I saw this movie the other night about King Arthur.
This is one common story in Western Culture.
In this particular story, Sir Lancelot had to run this huge obstacle course.
It was for some carnival they were setting up.
In order to get through it, he needed strength, flexibility, balance and a lot of luck.
Kind of a “foreshadowing” event of what he’d need to navigate the deeper politics of the movie.
Most successful people, if they’re truly honest, will admit that “luck” plays a HUGE role in how they did what they did.
Of course, “luck” is one of those things that we all think we know, but it’s pretty hard to agree on the definition.
Certainly if you’re NOT lucky, that makes a ready excuse for not being successful.
And even if you ARE successful, part of you may think it will be snatched away, so if you attribute at least part of it to “luck” then you won’t feel so bad in the “rags” part of your “rags to riches to rags” story.
But if you REALLY want to reverse engineer success, a fantastic book is “The Millionaire Next Door.”
Sure, these guys got “lucky,” at least sometimes. But part of being lucky means to always be on the lookout for opportunities, and always being ready to take advantage of them.
And most of those guys in that book realized that success is a long, consistent effort more than anything else.
If you want to do ANYTHING very, very well, then you better be willing to put in the consistent practice.
Instead of asking yourself, “what can I do to be successful,” a better question should be, “what kinds of things should I do on a daily basis to slowly BUILD my success?”
Of course, few people think of success this way.
They tend to think in terms of winning the lottery, or “meeting” the right person.
But if all you did were a few mental exercises every day, ten minutes per day, you’d soon have skills most people don’t know exist.
The heart of nearly all success is the ability to communicate effectively.
Not just to communicate YOUR ideas, but to carefully elicit the ideas of others.
Because when you get YOUR ideas working along with the ideas of others, THAT’S when you start to build MASSIVE success.