The majority of people presently have a very narrow-minded, simplistic and linearview of success…
When I have more money and possessions then others, I am more successful than they are. But when I have less money or possessions then other people, I am less successful then they are. Therefore it stands to reason - and this is where logic lets us down - that opportunities for success are determined by the amount of money that I have to buy, spend and consume with.
This collective perception of success mainly is the result of the current materialistic-consumer cult that is predominantly endorsed by the civilized and capitalistic inspired western world, which encourages and promote the avoidance of failure as the “perfect” way to achieve success.
This is a very sad and unfortunate state of affairs, because the above generally accepted view of success, ultimately damage and damned individuals to follow a Wild Horse-career path and life, well camouflaged as an illusion of success and delusion of prosperity. Thus, to break this self-destructive and emotional suffocating view of success, and to follow an Oryx-career path and life - driven by self-determination, self-development and growth - implies that our understanding of success should be extended, adapted and tweaked to incorporate the bigger success-dynamics picture.
1. Components of Success
It is important to realize that success and failure, are two equal sides of the same performance coin and the one just isn't possible without the other. As a matter of fact, success isn't at all possible without a balanced synchronicity with its counterpart, failure. Nor is failure possible, without success synchronicity. This success & failure synchronicity is the launching platform from which we can successfully learn, develop, grow, expand our horizons and excel in our personal and/or professional life. Therefore…
success contains the seed of failure and
failure contains the seed of success
…which - for example - can be illustrated as follows…
A personal expectation to read leads to reading failure, as a result of an inability to recognize the scribble patterns.
This failure prompt a process of learning to recognize the patterns and master the alphabet.
Successful recognition of letters, but failure to recognize and understand letter patterns.
The learning process continue to master letter combinations (i.e. words) and their meaning (i.e. connections to reality).
Successful recognition of words and understanding of their meaning.
Reading success as the outcome of a couple of much needed reading failures.
The above performance-preparation cycle works well and has been applied successfully for decades. Regrettably though, as a result of a narrow collective view and perspective of success, we mainly try to avoid failure in order to ensure our success, and because of that we negate our dreams, scale down our expectations and lower our performance standards and - gradually - success becomes much scarier than failure. When that happens we have successfully established a Wild Horse-way of life and fail miserably at following an Oryx-way of life.
WHY …? …because, we are and even conditioning ourselves to avoid failure at all costs and never learn - let alone practicing - how to pursue success.
Before anything else, preparation is KEY to success! In essence success is the productive achieving of goals, dealing with obstacles, solving problems and addressing issues efficiently. For a wider perspective on success, please watch the success playlist hosted on YouTube.
What - generally - is regarded as failures, actually are lessons to be learned! In essence failure is the unproductive achieving of goals, dealing with obstacles, solving problems and addressing issues inefficiently. For a broader perspective on failure, please watch the failure playlist hosted on YouTube.
As already indicated, failure is merely a reality-notification to learn more, gain additional experiences and broaden one's horizons in preparation for eventual success. Thus, well prepared actions result in success and failure is merely an indication of inadequate preparation for the particular context. Underlying and supportive to an effective or productive success-failure iceberg is our attitude, management and application of our personal aspiration-performance cycle.
The manifestation of the success I.e. optimalself-actualization made possible by following our own, specific time line!/failureplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigI.e. the following of a time line based on collectively expected objectives and/or dictated or prescribe by others.
iceberg within our life's, is best placed into context and illustrated in a video presented and produced by Jay Shetty…
Success is… when preparation and opportunity meets. Success is dependent on preparation, and without preparation there is sure to be failure. Failure is when lack of preparation meets reality.
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of a successful life. ~ Baruch Spinoza
Success is a by-product of productive work, not its goal. A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat the competition. ~ Ayn Rand
The secret of success is constancy of purpose. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles that one has overcome while trying to succeed. ~ Bookert T. Washington
Success is the result of learning what you need to learn and then by practicing it until you become proficient at it. ~ Brian Tracy
There is only one ultimate success… to be able to spend your life in your own way. ~ Christopher Morley
Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. ~ Conrad Hilton
Success is not measured by what you accomplish… but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. ~ Orison Swett Marden
They who are the most persistent, and work in the true spirit, will invariably be the most successful. ~ Samuel Smiles
Successful individuals are not the ones who have never struggled. They are the ones who never give up, despite the struggles. ~ Sharon Jaynes
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in WILL. ~ Vince Lombardi
You can succeed if nobody else believes it, but you will never succeed if you don't believe in yourself. ~ William J.H. Boetcker
Success is 90% preparation and only 10% perspiration. ~ Louis Pasteur
Fortune favors the prepared mind. ~ Louis Pasteur
2. Keys to Success
Being successful in our personal and professional life's isn't something magical, nor is it reserved for only a selected few. Anyone can achieve success in life, providing that we prepare ourselves to dedicatedly pursue and implement the following eight keys to success…
Passion: In what you do, do it for the love of doing it… not for the money.
Work: Dedicated and hard working, but have fun while doing it.
Focus: Zoom in on one thing only and don't divide your attention or split your efforts by maintaining a fall-back security safety net strategy.
Persist: Willfully carry on doing it, despite all the crap that you encounter.
Ideas: Generate ideas to do what you do well… better.
Good: Get very good at something, by practicing, practicing and practicing it.
Serve: Contribute something to others of real value to them.
3. OKR's goal setting principles
any kindplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigAny form and permutation of goal setting, regardless whether personal, professional, business, parental, educational, self-actualization, training, team goals, ..etc. are assumed and implied here.
of goal setting is sourcing from and directed by well defined Objectives and Key Results, success (i.e. productively set objectives to achieve goals) are a certainty and magic - so to speak - is just around the corner. The following TED-talk delivered by John Doerr, is striking in the manner in which he integrates and merges all the success principles (as already indicated) so that success is practically possible, regardless of what is intended or to be achieved. Please note - although not reference as such - the importance, value and purpose of a sourcing vision, mission, value and legacy statements for ultimate success.