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Daily Leadership Thought #195 – Take Responsibility For Your Own Success


Unless you win the lottery or are born into it, wealth doesn’t just land in your lap.  Passively pursuing success never works.  Far too many people are waiting for their ship to come in and they haven’t even chartered a boat yet.  You have to create the conditions for success for it to happen.  And, it all starts with YOU and your willingness to believe in and bet on yourself.

It’s much easier to hitch your wagon to someone else’s wagon train. A majority of the population depends on the decisions of others in terms of job security, how much money they make and what they do for a living.  The rationale seems to be to let someone else take the risk and manage the business stress.  Most employees hope that if they show up and simply do their jobs then good things will ultimately happen.  Well, how is this mindset working for you these days?  Hope is not a strategy it’s an emotion that largely leads to unrealistic expectations and disappointment.

The world is literally full of opportunity even during these trying economic times. And, it always will be.  What differentiates people who are successful from those who are not is a willingness to bet on themself, take calculated risks, learn from mistakes, think long term, never rest on their laurels, surround themselves with good people, and take action.  The good news is that you don’t have to be an entrepreneur to make this happen you can also become an intrepreneur and do it within someone else’s company.  People who are self-confident, take initiative and continually strive to make a positive difference will always be in demand.  What matters most is your attitude and how you approach your work and life in general.

Time is short.  For some of us it is more precious than others.  Waiting for the right time to take control of your destiny will only delay your results: good, bad, or otherwise.  Even bad results are preferable to no results at all because they build your character and teach you valuable lessons.  What’s important is creating and leveraging opportunities for yourself and others.   Life rewards people who act.  It ends up disappointing or humbling people who sit on the sidelines and only dream or talk of what’s possible.  Don’t be a spectator to the events that have the potential to lead to your own success and happiness.

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One Response

  1. Hi Ed, great point about owning your journey and taking responsibility for your success. I am in totoal agreement with that view. And…as you stated, the world is full of opportunity.

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