What is success and how do we achieve it?
What is success and how do we achieve it?
What is success? There is a passage on the wall goes like this:
Success means something different to each one of us, but it comes to those of us who are willing to work hard,
and who continue to be dedicated to making their dreams come true
Success means setting goals and focusing yourself in the right direction in order to reach them.
It means believing in yourself and constantly reminding yourself that you are capable of achieving your desires
But most of all, success is being who you are, and feeling proud of yourself, for every task and challenge that you face and conquer along the way.
Take a look at the first and the last verse. Success means something different to each one of us, and success is being who you are. Before you can be a success, you first have to know yourself, know your purpose and know what you want in life. Once you know the WHAT (i.e. what your purpose is and what you want in life), then you figure out the HOW (i.e. how to achieve your success).
We seem to struggle with the WHAT a lot of times, not knowing what we want. As a result, life seems to be less meaningful and sometimes, it feels as though we’re drifting or cruising along day by day. You may be a student who is about to graduate but know really knowing what job you want to go for, or someone who has worked for some time and feel stagnant in your job, or someone who may have suddenly been told that you may lose your job because of company restructuring. If you feel that way, spend some time figuring out the WHAT. This is an important first step but we will cover that in Finding What I Want To Do. Here, we cover the HOW, assuming you already know what you want to do.
How to achieve success?
Is there a formula to success? Are there critical ingredients in the recipe for success? Or is success achieved through luck? I’m sure there are some lucky souls out there where things seem to just happen for them through sheer luck, whether it’s fame or financial success or whatever their definition of success is. For the majority of us, I believe that success is not just a function of luck. There must be certain things we can do to increase the odds of us achieving our own measure of success. What that is the subject of the writing here.
There is a truckload of self-help literature out there that can tell you how to achieve success - focusing on character, personality or techniques in living life successfully as well as how to books on how to achieve success in specific fields of endeavor. So, how is this different? This is a personal endeavor to find out if the critical factors to success. This list comes from voracious readings of the self-help and success literature out there, as well as personal experience in trying out them out. What is shared here is what I have found to be particularly insightful, useful and practical. It's also a distillation of the knowledge and wisdom from all these sources into one coherent piece, in the form of 12 principles of success. These principles are generic and not specific to any particular field or discipline.
What is a principle? Think of a principle like a natural law or rule that is timeless, it works all the time, and will always be there, no matter what happens. It’s like gravity – gravity is always there and will always be there, no matter what happens. Here’s the important part - the secret or key to the power of these principles is the constant commitment and application of the principles. It's about consistently applying these principles not just for a few weeks, months, or a few years, but for as long as we live! Sounds like a lot of hard work?! Maybe, but once we have made it a habit, it becomes part of us and it’s NOT going to feel difficult. How do we make it a habit? Well, we need to read the principles, re-read it again, think about it, reflect on it, digest it, commit to memory and apply it consistently for at least 3 weeks. When something is repeated and thought about for that length of time, it becomes embedded in your “operating system”.
To read about these principles, I've written a storybook. These principles Each principle is told through the experience and dreams of Josh. Josh is a university graduate and has been working for a few years with a multi-national company. He is regular guy, just like most of us, has a keen interest in personal development, and wants to know if there are certain principles that he can adopt to achieve success in life. The e-book has been published and you can download it here for free. I look forward to your comments or feedback! :-)