What’s The Secret to Success?

Plenty of folks are searching for the elusive secret to success.  They’ll never find it because there’s no such thing.  What it takes to succeed is really quite simple.  And it’s not a secret.  

Work hard but more importantly work smart.  Save your money.  Invest in yourself and your business.  Learn each day.  Stay ahead of the marketplace and constantly innovate.  Lastly, and most importantly, understand that success is about doing, not talking about doing.

If you’re like most people, you’re probably wasting time on things that don’t matter and won’t make you successful.  

A perfectly crafted business plan will not make you successful.  Neither will a nicely worded corporate mission statement.  As I stated two paragraphs ago, success is mostly about doing, not talking about doing.  Which is what most business plans and mission statements end up being — just talk.   

Humans love to procrastinate under the guise of “planning” because, lets face it, “doing” takes effort.  Also, success involves risk, and most people have no stomach for risk.  So they plan, and contemplate, and deliberate, then ultimately decide “this wasn’t the right opportunity.”   

You can talk yourself out of just about anything.  Most people talk themselves out of success because they’re afraid.  Worse yet, they think prosperity is predicated on finding a secret that doesn’t even exist.  

Understand this:  There is no right time, perfect economy, or golden opportunity.  There’s just commitment and action toward achieving a goal.  Want a fulfilled life and a prosperous business?  Stop procrastinating while telling yourself you’re planning and instead, start doing.   That’s the secret to success. 

Damian Mason is an Agriculturist, Businessman, Ag podcaster, and Author.  www.damianmason.com 

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