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success principles

What is success? Technically, by definition, it is the completion of a goal. Therefore, the most basic ingredients are:

      1. Set a goal.
      2. Work toward the achievement of the goal till it is accomplished.
      3. Goal achieved -- you are successful!
However, while you may be successful in achieving any particular goal, does that make you a success in life? What factors must be taken into account in order to have a successful life?

This page is designed to help you find the path to true success.

success outlines

The following outlines show principles of success from a Christian perspective. These are very basic and will be enlarged upon in the months ahead.

What factors must be taken into account in order to have a successful life? Reflection will lead anyone to see that this can only be answered when personal values and moral issues are taken into account. Ultimately, the final answer will be based on spiritual issues.

Qualities for Success (Unknown source)

    1. Goal - set the right goal - one that is worthy and right.
    2. Decisiveness - unwavering/sold out to achieve the goal
    3. Dedication - hard work, persistent effort
    4. Perseverance - do not give up when encountering obstacles
    5. God's help/strength through through prayer
Faith Planning Process (Leadership Dynamics)
    1. Identify the purpose for your organization or business
    2. Establish Faith Goals (What)
    3. Establish a Faith Strategy (How)
    4. Schedule Activities (When)
    5. Make Mid-Course Corrections (If)
Information on Success:

quality of life

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, only a little while.

The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs. The American then asked, "but what do you do with the rest of your time?" The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life."

The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?" To which the American replied, "15-20 years."

"But what then?"

The American laughed and said that's the best part. "When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."

"Millions...Then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

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