One of my favorite books when I began my journey to improve my personal leadership development was “Diamonds In The Rough”, by Barry J Farber. I recently reviewed my notes from this book and have decided to share them with you periodically. The following are my notes from chapter 2: “The Myth of Overnight Success”:
The Myth of Overnight Success
- Being successful is hard in many ways; if it wasn’t hard, everybody would do it. When we look at successful people, we see the result of their blood, sweat, and tears – we don’t usually see the tremendous effort that went on before.
- Ordinary people expending extra ordinary effort can be whatever they want to be.
- There is only one sure-fire antidote for depression and that is action – meet challenges head on!
- Hustle + Confidence + Consistency + Competence = Success
- Hustle: give that extra 10% to go beyond what is expected of you.
- Confidence: the closer you are to your goal, the better you feel about yourself; the stronger you get and more likely to repeat successes.
- Consistency: practiced and repeated performance — which produces consistency of performance.
- Competence: confidence and consistency often lead to the discovery of abilities that we didn’t know that we had.
- “The secret of success is constancy to purpose” – Ben Disraeli
- Preparation is one of the cornerstones of any successful endeavor. Lack of preparation causes a lack of confidence
- Tips for getting ahead:
- Learn to analyze well: do research!
- Don’t be afraid to act!!
- Be a team player: give your employer allegiance & support. If you are frustrated and dissatisfied, go somewhere else.
- NEVER CHEAT TO WIN!!!
- Don’t let success go to your head.
- Come early, stay late, work hard, play by the rules, and stay physically fit.
- Have the courage to stick with your goals and ideas, even if they don’t always pan out.
- Most people who don’t achieve as much as they want in life don’t fall short because of lack of ability; but because they gave up too soon!
- Give 100% all the time. Ask yourself after every endeavor: “Did I give my best?” Remember William H Danforth’s motto: “To be our own selves; at our very best at all time. Knowing you put in your best at work allows you the guilt-free pleasure of enjoying your leisure time.
30 DAY ACTION PLAN:
- Improve everyday: Be yourself & at your very best in everything you do. After every task, ask yourself: “Can I do better?” Do all the little extras you’d rather not do. There’s one thing that everyone has in common: “There’s always room for improvement….”
- THINK: Most people don’t succeed because they don’t think. Sit down with a notepad and write down your goals & ideas. Come up with ways that you can improve the things you’re doing now, and ways you can work more efficiently in the future.