As I discussed in my previous blog post, everyone knows someone who has succeeded. Recently, I’ve noticed that a lot more people I know are becoming successful in what they want to do.
My brother has recently been given the opportunity to work for a prestigious company in either Dublin, London, or Sweden. It’s a fantastic achievement and I am one proud big sister but it has made me realize two things:
#1 Success always requires hard work, even if it’s not visible to others. After all, life doesn’t just hand out freebies, unless you’re incredibly lucky.
#2 Having a goal in life is the first step to achieving. How can you expect to be successful if you have no aspiration or inspiration?
As you can probably tell, I am a writer. My number one goal, since New Years Day 2016, has been to become a successful blogger. I remember being nine and writing short horror stories that I thought were terrifying, a result, no doubt, of too much Darren Shan, and feeling the strong urge to share my work with others. Fast forward a few years and here I am, continuing my passion for my blog in arguably less horrific ways than my nine year old self would have intended.
When setting goals in life, we need to ensure we find a niche that we have a passion for. For you it may be something other than writing, it could be painting, or business. Either way, we need to find something that will entertain us for the long haul, people notice when someone has a genuine passion for a craft.
Maybe my impression of success has changed as I have developed as I no longer see money as the reward of achievement, instead I see genuine happiness that has been caused by a sense of personal achievement, rather than one dictated by societal expectations. Of course, a financial award is often a necessity to ensure a certain lifestyle is pursuable but this should not be the singular goal.
“Its not what you know, it’s who you know that matters.”
Sometimes, having a passion for a craft isn’t good enough on its own to succeed, often we have to network and present ourselves to the right people in order to take a step forward. This also means making genuine connections with people, not simply collecting numbers. People, after all, invest in people.
Back when I was working in sales, I watched as staff adopted the same technique, the same hard sell to every potential customer that walked through the door. Although that had been what they had been instructed to do, it’s not what I personally believe achieves the sales. When I approached customers it was with intention to talk about them, find out their wants and needs, learn what made them tick. In return, they’d offer me information that my colleagues could not gain. By building a rapport with those clients I was able to secure leads and make valuable connections. It also allowed me to talk to a variety of people, from all over the globe, and learn new and exciting knowledge I wouldn’t have had otherwise.
In our own personal business, why should this be any different? Each and every one of us are brands that need a makeover and, in order to succeed, need a clear company ethos and five year plan.
When this is all said and done, success is in the eye of the beholder. In order to truly accept the award, you must ultimately determine what you define as success.
Until next time.