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How success happens

How success happens

There are two prevailing ideas about how success happens:

  1. A challenge presents itself. You rise to the occasion, follow your inspiration that sparks a process and leads to victory.
  2. You start a business, grow it steadily, and consistently reap the benefits.

The first story is exciting, while the second is just boring. Success in the second case is primarily invisible because it doesn't feel like anything. It is also the most common form of success.


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Inspiration is a good starting point

It is not the mechanism for getting results. Progress is often dull and invisible and moving along eventually results in success.

Inspiration is simple because it gives a surge of motivation to overcome obstacles. But systems that help us to get results are not. They need careful planning that can help you make gradual progress without risking exhaustion.


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Motivation as a system

Inspiration vs systems is an oversimplification because motivation is often part of the system.

  • Motivation can help us over challenging goals.
  • Many goals are really external motivators that motivate us inconsistently.

If we can view motivation as a kind of system, we can consider how we can make adjustments to guide our goals.


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The factors that create success are invisible

Instead of major inspiration that leads to action, it's the subtle systems that give results over time.

When we understand this, the attitude we need is curiosity, not just bravery. Success is primarily the result of careful design, not inspiration.


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