Simple Thoughts On Success

An aspiration has a ladder that will help you climb towards it; a dream is beautiful but always out of reach.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, complex and more violent. It takes genius and courage to move in the opposite direction.

What did you love doing as a young child? When did you last do it? Go and give it a try right now!

When was the last time you stopped and just enjoyed some of the sensory world around you? When did you last take time to look into the night sky?

Business success: Have an idea for a service/product better than what exists. Gather the right people. Create a trusted relaxing environment. Make more money coming in than going out.

Make a list of what you can do, what you love doing, and then do it.

Take more risks; it’s child’s play.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

We have to keep our curiosity alive.

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

He wasn’t curious about things that would make him successful. He was successful because he was so curious.

Research is what I am doing when I don’t know what I am doing.

It is nothing short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of enquiry. For this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom.

Don’t be intimidated by others’ views of what you should find interesting. Trust your instincts and see where your interest takes you.

Remember that it is okay not to know something or to admit that you don’t understand.

Be open-minded; curious people are always keen to challenge their own thinking and experiences.

Don’t take things for granted; be childlike and never stop asking why or how things work.

Reintroduce the word why into your regular vocabulary and not just when something goes wrong. Question something everyday. Curiosity should be a habit.

Make sure you spend time with other people who are hungry to learn and question.

Remember that there doesn’t always have to be a right answer.

Finally, enjoy life. It sounds simple and even a little obvious but I wonder if some of us spend too long just trying to survive it.

To find yourself, think for yourself.

When you were younger did you have dreams? Did they become aspirations? Did you fulfill them?

Big “buts” are definitely bad for your health, but where did they come from and how did they grow so big?

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.

A professional is a solver of problems.

Success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles he has overcome.

The ability to see issues and problems objectively is a tough skill to master. It is so easy to take things personally and project those issues on to others, sometime, even inanimate objects.

The ability to manage ourselves and to demonstrate that ability to others is vital if we are to fulfill our potential to succeed.

What happened to your dreams and aspirations? Revisit them.

Monitor how and when you use the word but?

Look at the gaps and spaces in your urban environment; they are beautiful.

Don’t project problems on to others? Try to take control, don’t allow yourself to feel like a victim.

Celebrate a problem solved; it’s the pathway to self-management.

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.

You have to really understand what you want.

Focus and belief are hugely connected; passion and a sense of purpose are vital to find if you are to find the self-discipline to stay the course.

Spend more time being proactive than reacting to the challenges in your life.

You have to keep moving forwards and risk changing even when you have succeeded strongly.

Focused people are organized and disciplined, do not get distracted easily and have realistic and tangible expectations.

Commit to doing something. Process rather than outcome. Dwell in the present, not the past or the future. Block out all distractions.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Simple does not mean easy.

You must have the clarity of belief, a passion for what you want to do. You must be prepared to sacrifice time, effort and often ego. You must make sure that you find the right people who can help you.

Procrastination does not happen if you own your ambition.

Be prepared to learn and to be challenged.

If you hear a voice within you that says that you cannot paint, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

The way we communicate with others and with ourselves determines the quality of our lives.

Arrogance is to judge one’s self-worth by comparison with others.

Have the courage to step out of your comfort zone.

Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So, if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.

Be confident that what you want to say is really of value and as long as you are honest and authentic, people will listen.

Don’t feel you have to fill silence, sometimes pausing for thought can be important.

Try to be yourself, don’t over think how others want or expect you to be. Protecting your personal integrity won’t always lead to people liking you but it should lead to them respecting and remembering you: for the right reasons.

Try to illustrate what you have to say by telling a story; nothing fancy and often from somewhere in your own experience.

Be prepared to be challenged, see it as an opportunity to convince or to learn.

Be authentic; if you don’t believe it, don’t say it.

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

Be transparent; be truthful even when it is difficult and look for similar people around you.

Just because you fail once does not mean you are going to fail at everything.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is courage to continue that counts.

A third measure of success that goes beyond the two metrics of money and power, and consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving.

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.

The real desire to achieve and to be successful is a state of mind not target; it is a lifestyle with no single measurable outcome.

That’s the trouble with the world. Too many people grow up.

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?

notes from the book: Simple Thinking by Richard Gerver


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