June 15, 2011

The Road to Success

“The road to success is a combination of brilliance and illumination mixed in with determination & will.”

There are a great many people that I admire for their accomplishments and their successes.  I am often amazed and impressed at not only what they did, but how they did it and the manner in which they seemingly simply just got busy.  It is as if they really didn’t have to over think the idea, they merely found some sense of clarity and purpose and merely took action.

When you think about it, an idea and action are all it takes to get started on just about anything.  We don’t need permission to explore an idea.  We don’t need someone’s approval to give it some thought and take that idea out for a ride.  We merely need to willingness to think about it enough to act on it.  That is the first foundation of success—an idea and action.

The second foundation of success is not allowing obstacles to prevent us from pursuing this idea further.  With every failure or setback comes an opportunity to learn, explore and try again.  What started out as an idea has blossomed into an opportunity and a belief that something is possible.  Now, all that is needed to explore the possibilities to their farthest point is the will and determination to get there or solve the puzzle or answer the question.

Everyone has great ideas.  Some may have more than others.  There are some, whose ideas are simply way ahead of their time.  But, every idea, thought, concept, or opportunity that presents itself in our head has the potential to be explored and developed.  When you think about it, some of the most successful inventions or business models were simple and obvious to all of us once we thought about it.

Success is not defined by or reserved for the wealthy, the inventors, or the geniuses.  Success is realized by those who had enough presence to their thought, idea, or mission to take action on it.  And, despite the struggles, failures, or criticism received, they found the will and the determination to march on because they believed in the potential for its outcome.

We all have great ideas; some just take them all the way to finish line.  Those people are the incredibly successful ones we all admire.  What is your next great idea?  What will you do with it?

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About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.