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Everyone Wants to Be Successful
Everyone, if asked, wants to be successful and have control over their life living on their own terms. So the question is, if so many want it so much, why do only a few make it? Why is it that you can have a room full of people who have the same skill sets and learn exactly the same information, but only one or small handful of them will take those skills and information and become successful?
You know people like this, people who have all the talent, ability, and information in the world, but go nowhere. Author John Maxwell wrote a book about this. It is called Talent Is Never Enough. It is the perfect description for these types of people.
So, what is the difference between those who make it and those who do not?
Let‘s do a short exercise, and I think you will understand. If I told you right now that there were $100 million sitting in a briefcase somewhere in the world and you had twenty-four hours to find it and it was yours, would you want to go after it?
When I ask this question to just about any audience, their response is always and emphatic "Yes!" Of course you would; almost anyone would. The next thing I would tell you and them is, ―Okay, go get it.
At this point, many people, probably as you are right now, look at me with confused faces, deer-in-the-headlights looks, and crinkled noses. I‘ll ask you the same thing I ask them, ―What‘s the problem? I just told you there was $100 million out there for you. Why are you still here?
People sit staring until finally, someone asks the question, ―But how are we supposed to find it? We need some direction.
Ah! There it is. It is direction that people need—the map to get them where they want to go.
In short, as author and speaker Brian Tracy says, ―Clarity is the most important, essential part of success.
You must be crystal clear on what you want and have clear plans to reach it. That is a critical difference between those who reach their success and take true control of their life and those who have the same skills, talent, knowledge, and so on, but do not.
Along with seeking out the knowledge and resources they need to become whom they aspire to be, the former have a clear vision and plan, a map. As John Maxwell put it, "Talent is never enough." It is the crystal clear vision you have for knowing what it is you truly want and then putting the structure and discipline in your life (the plan) that you combine with talent that get you to where you want to go.
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