Success is not an accident. It is the result of your attitude and your attitude is a choice. Hence success is a matter of choice and not chance. The common man seeks security, whereas the uncommon man seeks opportunity.
A wise man once said, "If you really want to succeed, form the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do."Success is the progressive realisation of a worthy goal. – Earl Nightingale
’Progressive’ means that success is a journey, not a destination. It’s an ongoing process. We never arrive.
’Realisation’ means it is an experience. Outside forces cannot make me feel successful. I have to feel it within myself. It is internal not external. That is why what often appears success externally may be total hollowness internally. No wonder we hear of some celebrities and billionaires taking drugs and committing suicide because they feel emptiness internally.
’Worthiness’ determines the quality of our journey. Can people have unworthy goals in their lives? The answer is, Yes! What makes a goal worthy? It is our value system which determines the quality of our journey. Worthiness is what gives meaning and fulfilment. Success without fulfilment is empty. That’s like good looks without goodness.
‘Goals’ —Goals are important because they give us a sense of direction. Our destination determines the direction we take.
Success and happiness go hand in hand. Success is getting what you want and happiness is wanting what you get.
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. – Bill Cosby
Success does not mean being liked and accepted by everyone.
History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heart-breaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats. – B.C. Forbes
A biology teacher was teaching his students how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. He told the students that in the next couple of hours, the butterfly would struggle to come out of the cocoon, but no one should help the butterfly. Then he left.
The students were waiting and it happened. The butterfly struggled to get out of the cocoon and against the advice of the teacher, one of the students took pity on it and decided to help the butterfly out of the cocoon. He broke the cocoon to help the butterfly so it didn’t have to struggle any more. But, shortly afterwards, the butterfly died. When the teacher returned, he was told what had happened. He explained to the student that it is a law of nature that the struggle to come out of the cocoon actually helps develop and strengthen the butterfly’s wings. By helping the butterfly, the boy had deprived the butterfly of its struggle and the butterfly died.
An English proverb says, “A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.”
Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown. – H. Ross Perot