🌼12 Sentences About Success No One Wants to Hear
## “Any time you sincerely want to make a **change**, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards.” — Tony Robbins
Success is a funny game in the modern world.
Everyone wants it but no one claims it.
Everyone goes after it yet few accept it.
This creates a culture where people either ‘have’ or ‘have not.’
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We then have compassion for people at the bottom but judge those at the top. And we support people left behind while sharpening our knives for those that are ahead.
But what is success, anyway? And why is important?
Here is what Pauline Seaport had to say about it:
> “Success is different for everyone; to **be successful** does not mean it has to be understood or defined by what the world defines it as.”
This is key for me because we all define success differently.
A business person, for example, might define success in net gains or annual revenue. A farmer, on the other hand, might define it by the size of their yield or in the health of their soil. For others, it could simply be about how they feel doing whatever it is that they’re doing.
Here is what a diverse group of twelve people have to say about it. Be warned, though, because it’s not always what you want to hear.
# “People **are rewarded in public** for what they practice for years in private” — Tony Robbins
Often our best work goes on behind closed doors and without recognition. It’s the kind of work that develops self-worth and confidence, implements systems of growth, cultivates emotional wisdom, and creates boundaries.
This is especially true when the chips are down and no one’s cheering us on except ourselves.
# “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” — Robert Collier
Success is often glamorised or glorified. Whereas in fact it often comes on the back of long, hard, monotonous hours of having done the same thing over and over again for many years.
That’s why James Clear’s book Atomic Habits sold millions of copies all over the world. He brought attention to the power of tiny actions taken daily and their compounding interest.
His brilliant graph below highlights this perfectly.
> _Here’s the punchline: “If you get one percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done.” — James Clear_
The only trouble with repetitive action is that it lacks sex appeal so many people shy away from it.
> _”Success is not a big step in the future, success is a small step taken right now” — Jonatan Mårtensson_
# _”The rarest of human qualities is consistency” — Jeremy Bentham_
Wherever you look, successful people all say the same thing.
They all have their own way of saying it, of course, but when it comes down to it, there is only one word — _consistency_.
“I shoot hoops _every day._” Basketball players say.
“I run _every day._” Marathon runners say.
“I write _every day._” Writers say.
“I dance _every day._” Dancers say.
“I get in character _every day._” Actors say.
“I strum my guitar _every day._” Guitarists say.
“I study the stock market _every day._” — Investors say.
“I meditate _every day._” Meditators say.
And on and on it goes.
Their job description changes but ordinary people that do the same thing over and over and over again ultimately become successful.
# “I don’t believe in **failure**. It’s not **failure** if you enjoy the process.” — Oprah
This is a big one for me and it often gets overlooked.
When failure gets reframed as an opportunity to learn and grow, everything changes. Suddenly the fear of failure disappears and in its place lies an open curiosity.
Furthermore, if the process is enjoyed as much if not more than the outcome, success happens every step of the way.
As an online writer, I know this all too well. The me who started writing 3 years ago, for example, is _veeery_ different from the me who writes today. But without him, I could never be where I am.
So, embrace the becoming. I can speak from my own experience and say that it’s well worth the struggle.
> **”Success** is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm” — Winston Churchill
# All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then **success** is sure” — Mark Twain
We can always rely on Mark Twain for a good quip and here is no different.
Ignorance frees our minds of any potential pitfalls that lie ahead. Confidence allows us the grace to plow right through them.
Soon ignorance will turn into wisdom and that’s when things really begin to take off.
# “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance” — Steve Jobs
That’s why Wayne Dyer brilliantly remarked:
> “It’s never crowded along the extra mile.”
Any consistent action that’s persevered long enough is bound to manifest, just like how water will erode something as hard as rock given enough time.
# “When you understand that your self-worth is not determined by your net-worth, then you’ll have financial freedom.” **–Suze Orman**
This is another biggie for me and it took me a long time to re-wire my brain to live by it. But when I did I began to cultivate self-worth, self-love, acceptance, compassion, and joy instead, and I freed myself from the numbers game.
Then something magical happened: success started showing up in all areas of my life, including financially.
# “Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having **time.” — Margaret Bonnano**
Being successful is learning how to balance the two.
# “Financial freedom is freedom from fear” — Robert Kiyosaki
This is a personal journey and there’s no roadmap. But in order to free ourselves from anything in life there has to be some sort of risk involved. Whether that be letting parts of our identity go because they stopped serving us or going after a new opportunity, it doesn’t really matter. The driving force behind anything is either love or fear.
Which one we feed, though, ultimately shapes our entire reality.
> “**Fear** is going to be a **player in your life**, but you get to decide how much” — Jim Carrey
# _”Many of life’s failures are people who did realize how close they were to success when they gave up” — Thomas Edison_
He then went on to add:
_”Our greatest weakness lies in giving in. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”_
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There are those two words again: Perseverance and consistency.
# “Don’t compare yourself to others; compare yourself with the person you were yesterday” — Jordan Peterson
There’s a tendency for me to compare myself with other writers. And in an age of likes and followers, it’s easy to see that some people are ahead and some are behind.
If I were to compare my humble 5,100 followers here on Medium to Tim Denning’s enormous 314,000, for example, I would have to say that I am a big failure.
I did do this for a while but I only felt miserable. So, what I quickly learned was that comparing myself to others only generates feelings of jealously, self-pity, and disconnection whereas cultivating gratitude, on the other hand, makes me appreciate every one of my 5,100 followers and _also_ feel stoked for Tim because I know what an epic achievement that is.
So, it’s a fine line between being inspired by the people that are where we to be and not comparing ourselves to them. It’s a fine line but it makes the world of difference.
> **You don’t need to be better than anyone else, you just need to be better than you used to be.” — Wayne Dyer**
# “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe” — Oprah
That’s the manifestation process baby, and you’re free to create whatever you choose.
I left this one until last because success starts in the head. Any thought that gets repeated day in and day out ultimately becomes real. It’s that simple.
So, dream big. It’s more fun.
Contributed by Andy Murphy
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