Who is responsible for your success?
In our society today, a lot of factors can determine a person’s success. In the professional world, there are systems, products, processes, bosses, coaches, mentors, meetings, trainings, seminars, academies, webinars, and whole list of other activities that all talk will make a person successful. All you have to do is implement these systems and success will come straight to you, right?
Well what happens when success doesn’t come? You’ve got everything up and running, the systems are working, but you aren’t getting the results you were expecting. What does that mean? Does the system not work? Are the tools faulty? Were you misled, or is the problem with someone else? Who or what can you turn to in order to guarantee your success?
Regardless of the situation, the answer is always you. No external force is ever going to be more concerned about your personal success than you are. Everything else, from the bosses and mentors to the tools and processes are only there to assist you in becoming successful.
What does that mean? Well, when one thing doesn’t work, you keep going. An apparent failure of tool doesn’t mean that tool is no longer valid, and it doesn’t mean you’re done for the day. Sometimes you need to spend more time using the tool, and sometimes you need pick up a different one. Do not let the lack of immediate success lead you to believe that you are a failure, and definitely do not blame the tools, or lack of tools for your current situation.
Your mindset is the most important piece of the puzzle. Since you are the only person responsible for your success, understanding that living that helps to carry you through tough times. Take charge of your own actions, and find a way to be successful, because there is no silver bullet and no hero in your story but you.
Whether you are faced with starting a new job, leading a team to greater levels of success or moving to a brand new area, you are always the person that determines your success, and what you are willing to do to make it work. The best part about this is that no matter where you are in life, it’s never too late to get started.
I was listening to an episode of the Joe Rogan Podcast (http://podcasts.joerogan.net/) that was released on October 15th (He was speaking to Steven Pressfield and Aubrey Marcus), and he said something incredibly profound.
I’m paraphrasing, but what I heard was, “You are not who you have been, your are only who you are now, in this moment. You can always wake up any morning and just act like you are the hero of a movie and this is the beginning of your story, and you get to grow, get better, and get awesome.”
This is incredibly true. We are not limited by the situation we are in. We are burdened only by the limitations we place on ourselves. If you don’t have enough money to fund your project, you revamp it, or find creative ways to finance it. If have moved to a brand new area and don’t speak the language, take a course, and really listen and watch everything that goes around you. If you have a difficult boss, get them what they want and just be amazing at your job. Whatever obstacle comes your way, turn it into an opportunity to do great things.