10 Steps for Success

1. Define Success

The first thing to understand is that success looks different for everyone. Don't waste your time and energy pursuing the dreams and accomplishments of others. Everyone has different strengths, weaknesses, networks and passions. Follow the one that allows you to make an impact and gives you a sense of purpose.

2. How you think is everything

"Happiness is liking what you do and appreciating what you have. As Henry Ford stated, “If you think you can or you cannot, you are right.”

3. Believe in yourself

If you do not, how can you expect others to?

4. Decide on your true goals and take action

Write down your goals and develop a plan to reach them. The Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland had it right “If you do not know where you are going, any road will take you there.” Goals are nothing without action. Don’t be afraid to get started now.

5. Innovate and be different

Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity.

6. Learn to analyze details

Get all the facts and take the time to reflect and learn from your mistakes. Studying failure can lead to future success.

7. Understand and motivate yourself and others

A good first step is to find ways to create win-win situations. There is nothing more rewarding than working hard at work that is having a positive impact.

8. Never stop learning

The intelligent person presumes he knows everything. The wise person appreciates how little he knows. Always look for opportunities to learn and acquire new skills. In learning, you teach, and in teaching, you learn. 

9. Create your own luck

Luck is the intersection of preparedness and opportunity.

10. Be honest, dependable and take responsibility

Otherwise, numbers 1 to 9 will not matter. It takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

Brendan Daly