I had a dream last night that I was sitting in the back seat of a limousine, telling the driver where I needed to go.  I don’t remember much else of the dream, just impressions of great wealth and success.   Since I have none of that in real life, does it mean that I’m not successful.  WRONG!  You don’t need millions of dollars and a gold name plate on the door to achieve success.  I don’t have any of that but I consider myself to be a complete success on many levels.   Here’s my thoughts on what I consider is necessary to be a success without tons of money in the bank.  (Even though that would be really sweet!)

  • Choose well in love, marry the right person.  This one will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
  • Be bold and take chances.  When you look back on your life you will regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
  • Don’t do anything that would cause shame to your family.
  • Be honest.
  • Keep your word.  Your honor means more than you can imagine.
  • Have a grateful heart.  Be appreciative of everything you have in your life.
  • Be forgiving of yourself and others.
  • Commit yourself to constant improvement and work on it daily.
  • Stop blaming others and take responsibility for every area of your life.
  • Follow up your words with action.  Words mean nothing without action.
  • Make a decision, even if it turns out wrong and it will be wrong at times.
  • Take good care of the people you love.
  • Obey the Golden Rule at all times.
  • Develope good ethics and standards and stick to them.
  • Be loyal.
  • Commit yourself to quality.
  • Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power, money or prestige, but on relationship with people you love and respect.
  • Being respectable to all is one of the best ways to earn respect.
  • Show initiative in all you do.
  • Give people more than they expect and do it willingly and cheerfully.
  • Be generous with your time.
  • Persistence, persistence, persistence
  • Take a chance.  Even if you don’t achieve what you were taking a chance on, you will have learned what not to do next time.
  • Be positive.  Negativity shouldn’t be a part of your life.
  • Develope a personal mission statement.  Start it with “Failure is not an option.”
  • Make it a point to learn something new everyday.
  • Be a giver instead of a taker.  Yes, you need to take care of “number one” but not at the expense of your loved ones.
  • Be compassionate.
  • Take care of your health.

I truly believe that if you cultivate these habits, you will succeed in just about every area of your life.  Does this sound silly?  I don’t think so, sounds like common sense and who knows, you might even make those millions!  What do you think?  What’s your definition of success?

So, until next time…  and if I happen to win the Lotto in the meantime, I’ll let you know!





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