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Success is a Journey-Make your Life a Grand Adventure

2014/10/14 分类:资源分享

Life is a journey, and every part of life is a small journey, complete in itself. You begin with a destination, either clear or fuzzy, travel with the inevitable ups and downs, and you finally arrive at your destination, which may or may not be what you had in mind. Your experiences along the way, and how you react to them, are what make you who you are and determine who you will become. The more experiences you have, and the more you learn from them, the faster you become all you are capable of becoming.
Everyone wants to be successful. Everyone wants to be healthy and happy, do meaningful work, and achieve financial independence. Everyone wants to make a difference in the world, to be significant, to have a positive impact on those around him or her. Everyone wants to do something wonderful with his or her life.
Luckily for most of us, success is not a matter of background, intelligence, or native ability. It's not our family, friends, or contacts who enable us to do extraordinary things. Instead, it is our ability to get the very best out of ourselves under almost all conditions and circumstances. It is your ability, as Theodore Roosevelt said, to "Do what you can with what you have, right where you are."
The great success formula has always been the same. First, decide exactly what you want and where you want to go. Second, set a deadline and make a plan to get there. (Remember, a goal is just a dream with a deadline.) Third, take action on your plan; do something everyday to move toward your goal. Finally, resolve in advance that you will persist until you succeed, that you will never, ever give up.
This formula has worked for almost everyone who has ever tried it. It is simple, but not easy. It will require the very most you can give and the best qualities you can develop. In developing and following this formula, you will evolve and grow to become an extraordinary person.
One more thing: Learn from the experts. You will not live long enough to figure it all out for yourself. And what a waste it would be to try, when you can learn from others who have gone before. Ben Franklin once said, "Men can either buy their wisdom or they can borrow it from others. The great tragedy is that most men prefer to buy it, to pay full price in terms of time and treasure."
Over and over, I have found that a single piece of information, a single idea at the right time, in the right situation, can make all the difference. I have also learned that the great truths are simple. They are not found in complex formulas that require a rocket scientist to interpret. The great truths are contained in basic ideas and principles that virtually anyone can understand and apply. Your greatest goal in life should be to acquire as many of them as possible and then use them to help you do the things you want to do and become the person you want to become.
"Everyone has a Sahara to cross." The turbulence and turmoil of life are inevitable and unavoidable. The only part of the equation you control is how you respond. As Epictetus (埃皮克提图(公元前一世纪时的希腊斯多噶派哲学家、教师), the Roman philosopher, once said, "Circumstances do not make the man; they merely reveal him to himself."

By Harvey Mackay

(Excerpted from Success is a Journey, Brian Tracy, 1998, ISBN 1-890009-49-0, pp 7-8)

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