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.