What Makes Successful People Successful?
There’s an old saying, “A students teach, B and C students work for D students.”
I’m not sure that’s true in every case but I do know some pretty successful people who never set foot in a college classroom and were not their high school class valedictorian.
What Is Success?
Success is an illusion for many people. They define it by a wide range of parameters. To some of us athletes are successful, or actors, or titans of industry become our role models.
To others it might be Mother Theresa, or Ghandi, or the Pope.
Success isn’t always material things but it is usually always the pursuit of something.
Edison found thousands of ways not to make a light bulb.
Baseball players who fail to hit safely 70 percent of the time can wind up in the Hall of Fame.
So success is not always the absence of failure.
So What About Those “D” Students?
Biographies are filled with successful people who dropped out of school, had to work at an early age, or just never found their calling until later in life.
Colonel Harland Sanders comes to mind as a late bloomer.
At 73, he sold KFC for $2 million. He was not a billionaire, but he lived in comfort for the remainder of his years.
I didn’t publish my first book until age 55.
Sometimes life takes longer to find the correct plan for you. Others make millions before age 30.
The point is that once an idea hits, nothing and I mean nothing, will stop the pursuit of that goal.
It’s doesn’t matter how much negative is thrown in your path you will find a way around it.
Education doesn’t matter because knowledge can always be found to keep the goal intact. IQ doesn’t matter because ideas don’t always conform to conventional educational norms.
Sometimes add, subtract, multiply and divide are all you need.
You yourself create the additional intelligence needed to complete your task.
Some Final Thoughts
There’s another old saying, “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are unwilling to do.”
That pretty much says it all.
It’s never crowded on the extra mile.
Some 20 year old's are heading to the beach or hitting the slopes while others are thinking about retiring before they’re 40.
Which sounds like you?
The answer to that question might indicate if you’re on the path to success — or not.