Success Strategies

21 Iconic Leaders Define Success

Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince, Beyoncé, Adele, Will, Denzel Washington, Taylor Swift, and the list goes on. Without a doubt few will argue that these individuals experienced success. Come to think of it, Michael Jackson even produced an album 5 years after his death! Now to many…that’s success! But… is it really?

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Determined to find out Why Some Individuals Succeed While Others Don’t, I decided to research the topic of success. I conducted a phenomenological study, interviewed outstanding leaders in business, and other industries. I even wrote a book on Success, and published a peer reviewed article in the JAABC Business Journal about it.

So what does Success really mean to those who try so hard to get it, yet it moves further and further away as they draw near. Trying the short route some play the lotto… anticipating overnight success. Some marry rich. Some scheme, connive, and conspire just to taste the mouthwatering trappings of success.

Personally, I sought to educate myself not necessarily with the focus of being successful since I already was …as I defined it. I went to college earned several degrees including two Masters, and a Doctorate, combined with many years in International Business. Now some would admit that I am successful as society envisions it, but bearing the delectable scars of student loans, how many would agree? (Couldn’t resist that ..smile).

“Success is definitively defined as the attainment of wealth, honors and the like”

So I have pulled together definitions from 21 of Society’s Iconic leaders. Take a look. Reflect. Adopt one, or share your own definition.  Remember it has always been said that only you can define what success really means to you.

John Wooden

Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.

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Michelle Obama

Success is not about how much money you make but about the difference you make in people’s lives.

Winston Churchill

Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.

Thomas Edison

Success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.

Steven Covey

If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience you will find your definition of success.

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Colin Powell

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence.

Nelson Mandela

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do. Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.

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Albert Einstein

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value

Woody Allen

Eighty percent of success is showing up.

Barack Obama

The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.

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Maya Angelou

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

Martin Luther King Jr.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

Mary Kay Ash

Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.

Alexander Graham Bell

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.

Ellen DeGeneres

I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose. When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.

Michael Dell

You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.

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Oprah Winfrey

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.


Abraham Lincoln
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

Napoleon Hill

Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.

Mark Twain

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.

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Mother Teresa

To love others as God loves you, that is the measure of success.

 

So there you have it. 21 of Society’s Iconic leaders as they defined success. Look at them again… for a few times if necessary. Pause; reflect; adopt one; or share your own definition.

Remember, only YOU can define what success really means to you.

What’s your definition?

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Of Luxury and Away Time


Peace, quiet, calm, serenity. That’s what weekends, holidays, vacations are for. To reboot, unwind, and get back in the game.

As workaholics, we don’t often do it. We feel it’s a Luxury  that we cannot afford. Still, we spend time wishing, hoping, even complaining at times. But we can do anything that we put our minds to.  And …relaxing is one of the most important things to do.

So plan a getaway! Or a Staycation! It will work wonders for your mind, your work, your business, career, and your life.

Breathe.

Beneath The Surface…

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What we don’t see….CAN hurt. Violence, anger, strife, held beneath the surface can cause harm.  Such harm often leads to hurt, fear, pain that maim, and even ultimate death.

Look around. This has been on the rise. Happening often with the common comment “quiet person causes no harm”.

 

Silent River Runs Deep.

Silent River Runs Deep… is an old fable that seems to be  applicable these days.

Woke up to the news that a father shot his 2 kids then  turned the gun on himself. The feedback …”good parent, no signs of child abuse, always good father”. And there are many many more stories like this.

What’s going on?… is the common question.

Time for society to pull together. To work together within our communities to help. Signs. There are always signs. If only we see, if only our eyes are open. We’re now a society with heads down. Heads down in our phone. Heads down in virtuality, when the real world holds us as victims.

It’s time to raise our heads up. Open our eyes. Take a look at our neighbors, coworkers, friends, families; and at times our foes; our haters, our enemies. Let’s look; recognize the signals being sent. All around us there are signs.

Let’s not wait until it’s ….too late.

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Successful Millennials 


Successful Millennials led by Gina Hargitay, Miss Jamaica World 2013, Dr. Claire Nelson ICS, with Dr. Shelly Cameron, and Roxanne Valies, Candidate for State Representative, District 95, at The interamerican Development Bank (IDB), Washington DC

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Success Defined by Millennials

 

Millenials share their definition of Success.

 

Just Write


Waiting for the Write moment seldom happens. It retards my goal.

So just write I say!

I start… then slowly the Write moment rears its beautiful head.

My journey has begun.

And I smile ….

 

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Writer’s Wisdom

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Future Nightmares Degenerate


Nightmares of the past creep into the face of the future. Stares so deep triggers haunting thoughts of shame, disgust, turmoil, and fear.

Tis only with strength that the force awakens the face from sleep. A sleep that sparkles promises of a future composed of beauty’s quiescence. A face filled with smiles, calm, and joy. A face of Peace.

Smile my face smile. Nightmare’s gone. Softly and tenderly the future calls.

 

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Storm…Yet Still I Write

A quiet room, an empty page

 

Then suddenly a storm. Nature bursts forth it’s mighty power!

Yet still I write

What’s deep inside beckons to come forth softly, quietly with a shout!

Freed…

 

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Water’s Rain

Raindrops. Soft, quiet, serene

Unlike the noises of thunderous terrains

Raindrops breathe life, love, play; in a stillness that comforts

All wrapped in covers so deep.

Waters pour; let it rain.

 

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