6 Must-Read Lessons in Success

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Robert Collier said, “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated, day in and day out.” In order to succeed, you must form the habit of following the principles that cause success.

Today I want to talk about six of those principles that will position you to succeed. Without further ado….

1. Dare

“The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.” – Dale Carnegie

You only get one bite at the apple.  Van Crouch said, “When they back the ‘hearse’ up, they’re not making a practice run.”

You must dare to do the impossible.  You have to stretch your borders, risk being told “no”, and risk being laughed at.  To succeed you must get in the habit of “daring to do the impossible”

2. Fail

“A stumble may prevent a fall.” – English Proverb

It’s okay to fail; I like to say that failure is the path to success.  Just keep failing forward until you succeed; don’t give up.  Thomas J. Watson said, “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure, or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”

It’s okay to fail, failing prepares you for success.

3. Grow

“Pity the man who inherits a million and isn’t a millionaire. Here’s what would be pitiful, if your income grew and you didn’t.” – Robert Collier

To succeed you must grow!  No one can give you success; you must grow into a successful person through experience, education, learning, and training.  You have to change into a successful person.  If you don’t change, your life won’t change!  David Thomas said, “Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you’ve got.”

4. Imagine

“The great successful men of the world have used their imagination, they think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building – steadily building.” – Robert Collier

You have to see your life the way you want it to be!  What you see is what you get, if you can’t see it, you won’t get it.  If you can’t perceive it, then you will never have it.  You must have a vision; the vision must be real to you.  Solomon said, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

5. Go

“Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.” – Marva Collins

You have to go towards success.  Don’t wait for success to find you because you’ll end up waiting a long time.  You have to find it, and you find it through work, focus, dedication, perspiration, and inspiration.

Go after success; chase it down, right in the face of all your fears.

6. Excellence

“The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right.” – Edward Simmons

To succeed you must believe in giving excellence to your customers.  You must give the best of yourself, you must go above and beyond, you must do more than what is expected of you.

If the average person does an average job, the excellent do excellent work.  Charles Kendall Adams said, “No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.”

Whatever you do, do it with excellence, do it with passion, and you will do it well.
Thank you for reading, and be sure to pass this article along.

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19 thoughts on “6 Must-Read Lessons in Success”

  1. My attitude towards failure has really changed. Growing up as a child failure was often ridiculed and that attitude got implanted in my thoughts.

    I view failure as a way of knowing that I am trying something new ,which means that I am growing and expanding.

  2. My biggest success lesson has always been about giving up. About, taking the dip and work on what works and ditch what doesn’t work. We can’t be good at everything but we surely can find something we are good at.

    1. I agree. Our genuine self does not want to do things that are utterly foreign to it. It wants to realize its own potential.

  3. Good to read. I like your simple outlook on the post by using short one word headlines. Dare really stuck out to me, because I believe procrastination plays a HUGE role in our success.

    We often procrastinate great things, simply because we don’t DARE to start.

  4. It’s all about daring and living your dream….believing in yourself mostly and making sure you know you will bump into people that will tell you that you are crazy along the way – it’s all part of success!
    In gratitude,

  5. I liked what you said about excellence . To do whatever we are doing with passion and focus can never give us disappointment at the completion of that work.Thanks for this suggestion. It is often a case that I do things too quickly and end up in frustration. Besides this point I would also like to complement you on the topic you chose. Failure should be taken positively , it’s definitely a stepping stone to success.This is my personal experience. Failure has never been an obstacle since I have always seen it in a positive light.
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  6. Love, Love, Love, Love this post
    I have never heard this before, but loved when you wrote, when they back the hearse up it’s not a practice run – so true!

    I am currently in the practice of making mistakes, digging for the success. It’s so true that that failure is only the stepping stone to success – once this is realized you become unstoppable.

    Imagine – I have created a vision board so that I see it every day – it helps me give me the drive to keep going on days when I’m not so sure!

    Great post – thanks for sharing,

  7. The six pillars of life right there.

    I love the failure one, mainly because it is still the hardest one for me to grasp. Whenever it happens, I feel its sting and loose site of its true benefits.

    In order to succeed you must be willing to fail. I’m keeping this one in the forefront of my mind.


  8. I have recently applied this to my life and it has helped out greatly. All aspects have been improved greatly, from day to day life to work, it has help me excell immensely.

    I’ll add this to my blog so it may help others.

  9. I like what you write, to me success is all about doing and not just dreaming.. There are people who dream about the greatness in their life and then there are people who know they are great and therefore don’t just dream about it, they actually become great.

    There is a reason it’s said that it only take one man to change the world…..

    Lotte what2think.com

  10. Failure is a tough one for most people because we’re taught that it’s not alright to fail. We’re taught about success and how to succeed. It’s a conundrum. I don’t think you can have one without the other.

  11. The prospect of failure can put you off from trying. Failure is an immediate judgment from others who can’t see anything other than the lack of an end result. Nobody wants to look like they screwed up.

    I agree its about how to handle it and take something positive from it.

  12. Just as Edison said before inventing the incandescent light bulb, that he didn’t fail 9,999 times before succeeding, but he find out 9,999 ways of how not to do it, I also think that when we don’t hit our target right away, we’re just learning more on how to get where we want.

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