Believe me, even the people you thought had the perfect life once made a dozen stupid decisions. But they have changed over time and have been living good lives for a long time. And most importantly, they are now making good decisions.
Life progresses or changes direction by random coincidences. But above all, success and happiness are about making smart choices. So these people once had to make a lot of good decisions to create their own luck in the long run.
These successful names say that every valuable career and job opportunity they come across is based entirely on the reputation and professional relationships they have painstakingly created over the years. What they do best is to create opportunities and take advantage of them.
Society likes to use all sorts of labels to describe the wealth of successful people. Some of these labels are positive, such as “creating your own luck” and “being talented,” while others are like “being in the right place at the right time.” But the truth is, with rare exceptions, success is always the result of good choices.
What does this mean for you? This means: doing things most of us don’t.
So that means spending your time on important things. It means focusing on the big picture and the long-term rather than indulging in momentary pleasures. It means facing your responsibilities and holding yourself accountable. It means doing the right thing rather than following the path of least resistance. And that means “living” within your means.
It means being willing to step outside of your comfort zone and face your darkest fears. That means taking big risks. It often means not giving in to the status quo or popular opinion and having the courage to forge your own path.
The truth is, it takes courage to do all this. It takes discipline, perseverance and a lot of hard work. Of course you have a chance too. But if you don’t make smart choices, you’ll never be where you want to be.
Every day you make decisions that affect the outcome of your life. Think about what you did and what you didn’t do. While thinking about these, have you come across the choices you made to change the irreversible things in your life?
The question you should ask yourself is: Do the choices I make today make the outcome better or worse? Look in the mirror if necessary and be honest with yourself when answering.
The right decisions are never easy. They are always the difficult ones. But the hardest part is making those first right choices. Believe me, after a while, making such decisions will become a part of your character. And that’s when you know you’re on the right track when making difficult choices gets easier.
Success is never a coincidence. This is a choice.
Illustration: Denys El
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