I've been asked more than once what's the secret to my success. It's not a secret formula. It really doesn't take much. It's simply doing some things a lot better than many other people do. And, it's understanding that these things don't require any special talent on my part. That's right. I don't have to be a prodigious businessman. All I have to be is aware of doing certain things better than the next guy.
In fact, if you Google "10 things that require zero talent," you're going to find countless images and motivation to help you become aware of your own success.
My favorite one is the following. It's been attributed to a few people, so I can't give credit, but I've been inspired by it and believe in the truth of this motivational list:
Being on time
I want to highlight my personal favorite: attitude. In my view, if you don't have the right attitude, you can't do anything else well and consistently. It all begins and ends right with that word.
It all begins and ends with that mindset.
When people ask me about my success, I think that's probably the most important word. It's the one word that immediately comes to mind. If you don't feel like a winner, you're not. The simple fact is you can't possibly win if you think you're going to lose. If you think you can't do anything, you won't. If you feel helpless or like a victim, as opposed to a strong survivor and champion, you're beaten before you've even started.
Your attitude determines everything. It dictates how far you're going to get and how you'll deal with challenges that come up along the way.
No one says life is easy. In fact, life owes you absolutely nothing. If you're feeling entitled to anything right about now, stop it. Life is a wise teacher and she's even taught kings and queens throughout history that they can lose everything. I'll add that no one owes you anything. Not only is life a game of chance which can deal a great hand or a bad card, but no one has to come to the rescue if and when does.
The only way to begin to navigate the choppy waters of your journey is with the right attitude. And, from that point, you can build on the other things, such as being on time or doing extra. But, before anything else, make sure you have the right attitude.
Author of Get Off the Couch: Grip & Rip and Break the Barriers Holding You Back in Life (Free Digital Download), Wayne Elsey is the Founder and CEO of Wayne Elsey Enterprises (WEE), a company that works with social enterprise organizations, nonprofits and companies on strategy, branding, development and education. In addition, Wayne is also a highly sought after and dynamic public speaker and authority on topics related to leadership, branding, social activism, motivation, and community engagement. His network appearances include: NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Today Show, & Fox News. He is also the author of Almost Isn't Good Enough. Prior to establishing Wayne Elsey Enterprises, Wayne was the CEO of Soles4Souls, which is a social enterprise he founded and turned into a $74 million organization in less than five years to help ensure that individuals in developing nations have access to shoes, which are necessary for hygiene and medical reasons. For more, visit notyourfatherscharity.com.© 2017 Wayne Elsey and Not Your Father's Charity
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