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5 Steps to Become Successful…


First, let’s define success. If you ask one hundred people this question, you would get one hundred different responses. Some will say its how fulfilled your work makes you feel, others will say its that perfect balance between work  and family life. Some will even go as far as saying, “It’s how much money you make.” I would like to narrow this down to a working definition. In my opinion a man is successful if he sets and achieves his career goals which help to support himself and his family. In doing this job, he feels pride, satisfaction and  empowerment.

Remember that what is success for one, may not be the same for another. God has given everyone what they need to run their own race. Run yours with pride and be the best!

Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you pursue success…

Step 1. Find that one thing you love and master it.

Step 2. Be persistent, consistent, and determined. You may feel like giving up but persistence pays off.  Success takes time.

Step 3. Don’t be too conceited. Be humble,  this makes you open to change and people will like working with you because you have the spirit of humility.

Step 4 .Find a mentor, someone you admire in the business you like. They will guide you as to pitfalls and help make your journey easier.

Step 5. Take a risk. Successful people take risks in their respective careers. Yes, it is normal to feel fear…but still take the risk… “No pain, no gain”. Sometimes you have to risk saying ‘no’ for something that  will not benefit you. Weigh your options and follow your gut…but do not give up and be fearless! Understand that if you fail, it will be a lesson learned. Learn the lesson and move on!

Walt Disney experienced failure when he was fired from Kansas City Star because his editor felt he” lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

Oprah Winfrey experienced failure when she was fired from her first TV job as being “too emotionally invested in their stories.”

Steven Spielberg was rejected by the University of Southern California Cinematic Arts multiple times.

Excerpt from How to Become a Successful Black Man…The Men Tell Their Story by Hillary Drummond Simpson