Winning Attitude Essential for Success

Winning Attitude Essential for Success


January is a good time to start again with a winning attitude and begin your climb. It’s a new year.   It’s a fresh beginning.  It’s a time for setting goals and developing a

A winning attitude can get you to the top.

A winning attitude can help you to keep climbing.

winning attitude.  Actually, in the future you should set your goals in December so that you can start working on executing your plan on  January 1 but there is no time like the present to start.  Remember, you will never get what you want out of life if you never take the first step.  And this is going to be a step by step journey.   Setting goals is not even the first step.   But January is still a good time to start thinking about where you want to be  in the future.

In this entry  I will talk about the one quality that is absolutely essential if you want to reach the summit.  And that quality applies in any endeavor you tackle if you want to achieve excellence and high level of success.  I mentioned that quality in the first paragraph. In this and future articles, I will generally talk about success in business,  but if you want to succeed in a field that does not entail starting a business, you might still want to stick around.  Many of the things I say will apply to you as well.  Gold is not always actually gold.  Sometimes it is your own personal dream and is only indirectly connected to money (But it does ultimately take at least some money to do just about anything worthwhile in life).  When the goal is to succeed in business and many other goals in life, there is one quality that is required above all others.

A Winning Attitude Will Help You to Overcome the Leprechauns!

Regardless of what your dream may be, it will not be easy.  In fact there are leprechauns everywhere who will do just about anything to keep you from getting to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  And there are huge  mountains in front of you in the form of obstacles and often those mountains seem to be immovable.  They make it easy to just want to give up.  And that is what most people do.  The path of least resistance is the one that leads  to a lifetime of talking about the “what ifs” in your past and the “almost achieved glory” that just barely slipped through your fingers.

So what is the difference between those who abandon the journey because it is too difficult and  those who find ways to outwit the leprechauns and who find a way over, through, or under the mountains to achieve the impossible. As simplistic as it may sound, the difference is a winning attitude.  That’s right.  All other things being equal, the difference really is attitude.  We have been told that enough faith will allow us to move mountains.  Some people just never accept the concept that there can be an obstacle too big to overcome and they are willing to make the sacrifices to do whatever it takes to get past each mountain and continue on their journey to their dream.

A Winning Attitude Will Help You to Build a Cathedral!

A winning attitude is necessary if you are going to build a cathedral.

Some people lay bricks, some people build cathedrals.

And a winning attitude also means always thinking in terms of the end result.  Some people call that vision.  There is a story you may have heard about a man who saw three workmen laying bricks and he was the kind of person who was interested in how things worked.  He was the kind of guy who could sit and  watch people building stuff for hours or who would ask endless questions about anything mechanical that he saw.  He just wanted to find out how things worked.  So he approached one of the workmen and asked what he thought was a perfectly good question, “What are you doing?”  The workman replied with what he thought was a perfectly good answer, “I am laying bricks.”  This was entirely unsatisfactory to the questioner so he went on to a second workman and asked him the same question.  This time the answer was a little better, “I’m a bricklayer, so I am doing the absolute best job I can to make sure every brick is in place perfectly so that the end result is a very solid wall.”   Good answer but the man wanted to find out what the last bricklayer had to say so he asked him the same question.  This workman looked up with pride in his eyes and in his voice and said, “I am building a cathedral.”   The third  builder  had the ability to see the big picture and with the end result in mind, he had a strong vision of the future he wanted to create.  That is a winning attitude.

More Desire or a Bigger Why!

Enough desire to succeed develops a winning attitude.

Desire Produces Winners.

To overcome all the obstacles it will take for you to have success there are two attitudes that are essential.  If you  have both, it is  immensely helpful, but you absolutely must have at least one of them.  The first is a passion for what you are doing.  If you believe what you are doing is making the world a better place or if you just love doing what you are doing and take great pride in doing it, you will  multiply your odds for success..  If you are doing work that seems like play, if you can’t wait to go to work every day, if you believe you are building a cathedral — you have upped your prospects immeasurably. There is an excellent article on exactly this subject by Tito Philips that might give you some insight into the concept.  The second attitude that can give you the edge when the going gets rough is a big enough “why”.  I know some of you have heard this before.  And I am not suggesting that a big enough “why” is all it takes to achieve your dreams and goals.  There are a lot of other necessary factors as well  And I will talk about those factors  in future articles.  But again, all other things being equal, if  a number of people all have exactly the same opportunity and the opportunity is a sound one, the one with the biggest “why” will find ways to overcome the obstacles that cause others to drop out of the game.  What do I mean by a “big why”?  I mean that your need to succeed is huge in your own mind either because you have a desperate need for money or because your dream is so powerful and so crystallized in your own mind that you can practically reach out and touch it.  I will talk about your “why” more in a future blog and I will also discuss  how you can make your dream more real, more touchable.  Check out the article on The Renegade Blog  that talks about your why.  Either of these attitudes, an incredible passion for what you do or a huge reason for your desire to succeed,  will help to sustain you through the difficult times which will inevitably come  and help you to find success when others simply give up because it is just too hard.  They will help you to have a winning attitude on the good days as well as on the bad.


Let me know about your success or lack of it in the past and what you have gotten from this blog so far to set you on a new path.  Please leave a comment.  I would like to hear from you.  And if you leave your contact information at the top right corner of this page, I will also send you notification anytime I add a new article to the blog. 




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  1. Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Thanks for spending time in order to compose “Winning
    Attitude Essential for Success •”.

    Many thanks once more ,Kurt

    • larrybuckley
      Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

      You are welcome, Kurt. I am glad it has been useful to you. Let me know if I can help.

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