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What is Success?
by Dr. Alan Zimmerman
Posted: June 24, 2014

What is success?

In my "Journey to the Extraordinary" experience, I tell the participants that "Success isn't money. It's not position or power. It's being happy, satisfied, and productive." Pretty simple but it works well for me.

What about you? Have you figured out your definition of success? If not, I strongly suggest that you figure it out and write it down. After all, it's very difficult to achieve something you can't even describe.

And then... 

How do you become more successful?

On the job or at home? What does it take?

For one thing, it does NOT take the absence of failure. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first television job as an anchor in Baltimore, but she rebounded to become the undisputed queen of television talk shows. After Harrison Ford's first small movie role, an executive took him into his office and told him he'd never succeed in the movie business. Ford's career went on to span six decades and has included timeless starring roles in blockbuster films like the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" series.

To become more successful, the number ONE thing you can do is learn from very successful people. The more things you do that highly successful people do, the more quickly you will reach greater heights of success. And the fewer things you do that the losers, the "just-enough-to-get-by" people, or the "good-enough" people do, the more quickly you will achieve extraordinary success.

Learn from the highly successful people. That's what Maria Bartiromo, the host of several CNBC and Wall Street Journal programs, did in her book, "The Ten Laws of Enduring Success." In her career she has observed businesses rise and close up and she has had the opportunity to interact with the leaders of those companies. She concludes there are ten things the most successful people do.

As you go through Bartiromo's list, grade yourself. Would you give yourself an A, B, C, D, or F in each of those areas of behavior? Do more of those things where you gave yourself a C, D, or F.
• Self-knowledge: Listen to your heart.
• Vision: Plant your dreams on solid ground.
• Initiative: Keep rattling the cage.
• Courage: Be bold, smart, and fair.
• Integrity: Do the right thing.
• Adaptability: Stay open to change.
• Humility: Hold on to your humanity.
• Endurance: Build your stamina.
• Purpose: Know what matters most.
• Resilience: Get up and move on. 

"Reprinted with permission from Dr. Alan Zimmerman's Internet newsletter, the 'Tuesday Tip.' For your own personal, free subscription to the 'Tuesday Tip' ... along with several other complimentary gifts, go to http://www.DrZimmerman.com" 

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