November - 2014

"Success is determined by our willingness to achieve and the spirit upon which we assume risk and responsibility." - Jan DeLory

As you read this quote, did you notice the words that were selected in describing success?  Determined. Spirit. Willingness. Risk & Responsibility.

Success is very personal and means different thing to different people. In the article below you will discover if you have the Courage to Succeed.

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Do You Have the Courage to Succeed? 


Some people define success financially, some by the success of their children, some by professional title and status, and some by material items such as the size of the house or the brand of the car sitting in the driveway. How you define success is important to you and to you alone.


However, success by whatever definition is often elusive because of our 'willingness to achieve.' How many times have you heard a team member, an employee, family member, or friend say they wanted to achieve something: make more money, buy a new car, earn a promotion, etc., and in subsequent conversations they share their unending frustrations about why they are not accomplishing what they want?

  • Willingness to achieve means doing what is necessary and having the appropriate attitudes to drive the required activity

Developing and maintaining appropriate attitudes takes courage, the courage to think and behave differently in order to achieve different results. Creating new habits of thought that link directly to desired results takes commitment that can't waiver when challenges present themselves.  

  • Achievement worth having will take extra effort and dedication to the outcome -- true success is never easy.

Do you have the spirit to assume the risk and responsibility for your success?  

Are you confident enough in what you want to achieve that you can say with confidence that you will take personal responsibility and face the risks of success head on?


When working with people, one of my biggest frustrations is what I call the "success shell game." Just like the street game where the shells are moved around in a random pattern for the person to identify which shell the pea is under, many individuals who find success elusive, are just moving the shells of their life around and around. In this case, each shell represents an outside force or circumstance which they believe is the reason for lack of results.

      • I couldn't do it because ...
      • It didn't happen because ...
      • It would have happened if only ...
  • The truth of matter is that most times the obstacle lies deep within us. In the equation of success the only variable you can control with 100% certainty is you.

Oprah Winfrey, one of the most iconic faces on TV as well as one of the richest and most successful women in the world. Oprah faced a hard road to get to that position. She endured a rough and often abusive childhood as well as numerous career setbacks including being fired from her job as a television reporter because she was "unfit for TV."  


Stephen Spielberg's name is synonymous with big budget. He was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film, and Television three times. He eventually attended school at another location, only to drop out to become a director before finishing. Thirty-five years after starting his degree, Spielberg returned to school in 2002 to finally complete his work and earn his BA.  


Winston Churchill, a Nobel Prize winner, twice-elected Prime Minster of the United Kingdom wasn't always as well regarded as he is today. Churchill struggled in school and failed the sixth grade. After school, he faced many years of political failures, as he was defeated in every election for public office until he finally became the Prime Minister at the ripe old age of 62.


These are just three examples of individuals who wanted to achieve success and they had the courage, the willingness, and the spirit to do what it takes to make it happen.  


They did not let outside circumstances or obstacles stop them, and they refused to let their own attitude be the biggest obstacles of all.


Your success is linked to your attitude. Do you have the courage to do what is necessary to succeed?