Passion and Perseverance

Success is not easy, but you can do things that make it more likely. Show up. Woody Allen said, “80 percent of success is showing up.” It’s true (although we might quibble about the number); if you don’t show up, you will not succeed.

Keep trying. (← click to watch a brief video – well worth it.) Success often goes to the one who kept trying after others had stopped. Be the one who keeps trying.

Have passion. Love what you are doing. If you don’t love it, either find a reason to do so or find something else to do. In a job that you don’t love? Don’t want to be flipping burgers all day? Become the best damn burger-flipper in the world. Find ways to do it better, with flair, in an entertaining way—you’ll either come to love it, or your boss will give you the best reference ever when you apply for the job you want. Taking a class you don’t enjoy? Own that class. Master the material. Find a way to make it relevant to future that you envision for yourself. The most successful people have passion—find your passion.

 

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