Have you ever stopped to consider what’s behind any success you’ve had in your life?
I’ve thought it over for all of us, and come to the conclusion that the key to success is threefold: Purpose… Pain… and Perseverance (and probably in that order).
Purpose is important because it’s the launch pad of success. If you don’t have a purpose, you’ll be like a ship without a rudder… directionless. Having a purpose means deciding what you want, figuring out how to get it, and then taking daily action toward achieving it.
Do you want to be a great parent? Find a new job or career? Go to university? Get a promotion? Become financially secure? Make a difference?
You can do whatever you set out to do.
But anything worth achieving will almost certainly involve pain. If you haven’t learned that yet, you will. Kids may rebel, a new job may elude you, university may be too expensive or too hard, someone else may get your promotion, you may be more adept at acquiring debt than assets, or you may be frustrated in your attempts to make a difference.
Anything worth having comes at a price.
No pain, no gain.
Oh, we all know people who seem to acquire success easily and without difficulty. It happens. Maybe it’s dumb luck. Or they know people of influence. Or they’re born into privilege. Whatever the reason, one thing I guarantee is that the people who appreciate success the most are the ones who experienced pain in the process. Success came at a cost, and so it’s far sweeter than if it had been handed to them on a platter.
But pain is often where people get derailed, frustrated or delusioned. They decide their purpose is too difficult or that it’s impossible. They let the pain defeat them.
Perseverance is the ultimate key to success.
Webster’s Dictionary defines perseverance as the continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.
Continued effort. So easy to say, so difficult to do. But it pays off eventually. For some, sooner than later, but it always pays off.
Winners never quit and quitters never win.
Purpose… pain… perseverance.
I hope you’ve gotten the point. I’d hate to have to “3’P’eat” myself.