about the negative side of things.
Then focus on what you want to happen. Moving forward gradually, one day at a time. A friend of mine and I would talk about finances often. We believed in getting rich slowly, whereas many were looking for the get-rich-quick-schemes.
Giving up on an idea or goal can be a realistic thing to do. But, often accomplishing that goal is just about to happen. So, be careful not to give up too soon. There is a Chinese saying: "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed".
Finally, you must have a plan. Use your mind to think about how you will implement the plan. Decide where you want to end up and start planning on how you will get there. Remember, no one will do it for you.
"He who fails to plan is planning to fail" WINSTON CHURCHILL
"You're either part of the problem or you're part of the solution" OLD ADAGE
Those who perform well academically may not have the "street smarts" to do well in the real world. Nothing can be achieved without hard work. In fact, there appears to be little correlation between getting good grades and predicting one's potential for success.
However, there is a correlation between getting good grades and success, if the reason for getting those grades is being industrious and organized. Achieving scholastically often is the result of a driving personality and punctuality.
Getting good grades could be an ability to master knowledge. A success indicator requires more than that. It requires social skills and finding an occupation that you really enjoy. It entails being innovative and productive.
It is apparent that college educated people will earn more money than high school grads. But, remember, there are a number of 4.0 gps college graduates working at Starbucks.
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