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Principles of Success

Principles of Success:
A Quick Guide to Achievement

There's no question that success takes hard work.
Here are ten principles that make it... a little easier.

I'm a big fan of a company called MindValley. This is a group of philosophical, accomplished, and diverse entrepreneurs bent on changing the world. The company does all kinds of interesting work, not the least of which is publishing articles from around the globe on the improvement of mankind, one person at a time. 

I recently came across an article on one of the MindValley websites that presented ten principles of success. The author is unknown, but the team was compelled to share the article and spark dialog on the topic. The thought: these ten principles "pretty much hit the nail on the head when it comes to what it takes to be successful."

Today, I share the highlights with you. I'm publishing the principles in abbreviated form, for a "quick hits" list of things to consider. I think you'll find it interesting. I know I did. Sometimes the most simple of concepts can be profound. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Reading time:  Two Minutes.

10 Principles Of Success

An excerpt from an article on FinerMinds by MindValley.
Author Unknown
May 30, 2013

1. Investment  
Get into the mode of continuous learning and improving on the person you are today. Only then will you have the chance to be the person you want to be tomorrow. 
2. Exclusion
Get rid of what you don't want to make room for what you do want. Who do you want to be? What positive traits do you want to acquire? Pattern yourself after the people you admire. 
3. Creation
Decide what you want and write it down. Purpose is the engine that powers our lives. Specific written goals and clarity of direction are tools that make purpose specific.
4. Visualization 
Get a clear mental picture. Fill it with emotions and hold onto it with all your life. Whatever the mind can conceive can be achieved. 
5. Action 
Do it now. Ultimately our fear of the changes we have to make in ourselves will be what holds us back from our dreams. Once we know what to do, prepare for it, and start to do it, we begin to have what others call good luck. Timely, consistent hard work makes luck. 
6. Faith
Faith is the substance of things hoped for - the visualization and belief in the attainment of your desires. There is no substitute for the will to win and knowing you can do it.
7. Command 
Your mind is the most creative, as well as the most destructive force in your life. The mind can't tell the difference between real experiences and ones that are vividly and repeatedly imagined. The next time you say something, ask yourself - is this what I really mean and want to happen? If not, don't say it.
8. Enthusiasm 
Give everything you've got to everything you do. Instill passion in every aspect of your life. It makes a huge difference in the outcome. 
9.  Self-Discipline 
Do what needs to be done, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not. Be a master of detail and follow through. 
10. Persistence 
Persistence will do what talent will not. You will hear the word "no" 116,000 times in your lifetime. Keep going anyway. You only fail when you quit.

[End of excerpt from article.]

Bottom Line

There are so many ways to think about the pursuit of success - almost as many options as the definition of success itself. Here's what I like about the concepts shared here. They cover the entire spectrum from thought to action. They cover the what and the how. They are so simple individually, but pretty profound when combined. 

My thought - it seems virtually impossible to fail if you follow these principles. 

What do you think? 

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