Success is like an iceberg


Bonus Link: 10 Habits Of Unsuccessful People You Don’t Want To Copy

10. They Are Quitters
I saved the worst for last. If there’s one thing you take away from this article, I hope it’s this:
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” — Thomas A. Edison

An Excerpt from The Vocabulary of Ultimate Success

Sometimes vocabulary is even more transformational than bargained for — a fact to which several major advertisers can attest. After translating their slogan,

Come Alive! You’re in Pepsi Generation

into Chinese, corporate officials were stunned to discover that they’d just spent millions of dollars announcing,

Pepsi Brings Your Ancestors Back from the Grave.

Chevrolet, mystified sluggish sales of its new Nova compact in Latin America, eventually discovered the Spanish translation of no va:

It Doesn’t Go

~An excerpt form the Vocabulary of Ultimate Success (chapter), Awaken the Giant Within, Anthony Robbins, 1991.

To be successful, one must be boring

To be successful, one must be boring. One must bear with the repetitive tasks, again and again, again and again.
There are two examples that I can think of:

  • Saving money: Whoa, sure as boring as hell. Last month, this month, next month…When can I use those money? Bear with it and you’ll be a rich man in the distant future.
  • Writing a book: Definitely and seriously a tedious job. Trying to isolate yourself, making drafts of corrections, looking at the same text over and over again. The result? The more boring you are, the more legendary your writing it will be.

I hate to break the news, if you are still enjoying the process (well good for you), then there are two possibilities:

  • You still haven’t seen the end of it
  • You manage to make your brain fresh to handle those tasks

Anyway, if somebody come and ask, “aren’t you bored with the same thing?”, then you are a success, my good man.

If I haven’t succeeded in my mid 20s, could I be successful in the rest of my life?

This is one of the interesting question posted on Quora. A very self-explanatory question, that you can easily relate to yourself in the age of quick-internet success stories. I picked the best answer for this one, to reflect, ponder and act upon it, given by Ian Peters-Campbell who is an engineer at Loopt and Carnegie Mellon student.

I remember that feeling 🙂

It takes a special kind of arrogance that comes with being in your 20s to think that it’s too late. The fun part of life is really just beginning at 25. If there’s something you’re interested in doing you have all the time in the world to get good at it and succeed. At 25 you could decide to go be a great guitar player, or an engineer, or a UFC fighter or a race car driver or a politician (please don’t become a politician) and you have plenty of time to become great and have a career.

All it takes is deciding what you want to do and then having the discipline to go and do it. Follow that thread for long enough and success (or happiness, or both) will come.


sidenote: Bonus in this post! Benjamin Franklin’s daily schedule below!

Benjamin Franklin's Schedule