“No one will ever take your career more seriously than you do.”
That one piece of advice has stuck with me for a very long time. When I heard it I don't know where I was, what company I was working for or even who shared it with me. Good advice tends to end up that way; it tends to transcend the time and live on.
This advice on success has driven me more than almost any other.
It encompasses many things and applies to many different scenarios. What I want to do is alter it. Why? Because I want you to be successful in all parts of your life, not just your career. My version?
“No one will ever take your success more seriously than you do.”
You may change jobs, may change careers, you may even stay in the same position for many years; what you need to be concerned with is your success.
Only you can define what success means to you. For some that may mean being the best you can be at what you're currently doing. For others it could mean always striving to improve and take your boss' job. And for others still, it could mean making an impact on the world through invention, creation or humanitarianism.
Whatever success means to you, own it. Take your success and make it the focal point of everything you do. Obsess about it until the only thing that remains is the path toward the goal.
How bad do you want to be successful?
How bad do you want to win personally and professionally?
What are you prepared to do to attain success?
Below is an excellent video that I've seen several times. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Remember, when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful.
How bad do you want to succeed?