The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXXIV: Success Part Three — What’s Stopping You?

Most of the stuff we do in life can be split into two categories — the things we have to do and the things we want to do. For some reason, though, we seem to think that they’re vastly different from one another. We seem to think that if we do more of one, the other must suffer — that we must focus on one path or the other and that balance cannot be achieved.
This simply will not do.
What’s stopping you from doing what you want to do? Why aren’t you trying to chase your dreams and get everything you want off of this rock? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. It might seem like hot air, but I assure you that the only thing holding you back is yourself.

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXXIII: Success Part Two — What Does it Take to Succeed?

We all want to be as successful as possible with our time between now and the grave. I can’t say that they’ve wanted to fail. People get depressed, suicidal and repeatedly do self-destructive things, but we are not born yearning to get into these situations. We all want to be happy. We all want to do well. We all want to be successful.

However, it can be a very long road between here and success — what does success look like? How do we get there? What are we doing right? What do we need to work on? Success isn’t based on facts. It isn’t something that can be defined by some equation or instantly attained by reading a book. It’s the end product of a combination of factors like luck, effort, skill and knowledge. It is the reward after fighting the good fight and overcoming obstacles. Success doesn’t happen overnight. Fame might. Wealth might. But success is another matter entirely!
I inferred above that there’s no definite path to success. It looks different to each of us. The paths that we’ll each need to travel to become successful will all be different lengths. But, there’s something that we know a little more about. If you take a sample of the people who think of themselves as successful, patterns start to emerge. Underneath the complex webs woven by society telling us how to behave, how to think — how to be — there’s a few social cues that help to define the individuals who’ll stand a better chance of separating from the pack and getting what they really want out of life.

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXXII: Success Part One — Being Yourself

It’s easy to lose yourself in your travels. You are but one person in a world where only the strong survive. There’s power in numbers, and being a loner will only keep you on the fringes for as long as you live. Solitude will never let you climb the social ladder; get to be as rich, famous or important as you think you deserve to be; nor will it help you achieve all of those dreams you’ve held for so long. We know what it takes to succeed in this world — we see it in the people we place on pedestals: the ruthlessness; the decisiveness without worry of consequences; the willingness to do whatever it takes to make yourself a success.

But does that make it right to become like these people in order to achieve your goals?