Is success relative?
Shouldn’t success be defined by what we believe, rather than defined for us by what others think? When you look at different people who you believe are successful, what do they do and have in common?
America’s Foremost Business Philosopher Jim Rohn believes, “failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. We do not fail overnight. Failure is the inevitable result of an accumulation of poor thinking and poor choices. To put it more simply, failure is nothing more than a few errors in judgment repeated every day”.
Success leaves clues, trails and signs. Success forms patterns and usually follows a set of defined principles.
These 26 very successful people failed many times before they were successful. They simply didn’t give up and they persevered because they believed.
Here are 6 reasons why people don’t succeed
They Become Irrelevant.
Relevance today is dictated by the rapid speed of change driven by technology. Put simply, if you are to compete in this environment you MUST be relevant to compete. Are you up to date, engaged, involved in all of the ways we use to communicate and connect? Regardless if you are starting your own business, or you work for someone else, developing an entrepreneurial mindset will positively impact your success. Take this quiz!
They Are Unwilling or Too Slow To Change.
Get used to transition and change as a way of life. This is no longer a periodic event that we go through. Transition and change are daily occurrences. Change is the path to growth. Don’t resist, respond!
They Have an Underlying Bad Attitude.
“Optimism is a brands best friend”. There is nothing more powerful, transforming, magnetic and bold as a positive, optimistic demeanor and attitude. Clear your bad attitude and harvest optimism.
They Have Skill Gaps.
Make sure all your skills, certifications, qualification are up to date and current for today’s standards. MSNBC’s JJ Ramberg offers 183 Tips from her new book: It’s Your Business! Check out page 229, Tip #156 (yep, it’s mine) about staying on top of trends!
They Have Not Developed A Unique Personal Brand.
Personal branding is valued capital and currency for professional advancement. How you present and market who you are, what you do, and whom you serve , so that you stand out, claim your space and build your credibility is essential and indispensable to success. What do these powerful brands have in common?
They are Undisciplined and Not Focused.
There is a tremendous amount of sacrifice, commitment and daily focus that goes into being an Olympian. These athletes set their goals, surround themselves with a team of coaches and commit to a grinding, daily regimen of practice to achieve. You can apply this Olympian discipline and mindset to any successful endeavor. It’s more than building habits, discipline is about grit, determination and flexibility.
We all get off track, distracted and muddled. It’s human and a fact of life today. If you put the right things in place from the beginning, set yourself up for success and practice, your likelihood for success increases and your personal frustration decreases and will be greatly minimized and tempered.
One more very important reason why people don’t succeed is they don’t have that personal belief.
“Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture”.
Lydia M. Child, American abolitionist and women’s right’s activist.
Are you leaving clues, blazing trails and posting signs?
Deborah Shane is Top 100 Small Business Champion 2012, Career Author, branding/media strategist, writer and speaker. She hosts her Toolbox Blog and a popular weekly Business Radio Show that has over 108K downloads! She is a regular contributor to SmallBizTrends.com, Monster, Blogher, PersonalBrandingBlog.com, Forbes.com. Her book Career Transition-make the shift is available on Amazon.com and all major book sellers. Deborah delivers smart ideas and solutions, which make her a popular go-to resource for CNN, CBS, Fox and Forbes.