“If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way.”
-Jane Goodall, Anthropologist
- What do you want?
- How bad do you want it?
- How much do you really want to succeed?
- How hard are you prepared to work?
- Are you open to seeing and taking advantage of opportunities, even if they involve some investment or risk?
- Are you prepared to never give up, even when things feel tough?
- Can you see a ‘failure’ as an opportunity to learn from?
- If you need to know or learn something, do you know that the answer is always available to you, if you are prepared to research, read and ask?
- Do you take full responsibility for your decisions and actions?
- Do you have your own clear vision of WHY you want to be successful?
- Do you see the bigger picture?
- Do you keep focussed on your long-term objectives and goals?
If you watch or listen to any successful person, contemporary or historical, in any field, you will always see a pattern. They will always be answering the above questions positively and passionately!
Nobody became an Olympic athlete, a surgeon, a cultural leader, a world changer, a world-class performer or a successful entrepreneur overnight. Every skill, talent, attribute to become so took learning, practising, personal development, investment, striving.
Everyone who is successful says it took them years to be an ‘overnight success’.
In the digital age of ‘overnight’ success stories such as Facebook, the hard slog is easily overlooked. – James Dyson
Take some time to consider your answers to the questions, and see if you can identify any areas where you are holding yourself back. What can YOU do to change it? Hint – the answer is never ‘nothing’.