Some people think that there are just two groups in the world – the “haves” and “have-nots”, and if you were born into the wrong group, well, that’s just what happened. There’s little you can do to change it.
Before I interviewed hundreds of the most successful African Americans in the United States today, I wasn’t positive. But now I can say conclusively that the people who become “haves” invariably have gotten there by following pretty much the same path. Success leaves clues, and for those folks smart enough to sniff them out, the path to success is not a mystery.
One of the most important things I noted over and over again in the people I interviewed was that every one of them first believed it was possible. Try this: imagine you’re going to try to get out of the chair you’re sitting in as you read this. Go ahead, try. Just try.
Trying is not achieving. Trying is not standing up. Trying is just “fixin’ to” do something, not doing it.
Are you one of the people who just want to “try” to become more successful?
Trying isn’t going to get you there. The first commitment you have to make is to achieving it. Actually accomplishing it, no matter how much work, effort, focus, learning, unlearning, dedication, time and energy you have to put in. “Do or do not. There is no try,” said the character Yoda in George Lucas’ film series Star Wars.
Your first step to success is to commit to achieving it. You need proof you’ll succeed? Read my book, look at examples around you, look at the White House, pay attention to the larger world outside your circle of friends, acquaintances and colleagues. There are plenty of people out there of all colors and races who are making it, finding success in their life, putting in the effort necessary.
Your commitment is the #1 predictor of your likelihood of success.
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