Dig Deep to Find Success

Most of the advice for success you find is familiar and predictable: work hard, be persistent, network, never stop learning and so forth. Here’s some advice from the Ladders website that may surprise you:

Know what you want. This is seemingly simple advice, but to make it work, you’ve got to ask yourself what you want. The first few answers will be superficial: “I want more money. I want a new car. I want a better job.” Dig deep to get to what you’re really looking for: “I want to serve others. I want to make a difference in the world. I want to help people find their inner strength.” Follow that goal.

Look at your crossroads. We all remember moments when we made a crucial decision that shaped the rest of our lives. Go back to one and explore it. Write down the decision in a few paragraphs, then consider the factors, emotions, events, and concerns that led to that choice. Would you make the same decision today? Why or why not? This will help you make better career and life decisions in the future.

Examine your history. Take a long view of your past. How did you end up where you are now? Who helped you? What activities consumed most of your time and attention? How have your dreams changed? A thorough understanding of where you came from will help guide you on your path to future success.

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