Is it in you?

Rarely does success just happen.  Sure you can do things to increase your chances for success like go to college.  Even then I have met plenty of people with degrees that do not make it up the ladder.  Far more goes into being successful than just have a degree.  Knowing the right people can certainly help.  Still, I believe you can be successful without making it into a great school or having a powerful network.

I believe there is a recipe for success.  You take one part ambition and one part competitiveness.  Two parts drive and sprinkle in a thirst for knowledge and you are well on your way to making it.  Let’s break it down further.

Ambition-You have to want better.  I have met more than a few people that seem happy with status quo.  If you do not want more for yourself, you will end up with settling.  This is not negative.  There are plenty of people that are just happy to have a job.  That is fine for them.  If you are here, I assume you thirst for more.

Competitiveness-Let’s face it; it is a rat race out there.  Lately, if you have a job you should consider yourself lucky.  If you do have a job, you might want another job whether it is within your organization or another.  How are you shining above others?  Use every day to audition for the job you want.  It is easy to get complacent when you have been somewhere for a while.  Don’t.  Approach each day with the goal to outperform everyone else.  Two questions-What are you doing to separate yourself from others at your company?  Second, what else can you be doing?  Blow your competition out of the water.  Look for ways to improve efficiencies, save money or bring in money.  Make yourself indispensable.

Thirst for Knowledge-Things are moving so quickly now.  Advances in technology almost occur on a daily basis.  Things that are cutting edge now will certainly be irrelevant before you know it.  How are you staying ahead of the curve?  You have more at your fingertips now than ever in the history of the world.  Tablets and smartphones bring everything to your fingertips.  So many resources that are available today like podcasts, blogs, internet, Twitter and on and on.  If you are doing it right it will feel like you are drinking from a fire hydrant.

Drive-Two parts, not one!  All the things I just listed take energy.  Success is not for the weak.  You have to pour your heart and soul into what you do.  It gets exhausting at times.  You will want to stop, maybe even just for a little break, but you have to forge ahead.  I have worked jobs where I have gone four months without a day off.  I also know what it feels like to work 80-90 hours in a week.  It sucks by the way.  Still, I have done it and I would do it again to get ahead and make a better life for me and my family.

So is it in you?  This game is not for everyone.  I enjoy the hustle and competing.  I know not everyone does.  What is in your DNA?  What do you want for your life?

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