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Monday, February 10, 2014

Success Past Detours



There is a workplace strategy in some organizations called "up and to the right".  It is viewed as the way success happens.  Always moving onward and upward.  It is powerful stuff.  All motivated team members should be thinking "up and to the right".  Is life that way?










WHAT DRIVES SUCCESS?

Life's journey is not a continuous up and to the right.  Life has a more bumpy road than that.  In fact, life's experiences get in the way.  Most people end up having the road of "up and to the right" with the following detours (some good, some bad):
  • Illness (themselves or loved ones)
  • Economy (everybody remember 2008)
  • Divorce
  • Children
  • Marriage
  • Legal (lawsuits and litigation).

What drives success, overcoming these detours, is a combination of three things:
  1. Attitude
  2. Persistence
  3. Always Learning

Most of life's detours are not in our control. We can control the drivers of success of attitude, persistence, and learning.

WHAT WILL IT TAKE FROM ME?


WHAT TO AVOID
WHAT TO DO
Attitude
I am a victim of my circumstances.
"I can do" Attitude leads to better times ahead.
Persistence
I thought the economy would be better by now.
Life has bumps, I will stay a steady course of always moving forward.
Learning
I finished school years ago - I have no time.
I will always grow  - constant improvement.

Success, like beauty, is in the eye of the individual.  Identify your definition of success and have a great attitude, be unbelievably persistence, and always improve.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal:  it is the courage to continue that counts"  - Winston Churchill

"If you accept the expectation of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome" - Michael Jordan.
  
David Haynes, PMP, is Director of Consulting at Ideate, Inc. (www.ideateinc.com).  David's experience is in providing companies with business process analysis and change implementation.  @dhaynestech.

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