[December 9, 2021] When things go wrong, terribly wrong, there is someone who steps up to slay the dragon. This is, of course, the classic hero. He is the knight that kills the dragon, rescues the maiden, and lives happily ever after. Well, that is how it goes in fairy tales. But this story is symbolic of human existence and tells us that our place in life is not easy but that we must fight for it. To do so, you must be ready.
In Part 1 yesterday, I briefly discussed identifying the requirements of success. In Part 2, I will discuss how to achieve success.
Part 2: How to Achieve Success
Just like any Soldier in combat, athlete on the playing field, or professional worker, having the right stuff in moral character and physical strength makes all the difference between failure and success. That is why you must have the skills and experience, the right tools and knowledge, motivation, and courage. If you lack any of these, you are doomed to failure.
Moral character. Nothing is more important. Success is achieved by doing the most good. This means one must learn and practice honesty, decisiveness, mental toughness, adaptability, flexibility, and inspirational to others. Character is learned. To learn is to make a conscious decision to strive for the best in everyone. Only through development by others can we become genuinely who we are.
Physical strength. There will be times where physical strength determines the outcome of your place in life. Sometimes this means simply having the stamina to stay engaged and on top of your game; other times, it means you can fight off the schoolyard bully. The process of developing your physical strength also strengthens the mind and spirit. Ignore this, and somebody may take you out before you even get started.
Skills, experience, and tools. Technical and social skills are developed through purposeful interactions with others. You must be likable, so others treat you well and are interested in being with you. Developing these skills is not easy. You must understand what skills are needed (what right looks like) and then improve yourself. That is why knowing your strengths and weakness is essential as a starting point. Using the proper tools makes it easier, but learning their proper use can be challenging.
Motivation and courage. Without a high degree of motivation and courage, you will fail. As a kid, I thought that voluntarily stepping onto a battlefield was crazy because it could get you killed or maimed. Stories from WWII and Korean War veterans scared me but oddly enough also attracted me to learn more about why they fought an enemy in a foreign land. They showed me that to survive, to succeed where others failed, and where you could be truly free was by being motivated and courageous.
Being ready means adopting a philosophy of success. This is not new. These ideas have been with us as long as mankind existed. Philosophers have written about it. Academics debate it. And, everyone else, like you and me, can “see” what is needed. Tomorrow, I will discuss the philosophy of success.
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