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The Ten Misconceptions of Success
by Jim M. Allen

Is it time for you to change your attitude about success? Maybe... I've found in much of my work with people on creating a better, more positive attitude towards life that many of us have a misunderstanding about success and what makes us successful.

Here are the ten most common misconceptions people have about success and some thoughts about those misconceptions.

  1. Some people can't be successful because of their background, education, etc.
    Anybody can be successful. It's a matter of wanting to, then doing what it takes to achieve it.

  2. Successful people don't make mistakes.
    Successful people make mistakes just like we all do. They just don't repeat them.

  3. You've got to work 60 (70, 80, 90...) hours a week to be successful.
    It's not a matter of doing A LOT of something. It's more about doing the right thing.

  4. You'll only be a success if you play by the rules.
    Who makes up the rules anyway? Each situation is different. Sometimes following the rules is needed, other times making up your own rules is what's required.

  5. If you have help along the way, it's not success.
    Success rarely occurs in a vacuum. Recognize the people who help you become successful, there are plenty of them.

  6. It takes a lot of luck to be successful.
    It takes some luck to be successful, sure. It takes a lot more hard work, diligence, knowledge, and application.

  7. It's only success if you make a lot of money.
    Money is just one of many benefits to success, but it's not guaranteed.

  8. It's only success if everybody knows it.
    You may get more money and more accolades the more people know about what you've done. But, even if you were the only one who knew it, you'd still be a success.

  9. Success is a goal.
    Success is more what you get when you achieve the goals you've set for yourself. Saying that you "want to be a success" begs the question: "At what?"

  10. Once I'm successful, my troubles are over.
    You may be successful, but you're not God. You'll still have the ups and downs that you did before. Enjoy what success you achieve and live each day as it comes.

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