“Some succeed because they are destined to; most succeed because they are determined to.” ~ Anatole France …
As much as we may like to explain away other people’s success with words like “privileged” or “gifted,” the fact is that most of the truly successful people in the world reach their success because they work very hard and they keep after it, even after other people would have given up. There are people in this world who succeed and get ahead because of their families, their connections, their heritage, or their inheritance, and that is fine for them. Still most of us fall into the category of those who must achieve success through hard work and determination.
Often times, whether we succeed or not depends solely upon the attitudes we espouse. For example, there are times in my life in which I have given up and faced failure; because I did not have the determination to succeed, the success I desired never happened. But there have also been times in which I have been successful, times in which my willingness to push forward has paid off. And it is apparent to me that my success during such times was a result of my persevering even when it did not seem like I had a chance to succeed, achieving things that I had not thought possible.
Success is something we each can achieve… we simply have to decide what we consider success to be, and once we have done this, it is up to us to work towards that success–to make sure that we are determined to succeed and follow that determination as far as we can. But we cannot rely on anyone else, or expect to become successful with a minimal amount of work. I know from experience what it feels like not to be successful, likewise I know also know the satisfaction and accomplishment that comes from success through perseverence. And of course remember to be open to all forms of success and be honest with yourself in your demands–your determination will determine the rest.
Take a moment to reflect upon how your address has affected the level of success you have experienced in your life.
Questions to consider:
How many successful people do you know who have reached success by working hard and sticking to what they were doing?
Why is it so easy for us to think that other people are somehow undeserving of their success, no matter how hard they have worked at it?
How do you define success? How much work will have to be done to reach that level of success?
For further thought:
“The line between failure and success is so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. How many a person has thrown up his or her hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience, would have achieved success. A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” ~ Elbert Hubbard, Selected Writings of Elbert Hubbard