[December 8, 2021] Victory! Success! Mission accomplished! Surviving an emergency! All these have one thing in common. The common factor is not luck, who you know, or even how blessed you are. To be victorious, you must be ready. Nothing legitimately counters this fact.
This article is part of a three-part series that lays out how to be ready to make your life the best it can be. In the future, I will come back to this idea and elaborate more on specifics and detail, and through example, HOW you can discover this most critical secret of mankind.
Part 1 will be to identify the requirements of success. Part 2 will be how to achieve success. Part 3 pulls this idea altogether for a philosophy of success that has been with us since the first time man walked on the Earth.
Part 1: Requirements of Success
First, the basics. Fundamental to human nature is the requirement that trust exists to accomplish any thing involving more than one person. This means you must understand ‘trust,’ nurture those around you so they trust in you, show that you can be trusted, and demonstrate your reliability when the going gets tough.
Second, the facts. Success means that you are the best person for the most people. You must protect the weak and those unable to protect themselves. You must protect the family, your community, and your team. You must know evil and what right looks like. You are responsible. Tomorrow, I will discuss how you can do this but for now, know that survival is the fundamental concept that is both socially necessary and innate.
Third, the idea. Courage and motivation. Without the mental ability to see and understand the danger, have the drive (the motivation) to step into the fire, and the imagination (the vision) to picture victory over defeat, you will lose. Or, worse, you will be enslaved by others or by your thoughts. The willingness to stand up against overwhelming odds is what you can expect. There is no substitute.
Being ready is a daunting challenge but, at the end of the day, it is our moral responsibility. Some will call it a duty to serve, selflessness to others. I’ve called it the same. But it is much more than duty and selflessness. It is life. Your life and the lives of countless others depend upon you. And for that reason, you must be ready.
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