I’m fascinated by the concept of Success. I’ve studied it, lived it (as well as my share of failures – believe me!) written about it, and continue to study it.
Of course, success can be defined in many different ways, depending upon the context. From Earl Nightingale’s “the progressive realization of a worthy ideal” to Christopher Morley’s, “there is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way” and the many in-between. Success could, of course, also be defined simply as accomplishing a desired goal.
While making money is certainly one aspect of success, the truly successful – in my opinion – seem to be successful from the inside out rather than the opposite. To paraphrase Jim Rohn, “they improved…and then their finances improved.”
But how does one’s journey to success begin?
In Mach II With Your Hair On Fire, Richard Brooke tells how he went from minimum wage laborer to millionaire (while Richard did it via Network Marketing, first as a distributor and now CEO of his own company, note how similar it will be to any other truly successful person in practically any other field). He said:
“I changed. I changed my thoughts. I changed the people I paid attention to. I changed my mind. I changed my habits. I changed my attitude. I changed my clothes. I changed my opinions about me and about you. I changed what I read, I changed what I watched on television, and what I listened to. I changed those deep-rooted decisions about who I was and who I would become.”
After posting that quote on my Facebook status page, Larry Boyer replied, “it’s amazing how consistent some of the stories of success are, and they all start with changing something about yourself.”
What a terrific observation by Larry. I know I always enjoy looking for the common denominators of successful people – regardless of their field – and that seems to be it.
At some point in their lives, people who advance from average to successful recognized that there was something about them that had to change. Life didn’t have to change. Other people didn’t have to change. Circumstances didn’t have to change. They had to change. They made the decision to do so. And, they did it. No exceptions, no excuses. They simply did it.
Do you find that to be true? Any exceptions you can share with us? Or, any confirmations?