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.
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