Most of us want to be successful, right? I don’t think you’ll find anyone out there that will say, “No, I don’t want to be successful, I want to be a complete failure.” And because we all want to be successful at whatever it is we’re doing, we’ll read any book, magazine article, blog post, bumper sticker, whatever, that claims to have the secret formula on how to be successful. Newsflash – there is no one size fits all formula for success. Sure, different people who have reached a level of success can share their stories with you, but even if you copy exactly what they did, exactly how they did it, that does not guarantee success. Here’s why:
We All View “Success” Differently:
For one person, success might be creating a $100 million dollar company from the ground up. For someone else success might be retiring by the age of 50 and for someone else, success may be owning a home by the age of 25. Because these people view success differently, how they achieve it will be different too. The formula for reaching these different levels of success won’t be the same.
No Two People Are Alike:
No two people are alike, nor are their circumstances. Two people can have the same goal for success, implement the same plan, the same way and still end up with different results. Why? Just because it worked for one doesn’t mean it’ll work the same way for the other; No two people are alike, their situations aren’t exactly alike, therefore, they can’t guarantee the exact same outcome.
There is no one size fits all formula for success. You have to define success on your own terms and layout your own plan for achieving it. I’m not telling you to reinvent the wheel; Yes, it’s very helpful to see what someone else who came before you did, who is doing exactly what you’re wanting to do, to achieve success. But don’t be fooled to believe that doing exactly what she did, how she did it, will guarantee your success because it won’t – it might be a very helpful road map, but ultimately you have to create your own formula for success.