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John C. Maxwell

"One of the paradoxes of life is that the things that initially make you successful are rarely the things that keep you successful.”

JOHN C. MAXWELL

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Don’t rely on your talent

We all have some type of talent, something that sets us apart from the rest of the world. This can also be a potential trap.

Never just rely on your gift or talent alone. Work on your craft. Investigate your weaknesses and make an effort to minimize them.

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Take action toward your goal

You can't think your way to a goal. You have to take action.

Be willing to take action, even potentially incorrect action, and make it a habit.

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The journey is the destination

We never arrive. We work hard to succeed, and then we have to work twice as hard to maintain that success.

It’s a slow grind. And it starts with our mindset.

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Geoff Colvin

“The best performers set goals that are not about the outcome but about the process of reaching the outcome.”

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Consistent small steps maintain momentum

You reach big goals with consistent baby steps.

You have to give yourself credit for small gains. They build momentum and provide much-needed life lessons.

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Trust your vision

That doesn’t mean you shouldn't make adjustments within your business.

It means that you have to have trust that your ideas will work.

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Passion and perseverance

Grit represents a combination of passion and perseverance for a specific, long-term goal.

It means being able to rebound from adversity and it is the greatest contributor to your success.

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  • Develop a routine that gets you going regardless of how motivated you feel.
  • Stick to the schedule and forget about the results.
  • When you slip up, get back on track as quickly as possible.

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...so many people declare they have it:

  • If they are open minded and flexible, they said they have it
  • If they are kind to people, they said they have it 

But a growth mindset is not something you declare, it’s a really difficult journey you take over a long period of time.

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Working strategically

A famous quote from Thomas Edison is that "genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration."

While passion and perseverance are essential to reaching your goals, we should remember the strategic process involved in reaching our goal. Edison didn't just randomly move from one failed design after another but adapted and refined his ideas. He made intelligent decisions that learned from the failures and built on the successes.

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