“Success is learning through the ups and downs of consistently doing your best day in and day out long before people notice it” – JSP
George R. R. Martin has been an author for many years; he’s attracted a following long before his current fame has made him a household name. Martin isn’t an unknown who suddenly won success like people win the lottery.
I believe most of the millions of fans familiar with The Game of Thrones probably never heard of Martin before the TV series aired. Martin isn’t an overnight success; he’s been an author for many years.
The Game of Thrones finale on HBO in total drew nearly 20 million viewers, a record for Game of Thrones, not to mention for HBO’s entire history. George R. R. Martin is highly successful not because he “suddenly arrived” but because of his persistence as a writer. Martin continued to do what he does best, he writes.
Success isn’t an event. It’s a lifestyle
Success doesn’t “come to” talented people; in fact, success doesn’t “come to” any of us. Some view success as a lottery; some win, some don’t, so it remains a mystery to many. People forget that success isn’t randomly awarded; success is earned daily.
We look at highly successful people, entrepreneurs, performers, authors, inventors and think, how lucky they are, not realizing that success doesn’t come to people; people achieve it intentionally.
I believe the underlying thought behind the idea that success visits some while passing over others is the mistaken notion that it is accessible by the luck of the draw instead of recognition for achievements.
12 thoughts for daily success
John C. Maxwell talks about success happening daily and is within reach of all of us; it takes good decision-making and self-discipline. Thinking through being successful daily, Maxwell compiles a list of twelve areas we should address; he calls them his “Daily Dozen.” Here is Maxwell’s list:
- Attitude: Choose and display the right attitude daily.
- Priorities: Determine and act on important priorities daily.
- Health: Know and follow healthy guidelines daily.
- Family: Communicate with and care for my family daily.
- Thinking: Practice and develop good thinking daily.
- Commitment: Make and keep proper commitments daily.
- Finances: Make and properly manage dollars daily.
- Faith: Deepen and live out my faith daily.
- Relationships: Initiate and invest in solid relationships daily.
- Generosity: Plan for and model generosity daily.
- Values: Embrace and practice good values daily.
- Growth: Seek and experience improvements daily.
If you settle these twelve issues by making the right decision in each area and then work to manage those decisions daily, you can be successful. (1)
“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” – Warren Buffett
(1) John C. Maxwell “Make Today Count”: The Secret of Your Success Is Determined by Your Daily Agenda