5 Incredible Success Lessons

Laing Burns Jr. said, “Success often comes to those who have the aptitude to see way down the road.”  It’s important that you read articles like this one because they increase your insight and give you the ability to see further down the road.   Let this article help motivate you on your path to success.  Without further adieu…

5 Incredible Success Lessons:
1. Hard Work

“God gives every bird a worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.” –Swedish Proverb

Success requires hard work.  If you’re not working very hard, you’re probably not on the path to success; you may be on a treadmill.  It takes hard work to succeed.  It takes enough discipline to create the right habits, an attitude that doesn’t relent, and a work ethic that few are willing to bear.

2. Take Responsibility

“Possession of the ball is the key to winning in football, basketball, and the game of life.”
–Laing Burns, Jr.

In the game of life you have the ball.  Don’t try to give the ball to fate, luck, or chance.  Take the ball and play the game.

Can you even decide the game you play?  You have the ball, you decide the game, life has been set up for you to win!

3. Act Like You Can’t Fail

“Act as though it is impossible to fail.” –Anonymous

I didn’t say failure was impossible, but you should act like it is.  I didn’t say you wouldn’t fail, but you should act like you won’t.  Why?  Because your attitude will ultimately determine your altitude.  If you see yourself as a success, you will eventually succeed.  Act like the successful do, don’t be timid or shy; play like you’re going to win the game.

4. Fail Miserably

“Unless you’re willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won’t happen.” –Phillip Adams

It’s okay to fail; it’s even okay to fail miserably.  The only way to success is on the path of failure.  When you fall, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, learn from your mistakes and keep moving.  You have time to succeed.  If you stay focused in an area where you’re passionate, and where you have a natural advantage, you will succeed.

5. Plan and Succeed

“An Unfailing Success Plan: At each day’s end write down the six most important things to do tomorrow; number them in order of importance, and then do them.” –Anonymous

This is the recipe for success.  Plan your days and then complete your plans.  I would be remiss not to mention that you should complete the most important tasks first.  These are the ones you usually don’t want to do because they require you to leave your comfort zone.  But growth only occurs when you’re uncomfortable, get accustomed to being uncomfortable.  Get comfortable being uncomfortable, soon you will grow, soon you will succeed.

In Closing

Dell Crossword said, “Success is not permanent. The same is also true of failure.”  If you’ve failed in the past, that doesn’t mean you have to fail in the future.  If you follow the steps in this article you will begin to succeed.  Make sure you work in an area that makes you happy, ensure you work towards your passion, and one day, that which you seek, you will find.

Thank you for reading and be sure to pass this article along!

Mr. Self Development is an author who teaches a motivational and practical guide to success. Please visit him at Mr. Self Development.com.


Erin shows overscheduled, overwhelmed women how to do less so that they can achieve more. Traditional productivity books—written by men—barely touch the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list. How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.

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