I love to read success stories — both because I enjoy seeing people succeed, and because I want to succeed too. The success stories that I most enjoy include things like paying off a large amount of debt, quitting a full time job to start a small business, traveling the world, etc.
Responses to the stories usually fall into one of three camps:
1. Congrats, that’s great! I’m working on that too! How did you do it?
2. Congrats, that’s great! I did that too and here’s how…
3. Well, that’s great for you, but I could never do that because blah blah blah.
It’s the last one that gets me. » Read more
It’s often difficult to recognize opportunity, even if you’re looking for it. That’s because opportunity doesn’t bop you over the head and say “Congratulations, you’ve won an all expense paid vacation to Maui! Just say you’ll go!”.
Instead, as Thomas Edison said, opportunity “comes dressed in overalls and looks like hard work.”
Opportunity knocks daily
We have all kinds of opportunities every day — opportunities to improve our finances, advance our careers, start a small business, or even just to get better organized.
But what do they look like? Maybe those opportunities look like piles of debt or a book on investing. Or maybe they look like volunteering for extra projects that are outside your normal job duties. Or working hours every night on your own stuff while holding down a full time job and taking care of the kids. Or something a simple as paperwork that arrives in the mail. » Read more
Ok, maybe we don’t have to literally hug our failure like it’s a cuddly little teddy bear, but it IS worth taking time to consider the role failure plays in making us a success.
“The ability to keep going in the face of failure is critical to success.”
-J.D. Roth, Get Rich Slowly
Truer words were never said.
On a very basic level, we’d all still be flopping around on our bellies like we did as an infant if we weren’t willing to continue on in the face of failure. How else does anyone ever learn to walk? It’s a part of the process. We can’t get anywhere without failure, so why not embrace it? » Read more
Most people would agree that success is having a happy personal life, doing well at a job, and making at least enough money that you don’t have to stress. But what makes a person successful? » Read more