The 3 V’s of Success

by Krantcents · 11 comments

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The 3 V’s of Success is the twenty-second 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.

Background

You cannot achieve success unless you are there.  Being present is the first step to the goal.  Competition generally occurs when two people are competing for similar goals.  Have you ever competed for a particular job?  One of my friends and I I once interviewed for the same executive position.  My friend and made it through tremendous odds.  There were 4,000 applicants for this position.  My friend and I were two of fifteen candidates they interviewed.  My friend got the job!  He was fired within a year!  In retrospect, I am glad I did not get it.  The important part of competition is showing up or being present.

When I was thirty-one, I put together a goal and a plan to achieve financial freedom.  When I was thinking about my goal, I did not identify the opportunity yet.  Little by little, I started thinking about it and realized income property was part of my goal. Everybody wants to find their passion or a business to be successful.  Some people will look at opportunities and only see the problems.  Others look at the problems and see opportunities.  It is what you see that will help you be successful.

Winning is always better than losing.  The odds are with you if you show up and see opportunities and work hard enough to succeed.  Isn’t that what it is all about?  In my youth, I loved playing games because of all the things I learned.  I could socialize with my friends, learn something new and execute a strategy.  Most importantly, I learned how to win and lose gracefully.  Of course, I enjoyed winning much more than losing.  It was a little like being on top of the world, when you won.  It felt as though I conquered the world.

VENI

Veni (Veni, Vidi, Vici) was part of a comment by Julius Caesar after a war.  It means I came.  You have to be present in order to win.  Actually, you need to be present, participate and give it your all.  Do you use your time well?  I constantly ask myself if I did my best every day.  It is not enough to just be present, but it is important.  I believe you need to be proactive in your efforts toward your goal, if you want to succeed.  What do you do?

VIDI

Vidi (Veni, Vidi, Vici) is the second part of a comment by Julius Caesar after a war.  It means I saw.  Do you recognize opportunities when you see them? Our skills and experience affect what we see and how we interpret it.  Some people will see just the problems others will see opportunities.  Real estate or income property for me was an opportunity and I jumped in with both feet.  Other people avoid rental property because of the problems.  What do you see?

VICI

Vici (Veni, Vidi, Vici) is the third part of a comment by Julius Caesar after a war.  It means I conquered!  What does it take to win or achieve your goal?  Do you know?  If you do your best, you will generally succeed.  If not, you can keep trying and succeed.  In most cases, you know what winning or achieving goals feels like because you have done it before.  It could be in school, your career or in life.  It takes effort and practice.  Some may say it looks easy, but that is when preparation meets hard work.  Did you conquer it?

Final Thoughts

This is the twenty-second 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 V’s of success are Veni, Vidi and Vici.  I think everyone wants success in life; business and career; however it takes a concerted effort to reach success. The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” Tommy Lasorda sums it up much better than I can!

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 V’s of Success is now a series.

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Squirrelers June 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

Showing up, recognizing the opportunities, and working hard – if you do each of these, you’re putting yourself in a much better position to succeed. Taken alone, they can still help but I think it takes all 3 synergistically to really see the benefits. Good post.

Krantcents June 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Thank you, the quote of Julius Caesar embodies so much. I think I embraced it when I learned it in latin a long time ago. Too often, one of these aspects is missing. Experience to recogbize an opportunity or persistence to achieve a goal. You really need all three to make it happen.

maria@moneyprinciple June 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

Caeser got this one right; I’ve always believe that. I came, I saw, I conquered. Powerful and straight to the point.

Krantcents June 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I agree, that is why it fit in the V’s! If you do your best, have the experience/skills and persistence, you can do almost anything.

AverageJoe June 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I was wondering how you’d tackle the “V”‘s. Julius Caesar is a nice way to tackle the subject. Have you read The Art of War? Based on this post, if you haven’t, I think you’d like it.

Krantcents June 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Thanks, it is on my reading list. Stay tuned, the end of the alphabet has its challenges too. As they say, it is in the can already, waiting to be published.

Jen @ Master the Art of Saving June 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I never really seem to be present; all my days seem to go by in a blurry rush. Awesome job on the v’s, KC. :-)

Krantcents June 15, 2012 at 6:17 am

Thanks, I try to make every day count or do my best. I think I am somewhere between 85-90% effective most of the time.

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