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So last week I shared my story and opportunity to listen and
learn while some really smart people — men that I greatly admire
and respect — talked about personal success and what it is that
people really want in life.
As a reminder the group I am referring to and had the enormous
privilege of listening to included Zig Ziglar, his son Tom Ziglar,
Dr. Denis Waitley, Tony Jeary, and the publisher of Selling Power
Magazine Gerhard Gschwandtner.
So when it came to talking about personal success, no one really
tried to define success as that will be different for everyone and
could also be based on specific goals and dreams at varying stages
of life. So what the group engaged in was a conversation about what
contributes to success. And here are some of the notes and concepts
Being proactive and not just accepting or waiting for life to
deal our hand. When we are being proactive we try to get ahead by
planning and preparing, we avoid procrastination and, if we have an
opportunity to initiate and execute, we do so with educated but
It was unanimous that setting goals was a huge key to success.
You can’t hit a target that you can’t see or don’t have. Being
lucky is wonderful, and there are certainly success stories that
have an element of luck, but the majority of people from all walks
of life that truly achieve success have taken the time to define
Curiosity was also discussed as an influence to success. People
who are always asking questions and using those questions as hooks
to pull themselves along on their journey to success. Think of all
the great inventors, scientists, technologists, teachers, doctors
and others who by virtue of curiosity and questioning achieved
Tapping into our creative side was also discussed among the
group. When we allow time to read, explore, create, write, and just
think, we open our minds up to new ideas, adventures, and concepts.
Taking the time to get creative when dealing with problems,
challenges, and opportunities opens up even more windows and doors
that will lead to success.
Gratitude and appreciation of everyone was also mentioned. When
we can honestly say that we take the time to recognize everyone we
come in contact with and that we are grateful for all the big and
little things that they do, we are paving our own road to success
and doing so with the bricks of gratitude and appreciation.
Mr. Ziglar was just about as quiet as I was during lunch, but
when he did speak, it was powerful. What Zig added was that our
character and reputation are so important to our personal success.
We have to be the right kind of person, doing the right kinds of
things in order to get anywhere in life. So he said that we have to
work hard to preserve our reputation, and when we do so, and live
with integrity, we will never have to look over our shoulder
because we will have always done the right thing at the right
So what do most people want in life? They want peace of mind,
they want to be socially accepted, they want financial security and
to be reasonably prosperous, they want loving family relationships
and good friends, and they want to be healthy and happy. Sure there
are those that want to be super wealthy and seek fame or celebrity
status, but for most, the list above pretty much sums it up when
I would love to hear all about your proactive, goal setting,
curious, creative, gratitude filled, and character based journey’s
of success at email@example.com and when you
apply some or all of these I am confident that it will be a better
than good week.
Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former
president of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder of
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