Posts tagged Success
6 Check-Points Along the Road to Success

I knew I had to begin somewhere, so I started with my bi-annual routine of cleaning the place up, but instead of putting old things in a box or a bag to put on the side so the place looks clean, I decided to throw things away. This can be a hard step for some, but a good step forward. Then I picked out things that were necessary and put everything else away. This made me realize that the stuff I put away wasn’t really something I needed, so I got rid of that stuff as well. Soon, I had a healthy environment and good habits of keeping a clean de-cluttered room. (Keep in mind that this did not happen over night!)

Now I was ready to take a similar step in my life! I had to do many of the things Jacob mentions in Story Arc. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. It’s a short summarized read for what I learned over a span of 3-4 years! Don’t expect to make those changes over a few days, it takes time to change, but if you have an action plan and a goal you are striving toward…you are ahead of the crowd!

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How Non-Geniuses Can Become Successful

Today, I was watching a TED Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth called "The Key to Success? Grit."

In her study to determine the x-factor that contributes to success, she discovered that it wasn't IQ. It wasn't social intelligence. It wasn't even good timing.

It was grit.

Across the board, despite industries, ages, genders, occupations and activities, those who saw the finish line and said, "That's where I'm heading." and worked diligently to arrive, were the ones who made it.

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The Serendipity of Failure

Yesterday, I invited my sister to come over and go through my New Years Resolution Template (you can download it here) with me. A few questions down, I saw that I had added a category entitled “Failures.” At first glance, it was an straightforward question with easy answers. I failed at finding a job right out of college. I failed at meeting my desired blog traffic. I failed at marketing my first book well. In retrospect, I even failed at writing that book - it has some good content, but I know I could do better now.

Yet, despite being labeled a “failure,” each of these shortcomings have led to something meaningful and worthwhile.

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The Secret to Getting Away with Failure

Rarely are people remembered for their failures. Though, often are they immortalized for their successes.

The successes are the brick and mortar of a better humanity, while the failures are simply wadded up and tossed in the trash. Forgotten. History doesn't credit Edison with his 1,000 failed light bulbs. Rather, it will forever tell of the passionate soul who found the one way to make it work.

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