If everyone knows what it takes to be successful–and most people who are asked, from college students to millionaires, give the same answers–then why do so few people succeed, even by their own definitions?
For one thing, even people who work hard don’t always make good decisions. For another, many people are impatient, not willing to put in the long hours of hard work that success requires.
We look around and we see people whose success we envy. What is so and so doing that puts him so far ahead – money, friends and influence. Why is she successful and I am not?
Fulfilling your personal desire is success by any reasonable definition. The measure of your success is how well you use your productive time to achieve the goals that are important to you, not how you stack up to everybody else.
Success really depends on timing, circumstances, and situations and most important, your own perception of what success really is.
I am pretty confident that when I am 70, I am not going to look back and say, gee I wish I would have spent more time at the office.
Dr. Ivan Misner the founder of BNI says it is important for people to understand that we need to have realistic expectations and that success is often about hard work and good choices.
Give it time. Work hard. Make good choices. ….
What is success? (long pause)
At the end of the day …success is often about the uncommon application of common knowledge