Achievement and success are subjects I have spoken about many times over the years, because people are eternally curious about what makes for success.
What is your compelling reason to succeed?
Over the last few weeks I have spoken at a number of functions on the subject of achievement and success. In fact this is a subject I have addressed many times over the years, because people are eternally curious about what makes for success.
I think there are many factors that affect our success; in terms of our commitment, goals discipline and so on, but over and above these many characteristics there seems to be one that towers above the others – the need to have a compelling reason to succeed.
When I look around and see the incredibly successful people in Australia – most of them started with nothing, came from difficult circumstances in other countries, had no bank supporting them on arrival in Australia, no private school education or contacts to leverage off, no family money to rely on – they just had their own determination and need to achieve.
Their compelling reasons to achieve would have been as individual as each of these people, but they had personal drivers that took them through all sorts of difficulties, seemingly impossible challenges to incredible heights of success – and here I am speaking of financial success.
In speaking to women particularly around Australia I am often astounded by the fact that they do not express, or don’t feel confident to express, their compelling reason – particularly if that reason is financial. I often hear women say “I need to find something I am passionate about”. I believe that to be successful one needs to say “I will find something that makes sound economic sense and I will become passionate about it”.
The thing about a compelling reason is that it drives you through the toughest of challenges. If you don’t have a compelling reason, all challenges may become impossible problems.
In this sense, success is similar across sport, business and any other pursuit in life. In sport we often see people of identical capability competing, but the winner seems to always an edge – a psychological edge of some sort.
I think that edge comes from the depth and commitment of their compelling reason to succeed.
What is your compelling reason to achieve??
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Lisa Gorman from livingpurpose.com.au writes: Marcia, you are so right. Why are we here in this place at this time? Why indeed are we working or living a particular way? I know that for me it’s about the people I love and others I am yet to meet and move. The passion I have for others is a key part to my motivation for living and working in a particular way. For me, it’s about my need to nurture growth and liberate potential in others… I wonder what other people’s compelling reasons are?