The 3 X’s of Success is the twenty-fourth 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 taking artistic license with the X’s to include ex. As a young person, I read many books, articles and biographies that chronicled rich successful people. I wanted to know what made them successful because I wanted to become one of them. Almost all of them were entrepreneurs. In other words, there were not employees! They were ex-employees. Is that the only way to become rich and successful? Of course not, but I saw a pattern anyway. After all, there are only so many CEOs or other senior executives of public companies making millions of dollars. So my early career was spent acquiring skills, knowledge and experience to be ready for the inevitable. I wanted to be an ex-employee!
When I was in high school, I remember taking a battery of tests that supposedly helped you with your career planning. You learn what you are good at, what you like to do and what is important to you. It helped to create a career path, plan your education and maybe even your major. For me, it did absolutely nothing! At least that is what I thought at the time. The test results indicated that I should be an expeditor or newspaper editor. An expeditor is someone who facilitates a process. It is also someone who speeds up the process, executes quickly or dispatch. My entire career was an expeditor. Whether I was a CFO, Consultant, entrepreneur or teacher, I was an expeditor.
When people talk about over achiever or superior performance, we are talking about exceeding expectations. If you are doing what is expected, you are doing the minimum. A grade of “C” means you met minimum standards or expectations. If you are just doing what is necessary, you will never be successful. You need to differentiate yourself from others to get promoted or bigger raise. If you are a business owner, you cannot do what everyone else is doing. Your product or service must be a better value, taste better or solve a problem better. If you don’t, expect an ordinary income. You must exceed expectations to be successful.
Do you have to be an ex-employee to be successful? Everything depends on your goals. If you have a career that is satisfying and well compensated, isn’t that enough? I know people who earn $500 thousand and enjoy their work! There are others who make the same and want to leave. Compensation is only part of the decision! Most entrepreneurs have a dream and the drive to make it successful. The employee becomes an ex-employee and an employer at at the same time. It is part of the path to success, but not the only path.
This is not a just a job or career, it is a skill set. Managers, business owners and executives facilitate a process or simply said gets things done! I look at getting things done as solving problems. Problem solving is a mental process of finding, shaping and reaching a definite goal. Problem solving is just another process toward a goal. This is just one set tools to reach your goal of success. How you approach your goals, problems or challenges is important for success. It is up to you to make it happen.
Mediocre never works! Mediocre grades indicate lack of effort! That may not be true for everybody. In some classes, you may only achieve a C. If you made your best effort, a C is okay. Too often, C students do not make their best effort. You have to test yourself by pushing your limits. This is true whether you are a young person or a senior citizen. You are constantly learning new things and you need to find out how far you can go. In order to exceed the limits or expectations, you must raise your expectations. High expectations will raise your game. Learn to exceed your expectation to achieve success.
This is the twenty-fourth 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 X’s of success are ex-employee, expedite and exceed. 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 X’s of Success is now a series.
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