The information age has a nice ring to it. But information is not what makes you successful. Oh sure we need to know what we need to know. But do we? Wouldn’t it work as well, or maybe even better if we just hired someone that already knew?
Success! Many things to many people. To some a destination, others, a lifestyle. Still for others a puzzle. But what ever success is for you, success is a drive, a drive to thrive. I don’t believe you can turn on this “Drive to Thrive” like a car or a computer.
What’s your job? Salesman? Painter? Store Owner? Finance Person? Banker? Human Resources? Teacher? Nurse? No, those are your occupations, your skills. Your job, my success friends, is service.
Vince Lombardi said, “Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. And you have heard it said that we are a product of our habits. So, the question we must ponder is, what are my habits? Habits of health, or habits of sickness. Habits of success, or habits of failure.
What do Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Barack Obama, Andrew Carnegie and Oprah Winfrey, to name a few, have in common? A couple of things, 1. They all succeeded. 2. The all had a “Grand Obsession”. We are taught that we become what we think about, however, I believe that we become what we obsess about.
You’d Better, Because if you don’t like yourself, you are not going to find many others that will like you as well. Why would they? The key to liking yourself? Knowing that you are enough. Yes, we all have dreams that we have not reached yet, places we would like to see that we haven’t seen yet.
An oxymoron that is displayed on a daily basis is the idea that success is achieved by the efforts of one person. We are not alone! We are not a silo that succeeds. Every endeavor we take on, every endeavor, is affected by others. A morning jog is affected by others, who paved the street?
Success is accepting of contradictions. I talk about team, the master mind group, reaching out for help and ideas from others. I talk all the time about how we can’t achieve success by ourselves, and now I say If it’s to be it’s up to me. Yes, success is a contradiction.
A clear concise description of a “Grand Obsession” was written by Trina Paulus, I quote... “How does one become a butterfly?" she asked. "You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” ― Trina Paulus. Our Grand Obsession is our key for change.
Nectar is the reward plants give to pollinators. The relationship between the pollinator and a plant is survival of both. And much like that relationship, so too enthusiasm and success. Life’s gift is success to the enthusiastic soul.