Success- What leads to success?
Would you agree that success could be interpreted as being the person who you are here to be? Also, would you agree that success is about being absorbed with your passion and this does not mean that everything is easy. As Pele says, success is no accident, it is hard work, perseverance, …. and most of all, love what you are doing or learning to do.
In the following pages in this magazine you will see the stories of exceptional women, all have had their own achievement of success and if you were to get deeper into their stories you would acknowledge that success involves work, at times hard work, nothing comes easily but it is a lot of fun. Take Jacqueline O’Donovan managing Director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, Jacqueline is one of the waste, logistics, and construction sectors’ most passionate pioneers of employee training, industry best practice and the safety of all road users.
When Jacqueline’s father passed away suddenly, the then 17 years old Jacqueline was thrust into a family business that she neither fully understood nor was qualified to work in. She was a teenager and a woman, not your average construction executive. Undaunted Jacqueline started to learn the ropes, and with the support of her family and employees, her flair for leadership came to the fore and she gradually made her mark on the business.
Success also means applying grit, by that I mean, the application of passion and perseverance for the long-term. It means sticking with your future and working to make that future a reality. It means having a growth mindset, inclusive of progress and setbacks as well as following through on your commitment. This much I know, self-belief and focus on the work that you enjoy will always bring you success.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand – Vince Laombardi.
Success means excellence, putting your nose down to something and developing mastery. An example of such excellence is Kate Farmer, brand ambassador for Wade Ceramics, a company founded in 1810, a market leader in the design and production of high-quality ceramic products.
Success means focusing on what is important, Senela Abeynaike is serious about women’s empowerment and she has built a global platform that is dedicated to empowering women all over the world to help them succeed in both their workplaces and communities.
Success is pushing yourself, psychologically pushing through self-doubt and the imposter syndrome, pushing you physically to remain healthy and physically fit. Pushing self is beautifully summed up by Robert Collier – success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Often the act of pushing yourself engenders creativity. Great creative people are curious about life, creative people are willing to live with ambiguity and are not fearful of being eccentric in opinion for they know that to live a creative life, is to lose the fear of being wrong. Life is about trying things to see if they work as is underpinned in so many of the following presented profiles.
So often there is the illusion that success is upwards and onwards, about earning more money and pushing the focus on the money and bottom line. Yet as many testify, success is never always about the money, success is about service. Focus on high-quality service and products and the money will follow. Albert Einstein said: Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value.
All innovation comes from taking action on an idea. Successful people believe that it is important to have ideas and to express the ideas.
An idea that is developed and put into action is move important than the idea itself – Buddha.
Good ideas are fairly common but what is uncommon and marks the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is the lack of courage that unsuccessful people may have to act and take calculated risk to implement an idea. Napoleon Hill says: Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes. The idea of Patricia Lorde’s teacher that she could not be a Barrister was life changing for Patricia in strengthening her desire and will to succeed in studying Law and developing her career in Law.
Finally, success is about persistence, persistence through criticism, failure, rejection and pressure. Persistence with: choice, aspiration, being open to possibilities and developing resilience.
Dr Neslyn Watson-Druée, CBE
Certified High-Performance Coach and Professional International Speaker
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20-21 June 2018