“Success is about living the life of your dreams whatever that might mean for you. It’s about being perfectly content and honestly saying to yourself that you would change very little about your current existence”. I believe that the definition of the word success is as unique as an individuals finger prints. If you think that being successful is about having a hefty bank balance then you are wrong. You could have a lot of money and still live a very miserable life. Take for example Mother Theresa of India, who knows how much money she had? Yet she was admired and adored by presidents and kings around the world. Would you say she was not a success?
As a matter of fact, money should be used as medium to help us continue with our purpose in life. They say money is good but the love for money is the root of all evil. Be careful what you want in life, is it to promote your God given talents and gifts in order that you do not deprive the world of them or is it riches you want to accumulate? I want to promote both my talents and acquire wealth. Let me mention here that I am not saying you should stay poor no, neither am I stopping you from accumulating wealth no no no. I am just emphasing the point that success does not necessarily mean having a hefty bank balance.
I have read quiet a number of books on success and have discovered that one of the most important ingredient to the formula of success is knowledge. Find outlined below my 2 step processes of success.
Acquire more knowledge and skills
In order to have more, you must become more. “Your success is but a reflection of the value you bring to others and your value is a direct reflection of your skill set. The more valuable your skill set, the better your chances of higher achievement”. Every one of us wants more from life yet only a small percentage of us are willing to pay the actual price for it. If you are not willing to do what it takes to be successful then you do not deserve to be called successful and will stay where you are, period. Success does not come easy. It is not a destination but a journey. If you want to make more, then you must start giving out more. From this observation we can conclude that the first part of the success formula is to make yourself more valuable by improving your knowledge and skills set. Remember the market is willing to pay higher prices for better skills. How do you add value to your skill set, Of course by acquiring more knowledge.
If you want to succeed at whatever you want to do or are doing in life, you cannot escape the process of acquiring more knowledge and one of the best ways of doing it, is by reading relevant materials. There are tons and tons of reading materials today on virtually any topic you can think of. Today we have no excuse of failure. Books can be easily be purchased and accessed via many mediums including the internet.
Equally important to the concept of improving your value to is the avoidance of stagnation. Once you’ve taken the initiative to enhance your value then keep the fire burning. There is always an opportunity to expand your knowledge. The more knowledge you acquire the more valuable you become and the better the service you provide. Remember that humanity is all about service regardless of what you doing.
Apply the acquired knowledge and skills
Acquiring knowledge is the first part of the success formula, applying that knowledge is the second and sometimes the most difficult part. Knowledge acquired and not put to practice or implemented is a waste of time. Imagine, say you decide to study brokerage as a part time career. You attend seminars and read books about brokerage. Then after a while your free time seems to have been over taken by having to work late at your office so much that you cannot do any thing after your work. In the end your aspiration to becoming a broker has died and life has gotten in your way. Time has been wasted.
Am sure this story is familiar with many of us. The bare truth is that you wasted time in the first place and sadly the acquired knowledge will also go to waste for as long as you do not make time to put it to use . Sometimes it could not be that life has gotten in your way but the fear of failure has crept in. Fear is also one of the most detractors to success. Let me encourage you that whatever, obstacle you may encounter when implementing or putting your acquired knowledge to use, should be treated as a challenge. Life has so many challenges and it demands that you overcome them in order to succeed. Imagine a life without challenges wouldn’t that be a boring life?
When you triumph and succeed you will look back and say well I have come a long way. Remember that in order to have more you must become more. The more obstacles you overcome the more you become. Applying your acquired knowledge will propel you towards achieving greater heights of success be it in your career, business or indeed your relationship with others.
Remember that there is no written down formula for success. This article is merely a guide on what has worked for me and I feel that it could also help you in your quest to your success. Personal development is not an easy task and demands that you are disciplined and consistent in your life. You will always be compensated according to the value you are able to deliver to other people and nothing more. Every new level of income you wish to reach demands a new you. You alone hold the key to either thrive or survive and you alone will determine the path to your own success based on how valuable a resource you are to others. Remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.