Build On Your Career Success
August 2, 2011
Do it once, do it again. Then do it again. And again.
As my good friend John Cline says, "If you have been successful once in your life, it only proves that you can do it again and again." The greatest lesson in scalable success was proven to me by John, who was successful once, then again, then again. No matter what the obstacles, as a team we always found the way around them.
In our inner programming circle at the time, He said that line to me one day while I was down about losing something ... some battle for positioning, something so meaningless in the big picture I can't even remember what it was as I think back about it today ... but I remember his response to my momentary depression very vividly.
We would analyze every battle we entered very closely, seeing who won, what the costs were, what we did right, what we did wrong and how we would be better if we had it to do over again. It was a room of strategists finding the way to bring the greatest weight to bear against the objective.
After that particular incident, we had gotten smoked on something, I was feeling sorry for the loss, feeling hopeless, in a weak moment and he immediately said "What, are you kidding? Get up!"
It was exactly what I needed to hear at the exact right moment. We laughed about it, turned it to a lesson and never got caught in that position ever again. We then moved on to the next rousing success.
Have you been successful? Yes. Can you do it again since you have already done it? Yes.
WHY NOT BUILD?
Who has not been successful in life? We always succeed in producing a result. Therefore, in order to produce another good result, just simply repeat the behavior it took to be successful in the first place. Every person who has built anything in business will tell you this is true. Start small, get a success under your belt, build up another success, do it again, on and on until you have built such a strong foundation of success that it becomes second nature.
When I read books about the great empire builders of all time, like Ford or Hilton, I always see this same thing at play. They didn't give up. They kept pushing. They kept experimenting. They kept moving forward. They persevered until they experienced a "Success Breakthrough." Then, armed with that knowledge, they simply DUPLICATED it over and over again in small chunks until the empire was built. You can do the exact same thing in your career.
FACE THE SETBACKS
You will get knocked off the horse along the way. That's just a part of life. Your job is to learn how to recover from getting knocked off the horse. What's your forward career plan? What if you get knocked off the horse, what's your plan to recover, your plan to get back up on the horse?
When you get thrown. Just take it as a lesson, move on down the road, and be a success again. Know your weaknesses, know your strengths, and you will always be successful it is said. It is true. It is a very simple but very powerful way to live.