3 Truths Successful People Understand…That Failures Never Figure Out
Successful people tick differently from other people. They see things differently. They process data differently. They approach challenges differently. Here are 3 truths that successful people live by.
Success Truth #1: Not Everyone Is Going to Like You—Get Over It!
Successful people are true to themselves. They set high standards of performance and integrity. But, they don’t allow others to define them.
Most of us are pleasers. We want other people to like us. Granted, up to a point, this is fine and commendable. But, like any other virtue, it can become a vice when taken to a harmful extreme. Once you’ve repented, apologized and done what is possible to set things right…lay it down.
Success Truth #2: Successful People are the Biggest Failures.
That’s sort of an odd comment isn’t it? But it’s true. I’m convinced that most of us would not fear failure so much if we understood its benefits. In fact, many of today’s most successful people are the same folks who have suffered some of the greatest failures.
How did they accomplish this? I’m glad you asked.
Used correctly, failure can catapult us to success because it forces us to develop the skills, strategies, and disciplines we probably would never learn under easier and safer circumstances. And when these skills, strategies, and disciplines have been effectively used to drag us out of our pits of failure, we can then use them to get ahead of the curve and extraordinary things that most of our friends will never achieve.
The key is not to wait for the right mood, the perfect opportunity, or the most desirable circumstance. The key is to start doing the right thing right now. Don’t do the right thing because you get stroked, get the raise, or get it reported in the news. Do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.
Here in Nashville, hit songs are rarely written by people whom occasionally “get in the mood to write a song.” Instead, hits are written by hardworking people who come into an office with a guitar five days a week and work eight hours each day. Most of their songs are junk—failures. But by consistently applying the skills and disciplines they have honed over the years, out come those rare jewels that the rest of us call hit records.
Success Truth #3: Successful People Focus On Their Strengths More Than Their Weaknesses.
At first blush, this sounds like a no-brainer. However, most people do not follow this fundamental principle. Studies show that more than 85 percent of people believe the key to success is based on fixing their weaknesses.
While fixing problems is important, no person or organization will fully succeed until it learns to maximize its strengths. This isn’t news for most major corporations. Corporate types have understood this principle for years.