Merriam-Webster defines success as, “the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame“. I think Webster completely misses the mark. Success is viewed differently depending on your culture, upbringing, social situation, work environment, and worldview.
It is not a one-size-fits-all standardized, measurable thing. No one would argue that the self-made millionaires, Edison/Einstein types, Hollywood stars, Olympic athletes, or Pulitzer Prize winners aren’t successful.
But in reality the super famous, geniuses, and wicked wealthy people represent such a small number. If we look at fame as an indication of success, Wired Science reports,
somewhere between about 1 in 10,000 and 5 in 10,000 (or 1 in 2,000) people in the world are successful.
The truth is successful people can be found in every crevice of the planet. From the tiny fishing village of Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland, to the congested metropolis of Tokyo, Japan, you’ll find success.
Isn’t success simply accomplishing that which you set out to do? Whether it be a goal to climb the world’s ten tallest mountains or to climb out of poverty – you determine what you want to achieve. Anyone. Including you and I, can be successful.
There is no secret to success. Instead there’s a mindset, and opportunities.
To be successful in any area of your life, you must consistently do these 4 things
- Have a vision and establish clear goals and objectives
- Equip yourself with what you need to accomplish your vision
- Cultivate emotional intelligence
- Stay the course
#1 Have a vision and establish clear goals and objectives
Know what you want. Rather than wander aimlessly through life letting the “chips fall” where they may, decide what/where you want to be. And write it down. Napoleon Hill, the author of The Magic Ladder to Success (Free PDF), puts it in perspective:
#2 Equip yourself with what you need to accomplish your vision
Once you have your goals and a plan, you need the tools and the people to help. If you want to lose weight you’ll need to learn how to change the way you eat, and you need to move. Do you need to get a food scale, a gym membership, or a new pair of sneakers?
If you want to start your own business, you need education, training, and business mentors.
Make friends with the right people, surround yourself with good influences, and keep moving yourself forward.
#3 Cultivate emotional intelligence
Successful people learn to temper their emotions. They are empathetic, understanding, set the tone for their team, and know how to bring the best out in others. They keep their head in the game, and don’t sweat the small stuff. If you want to accomplish your goals you can’t be pouty, reactive, or vindictive. I recommend either reading up on emotional intelligence or try taking a free class. A little emotional intelligence goes a long way.
#4 Stay the course
Success will find you busy working. Build on your strengths, be persistent, optimistic, and learn from your failures. There will be obstacles, set backs, mistakes as well as triumphs. The point is to never lose your grit.
Anyone who has set a goal and accomplished it is a success. Success does not happen overnight. It won’t drop from the sky, and it will never come if you turn around and admit defeat. It is a challenge, and that’s exactly what makes life zesty!