The “Not So Secret” Formula for Success
“If you first don’t succeed, try, try again.”
We have all heard the old adage the formula for success. This is a great starting point but there is so much more to this “not so secret” formula. This formula is not incorrect; however, it needs to be defined a little better. Try this formula for success:
Action + Knowledge + Wisdom + Perseverance = Success
In other words: Try by Beginning (Action) + Learn what and how (Knowledge) + Discover Does and Doesn’t Work (Wisdom) + Try Again Many Times (Perseverance) = Reaching Your Goal (Success)
Let’s look at each aspect of this formula a little deeper.
Action: Success does not come to those who sit on their hands. It comes to those that take action. The action is effort and tends to be physical in nature. The action is the foundation for success. The action comes in many forms like doing, research, reading, thinking or building. Notice that talking about it is not an action. Wishing is the act of talking while dreaming is the act of doing. This is why dreams can and do come true.
Knowledge: Success requires knowledge. That knowledge can come in the form of an idea or understanding. Throughout your journey of success are many “gaps” that need to be filled by knowledge. You gain this knowledge through research and testing which grows exponentially the more you do. Your likelihood of success increases as these knowledge gaps get filled.
Wisdom: Wisdom is learning what works or doesn’t work. There are many ways to get this wisdom such as in books and listening to others, but the wisdom that tends to have the greatest stickiness is through an experience. An experience is personally discovering what works or doesn’t work. This type of experience can have great risks and rewards associated with it. As the old adage goes. No risk, no reward.
Perseverance: Perseverance is an investment and attitude of the time. It is the key ingredient in the formula for success. Many people give up before they become successful because they are tired of trying and do not want to invest any more time in their pursuit of success. Those that preserve are rewarded because of their willingness to continue onward despite the setbacks they endure. Perseverance tends to weed out the pretenders from the contenders. Pretenders want to be successful but are willing to only give so much to get success. Contenders know and expect setbacks, knockdowns and sometimes knockouts; however, they get up and keep going knowing they are getting that much closers to achieving success.
Success: This is the reward to those people that use this formula. Often times other unexpected successes happen during your journey that becomes greater than your original pursuit. Be on the lookout for these by-products of success.
It is also important to keep in mind, that many successful people pay a price and that price can be costly. Many people lose their fortunes, their friends, and sometimes families along the way. Success can be dirty, exhausting and sometimes an expensive journey. Success is never a destination because there is not an end.
We have all heard the old adage, “Making your first million dollars is the toughest.” This means it is much easier to make your second million once you have the first because you can repeat the formula that gained you to your first million with less of an investment of time and money. Well, success works the same way. Once you have one success, the next success becomes much easier because you know the formula works and you tend to avoid mistakes that you experience from your first success.