So what is the secret to success? That special something that will give you an edge, a jumpstart, a leg-up, on the road to riches.
The simple answer is: There is none. There is no secret to success.
There’s no shortcut. There’s no magic formula. The universe won’t just give it to you if you ask.
There are only 2 basic things that might help. Something you have control over and another in which you don’t.
These 2 things are hard work and luck. Yeah, luck! Pure chance. And it is to a large extent. But I believe that luck can be aided. Have a better chance of occurring.
Hard work does not give you a guarantee of success. This shouldn’t come as any real surprise as the only real guarantee in life is death.
Hard work, however, does give you a greater chance of success. A success you would have no chance of attaining if you did not work hard in the first place.
The key proponents of hard work are self-discipline and persistence. That ability to keep pushing on even when things don’t seem to be going your way. A person who works hard with grit and determination will succeed over a talented person who doesn’t.
You can’t do anything about luck. Or can you? There’s plenty of people out there carrying a rabbit’s foot, or a four-leaf clover, or who have a ‘lucky’ number. They probably believe it brings them good fortune. But do you think that really helps? I seriously doubt it.
New York Times best-selling author Robert H Frank, in his book ‘Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy’, argued that: “Success and failure often hinge decidedly on events completely beyond any individual control”.
He’s right. To an extent. But while luck appears to be completely random I do think there is something you can do to improve your chance of success.
Setting goals provides you with a clear vision of what you want to achieve. It’s your road map to success. Not only that but the setting of those goals even gives you a greater chance of success.
In a study on goal-setting led by Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews, at the Dominican University in California, some interesting results were observed.
People who wrote their goals down had a 35% success rate in goal attainment.
A more surprising result was also shown by people who not only wrote their goals down but updated a friend with those goals on a weekly basis. Their success rate jumped to 70%!
So writing your goals down increases your chance of success but writing them down and publicly announcing them on a regular basis increases that chance twice as much.
Luck is like the roll of a dice. The more times you roll that dice the better chance you have of your number coming up.
It therefore stands to reason that the more times you ‘roll the dice’ on your goals. The more steps you take in the right direction. The greater the chance of more opportunities coming your way and the greater chance of achieving the level of success you want.
“Diligence is the mother of good luck.” Benjamin Franklin
So there you have it. Success is the result of persistent, unyielding, hard work and a bit of luck. Luck which can be aided by the setting and making public of clearly defined goals. That’s it. That’s as close to any secret you are going to discover.
With that in mind. Good luck with the success you want in life and keep rolling that dice. You never know when your number will come up.