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My Formula For Success

Updated on June 3, 2020
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Jack is a volunteer at the CCNY Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years. As of 2/2020, Jack has over 100,000 views.

Introduction

There is no secret formula for success. Most of it is just plain common sense. Here is what try to do in my own life. It has served me well.

- April 2020

Here Is My Formula

1. Study hard and learn the wisdom of the past. History has a lot to teach us.

2. Set reasonable goals and plan to reach those goals. I am of the believe "when you fail to plan, you plan to fail."

3. Seek out role models. Look around you and find people who you admire or respect and imitate them and follow in their foot steps.

4. Follow the Golden Rule. Treat others as you would want to be treated.

5. Stay positive and have an optimistic view. See a glass as half full instead of half empty.

6. Find your passion. God created us with different skills and interests. Once you identify your own passion, the rest will come naturally.

7. Help others in need. You never know when you will need help. The power of karma.

8. Respect your elders. Confucius was right, and so is the Bible. Honor your father and mother. Stay close to family.

9. Work to improve your community. Volunteer and do your part and contribute your time and skills.

10. Eat well, Exercise and Pray everyday.

Some Additional Guide

1. Ask the "right" questions?

2. Challenge the status quo.

3. Think outside the box and look for new solutions.

4. Focus and don't be distracted.

5. Work as a team. Team work will accomplish more than the sum of the individual parts.

6. Be consistent in your views.

7. Look for the big picture. See the forest through the trees.

8. Keep emotions in check.

9. Trust in your own instincts

10. Trust in God

Summary

The ideas I presented are common sense. For me, it is almost obvious. They are not easy to adopt or follow. Nothing good comes easy. Behind every success, is hard work, diligence, persistence, and failures. I am reminded of that famous quote from Thomas Edison who invented the electric bulb. "invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Jack Lee

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 months ago from UK

      You give a lot of food for thought in this interesting article.

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