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Isn’t success just another “frame of mind”? If you put your mind to it, you can do it.
The Olympics are an example of mental willpower. Sure they practice and train for years to get there, but on the last leg, when it really matters the most, they need to really believe that they can win it. Otherwise they will fail despite having all the ingredients for success.
Success isn’t necessarily work related. It is also about achieving things that matter outside of work. And please, do not start to build your success ladder based on what other people think you should achieve or by what other people define as success. Define your own success parameters. Better still – have no parameters! Why limit yourself? This is your life after all! And be a little crazy and know in your heart, it is possible. Once your mind and heart are in alignment, success is going nowhere but to you.
I am reading Steve Job’s biography, and usually am not a big fan of reading biographies. But this man inspires me. He got kicked out of his own company, only to come back and make a success story beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. All because he simply believed he could.
Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]