Unfortunately, there are too many people who are still looking for the “magic pill” that will produce instant success, whether that be as a salesperson, engineer, manager or business owner. I know many successful people, buy I don’t know a single one who hasn’t paid his/her “dues” in order to achieve that success. There are even hundreds of so called “self-help” books that purport to offer the latest version of “Ten Easy Steps to Success.”
The road to success however, is filled with ditches and detours and is a continuous journey, never a destination. You need to ask yourself, “What does success mean for me?” and “Am I willing to pay the price to achieve that success?” If the answer is yes, then the next question immediately becomes, “What do I really need to get there?” If you decide to proceed on this journey, then you need the invaluable road map we have been pointing to in many of the previous e-zines. It may cause you to periodically assess, and even modify your definition of success and may even lead you to wonder at times if rhe journey is worth the effort.
As you achieve some of the important milestones you have written down, you will feel a sense of empowerment and exhilaration that is far more fulfilling and long lasting than any chemically-induced experience. It’s the ultimate “high.” You had better get ready for an arduous, but exciting trip to real self-fulfillment. And you also had better be prepared for what will happen when you get there.
Some people don’t know how to handle success. They let it go to their head or begin spending too much money on external things, and sometimes even reject the people around them who have supported them on the trip. A key factor in keeping things in perspective is “staying with who and what brung ya” so to speak.
Money should be spent when it gives you real pleasure and allows you to do things for those people who are part of your life. It should be spent when it allows you to upgrade your business in a way that produces more dollars, either in the saving of time, people or eventual money. It should not be spent to be flashy, impressive or as a status symbol.
Be simple direct and personable and you will great individual and business success.