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The definition of success varies with every individual, but there is one constant across all interpretations of success: Everyone wants to succeed. Everyone has goals and a vision of their lives that they want to actualize. However, many people spend their whole lives waiting around for a future that never comes.
So, why do so few people realize their objectives? Do only a select few have the inherent talents to obtain everything they want in life? The answer is a resounding no.
Anyone can succeed. I believe that the path to success isn’t a matter of talent; it’s a matter of having the proper principles. In my experience, there are three criteria that separate those who are successful from those who spend their lives wishing they were. Best of all, these three criteria are easy to adopt and can change not only your outlook but also your entire life.
It’s true that there are no easy shortcuts to success — however, by approaching the obstacles that lie in the way with the right mindset, success can be obtained by anyone.
Achieving dreams takes hard work, dedication and sacrifice. It’s easy to say that you have the drive to succeed, but withstanding the inevitable hardships along the path to success is a different story. How can someone stay committed to their vision when the whole world tells them not to? How can they ensure they are willing to make every necessary sacrifice to actualize their goals? The answer lies in passion.
Without passion, the choice to work toward your goals becomes an occasional and begrudging one. When you do what you love, you will consistently gravitate toward it and gladly immerse yourself in your pursuit. By aligning your goals with what you are passionate about, you can remain unaffected by naysayers and persevere through adversity.
Personally, I am extremely passionate about acquiring knowledge. Knowledge is power and there is so much in the world that we can learn. I was able to harness this passion to learn about various aspects of running a business and ultimately make it successful.
Love to fail.
Persistence, while admirable, is not enough. If you want to truly succeed, you don’t just need to tolerate failure — you need to love it. Those who are successful embrace every failure as an opportunity to learn and advance. Don’t take failure personally. It is important to recognize that everyone fails sometimes in order to transform each failure into a valuable source of data.
In this way, failure can be used to bring you closer to your objectives. Analyzing what went wrong and developing a strategy to overcome those problems ensures that, ironically, failing is one of the most productive things you can do.
For example, I failed in the early stages of my business when it came to recruitment. At the time, I was so desperate that I was hiring just about anyone. In doing so, I wasted both time and money training people without realizing that they would leave me in a few short months. So, I adjusted my approach and began to look for higher quality candidates.
We will never run out of excuses, uncertainties or questions. But you can spend your entire life worrying about problems that may not exist and coming up with reasons not to take action. Someone who always makes excuses will never do what is necessary to succeed. Successful people systematically remove excuses.
You cannot meet your objectives if you let barriers such as a lack of knowledge or potential pitfalls dissuade you from even trying. When you don’t have the necessary skill set, simply take the chance to develop it. Don’t stagnate by worrying about potential issues that may or may not arise. Instead, push forward and deal with any actual problems when, and if, they occur.
Looking back at the previous example in regards to recruiting, I did not make any excuses, nor did I point fingers at anyone or anything for my failure. Instead, I took that failure, applied my passion for knowledge and adjusted my way of doing things to push my company forward.
When you begin to think through this lens, issues of incapability or lack of resources slip away. Following these three principles does more than just make it possible to reach your dreams — it makes it inevitable. Many of the world’s most successful figures, from Benjamin Franklin to Steve Jobs, embodied these principles. Now, follow in their footsteps.
May 7, 2019 at 09:23AM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs