Matthew Gates http://notetoservices.com 4m 961
The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
Success for the Optimistic Realist
Success Must First Be Met With Failure In Order To Achieve Success
The majority of people who strive for success do not reach it without first enduring hardship and failure. Failure, at first, seems like it is not an option, but through failure, we learn hard lessons that needed to be learned, and when all is said and done and we actually achieve some form of success, if we were to have the choice to do it all over again and do without those failures; while the majority of people might say they could do without the failures, it is those failures that taught us our lessons, made us who we are, and who we have become.
The most successful people in the world have failed and almost lost everything before they realized what they needed to do in order to be successful. Some became successful by fairness and thinking outside the box, while others certainly became successful by the backs and hands of others. There are people who will stab someone in the back in order to get ahead and we can only hope that karma teaches these “successful” people a lesson in using and hurting others to get what they want.
There are many who only dream and wish they were successful, fearing doing anything, out of fear of the failure and the rejection they will receive. Those people will remain in their current state, never changing, never learning, never going anywhere, and never making any “real money” because they expect life to be handed to them on a silver or gold platter, and cannot get past the fact that smart choices must be made through logic, education is a must, and knowledge is the greatest power anyone can ever have. They remain in a constant state of negative thinking. Negativity attracts negativity, whereas positivity will always attract the positive.
Regardless of how much negative one has to go through in order to discover the positive, the optimistic realist is more likely to achieve success than the solely optimistic and the negative. What is an optimistic realist? An optimistic realist is someone who knows that everything cannot be good all the time, but that everything cannot be bad all the time, either. The optimistic realist knows that things always get better, so long as there is positive hope and lessons learned in every positive and negative situation.
When the situation is negative, the optimistic realist deduces what went wrong and what could be better done to achieve success and what must be done to return to the path of success. When the situation is positive, the optimistic realist deduces what went right and what can be improved, in order to continue the path of success. The optimistic realist knows that while success can last a long time, nothing lasts forever, so preparations must be made in order to prepare for anything that may affect or get in the way of the path of success.
Successful people do not rely solely on luck, as luck is almost always a chance opportunity. For example, being in the right place at the right time leads to a better opportunity than possibly arriving 5 minutes later. Investing in a startup company and watching it grow, learn, and even fail, rather than investing in a company when it is at its prime will yield a greater return on investment. Successful people also never see rejection as a failure, but rather as an opportunity and a message that they need to seek opportunity elsewhere.
When it comes to being successful, one does not always need to learn from their own mistakes, but can rely and learn from the mistakes of others who have invested, have started up a company, or who have failed many times over and share their experiences. I always turn to quotes or stories about successful people who failed and try to learn from what they did. Of course, I will never know the experience they had, or even if they knew that they were going to be successful. Most successful people never feel successful until the world lets them know, or until they reflect back on their life, and realize, they did everything they wanted and felt they were supposed to do.
In quotes for success, I turn to one of the most successful men in the world, Warren Buffet, who continues to have successes and failures every single day of his life. Everyday is a learning experience for him, and surely everyday is a lesson learned. With that, I share some powerful quotes from him that I use for my own success path and to help turn you on the path of success:
- On Earning: “Never depend on a single income. Make investments to create multiple income sources.”
- On Spending: “If you buy things you do not need, soon you will have to sell things you do need.”
- On Savings: “Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.”
- On Taking Risk: “Never test the depth of the river with both feet.”
- On Investment: “Do not put all eggs in one basket.”
- On Expectations: “Honesty is a very expensive gift. Do not expect it from cheap people.”
Make of these quotes what you will, but they come from a very wise man who once had to worry about making a living and being successful, but he continues living everyday as if he should be striving for success.
Since the optimistic realist knows that nothing ever lasts forever, taking anything for granted is unacceptable, and hard work and ambition must continue as a lifestyle for the mission in striving for success in order to maintain and achieve the path to success.