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5 Philosophies That Will Help You on Your Path to Success


Jul. 27, 2015 Entrepreneur

The ability to create success is the product of a unique combination of skills, mindset and abilities that you can tap into again and again to achieve your biggest dreams. That’s an important thing to remember because each journey of success in your life will evolve. Many successes will be started, some will end, but more often they will morph along the way, because success is never a final destination.

The mega successful never restrict themselves to one successful venture, but rather simultaneously manage multiple streams. Whether you’re looking to achieve your first major success or you’ve got many under your belt already, here are some great tips I’ve learned along my own path.

1. Define success but let it be adaptable.

Many successful entrepreneurs and leadership coaches will tell you that you need to define what success looks like ahead of time. This is certainly a useful exercise and something that I do as part of my vision and mission on any business venture. However, I also think it’s important to remain adaptable to how success looks when it actually arrives.

I can say that my actual achievements have nearly always looked different than my original definition of success. That’s not because they weren’t successful or exciting milestones, it’s that there are an infinite number of variables that will go into each of your successes and each one will indelibly leave their marks on you.

As you arrive at the dollar amount, business valuation or other moment of success, it always looks a little different than how you originally imagined. So yes, define success, but be open to the possibility it will be the essence, not the carbon copy, of your original vision.

2. Remember the total picture.

Maybe it’s because I’ve enjoyed a life where my most successful partnership has always been with my brother, but I just knew that family was absolutely essential in my general vision of my life’s success. When I met my wife it was clear that this was the woman I wanted to be a part of my success journey, too, and I wanted to be a part of hers. That has required patience, understanding and compromise for us both as we’ve been married and raised our children, but for me, the bigger picture of success just wouldn’t be complete without my family.

I am also adamant that success for me personally means phenomenal health. That has meant putting my health as a primary motivation, and I take good care of my mind and body.

These things won’t be a priority to you unless you remember the bigger picture of your life as you build your success in business.

3. Treat everyone well.

The golden rule has an almost sacred place in business for me. Treat others the way you would want to be treated. Some people I’ve come across haven’t treated me well. I cut those people out of my life immediately. I’m not interested in spending time or doing work with people who are dishonest, unkind or operate in other ways that don’t match how I want to be treated. Conversely, I expect that I will treat the people I meet and the people with whom I work with honesty, respect and patience.

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