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Becoming successful is like cooking an intricate dish. There are many ingredients to make the recipe fantastic. Some ingredients are used more than the others. But each of them contributes to the overall taste of the dish.
You may be surprised to find out that you have all the ingredients to be successful. The problem is, most of the time, you do not know which ingredient to use and how much to use. If you have too much of one ingredient, you come up with a different dish!
Aside from using the right ingredients in the right portion, you also have to process the ingredients properly. Just like in cooking, you should not fry what you should boil. Some recipes taste better when baked rather than when fried and so on….
The same goes with success. As there are standard procedures, there are also common elements among successful people: They have a dream and a plan. They try to learn as much as they can about their goal and they are willing to work hard to achieve that goal. Finally, they don’t give up!
FIVE INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESS
First, successful people are not easily swayed by other people’s opinions. Even if many people think that it is impossible to achieve their goal, successful people do not just give up without trying. But they do not stop at trying once. If it takes them years, they try and try. Each time they try, they see to it that they are better armed. They learn from every failure, that is why they are determined that they will someday succeed.
Important thought: Successful people produce results and not excuses.
Second, successful people are enthusiastic about what they’re doing. It is not enough for them to just accomplish something. They feel good about what they’re doing and thus, they enjoy while they strive. With enthusiasm, a person feels fulfilled and proud. They are willing to go the extra mile. Thus, success to them yields more meaning.
Important thought: Part of the joy of succeeding comes with working your way to achieve that final result.
Third, successful people look for solutions to problems. The path to success isn’t always smooth and easy. Many trials will test one’s determination. But the successful person does not give up because he does not run away from a problem. Instead, he tries to solve the problem. That way, the hindrance completely disappears, making the path ahead clearer.
Important thought: Problems are lessons in disguise.
Fourth, successful people think before they act. Since they are focused on their dream and they are willing to face and solve the problems that they encounter, they plan before they act. They analyze a problem before they attack. If something goes wrong, successful people have alternatives to fall back on. Successful people spend time researching about their goal. Thus, they know what they should be prepared for.
Important thought: Knowing your enemy is half the battle won!
Fifth, successful people are honest to admit their strengths and weaknesses. By knowing where they need to improve, successful people do not waste time neglecting the weak aspects of their personality. Instead, they work at it so that they will be well-rounded to be able to adapt to different situations. They are aware that there are many ways to strengthen their weak points. Before they go on the journey to their goal, successful people arm themselves with their strengths.
Important thought: Learning starts with knowing your own self. As Shakespeare wrote, “Know thyself.”