Mackay: Go the extra mile to find success

A man walking down a narrow, twisting road spotted a guru meditating on the grass.

“Excuse me, master,” he called. “Is this the road to success?”

The old man nodded silently and pointed a finger in the direction the traveler was headed. He thanked the guru and hurried on his way. An hour later the man returned, bleeding and exhausted.

“Hey!” he shouted to the guru. “You told me that was the road to success! I walked that way, and right away, I fell into a ditch so deep it took me almost an hour to climb out! What’s the matter with you?”

The guru stared at him, and then after 10 long seconds opened his lips to speak: “That is indeed the road to success. It lies just beyond the ditch.”

The road to success is not without potholes. That’s the problem with many of us. We quit before we find success. We let challenges beat us rather than rising to the occasion. We see only the difficulties in front of us, but not the opportunities that can grow from them.

My own formula for success includes:

• Dogged determination.

• Focus and the ability to finish.

• Daring to dream.

• Owning and learning from mistakes.

• Looking at problems as opportunities.

• Staying positive.

When Dale Carnegie was asked on a radio program to tell in three sentences the most important lesson he had ever learned, he said: “The biggest lesson I have ever learned is the stupendous importance of what we think. If I knew what you think, I would know what you are, for your thoughts make you what you are. By changing our thoughts, we change our lives.”

In other words, the will to succeed very often determines our success.

Another important part of success is just getting out of bed. Benjamin Franklin pointed out that early to bed and early to rise can make you healthy, wealthy and wise. Unfortunately, the “early to rise” part is a problem for many people.

But if you want to get a good start on the day, you can’t sleep your life away. I’ve found that if you establish a routine and get up at roughly the same time every day, your body wakes itself up. Give yourself a reason to get up. Pick something you’re passionate about to work on first. You’ll find it easier to get out of bed when you have something exciting to look forward to. And you will most likely find it easier to achieve if you love what you do.

Being good at your job is only part of the recipe for success at work. You must also incorporate these key ingredients:

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