Success is the accumulation of effort over time. Success comes from doing something over and over and over—with a singular focus and dedication. There is no other alternative. You must put in the work and trust that the process will reward your effort.
Success demands constant attention. Success will reward you to the degree that you make it the center of your attention and affection. If you do not pay attention to success, it will treat you like a jealous girlfriend.
Success can be exhausting. Success does not care that you only got two hours of sleep. Success is not concerned about your doctor’s or dentist appointment, or an emergency board meeting, Success is a full-time commitment. You are either fully on board or you are not.
Success does not show favoritism. Every child wants be his/her parents’ favorite child. Every student wants to be highly regarded by the instructor. But success operates on a different plane. Success is indifferent to what one feels. Success cares about one thing and that is: Can you replicate it—consistently and continually.
Success reveals your true self. Success is not interested in your well-laid out plans regarding what you hope to achieve or become. Success does not care that your relationship and finances aren’t together. Success wants to know that you will take advantage of an opportunity in the lifetime of the opportunity.
You can find yourself spending all of your time, energy and effort thinking about success and pursuing success without actually achieving success. The key to success is not in the doing but in the being.
So, before you move full steam ahead toward taking on success as a full-time endeavor, you need to have realistic expectations as to what you would like your life to be in relation to your dreams, objectives and ambitions. Be sure to consider the opportunity cost involved and also the desirable and undesirable consequences. If you select Option A, then what reward/opportunity are you passing up by not choosing Option B?
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” -Pele
Upcoming post: “Be Phenomenal!”