What Is The Road To Success – Do You Know What Road You Are On?

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Grant Sudduth, EzineArticles Basic Author
Since my website title is The Road to Internet Success, I decided to try and answer the question that comes my way quite a bit.  And that is “What IS the road to success?”  And to be honest, there is not one set answer for everybody.  There are a lot of variables going into the mix and each road will be different for each person.  Now, there will be a number of people that have the same goals and possibly the same end result, but, they’ll arrive at their success differently because each one is an individual.  An individual that was raised by different parents, went to different schools, had different friends, went to different churches, or didn’t go to church, had different jobs along the way, have different opinions, etc.  So, each road to success is going to be different.  But, there are some guardrails that are common for all on these roads.

What Is Success?


First of all you have to consider what your personal meaning of success is?  You may want

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What Does Being Successful Mean To You?  In this article, I go through the different meanings of success for people.  You may be wanting monetary success, or success at  your work, relationship success or peace of mind success.  Which of these  areas are you looking to succeed?  One or a couple?  Maybe all of them?  If so, that won’t be happening over a stretch of weeks.  It will take some time of careful planning, sweat and tears for all the successes to  be accomplished. However, there is one road to success, then there is a another road.  One road is thinking of “number one”, having the “what’s in it for me” mindset.  This isn’t the best way to achieve success and if you do, it will be a lonely success.  Here’s the other road.

Model Yourself After Success


One of the fastest ways to reach success is to model yourself after someone that is successful.  Whatever success you are after, there is sure to be others that have already succeeded in that area.  Just copy what they have done to succeed.  Why struggle through trial and error and make mistakes when there is already a marked pathway.  If you’re wanting to open your own business, go work for someone that has already succeeded in that business.  You double your benefits by learning what you need to know and getting paid for it at the same time.  Once you’ve digested all you need to learn to make it in that business, take the money you’ve earned along the way and open your own business.

Mentor


Another variation of modeling yourself after someone successful, is having a mentor.  This is not the same as a coach.  A coach is more task oriented whereas the mentor is more images-9relationship oriented.  The coach is short term and performance driven.  The mentor is long term and development driven.  Where the coach works on improving your performance of your work now, the mentor helps you develop not only for now but for the future.  A mentor will help guide you and avoid the common pitfalls of failure.  To read more about mentors, go to What Is a Mentoring Program?

Association


One very true fact is, you’ll become the average of the five people you spend the most time with.  So, hang out with successful people!  Spend time with optimistic people.  You don’t have to be a jerk about it, but, if you’re hanging with friends that are pessimistic, lazy, and have no goals in life, start easing away from that person.  Just become busy when they want to hang out.  You need to start making friends and associate with those who are successful.  It doesn’t matter what area of business.  Success breeds success.  Do it!

Help Others


Believe it or not, one of the fastest ways to success is helping others achieve success;  Whether in their personal or their professional life.  If you focus on the needs of others and help them achieve their goals, eventually, you’re rewards will far outnumber your deeds.  Remember peoples spouses names or the names of their children, things they like to do.  Show a genuine interest and caring for the person.  When someone knows you have genuine interest and want the best for them,  they’ll go out of their way to help you acquire what you need. Be an inspiration to others.  And the hardest thing of all, you need to put the need of others ahead of your own.  You would think this is a contradiction of you being successful when your needs are being put on hold.  I can’t give you statistics on this but I know from personal experience that it does work.  Not instantly, but over time, in the long haul, it will get you everything you ever wanted and more.

Replace Bad Habits With Good


Zig Ziglar said the fastest way to success is to replace bad habits with good habits.  Bad habits can be a man’s downfall.  Everyone has their own and so do I.  Sleeping in is a images-11popular one.  Change that to getting up early and you’d be amazed how much you can have accomplished by lunchtime, rather than just getting started by then.  When I tried this, I was completing by lunch what usually took me until 6pm to accomplish.  There are a lot of bad habits you could change.  Can’t to can is a simple one, but appears to be hard for most.  Rather than being content, change that to constant self-motivation.  Don’t let up on yourself.  Success won’t come knocking on your door while you’re lying on the couch watching tv.  Another quote of Ziglar’s is, “Of course motivation is not permanent.  But, then, neither is bathing.  But it is something you should do on a regular basis.”  Keep yourself motivated.  Success is not a destination, it’s a journey.  Keep yourself going forward on that journey.

Read, Then Read Some More


I cannot stress to you enough the importance of reading.  You need to get your hands on every success oriented book available.  Read about successful people.  Read about self-motivation.  Read about getting the right mindset to succeed.  The object is to be constantly learning.  You can never know too much and the more you feed yourself with success thoughts to go with the successful people you are associating with the better.  There are hundreds of books out there for any success road you are on.  To see a few of the top books you should read, go to Books On Being Successful.

 Solid Foundation


Of all the things discussed above, a solid foundation is the most important step in your success.  Without a solid foundation, success will be short lived, if lived at all.   Every successful person and business had a solid foundation to begin their journey.  If you want the knowledge of building that foundation, I can gladly steer you in the right direction.  In fact,  all the areas discussed: modeling yourself, mentor, association, helping others and replacing bad habits with good, they can all be found at this one community – This one educational platform.  And if you have the desire to succeed, I suggest you take a long hard look at this opportunity.  No, I challenge you to take a look at this opportunity.  Then tell me if I’m crazy.  I’ll be right here waiting to hear from you.  Go here now and enjoy.

“Don’t count the things you do, do the things that count.”  Zig Ziglar

Happy blogging and success to all!

Grant

 

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10 Replies to “What Is The Road To Success – Do You Know What Road You Are On?”

  1. Thank you a lot of good advice in that article, I agree with you the path to success is to be educated and dedicated. I don’t think you can read too much about those who have created success, and you should follow in the footsteps of all the famous and successful
    writers out there.
    Good luck with you success, I’m sure you will get it.

  2. Hi Grant!
    I really enjoyed your article! You have definitely given me some food for thought and some information that I can take action on.

    I feel like I really need to make some time to do some reading. Like you I am an entrepreneur and I feel like I am always busy.. There is always something to do. Writing, research.. Finding vendors … it seems to never end.

    What you said about reading more is very true! Informational and Inspirational!
    Thanks for all the great info!

    Sincerely,
    Tom

  3. Hi Grant,

    One of the easiest and most valuable things I have learnt on my journey to success is to read books on and by successful people every single day. It is inspiring, motivating and educational. Since I started the habit, I don’t think I will ever stop.

    Thanks for a great article.
    Steven

  4. Hey Grant I love those quotes By Zig Ziglar, and your post has inspired me to get a hold of those books.

    I picked up some really valuable information from your site. I learned, that true success comes from first having that genuine desire to help another without expecting anything in return. And one should make this a natural chore within their daily lives, and soon success will be knocking at his or her door.

    Thanks for such an uplifting and motivating article.
    Really enjoyed it.
    Regards
    Roopesh

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