If you want to be successful at anything in life, whether it be business, sport, health, marriage raising children, you name it, there is something that all ‘successful’ people have in common.
In fact IT IS THE secret to success you have been searching for all these lean years. It could be the most successful trait commonly possessed by the most successful people on this planet.
I have learnt THE SECRET TO SUCCESS in my 58 years of expensive experience and like most GREAT TRUTHS in life it is ELEGANTLY SIMPLE…. NOT COMPLEX AND COMPLICATED.
In order to be successful you HAVE TO TAKE RISK… however most people are afraid to take risks because they are AFRAID TO FAIL and they are worried about what people will think.
Put simply when successful people fail at anything or when they don’t achieve what they expected to achieve, they don’t view it as a… mistake. They view it for what it REALLY is, it’s just a result and an opportunity to adjust.
After all there can be only 3 possibilities… better than anticipated, worse than anticipated or conversely equal to the result anticipated.
Just yesterday I did a seminar in Sydney, a small intimate event with just under 30 people, still my preferred type of event, where I get to speak for the whole day, just me, where I can customise my presentation to meet the outcome of the individuals present.
With small numbers it gives me the opportunity to quickly go round the room at the start and find out who is there, why they are there and what they do business wise.
Anyway, after the event, one of my regular members asked me if I “achieved what I wanted to achieved on the day and did the result of the day meet my expectation”.
My interpretation of that question was, “was I happy with the number of people who showed up?”, “did they have a good time and get what they wanted?”, and “did I make a few sale and justify financially putting it on?”
My response was, “it will be whatever it is, I can’t change what happen on the day BUT what I can change is what happens in the future”
And to be honest with you, I felt I made a few mistakes but NOW I’m well aware of what those mistakes are. And NOW I will adjust what I do next base on the results achieved (using this event as my reference point).
I know I am not those mistakes in the future.
It raises a couple of interesting points. The first one being the expectation of perfection. I would never have run the event if I expected it to be perfect. The only way for anything to be perfect, if there is such a thing, is by doing it (having results) and adjusting it for improvement.
A lot of people spend all of their lives wanting things to be perfect before they give it a go.
Frankly, I let go of this one a long long time ago. Why? Because it didn’t serve me and it would never allow me to have reached the height of success (if you would called what I’ve reached successful) that I have today.
It is just that… I DON’T TAKE FAILURE PERSONALLY and I know failure (RISK), if you must use that term, gets you closer to success.
In fact, recently a dear friend of mine thanked me, for many years ago, giving him permission to stop trying to be perfect. I had actually forgotten about it. I thought it was just a passing comment, but to him it was a REVELATION because in a sense he lived his life paralysed by perfection and the false thought that it’s possible to achieve such an outcome.
The seminar was a test and based on that test there are changes I now need to make that I wouldn’t have known about had I not done it.
I simply understand I am not my mistakes and the next seminar will be even better because I know what to correct to make it better.
All highly successful people know you get a second chance, and a third and a fourth chance and… you are not your mistakes and to be successful you must view and embrace RISK differently.
All the best,
Committed to Elevating the Financial Wealth and Wellbeing of Society
Through Entrepreneurial Excellence and Guilty of Conspiracy to Create Capitalism
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