The Measure Of Success

…’The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year. – John Foster Dulles.’

Ever notice a fly beating itself to death against a pane of glass and not seeing their freedom, a foot to the left, through the open window?

That’s like a lot of people online.

They listen to the same Muppets offering a no list, no website, no product, business.

They also never stretch themselves, or do things that may embarrass or make them uncomfortable.

Thing is, that’s where any success is.

If you’ve got nothing to sell, that’s unique to you, then you’re another face in the crowd. – And how much attention do you pay to faces in the crowd? Not much, right?

As for the embarrassing thing, you’ve got to be prepared to stick your neck out or make a fool of yourself.

Any success I’ve had is largely due to the latter.

Daily emails, fiction writing, video courses, the podcast, all came about because I realized that I didn’t need anyone’s permission to do those things or needed to get them right first time.

When I put on my big boy pants, and followed Dan Meredith’s advice of ‘F*** it, let’s do it,’ I’ve had the most fun and helped some folk along the way.

And so it’s going to be for you.

If you’re not stretching yourself, you’re like the fly hitting the window. – Your greatest success could be through the window of embarrassment.

Stay small, and try not to rock the boat, and you’ll always go unnoticed.

Social media is one place I see that happening all the time.

While most people claim to be ‘authentic,’ most are afraid to even post a selfie without using a filter.

Those that don’t, and God forbid, also leave off make-up, get praised for it almost like they’ve run into a burning building. – Go figure.

Speaking of all things social. – If you’re big into it, this might be right up your street.

PS – Moral of the story – go make a fool of yourself.