151. Own Your Life

Own Your Life

You do nothing alone. You’ve achieved nothing alone. Every accomplishment has somehow involved other people. Think about it.

While that’s true, what’s also true is that in the end, success is up to you.

Yes, to achieve success you need to involve other people. But if these people don’t come through, any potential shortcoming is still on you. In short, you cannot use others as an excuse.

Sure, it was others who gave you contacts, information, opportunities, advice and a whole lot more. But whether or not those things manifested themselves into success as you term it, is on you.

Remember, what others provide are mere steppingstones. You and you alone are responsible for which stones you use and how you step on them.

These are the actions you choose, so you must accept the consequences as well. After all, it’s your life. Take ownership of it.


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163) Nothing Fails Like Success

Nothing Fails Like Success

Repeat championships in major sports tends to be the exception rather than the rule. Certainly, there are many reasons for this. Chief among them is that following a championship season it’s hard to push to maintain the same drive and work ethic.

In short, a sense of complacency infects everyone. It’s not uncommon, in fact, that defending champions don’t make the playoffs.

This is not limited to sports, however. Noble prize winners seldom even come close to matching their award-winning achievement. And in corporate America, a Wall Street darling might not hold that position for long.

Nothing herein suggests that you should avoid achievement. By all means, have goals and aspirations, then drive hard to see them through.

As you do, though, you should guard against complacency. Continue to do the things that got you where you are and commit to staying at that level.


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167) Successful People Have Goals

Successful People Have Goals

Successful people have goals. They have goals for lots of things. Networking activity. Prospecting efforts. Sales made. Referrals made and received. And much, much more.

Successful people have goals. They write them down. They share their goals with others. They review them often.

Successful people have goals. Goals that, from time to time, they fail to hit. And they’re okay with that. Why? Because successful people tend to set goals that stretch them and make them work. As a result, they risk failing.

But successful people know that falling short of a goal is no great sin. They realize that the real potential mistake is setting their goals too low. Why?

Because successful people understand that with easily attainable goals, they may always hit their mark. But by always hitting their mark they are, in essence, leaving money on the table.


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Networking Rx: Seven Important LinkedIn Mindsets (EPS 204)

Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, shares the attitudes he’s adopted for making successful use of LinkedIn. 

http://networkingrx.libsyn.com/seven-important-linkedin-mindsets-eps-204

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