#1 Everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and it serves us.
All successful people have the uncanny ability to focus on what is possible in a situation, what positive results could come from it. No matter how much negative feedback they get from their environment, they think in terms of possibilities. They think that everything happens for a reason, and it serves them. They believe that every adversity contains the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.
#2 There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.
Most people in our culture have been programmed to fear this thing called failure. Yet, all of us can think of times when we wanted one thing and got another. People always succeed in getting some sort of results. The super successes of our culture aren’t people who do not fail, but simply people who know that if they try something and it doesn’t give them what they want, they’ve had a learning experience. They use what they’ve learned and simply try something else. They take some new actions and produce some new results.
#3 Whatever happens, take responsibility.
Achievers tend to believe that no matter what happens, whether it’s good or bad, they created it. If they didn’t cause it by their physical actions, maybe they did it by the level and tenor of their thoughts. Now, I don’t know if this is true. No scientist can prove that our thoughts create our reality. But it’s an empowering belief. That’s why I believe in it. Taking responsibility is in my opinion one of the best measures of a person’s power and maturity. If you don’t believe in failure, if you know you’ll achieve your outcome, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking responsibility. If you’re in control, you’ll succeed.
#4 It’s not necessary to understand everything to be able to use everything.
Successful people don’t believe they need to know everything about something in order to use it. They know how to use what’s essential without feeling a need to get bogged down in every detail of it. In order to effectively use all that you are in this life, you should discover that there’s a balance between use and knowledge. You can spend all your time studying the roots, or you can learn to pick the fruit.
#5 People are your greatest resource.
Individuals of excellence – that is, people who produce outstanding results – almost universally have a tremendous sense of respect and appreciation for people. They have a sense of team, a sense of common purpose and unity. We’ve all seen reports on Japanese factories, where workers and management eat in the same cafeteria and where both have input into evaluating performance. Their success reflects the wonders that can be achieved when we respect people rather than trying to manipulate them.
#6 Work is play.
Do you know any person who has achieved massive success by doing what he hates? I don’t. One of the keys to success is making a successful marriage between what you do and what you love. Pablo Picasso once said, “When I work, I relax; doing nothing or entertaining visitors makes me tired.” Maybe we don’t paint as well as Picasso, but we can all do our best to find work that invigorates and excites us. And we can bring to whatever we do at work many of the aspects of what we do at play.
#7 There’s no abiding success without commitment.
If there’s a single belief that seems almost inseparable from success, it’s that there’s no great success without great commitment. If you look at successful people in any field, you’ll find that they’re not necessarily the best and the brightest, the fastest and the strongest. You’ll find they’re the ones with the most commitment.