How do you achieve success and how do you or can you know your limits? This episode was the result of not being able to answer easily a question on a radio interview. That question was,” what was the key trigger or breakthrough in your life?”
My problem with the question really goes back to the title of my book,” The Mechanics for Breakthrough Success.”
Let me explain why this question is absolutely so important. If you have a goal in life, when you are successful you can look back and see what triggered that success. It is important to note that if you are repeatedly succeed to new levels, you will have breakthroughs along each one. It requires motivation, an open mind to new opportunities, a willingness to move outside your comfort zone and to engage in and with new audiences, i.e. new contacts and friends.
Another way to explain this is that most people as they approach their goal they start to slow down as they fill in their success. However, as you’re on your journey to your goal, you going to learn new things and see new opportunities. The difference is explained more fully in the audio episode. When you see these new opportunities, do you set new goals or do you get off the success train at the stop and enjoy the success you’ve already had.
So, when asked the question, I have several things to list.
- When I was in the military and went Russian language school, completing something that I never thought was possible for me. The breakthrough was when a professor sat down with a friend and myself and put it all in perspective.
- Another breakthrough came when I was put in charge of Russian analysis.
- Another came when I was offered the nominations for three fellowships at Hofstra University.
- Another breakthrough came when I learned Japanese better than I ever learned Russian by applying what I learned in the language school.
- I was certainly shocked upon being admitted to UC Berkeley for the graduate program in mathematical and statistical economics. It was an even further surprise and breakthrough when a Nobel prize winner, Gerard Debreu, asked and urged me to do a dissertation under him.
- There are several others mentioned in the episode and the book, but that is not important. Only what you can glean from the experience and how I learned from it is important.
Now, each of these breakthroughs were very significant and got me to achieve success in new, different and better things. Each one was created by the success of earlier ones. It doesn’t matter whether this is personal success or business success as you are building your skill set and opportunities.
As I approached the goal I was pursuing in each case new opportunities I arose. Additionally, not only did each goal give me more confidence but they were many mini goals along the path. So part of the process of achieving success is that success compounds opportunities. The problem largely for most people is that they do not recognize nor desire to work towards new opportunities after achieving what they thought they were going to do. There is more detail in the episode and a Great deal more in my just-released book, ”The Mechanics for Breakthrough Success.”