A lot has been said and written about success and what it takes to succeed in life. Success and its recipes are so ubiquitous that, for many people, this essential life phenomenon seems to have lost its appeal. I find it hard to blame people who feel this way because some of them have implemented the various steps to success prescribed by countless success trainers without anything positive to show for their committed effort.
A lot of us embark on a hot chase of success and never seem to catch up with it. The mistake most people make is in thinking that success is something to be chased after.
Quite to the contrary, success is a state of being. You don’t get success; you become successful.
“Success is not something you pursue. It is something you attract by becoming an attractive person” – Jim Rohn
Through study and observation of real successful people, I discovered three qualities which when imbibed will bring about undeniable success (at anything).
The qualities are (note their expression as a state of being):
Strength (Be Strong)
Strength, physical and mental, is a critical requirement if you want to succeed at what you do.
The need for strength in your quest for success stems from the fact that anything you want to do well will require quality effort. You must therefore be strong enough to exert the necessary effort to achieve your set goals.
Courage (Be courageous)
The opposite of fear is courage. To succeed, it is of necessity that we overcome fear. Courage is said to be the ability to act in spite of our fears not without it.
To become courageous therefore all you need do is to try doing what you fear. For instance, if you’re afraid of talking to people you’ve never met before; the key to overcoming that fear is to make every effort to initiate a discussion with a new person you meet after now. The discussion can be on anything: weather, politics, or football, just anything. You must bear in mind that the response you get is not important. What is important is the effort. When you do it once, it becomes easier the second time, and over time it ceases to be a challenge.
Learning (Be a learner)
Successful people are learners; that’s how they became successful in the first place. What successful people know is that to remain successful, they have to continue to learn.
In the final analysis, the bulk of what we succeed at amounts to solving problems. And for us to be able to solve problems continually, we must keep learning. Albert Einstein knew this for a fact when he made the statement below:
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”- Albert Einstein
The key to new thinking is to be committed to learning.
Theodore Roosevelt put this whole thing in perspective when he said:
“Courage, hard work, self-mastery and intelligent efforts are all essential to successful life.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Hard work requires being strong while self-mastery and intelligent efforts are the qualities of learners.
The Journey to the Promised Land
When Joshua took over the leadership of the people of Israel after his master, Moses, died, God’s charge to Joshua after He had made some mind-blowing promises to him was that he should be strong and of good courage. God reiterated these qualities three times within the first nine verses of the first chapter of the Book of Joshua to underscore the importance of strength and courage for Joshua to accomplish the task of leading the Israelites to the Promised Land.
In addition to being strong and courageous, God also instructed Joshua to meditate on the Book of the Law and not let it depart from his mouth. This refers to the learning aspect of success because repetition is the mother of learning.
Joshua succeeded in taking the people of Israel to the Promised Land despite the enormous challenges because he was strong, courageous and learning all the way.
If you desire to succeed at what you’re doing, you too have need of strength, courage and learning.