A young professional who is just starting their career may define success by a professional title. Others may measure success by how much they earn at their job. And some people measure success based on how much they’ve accomplished throughout their lives. Even The act of being selfless to raise children into adulthood is a success.
I define success as, starting and finishing what you set off to do regardless of the outcome. Did you follow through on your intention? If you did but failed to realize a favorable outcome, it’s still a success.
Dictionary.com defines success as “the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.”
“The attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.”
“a performance or achievement that is marked by success, as by the attainment of honors: The play was an instant success.”
“a person or thing that has had success, as measured by attainment of goals, wealth, etc.: She was a great success on the talk show.”
The words “favorable and prosperous” also imply the tacit knowledge and the experience you gain from attempting to realizing a goal but failing at it. Tacit knowledge is silent. It’s unspoken. You can’t read or learn about it through anyone else other than your own experience.
As I write this post, I remember one of my failures. It was the first attempt at public speaking. I relive the experience like it happened yesterday. It was back in 2007, the Peace by Peace festival hosted by the University of Toronto. In attendance were eight-hundred students and faculty members. All I had to do is deliver an eleven-minute speech about personal accountability. It was my turn to speak.
Me: “Hi, it’s Master Life Coach Bruno LoGreco, The speaker at your event yesterday. I’m calling you to get feedback on my performance.”
Coordinator: “You’re kidding me. Right!”
Me: “I wouldn’t be calling you if I was kidding.”
Coordinator: “Alright! Since you called and asked for it, Sure! Uhmmm, you were difficult to understand and to follow at times. You mumbled a lot. Overall, it was a poor performance.”
Me: “Thank you for being honest with me. Have a great day.”
After the phone call, I took a step back to assess what I did wrong. From this experience, I learned I shouldn’t memorize a speech about a topic I’m already passionate over. I should have talking points instead, and use them to connect with the audience.
Failure is real and overwhelming for a lot of people. Even a hint for failure is enough to scare them from their dreams. Hopefully, you’re not one of them, but if you are below are seven steps you need to apply right away to achieve success.
1. Define a goal and develop a plan for success
2. Breakdown the goal into bite-size tasks
3. Develop a strategy for every task
4. Be courageous
5. Accept failure as a means to discover tacit knowledge
6. Modify and implement newly discovered tacit knowledge to the plan
7. Be compassionate and trust yourself every step of the way