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Principles For Success

Why are some people more successful than others?  Why do so few people make significantly more money, have better lifestyles and more satisfying relationships?

We all know highly intelligent, well educated people with substantial experience and opportunity who don’t lead very successful lives. Conversely, many of the most successful individuals have surmounted significant difficulties that would derail most people.

Most successful people have mastered 10 specific principles.  Live you life consistent with them and you will see improvements in many facets of your life.  This article covers the first principle.  See subsequent articles for the remaining 9 principles.

Principle 1:  Relentless Desire to be the Best

Having unyielding and unbending desire to be the best fuels successful people.  They are passionate about what they do and bring that energy and enthusiasm to their work each and every day.

Passion comes from thoroughly enjoying and, quite frankly, loving what you do.  Passion has driven athletes, like Tiger Woods to continually strive to improve, emotional support animal never being satisfied with their current level of performance.  It is difficult to imagine anyone having that passion or relentless desire if they are in a job  that they don’t enjoy.

I believe that you can’t realize your potential for success unless you have the desire to be the best and continually raise your own performance bar.  What if you don’t have that desire?  If you’re like most people, you accept it, become comfortable, shut down mentally and look forward to your days off.  Or, you make a decision to start doing what you really enjoy.  You ask yourself:

  • What excites me?  What would I really like to do?
  • What am I good at?  Where do I bring added value?
  • If money were no object, what would I do now?  If I had financial independence, what business would I start?  What job would I want to do?

If you celebrated Christmas as a child, you remember how excited you were going to bed on Christmas Eve.  You couldn’t wait to wake up the next morning.  You didn’t need an alarm and you certainly didn’t hit the snooze button.  What could you be doing now that would provide you than kind of excitement?

A reasonable person might say: “I don’t have the financial base, the education, or the experience to pursue what I really want to do”.  Understand that once you know what it is you want to do, then all your effort is focused on preparing for its inevitability.  In other words, you put in place a plan that addresses any barriers preventing you from moving forward. Maybe you take a second job, attend classes, pick up new job responsibilities in order to prepare yourself. The fact that you can’t pursue your passion now, simply means that you pursue instead the resources you need to be in position to actualize that passion in the future.
Let me give you an example.  Over 20 years ago, my wife and I decided to quit our jobs and start a new business.  We had lost that energy, enthusiasm and passion for our current jobs and realized that we hungered for being entrepreneurs, for having the freedom to create and pursue our own vision.

We analyzed our talents and compared them to what we really loved to do.  It became evident that we both enjoyed presenting in front of audiences and were very comfortable working in and with large organizations. We then analyzed the business marketplace and determined that a major competitive advantage going forward would be the maximization of talent. The companies with the best talent would have the best results. So, we started The Muntean Leadership Group, focusing on helping organizations vision their future and develop their people’s capabilities to realize it. And, a majority of our time is spent presenting and facilitating various workshops, seminars and sessions. That was just what we wanted to do.

Before we started our business however, we had to focus on preparing for that inevitability. We put a plan in place to have enough financial resources for 6 months of expenses, so that we could focus on building our business without the constant worry of money. We took classes, read books and listened to CD’s on sales, leadership, coaching, motivation, delegation, strategy and other business subjects in order to build our knowledge. To start our networking and prospecting efforts, we created a list of potential contacts, clients, friends and other associates. Once this foundation was in place, we were ready to launch.

A definition of good luck is where preparation meets opportunity. The opportunity for you is to focus on what you’re passionate about. Get total clarity in your mind. Then prepare for this opportunity by addressing any obstacles, barriers, challenge or other issues that might impede or get in your way. Develop a plan to overcome these obstacles. Then luck will be on your side. Remember, the relentless desire to be the best starts with you being passionate about what you’re doing.

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Written by Steven Muntean in Leadership Principles

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