The Common Denominator of Success
THE COMMON DENOMINATOR OF SUCCESS
The secret of every person who has ever been successful lies in forming the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.
This explains why many come into business with every apparent qualification for success and end up the most disappointing failures, while others come in and achieve outstanding success in spite of numerous obvious and discouraging handicaps.
By forming the habit of doing the things you need to do even if you don’t like doing them, you can accomplish the things you want to accomplish. When a person goes into a slump, it simply means that he has reached a point at which, for the time being, the things he doesn’t like to do have become more important than his reasons for doing them.
The less you talk about production and more you talk about purpose, the better.
Isn’t making a living a strong enough purpose? NO IT ISN’T. It isn’t sufficiently strong enough to make you form the habit of doing the things you don’t like to do for the very simple reason that it is EASIER TO ADJUST ourselves to the hardships living poorly rather than to PUSH OURSELVES to the hardships of achieving a better life.
Any resolution or decision you make is simply a PROMISE to yourself, which isn’t worth a thing unless you have FORMED THE HABIT of making it and keeping it. And you won’t form the habit of keeping it unless right at the start you link it with a definite purpose.