“The biggest difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that successful people are willing to do what unsuccessful people are not.” - Darren Hardy
What does that word mean to you? Everyone I know has said that they want to be successful at what they do. I have never met anyone who said that they purposely wanted to be unsuccessful. Have you?
I assume that you want to be successful in whatever you do, but what does success look like to you? The reason some of us are not successful is because we haven’t defined what success looks like. We can’t have something when we don’t know what that “something” looks like.
How do you define success? Once you define success, who exemplifies your definition? Who is someone that models your definition of success? That is heart of Darren Hardy’s quote above. Finding models of success and doing what they do because successful do what the unsuccessful ones will not do.
This one of the key lessons I picked up early in my Air Force career. Whenever a “detail” or an “opportunity to excel” (military slang term for something nobody wants to do but must be done) was presented in our staff meetings, the sighs, groans and eyes shifting around the room signaled to me that this was an opportunity for success. Many times, these details led to opportunities to build relationships with people who were further along in their careers and whose advice helped me along in mine.
Who are the people in your career field that you consider successful? What are they doing? Are you paying attention to them? What actions do they take daily? Within your organization, where are the “opportunities to excel” that others avoid? Success leaves clues.
To go where you want to go, you have to do what you have never done before. Successful people understand this and live it. Unsuccessful ones will do what they have always done and get what they have always gotten. Successful or unsuccessful… which one will you be?