|Written by Bill Hanks|
Recently, I watched a tutorial by Richard St. John on TED. I had never heard of him before. However, he gave a brief talk on the "Eight Steps to Success." Being a teacher now for 38 years, I have to agree with these building blocks. This article will review those and make a comment about each.
1. Passion; You have to have passion for what you do. This involves total concentration on what you do. You know the ends and outs of your field.
2. Work; Your passion is so strong that your work becomes fun. You look forward to doing what you do.
3. Focus; You are involved in what you do on both small and big scale of things. You are always looking for ways to make things better. You don't just stand pat.
4. Persist; Even when things are not going well, you continue to drive forward for results. Sometimes, this might mean going in a new direction. But, as the song says, "You keep on Pushing."
5. Ideas; You are always open to new ideas and aren't afraid to try new things. Improvement and perfecting are part of what you strive for constantly.
6. Good; You always keep things that are good. You might make changes to perfect it, but you always file away the good for future use. You are always trying to get better or good at what you do in life.
7. Push; Others including yourself are constantly pushing to achieve. It is like a non-stop clock. Time waits for no one. You are always thinking ahead about what your next step is.
8. Serve; Those that serve others, eventually end up being served themselves. Put others first. Always try to help others achieve their goals and plans. You not only do this on the job, but in all walks of life.
These are eight simple rules for success. To many people, each one has a bit more meaning than the others. For example, someone once asked Bob Hope, "What is the secret to your success?" He said one word, "Persistence."