The Secret to Your Success and Mine
You might be thinking I am being overly presumptuous in my title but really, I am not. Well, OK, maybe just a little, but here is the reason why. After many years of studying, analyzing, observing and emulating others whom I regard to be very successful, I think I have finally navigated and arrived in my own space of success. I made the leap to decide that I do not want to be anyone else’s interpretation of success, I want to be my own interpretation of success.
If you are at a place in your career, entrepreneurial start up, small business or large corporation and you are struggling to stay afloat, please keep reading. I know that you are likely dealing with stiff competition (we all are) rapidly changing technology, making sure you are a great business leader, CEO, boss, partner, a good friend and colleague. You are also working hard at staying in control, being organized, efficient, responsive, productive and making sure you are accountable to your bottom line.
Perhaps your work is such that you need to be creative, innovative, inventive, intuitive. Many of you are likely handling people issues from morning till night and putting out fires all day long. The list of who and what you need to be is daunting as it is endless. We didn’t even get to the part about managing your life outside of work, that has a huge list in itself.
After years of juggling all of the variables and demands placed upon me, I finally realized that there would be many things that despite my best efforts, I would only ever be average at. My revelation came when I finally realized what I am exceptional at. Since that day, I have made what I do well my complete focus and yes, it is working. If you haven’t done this exercise already, I strongly urge you to take some time to determine what it is that you bring to the world that no one else can replicate. One of the biggest reasons a person becomes a success is because they believe in themselves, even when they are faced with adversity and downright failures.
Many traits, characteristics and skills are simply inherent to us and these are the ones that we should be refining, honing and perfecting. Every single person has something that they are very good at. Maybe you are an excellent communicator, negotiator, producer, leader, networker or something else that separates you from your competitors. Whatever it is that you do better than anyone else is your true your secret to success. Don’t keep spinning your wheels like I did thinking that you can be exceptional at everything you do and to everyone you know. That notion is unrealistic and a sure recipe for failure. Instead, be determined and persistent in your pursuit of success by playing to your strengths.
Perhaps it is my age that makes me more reflective of the road I have travelled but I feel I am finally and resolutely free of other’s expectations. And the biggest lesson I have learned is how to temper the expectations I place upon myself. I am grateful for the abundant life I live as imperfect as it may be. Successful people know they’re inherently worthy of respect, peace, joy, love, and happiness—no matter what that looks like. When I take everything into account, I feel confident and assured in my success. I know that you can too.
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