If you only work hard, have a positive attitude, and stay disciplined, you will achieve success.
These three virtues are important in any endeavor. They also only show one side of the coin. Success is actually achieved through two steps. And hard work, positive attitude, and discipline are all part of the second step.
The first step is to follow a good recipe.
Success is just like baking a batch of cookies. Combine a specific set of ingredients in a specific way and you will get a certain result. Whatever outcome you want to accomplish, there is a recipe for that.
There are three reasons why you might not be getting the results you want:
- You are using the wrong recipe
If you want to accumulate $1,000,000, then working a 9-5 job, being frugal, and investing in the stock market likely won’t get you there anytime soon.
- You are missing a core ingredient to your recipe
If your goal is to run your own restaurant some core ingredients you probably will need are:
- Popular location
- Attractive menu
- Great customer service
- Financial viability
What if you chose to start a restaurant without one of these ingredients? Like trying to bake cookies without flour, your restaurant will likely fail.
- You don’t put in enough hard work, positive attitude, and discipline in the baking
Even with the best recipe no cookies are going to bake themselves. How much you make your recipe count is up to your work ethic.
The three virtues of hard work, positive attitude, and discipline are incredibly important. But they are only the second step of the path to success. Following a good recipe comes first.
Imagine that you tried to accumulate $1,000,000 with the above-mentioned approach. Frustrated by your lack of progress, what if you then decided to work harder, adopt a more positive attitude, and become more disciplined?
You would get more of the limited success you already had.
Every recipe has an upper bound of success. The three virtues can only scale your results towards that limit. But no further. And for each core ingredient you fail to include, the success limit of your recipe is reduced.
In which areas are you not getting the results you want?
Now ask yourself: What is my process failing?
- Are you using the wrong recipe?
- Are you missing ingredients?
- Have you not put in enough effort?
You must know the cause before you can prescribe the solution. Since you are reading this, then lack of work ethic is likely not your problem.
If you are uncertain about your recipe then study other people who have already achieved the success you seek? Read books. Check your friends and associates if they can connect you with someone. Ask people you admire if you can buy them a cup of coffee where they can tell you their story. If you are just curious to learn, they will be happy to help you.
Which recipe will you choose to improve?