The 3 C’s of Success

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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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