What is success

Why some have been or are so good at reaching their goals while others seem to forever stumble at the threshold? You are not the first one and will not be the last one to ask this question but the fact that you do ask it, can very well be the very first step in getting from WHY are they successful – the wondering stage – to HOW can I be successful? – the practical stage.

The truth is, sometimes even those people who have made it big can honestly offer little enlightenment on the reasons behind their accomplishments and that because they don’t necessarily have an objective, external perception of their own success. However, there are others who do have – through extensive studies and research. What are they telling us? There’s something successful people do or learn to apply that enables them to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Starting to slowly but in a very determined way introduce into your life and routine certain principles and rules will make you easily understand how they can virtually change your career, your life, and, to give a more dramatic note, your destiny. You will learn to learn from others’ examples – to find those that most suit and help you.

Your first step into the one thousand miles journey doesn’t have to be a perfect one. It just has to be. Jerry Seinfeld’s first time on a stage would have hardly left anyone thinking “wow, what a great comedian this guy will most definitely become someday!” His first experience as a professional comic would fall for most people under the ‘failure’ category. His stage freight so got the best of him that he virtually froze and couldn’t speak words for what seemed to be an eternity and his lack of coherence and tongue-stumbling ultimately got him jeered offstage. His second experience as a professional comic came the very following day and it was a total blast. People loved him. That is not to say that the distance from failing to succeeding is always that short even if you are the most determined person on the planet, or that, once you’ve gained success you bid permanent farewell to ‘failure’ – no, that is to say that you can change almost any adversity into an opportunity and you can turn hardships into achievements when no one believes you can. Not even you.

Can Akdeniz

Can Akdeniz is the author of seven books and founder of Business Hacker, a popular business blog. His books such as Go Nuts, Cool Boss, Happy Company and MBA 2.0 have changed how people think about business, productivity and work.