I think it is safe to say that everyone wants to be successful in the things they endeavor. Short of scientists, I don’t think too many folks set out to fail. Not that failure is without value as often failure is the most fertile ground for success, but it is not what we outwardly seek.
I think about success all the time as a faculty member – not my own, but my students. I know that they want to be successful just based on their brainpower and are often naive about the other things that contribute to success. In trying to continuously emphasize characteristics and practices that foster success I fear I have become a broken record – a harping mother in perpetuity – to all the students who cross my path. I operate under the fanciful assumption that some of the things I say will stick with them and help them create the success in their lives that they seek.
I believe that success is more than getting the perfect job or attaining a singular goal. Success is living a life in which you understand that you possess the tools to help advance the outcomes you seek. Now, this is not to say that I can create gifts where I have none. I will never win an award with my not ready for public exposure singing voice no matter the tools I possess to advance my success. The basics must be present. There are a hundred other skills and abilities I do have that I could pursue to create the success I seek. The point is, success is, on the whole, created by the individual given what they have in their toolbox.
Too often, folks think success is something that largely happens to them. They view a great deal of it as external and a function of luck. While luck undoubtedly plays a role in some successes, it is more often a situation where preparedness meets opportunity. Folks who set their mind and their actions to succeed, tend to succeed. I picked up this success poster by MaryEllen Tribby from a friend’s Facebook page and wanted to share it here. I think it is a great reminder of how we can enable success.
Ask yourself, do you have the right things in your toolbox? Do you see areas that you could improve upon? Are you framing your life for success?
I know I have some areas that I can improve upon. You may too. That is okay. This is not about perfection, it is about creating your best life. Wow, that sounded really Oprah-like.
The bottom line is this: give yourself the room to succeed in life by understanding your role in that success. And should you forget about the way this success stuff works, don’t worry – I am very successful at being a harping mother type and I will remind you.
Day one thousand three hundred and fifty-one of the new forty – obla di obla da