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Tuesday
Sep032013

9 Success Rules

Is the desire to be and feel successful in our work, life, and relationships a universal pursuit? It's certainly something we often talk about and strive for. Our personal definition of success varies for each person and situation. During a recent conversation with my Mom, I was reminded about one of my favorite "success" stories about my Dad.

Like many others of his generation, my Dad worked for the same company for 25 years. He could have easily become a lifer. Due to several reasons, at age 50, he made a bold move. He gave up the familiar along with security of income and benefits to start his own company. With two kids in college and one about to start (me,) he took a big financial and personal risk.

The story goes that on his first day of being his own boss, he went to his newly rented office and worked. Opposite of his normal work habits, halfway into the workday, he left to see a movie. He’d never done that before. Later that night when he got home, he told my Mom about his movie adventure. When she asked him why he went, he said, "I wanted to see what would happen."

That singular event, set the stage for the next 25 plus years as he tested the “let’s see what will happen” theory. He became highly successful in his computer graphics consultancy business as he traveled the world saying, “yes” to opportunities and trying things he’d never done before.

While the lessons I learned from him are many, here are a few of the success rules my Dad modeled for me:

9 Success Rules

1. Try something new.

2. Question the familiar.

3. Fear will be there, but forge ahead anyway.

4. Just because you never have, doesn't mean you can't.

5. Connect people.

6. Say, “yes” to opportunities.

7. The glass is half full.

8. Humor is a good thing.

9. Enjoy the journey.

It’s a new season. It’s a chance to reset your goals, refine what you’re doing, try something new, and pave the way for your success. What does success look and feel like? What are your success rules? I’d love to hear from you. Come join the conversation.

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What about adding an tenth rule?
If you fall down to the floor, you canĀ“t go lower, the only way is up.

You need to know, sometimes things don't work out the way we want but is not the end of the world, you need to relax, think and take a new approach to make things work.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

Oh, Linda, this is just too perfect and too sweet! Thank you for being so generous in sharing of yourself and your family's history. I loved reading In Memoriam by Andy van Dam. It's easy to see your father's influence. You too are a creative force, a connector and communicator, a born networker. I love it when it's so easy to connect the dots:-) One can see what you live by; your personal rules for success! Your father must be so proud of you!

Reading what he did, on the first day of being his own boss, warmed my heart and put a big grin on my face. Your father was forever young and so are you!

"I wanted to see what would happen!" That's a great motto to live by. For me, moving on despite the fear, not taking myself too seriously, and maintaining a "what if "attitude are important. As for the rest, I make it up as I go and, sometimes, I do something just to see what would happen:-) I've learned to enjoy surprises, especially when I surprise myself:-)

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYota Schneider

@Nacho- Just LOVE your 10th rule! "...can't go lower, the only way is up." And you're so right that things don't always work out, which gives us an opportunity to get more creative. Thank you for the wonderful addition.

@Yota- So glad you enjoyed some of my family history. You've made my day saying that you see some of my Dad in me. That means so much.

You've added some other great success rules to the mix... not taking yourself too seriously, having a "what if" attitude, and enjoying the surprises. Just marvelous. The not taking yourself too seriously resonates with me. I love to laugh, and especially at myself.

September 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

You can learn something from every person you meet. Figure out what that is. Be curious.

Be you.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue West

Sue- Oh, yes. Curiosity and learning...a winning combo. Add authenticity to that for a powerful trio. What a great addition to the conversation! Thank you.

September 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love rule#9! My husband says it daily! Our journey toward success is even more rewarding this way.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Ellen- Enjoying that journey is the best...even when the journey has its inevitable challenges. The bumps give us perspective, allow us to grow, and hopefully see the humor too. How lovely that your husband's mantra is, "Enjoy the journey." Wonderful!

September 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

My advice is believe in yourself and love yourself. Linda, I just loved this post. When I filed for divorce 2 years ago I felt much like your Dad. I was leaving security, financial stability and the lost dream of being a perfect family. I believed in myself. I took care of myself and in turn the universe handed me a new beginning. Self love is an important key to success.

September 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Seavey

Rachel- What amazing strengths you posses with you willingness to let go, move beyond fear, and trust in yourself. Wishing you all the best of success as you continue to create the life you desire. Thank you for sharing about your journey. Very inspiring.

September 7, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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