The 3 C’s of Success

by Krantcents · 39 comments

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The 3 C’s of Success is the third in a series of articles to help you reach your goal.  What are your goals?  I know you thought about it!  You know, it is your dream, wish or resolution you made!  Before you can get to where you want to be, you need to know where you are going.  You wouldn’t get on a bus, train or plane without knowing where it was going.  Simple enough or is it?


The definition of success is the achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted.  You can achieve something desired in school, career, business or life.  If you set out to do something, the accomplishment is success.  My earliest memory of success was learning how to tie my shoes, when I was 4 years old. I was so successful, I was asked to teach the other students in my preschool class.  I think that early success led to more success.


When I was eighteen, I worked for a large conglomerate during the summer in college.  I delivered mail in the corporate office.  I saw firsthand senior executives and some of the things they did.  I looked for traits, characteristics or why they were successful?  Career success is very important!  What do they do or did to be successful?  Was it education, skills or experience?  Maybe it was a vision, goals or goal setting?  Was it leadership skills or luck?  I think it is all of the above and more.  I think it is a combination of a willingness to work harder, longer and more effectively than anybody else!

Career success is more than the sum of its parts.  Do you have to be the top dog to be successful?  No, there are very few CEOs.  Supposedly, that is why they are paid so much in compensation.  Can you be a great sales manager or vice president of manufacturing?  Absolutely!  Remember, success is achieving an objective or a goal.  Career success can be measured in a variety of ways.  An owner of a small business is successful in terms of compensation, but there are other ways to measure success.


Most people think confidence comes from past success.  This is true, but it may be in school, personal or family life.  It leads to high self esteem!  Do you need high self esteem to be confident?  No, but it helps.  Thinking you will succeed is 90% of the solution.  That positive attitude will take you far.  The opposite is equally true.  If you think you will fail, you will.  That positive attitude keeps you in the game.  If you are not confident, you will give up at the first obstacle.  Confidence is almost all positive mental attitude.  It is up to you.


Commitment is a necessary attribute for success.  It is a promise, obligation, pledge, or an agreement to do something.  For example you are committed to your goals, make a consistent effort and care deeply about the outcome.  Successful people complete tasks and achieve their goals, but this level of engagement raises the bar.  It is not enough to just complete a project, but it is measured by your vision or a standard.  Steve Jobs was called a perfectionist, but no one ever questioned his commitment to the goal.

Final Thoughts

This is the third article in the series about success; I expect to publish throughout 2012.  There will be twenty-six (26) of them, one for each letter of the alphabet.  The 3 C’s of success discuss career, confidence and commitment.  I think everyone wants success in their career; however defining success may be subjective.  Confidence usually comes from past success, but you may need confidence or a positive attitude to succeed.  Committing yourself heart and soul to a goal is not easy, but necessary.  Most entrepreneurs are committed to their businesses.

I started this series because I run into so many people who have difficulty reaching success.  They want to know my secrets!  So I thought I would share them in a format that will be most helpful.  I also think this format may make it more interesting and easier to use. My goal in these articles to provide useful and interesting information that will help you succeed.  The 3 C’s of Success is now a series.

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moneycone January 30, 2012 at 6:31 am

Nicely summed up KC!  Success and confidence feeds upon each other.  But then so does fear and failure as you succinctly put it.

krantcents January 30, 2012 at 6:36 am

Fear and failure may be motivation for some people.

DollarDisciple January 30, 2012 at 11:42 am

Nice post, KC. Commitment and Confidence are two attributes I wish I had had as a young(er) man!

krantcents January 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm

It usually comes with age and experience.

Kris @ Everyday Tips January 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Confidence is absolutely huge in all aspects of life, so I couldn’t agree more with your post.

I was actually just discussing this with my daughter who has a basketball game tonight.  I told her that she already has the talent, she just needs to have the confidence in herself that everyone else already has in her.  That is what I truly feel will make her succeed.

Great post.

krantcents January 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Confidence usually comes with age and experience. We all need to learn how to believe in ourselves. Self doubt will destroy you faster than anything.

Hunter January 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I’m really liking the theme of this series KC. It’s got legs, as they say. All great point!

krantcents January 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Thanks, I feel like I just got a theatrical review! :) I just hope I can keep everyone interested in a few months or as I get down to the harder letters.

krantcents January 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Thanks, I started to think about the other letters already, but I will not reveal anything prematurely. You will have to keep coming back to find out! :)

krantcents January 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I always wanted to start out at the top and see if I could stay there. I was a little naive and immature when I said that (21 years old). I like working for me the best, but that was in the past.

krantcents January 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I remember reading some positive thinking advice that says something like this act like you already arrived or have the position you want. How does a rich, successful person act? Confident, generous in spirit, helpful and so much more. I read that close to 40 years ago.

World of Finance January 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm

This is a fun series KC.  Little by little the letter man (aka KC) reveals his secrets to success.  Great choice on the Cs.  I’m looking forward to your creativity on z :)

krantcents January 31, 2012 at 6:30 am

Thanks, Z may be easier than other letters! We’ll see. :)

Krantcents February 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Thanks, it is intended to keep you coming back over and over again. I am trying to outdo my last article each time.

101 Centavos January 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I like this series, KC.  Confidence is one thing that should come with age and experience, but you are right of course, a negative nelly attitude will sabotage confidence always.

krantcents January 31, 2012 at 6:32 am

Believing in yourself gives you confidence! A positive attitude leads to confidence.

Financial Independence January 31, 2012 at 3:49 am

My 2012 goals are:

- Accumulate at least $40,000 for investments during 2012, beginning  2013.
- Create feasible plan 10 year and review the priorities.
- Diversify the nest egg.
- Think about additional source of income.

- Regular monthly updates
- To cover  6 themes
I have no intentions to move towards an entertaining blog with 2-3 weekly posts.   I will endeavor my best efforts to stay on personal subject of financial independence.  

-  Create list of books to read  & read them- 12 books in minimum.
-  Publish reviews.
- Have solid understanding of mutual funds and energy sector stocks.

Family Budget:
- Stay under $75,000 with the family expenses
- Accumulate $7,000 towards durable goods replacement over 10 years.

Be happy.

krantcents January 31, 2012 at 6:36 am

How committed are you to your goals? Monitor your progress and adjust your efforts daily/weekly/monthly. Good luck.

Financial Independence February 1, 2012 at 1:42 am

Hi. Thank you!
Well, very much I would say. My future depends on them and I have got only one life. 

krantcents February 1, 2012 at 6:36 am

Success is up to you!

My University Money January 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Cool idea for a series.  You should think about packaging it as an ebook after!  Interesting gig as an 18 year old.  I wish I had, had that sort of exposure when I was that age.  Definitely an educational experience I bet.

krantcents January 31, 2012 at 7:36 pm

We are an accumulation of our experiences! I think for some it was just a job, but I tend to learn from my experiences.

One Cent At A Time January 31, 2012 at 8:18 pm

This reminds me my boss’s 3P slogan, preparation, persistence and patience 

krantcents January 31, 2012 at 8:24 pm

The idea came to me and when I researched it, I found that I was not the first. Instead, I decided to personalize it as much as I can. Hopefully, I won’t run out of ideas!

maria@moneyprinciple February 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I enjoy reading these post and find it easy to edentify with the points (find equivalents). I would love to see a bit more on the ‘how to’ though. For example, how to increase confidence?

Krantcents February 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I will try to include that in the future. Confidence usually comes from experience or skills. If you did it before or have the skills to perform, you are confident.

maria@moneyprinciple February 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Not always. How would you explain stage fever? Or for that matter the insecurity and uncertainty that goes with evry act of creation?

Krantcents February 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

One way to overcome situations that scare you is practice. I am not a natural public speaker, however practice makes me better or familiarity with the subject. Everyone has insecurities, but can act confident or overcome the insecurities with practice.

Marie at FamilyMoneyValues February 3, 2012 at 8:27 am

Hey, I worked in a mailroom delivering mail to executives when I was a youngster too! On confidence, I truely think that some folks are born with more of a tendancy towards being confident – no matter how life treats them. Most confidence comes from experience, but I think that folks born with a tendancy towards it actually become more confident – even given similar experiences.

Krantcents February 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I know I can give the appearance of confidence even when I am not. My son is good at it too. You may be right, it could have a genetic predisposition for confidence.

FG February 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I believe that you always need to be driving your career and not rely on others, including a company, to track it for you. It’s good if you can get benefits, but remain in control. Gonna go head over to check out the Ds. ;)

Krantcents February 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I agree, you are always in charge of your life and career. It helps if you have a mentor or coach to help you, but it is up to you.

Jen @ Master the Art of Saving February 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I really need to be working on improving my mental attitude. I know it holds me back a lot.

Krantcents February 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm

A positive mental attitude can overcome anything. You have to believe you can do something in order to do it.

Krantcents February 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Thans for the links, I really appreciate it.

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