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How to Align Your Career With Your Personal Definition of Success

In what way are you and a renowned entrepreneur, a social network influencer, a LinkedIn writer with thousands of followers alike? Neither age, nor time or place of living, but a desire to achieve success is a common denominator for all human beings. Most people begin this hard journey to success with dollar signs in their eyes or to seek power. 

You know many examples of successful people, approving that the first steps to success won’t come easy. A journey of perseverance, tenacity, and failure sets the stage for a comfortable life and financial freedom. Before you step this way, decide what goals you try to achieve, read the rules of the game called “success” and let the wise arguments of professional gurus inspire you to start progressing.

1. Find and do what you love. 

Argument #1 by Oprah Winfrey:

“You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.” © 

Argument #2 by Dale Carnegie:

“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” © 

Argument #3 by Marc Anthony:

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” © 

Argument #4 by Dean Koontz:

“I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.” © 

Argument #5 by Franklin D. Roosevelt:

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” © 

2. Think outside the box.

Argument #1 by George B. Shaw:

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” © 

Argument #2 by Jean-Luc Godard:

“He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.” © 

Argument #3 by Albert Einstein:

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” ©

Argument #4 by Steve Jobs:

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” © 

Argument #5 by George Addair:

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” ©

3. Dare to fail.

Argument #1 by Walt Disney:

“The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting” © 

Argument #2 by Coco Chanel:

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” © 

Argument #3 by Les Brown:

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” © 

Argument #4 by Dolly Parton:

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” © 

Argument #5 by Leonard Mlodinow:

“A failure doesn’t mean you are unworthy, nor does it preclude success on the next try.” © 

4. Perfect the skills.

Argument #1 by Tony Robbins:

“There are only two options: Make progress or make excuses.” © 

Argument #2 by Martin Luther King:

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep the streets as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry.” © 

Argument #3 by Zig Ziglar:

“Go as far as you can see and you will see further.” © 

Argument #4 by J. P. Morgan:

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” © 

Argument #5 by B. Franklin:

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”  © 

5. Try to win, everyone likes winners.

Argument #1 by Kobe Bryant:

“Winning takes precedence overall. There’s no gray area. No almost.” © 

Argument #2 by Henry Ford:

“Failure is just the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” © 

Argument #3 by Joe Torre:

“Competing at the highest level is not about winning. It’s about preparation, courage, understanding, and nurturing your people, and heart. Winning is the result.” ©

Argument #4 by Denis Waitley:

“Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.” ©

Argument #5 by Mark Twain:

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started” © 

“Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.” © 

Argument #2 by Steve Jobs:

“Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion.” ©

Argument #3 by Edgar Cayce:

“The more and more each is impelled by that which is intuitive, or the relying upon the soul force within, the greater, the farther, the deeper, the broader, the more constructive may be the result”. ©

Argument #4 by Bryant McGill:

“When the voices of doubt start whispering, turn-up the volume of faith and listen to your heart.” © 

Argument #5 by Oprah Winfrey:

“My business skills have come from being guided by my inner self – my intuition.” © 

7. Stay focused on goals.

Argument #1 by Christopher Reeve:

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” © Christopher Reeve

Argument #2 by E. M. Gray:

“The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.” © 

Argument #3 by Bruce Lee:

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” © 

Argument #4 by Napoleon Hill:

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” © 

Argument #5 by Erin Andrews:

“Success doesn’t happen overnight. Keep your eye on the prize and don’t look back.” © 

8. Keep in mind how precious time is.

Argument #1 by B. Franklin:

“You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.”©  

Argument #2 by Donald Gardner:

“Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!” © 

Argument #3 by Christopher Parker:

“Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.” © 

Argument #4 by William James:

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” © 

Argument #5 by Denis Waitley:

“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day.” © 

9. Dare to get transformed.

Argument #1 by William A. Donohue:

“Remain firm about your goals, but flexible about your methods.” © 

Argument #2 by Charles A. Garfield:

“Peak performers see the ability to manage change as a necessity in fulfilling their missions.” © 

Argument #3 by Bruce Lee:

“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” © 

Argument #4 by Alain Dehaze:

“People must be able to develop adaptable attitudes to quickly embrace evolving business conditions, new business opportunities, and shifting strategies.”  © 

Argument #5 by Jack Welch:

“Change before you have to.” © 

10. Improve your work-life balance.

Argument #1 by Hillary Clinton:

“Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.” © 

Argument #2 by Byron Pulsifer:

“The more often you decline invitations to spend time with friends or family because you are too busy with either work or other activities, the more you should realize that your life is not in balance.” © 

Argument #3 by Albert Einstein:

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. © 

Argument #4 by Colin Wright: 

“Extremes are easy. Strive for balance.” ©

Argument #5 by Paul Tsongas:

“No one on his deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I had spent more time at the office.’” © 

Different definitions of success often contain power and wealth, and fame comes to the fore as well, omitting a positive influence and happiness it spreads around. But no one understands how personal and selfish can be the deeper reasons for seeking success. Not every entrepreneur is born with a silver spoon in his mouth, not every influencer boasts a soulmate, and not every well-known LinkedIn writer shares what he really thinks. If you understand that notion of success lies beyond material things or power, you are halfway to it! 

About the Author

Karen Hampton

Hi! I’m a Professional LinkedIn Writer and Career Coach on LPWS. I’m a goal-oriented professional, who knows everything about career exposure on LinkedIn.