Success requires a never give up attitude. Luck and talent play a part, but those that keep going after failure are the ultimate winners. Some of us are great when things are going well, but not when things fall apart. We all have responsibilities we fulfill out of obligation or necessity. These externally motivated goals rarely fulfill the same way internally interesting and purposeful goals do. The strongest predictor of success is the degree to which you are committed. Follow your passion and enjoy what you do. Devote your endeavors to activities that give joy and purpose. Keep the big picture in mind. There are only a handful of key actions.
Passion ripens with the conviction work matters. For most of us, interest without purpose is nearly impossible to sustain over a lifetime. It is imperative your work is both personally interesting and, at the same time, integrally connected to the well-being of others.
To 'compete' comes from the Latin word meaning 'striving together'. Charles Darwin once wrote a letter to his cousin: 'I've always maintained that, excepting fools, men do not differ much in intellect, only in zeal and hard work; and I think this is an eminently important difference". Supportive and demanding living is the answer. Push beyond what you did today so that tomorrow, you're just a little bit better. Focus on doing your absolute best at every task, every moment. If you have an unexpected outcome you haven't failed, you've just produced a result. Try again. Become your best self.
"Eighty percent of success is showing up" (from Woody Allen). Do your homework. Believe nothing is impossible (look at the word 'impossible', rearrange it: 'I'm possible'). If things seem to be going against you, remember that an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. The highly accomplished are paragons of perseverance. It's about the joy of work, not the result. Accomplishments are an results of that process.
Will Shortz, a long-time editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, told students at Indiana University: 'My advice for you is to figure out what you enjoy doing most in life, and then try to do it full-time. Life is too short. Follow your passion.' Jeff Bezos left a high-salary, high-status finance job to start Amazon. He observed: 'After much consideration, I took the less safe path to follow my passion.' Research shows you are more satisfied when doing something that fits your personal interests, desires, and passions. Start now!
Some people get twenty years of experience, while others get one year of experience, twenty times. A Japanese term for resisting the plateau of arrested development is 'Kaizen'. Successful individuals demonstrate a remarkable desire to continually improve, excelling beyond their current level of expertise. They have a persistent desire to do better. It's a positive, forward looking state of mind; wanting to grow, not looking backward.
Talent is not all there is to achievement. Aptitude does not guaranty success. William James, a Harvard psychologist studied how people differ in their pursuit of goals. He wrote an article titled 'The Energies of Men' observing that 'Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. Our fires are damped, our drafts are checked. We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources.' James asserted the human individual usually lives far within his limits, possessing powers of various sorts which he habitually fails to use. Talent is helpful, but where you'll end up in the long run depends on effort.
Walk Down Another Street:
There is a wonderful short poem by a lady called Portia Nelson called 'There's a Hole in My Sidewalk.' "I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost. I am helpless. It isn't my fault. It takes forever to find a way out. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don't see it. I fall in again. I can't believe I am in the same place! But, it isn't my fault. It still takes me a long time to get out. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in. It's a habit. My eyes are open, I know where I am, it is my fault. I get out immediately. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it. I walk down another street."
The way to predict the future is to create it.
Start with what you are surest of and build from there. Challenge yourself daily to connect your work to a purpose beyond yourself. If you get knocked down, get up. Facing the right direction is what's important. It's the joy of the journey that satisfies.
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