Success: Start Where You Are At
Webster’s has defined success as, “a favorable or desired outcome, attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence.”
Wikipedia’s definition says, “Success may mean: a level of social status; achievement of an objective/goal; the opposite of failure.”
I am sure that you could ask 100 people their definition of success and end up with 100 answers that have similarities but are still different. I believe that no matter what area that you desire to have success in a favorable or desired outcome (the achievement of an objective/goal) sums things up.
Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed more important than any other one thing.”Vince Lombardi’s quote concerning success was as follows, “The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re will to pay the price.”
My personnel observation is that you have to start in order to accomplish anything. Although you may need to obtain additional skills to finish it is important to get going. It takes resolve and hard work to complete anything that is worthwhile whether it is starting a business, raising a family, running for political office, etc. I am sure that you get the point.
I would like to share with you an example of a friend and client that has inspired me many times. When I met this individual he was working as a specialty trade contractor in the construction industry. Although he was good at what he did, he was not a person that possessed great skills or talent.
Shortly after meeting him, he informed me that he was going to raise ostriches and paint horses. He obtained a small loan and began both ventures. For several years he continued to work with both, obtaining a great deal of knowledge concerning the animals. He joined several associations that provided valuable contacts and information concerning the animals. The U.S. market for ostriches never reached the pinnacle that he had hoped for, but he did successfully raise ostriches and sale related products. To this day he continues to raise, breed and sale paint horses. Several of his horses have performed well in horse shows.
After a few years he when he brought his tax information into my office he told me that he had began taking modeling, dance, voice, and etiquette lessons. I inquired of him what the purpose behind this was and he proceeded to tell me that since his youth he had always dreamed of being in movies and singing professionally. Since he didn’t know how to get into the business he had contacted a local modeling agency that suggested he try to hone his skills in this manner.
After taking the lessons for a few years he got work in several local commercials. The commercials lead to an audition for a role in a movie. The movie was a western and during the process of the audition his profile indicated that he raised paint horses. He was hired for a small role and his horses were also hired. The role in this movie resulted in landing a few other roles in additional movies.
Simultaneous with the movie work he recorded a music tape. With the combination of the acting roles and the tape he had made he received several opportunities to perform and sing in some local venues.
After having accomplished these dreams, he began educating himself in how to read blue prints and manage larger construction projects. Currently, he still provides services as a specialty contractor but has also moved into home building and land development.
Although he isn’t a household name and few would recognize him from his acting work or performances, he continues to do everything that he has set his hand to. He started with the talents (and skills) that he possessed, had the resolve to persevere and receive that training and experience that he needed to accomplish his goals, and worked hard to get where he was going.
But the point is that HE STARTED.