Albert Schweitzer wrote: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. ” Unfortunately, some people don’t really like what they do, and look on what they do for a living solely as a form of an income only. They keep hoping some opportunity will come along and release them from their dull and limiting and in many cases unhappy existence. A great number of people don’t know how to go about seeking opportunities whereby they could change their daily lives and make them more exciting. Yet, to find an opportunity you need to be constantly looking for it. Dr Eduard de Bono states: “Everyone is surrounded by opportunities, but they only exist once they have been seen. And they will only be seen if they are looked for.” He adds, “The same as, is the killer phrase that is used to quash any new idea by suggesting that it is not new at all and hence has already been tried and is not worth considering. This focuses on the similarity between the proposed new idea and an old idea instead of on the difference.”
One of the common traits among successful people is their willingness to be open to new ideas in fact what made most of them successful was in their ability to create new ideas people such as Steve Jobs, founder of the Apple Ipod.
People who adopt a happy approach to their life and work, subscribe to similar principles of success they hold in common. The following quotation about success, was written by Kansas poet Bessie Stanley in 1905: “They have achieved success who have lived well, laughed often and loved much; who have gained the respect of intelligent people and the love of little children; who have filled their niche and accomplished their task; who have left the world better than they found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who have never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who have always looked for the best in others and given them the best they had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.”
Here is a set of success principles anyone can readily follow without compromising themselves. Because what Bessie Stanley is saying is to be successful is first to look outside of ourselves and focus on making others become successful whether that is in loving others or looking for the best in others or simply encouraging them.
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. Unfortunately many people never discover the excitement of an opportunity because they allow their own or others to cloud their judgment. In his best selling book “The Wave 3,” author Richard Poe so eloquently described the coming revolution of success opportunities for everyone. But success does not come automatically. To discover some opportunity which will impact on your future you must make it a deliberate conscious effort. Sometimes it is because people are either too busy surviving or who just exist and don’t really live life. Not so Montgomery Ward (1843-1913) who kept looking for opportunities. He was the retail magnate most noted for his innovation in mail-order catalogues for department stores. Working as a door-to-door salesman for a dry-goods wholesaler, he noted the disparity between the cash prices farmers received and high retail store prices. In 1872, he produced a single-sheet catalog of farming equipment at reasonable prices–the first of its kind. The catalog’s popularity was immediate, growing to 150 illustrated pages in just four years. More than a decade later, sales reached $1 million. Montgomery Ward exists today as an online catalogue.