Consistency. Persistency. Intensity.
When someone asks me what it takes to be successful, those are the three words that I always go back to; no matter what it is.
Without being consistent in doing the daily rituals that are needed for achieving your goals, you are surely missing the solid foundation upon which your given career should be built on. “Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details.”
Without being persistent about going after it, never taking no for an answer, always wanting to learn something new, trying something different, and learning from people more experienced than you in your chosen profession, you will ultimately become stale and most likely lazy. “If I am through learning, I am through.”
Without going after something with intensity, giving it all you have every single time out, to try as hard as you possibly can, so you look back and can say to yourself “I have done all I can possibly do,” you will find yourself constantly making excuses. “If you do not have the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?”
I really enjoying reading autobiographies, because I am interested in seeing how the individuals overcame obstacles in their lives and in what ways were they consistent, persistent, and intense.
There is no substitute for experience. It’s interesting that one of the best ways to learn how to do something is to make a mistake first and fail. But that’s the way life works. “The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.”
I am a believer that you make your own luck. The harder you work, the more luck you will have. All you can do is work as hard as you can at whatever you do, and the rest is left up to the universe.
All the quotes I have used are from someone I follow closely, famed basketball coach John Wooden. He has his own pyramid of success. I’ve made mine much smaller and simpler.
Next time you lay your head on your pillow, ask yourself “Have I done everything under my control today to help me get closer to achieving what I have set out to do?” Only you can answer that. Only you know deep down what that answer really is.
Thanks for reading and keep on keepin’ on.