Everyone wants some degree of success.

Posted on December 26, 2011

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Everyone wants some degree of success. We might want it in different forms, but I’ve never met anyone who didn’t want to be successful at something important. This is good. I believe everyone is entitled to pursue success.

But success itself is not an entitlement.

Success is not an entitlement. It’s not a right or a claim that we should have. Yes, people have the right to pursue success, but that’s it. Success is most often earned, not handed over because you are entitled. If being successful were that easy, everyone would have the success he thinks he deserves.

True success is the result of hard work, period. I love my business, I love helping people, and I’ve achieved a level of success doing both. I am very grateful for my success and proud to have achieved it in a way that benefits others and helps them grow their businesses as well.

The cliche “perfect practice makes perfect” is accurate because each time we practice perfectly we perform a task as well as we possibly can. When we try to do our best, every mistake is obvious — and then we can learn from those mistakes, adapting and modifyingour techniques so we constantly, even if only incrementally, we improve.

That’s where talent and effort intersect. Skill, like talent, isn’t an end result. Skill is a process.

Whatever you do, you can do better. It doesn’t matter if it’s a physical task, or making sales calls, or managing employees, or conducting interviews. Any task can be performed better and more efficiently. To improve, don’t make the mistake of simply working harder. Shake things up. Reinvent a skill that has over time become automatic — but not perfect.

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