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Success Story

September 10, 2009

There is a card that hangs over my desk that reads “Success Story”.  Just a non-descript red book with the worlds “Success Story” written on it.  I look at it every day and use it as a reminder that behind every action, project, job interview, student, alumni, employee (the list goes on and on) there is a success story happening.  There are a million, maybe two million books on the “secret to success” as well as 93,900,000 websites related to the topic (I just Googled it).  With all this information out there why aren’t all of us the success stories we see in the news or in movies?

We can be.

What does it take to be successful?  With a million books and 93,900,000 websites out there I probably have no business telling you what it takes to be successful however I do have some observations.

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Set your goal.

It is OK to have a lofty goal, just make sure it is realistically lofty.  If you want to be the CEO of a large company you can surely work your way up both the education and corporate ladder to position yourself there.  If you want to be a player for the NBA at 5’3” you might be better off buying lottery tickets.  Dreaming big is a wonderful thing; just make sure the dream is obtainable and give yourself benchmarks to meet on your journey there.

Create your plan of action.

Ask yourself, “How am I going to get where I want to be?  Who do I have to know?  What do I have to do?”  Write down all the objectives that need to be met in order to answer these questions and then prioritize them by putting them down in a sequence that you can follow.  Remember to not put the cart before the horse.  Sometimes our objectives have pre-requisites that need to be met first.  For instance, you can’t get a job that requires a college education without the college education.  You can’t be a lawyer without going to law school and you can’t go to law school without first getting an undergrad degree. There is a sequence what you might call want to call your own personal strategic plan.

From plan to action!

After you’ve analyzed and mapped out your success path, put it into action.  Be sure to celebrate the milestones as you cross each benchmark and move on to the next objective. Celebrating along the way is important.  Celebrating will help you stay motivated and give you the energy you may need to prepare to take on the next objective.   Also, plan for setbacks, sometimes life gets in the way of our best intentions and we have to “go with the flow”.  Lastly, be tenacious and don’t give up, if you believe you can do it, YOU CAN.

Amy with a little inspiration from Rob

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One Comment leave one →
  1. October 1, 2009 8:04 am

    I don’t know If I said it already but …This blog rocks! I gotta say, that I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

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