The 3 E’s of Success is the fifth 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.
I am curious about everything! I think I was always that way. Not in a tinkering kind of way, such as taking things apart, but in an analyzing way. I love to watch or observe people. I was always intrigued with people and what they did. I would observe and ask a million questions. It was my way of carrying on a conversation. People are thrilled to answer your questions and I learned a lot. It helped me overcome my shyness and helped made me comfortable when I started dating. Everyone likes people who are interested in them.
This is just one of the reasons teachers like classroom participation. When I taught Exploring Careers, I wanted my students to investigate what they were interested in as a career. To help stimulate that exploration, I invited speakers from various professions to come to class to answer their questions. Hopefully, it motivated them to explore and learn more about their career. If you are going to spend forty (40) or more years in a career or you want to start a business, you should spend the time finding out about it. You can avoid a lot of mistakes, missteps and save time by doing your research.
Babies are the original explorers! When babies crawl and pick up things they are exploring and investigating everything they see. They pick up everything and put things in their mouths as though everything is food. I guess plastic, wood and metal all taste different. They are exploring! When did we lose this skill? Part of success is taking a risk by exploring things. You find something you believe in such as a career and you acquire the skills and experience to be successful. It starts with exploring something you are interested in.
Are you born with the curious gene? Yes, but some people lose it. I encourage my students to read about things they are interested in. When I was very young, I read biographies of famous successful people and a lot of periodicals. I tried to become informed on a lot of different subjects. It helped me figure out what I wanted to do and something to talk about with other people. I could ask better questions and get better answers. Success is never just one thing; you are preparing for success in many ways.
We are talking about the broad definition of education. I am referring to training beyond high school such as four year college, community college, military, trade school, apprenticeship or on the job training. Some of you are going to point out the exceptions, however I would disagree. The exceptions are self taught successes.
Some form of training is always necessary. Whether it is formal such as school or informal, you need it. You can take classes online, read specific information online or as specific questions and get answers online. There are a lot of resources that can help you become successful. There are books, websites and magazines that teach you how to become successful. There are no excuses because you can learn what you need.
Entrepreneurs are born not made! Although controversial it has an element of truth. First and foremost, you must have the desire to be an entrepreneur. This is no casual career where you just do your job and go home. Being an entrepreneur is a 24/7 career! Do something you enjoy because you will be good at it. If you are good at it, you will be successful. Invest your time to find what you like to do, it is that important! So before you open up that restaurant, high tech company or pursue a medical degree, think about it, investigate it and try to experience it before you go into it.
I really recommend talking to entrepreneurs or people in a chosen career to learn first hand what it is like. Let’s face it, the movies give us a very glamorous version of an attorneys, doctors, businessmen or people in general. Ask questions and spend the time learning about these careers. Get a part time job in your career interest, job shadow or an internship. Whether you are paid or not should not matter, it is your investment in your future. Having your business is fun, lucrative and requires a lot from the business owner. Don’t take it lightly.
This is the fifth 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 E’s of success are explore, education and entrepreneur. 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 E’s of Success is now a series.
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