Accidental Success

There comes a time when success is more of an art than a science- More about the big picture and less about the details.

In a famous quote about his travels to discover the new world, Christopher Columbus said, “”For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps.” Translation? He winged it. He had an idea of what he wanted to accomplish, and knew that all of the ways that had been forged before would not lead him to the “New World”. So Christopher Columbus set upon a new path that left his name in the history books for all time.

Every day we are challenged with things that seem impossible or overly difficult, and each day we make a choice to go with the easy and safe choice that will certainly produce characteristically small margins of success OR attempt to forge new ground by challenging the status quo.

Take the example of Ann Dolin, a former teacher who elected to stay at home after the birth of her first son, but was unsatisfied with her husband’s $500-a-month handout for groceries, lunches, diapers, formula and everything else she needed to run a household – including her own discretionary spending. She began a tutoring business called Educational Connections that now grosses over 1.4 million a year.

Sometimes great opportunities in life and business present themselves in odd ways, but we can’t be afraid to take the proverbial leap. Whether it’s setting out to discover new land or solve a personal financial dry spell, or attempting to get your organization’s key players all on one team- you will never succeed if you are too afraid to try.

Monday Morning Perspective:

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” -Denis Waitley

“Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon.” -Denis Waitley

Have a wonderful week!

ISSN: 2158-1355
© Crystal Dyer 2010. All Rights Reserved.
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