Confucius said, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work another day in your life.” I disagree. What if you’re not any good at what you love? I would love to fly a 787 Dreamliner, but with me in the pilot’s seat you wouldn’t expect to get to your destination in one piece. Too many people make the mistake of pursuing what they love and then neglect doing it well. If you want to be one of the best in your field, make more money, impact more people, or make your idea known throughout the world you must live out the three following principles of success.
Much of success is about performance. It’s about what we do and what we are able to inspire others to do. There are some simple performance principles I have learned in my life, and I want to share them with you. They really bring success, and what it takes to be successful, into sharp focus. They are also the basis for developing and maintaining an expectation of success.
According to the late Walter Hailey, a behavioral scientist and sales and marketing consultant, “People have 12,367 thoughts per day. Of those, 90 percent are automatic, and 84 percent are negative.” More than 12,000 thoughts! That’s a lot of self-talking going on. How do you think that might affect your environment, especially if most of your thoughts are negative?