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The 3 Keys to Success and Making Your “Big Idea” Come True

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” — Napoleon Hill

I think one of the best realizations I ever had is that a prerequisite of success is persistence.

In order to accomplish anything you really want, you absolutely have to be open to making mistakes, learn from them and most importantly …

be willing to push forward day after day (with possibly no end in sight) for as long as it takes.

If only I had known this just a little earlier in life. Things would have been so much easier, but hey, you live and learn … right?

Looking back, I know exactly where I went wrong.

I used to have all of these great ideas, get all inspired and motivated about them, and then start working as best I could to make my ideas become a reality.

But, then something would go wrong.

A part of my plan wouldn’t work as I had thought it was going to or things wouldn’t really fall into place like I wanted. After a while, I would stop working at whatever it was I wanted to accomplish or I would work at it only half heartedly because the doubts about my success had started firmly planting themselves in my mind.

I would say to myself that it just wasn’t meant to be or I would get distracted and allow something else to take my focus.

If I had realized that things weren’t always going to fall into place, it would have been obvious to me that the things that went “wrong” weren’t signs I should stop or quit, but rather pointers in the direction of what I still needed to learn and strengthen.

I would have understood that everything that happens, the good, the not so good and even the ugly are all a part of the process … essential parts of the journey to success.

And, that is what I now know without a doubt.

If you really want something and it feels 100% right for you deep down, you have to be willing give it your all, learn the lessons, redo what’s not working, look for alternate routes and not allow any temporary defeats to chip away at your confidence or convince you it is time to move on.

You’ve gotta stay the course and keep going.

That is the lesson I was supposed to learn all of those years ago, but I know it now and can apply it to every single thing I do going forward.

And, if this isn’t already your philosophy, I want you to join me.


1. No excuses. No talking yourself out of what you want. Choose Today that whenever you are working to accomplish something that is really important to you, you will be persistent and continue to work at whatever it is, day after day until you get it.

2. Decide you will be patient. Anytime things aren’t moving as quickly as you would like, remind  yourself that your job is to continue to do all you can and to be patient. You have to give yourself and the things you are working to accomplish the time they need to unfold perfectly.

3. Open yourself to learning. Be willing to try different things and even make mistakes. Realize that some of the mistakes you make will only make you stronger. Think about that great quote by Thomas Edison, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”.

4. Always remember the importance of the journey. Remind yourself there is something “bigger” going on and know that you will learn so much about yourself and life by continuing the journey. Don’t quit now. You have come to far.

Live Today Better than Yesterday.

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