Monday, May 27, 2013

Success in Life: Success Theories

Additional Success Theories
Success has been and will remain an intriguing phenomenon. That's the reason why a good number of scholars time and again have studied and researched it. Particularly the researchers have probed into the reasons that make a person a successful person.
Various theories have been put forth for success. The scholars and researchers  make their own hypotheses and scoop out the data and information to prove their points fairly convincingly though the inferences and conclusions may or may not be statistically valid or scientific. However they do guide the people who read them provided the people being guided by them do not use them as gospel truths and use them just as some good indicators.
Success has been attributed to many factors, some of them being sheer personal talent and determination, extremely long hours of practice (practice make a man and woman perfect), support of a favorable period of technological or economical or other types of opportunities during which one's career took off, born with a silver spoon in mouth etc. I wish to add three more reasons of my own understanding here. Again these reasons may or may not be statistically correct or scientific. These are purely based on my studied observations of a good number of successful people.
First I offer the reason for the rags to riches stories. It is often the fact that the persons who rose from the ashes had nothing to lose. They were already at the bottom of the pit. If at all, their any action, at worst, would keep them at the same low level. But some of these people had determination, hunger (for success, money, recognition, name and fame), ambition, willpower, grit, readiness to do hard work, no fear of losing any prestige or suffering the identity crisis (they had no identity to talk about). So they could try their hand at several things. Failures did not bother them. They could start very small things, they could toil day and night, they wouldn't lose face if made to wait long hours by their business associates, egos had no place in their daily routines.  But all these small actions they took made way to additional actions that kept them going to taste early successes. Then they went on building on those small bouts of successes to one day achieve the large scale successes. On the other hand the people who are educated and start off pretty decently have a lot to lose if they fail. So they go ahead cautiously. They dare not take even the calculated risks. So their progression is pretty luke warm over their entire life span- they remain 'also ran'.
My second theory about the success is that the people who have no alternative options in life and but have to make their living on just one option can make it big. The people with options may have tendency to put less of their heart and soul in their existing career because they know that if they do not do well there they can continue with their lives fairly squarely with the other options in which also they are so good.  However, the person who has just about one option or one skill-set is aware that if he has to do well in life he has to put himself lock, stock and barrel on that one option or he will get nothing. He will be out of job since he is no good with other options of life. This compelling and driving force motivates him to excel in his only option available to him and he is likely to be more successful than the persons with more options.
Persons with outright unscrupulous behavior, cunningness, scheming, no qualms for ethical values and exploiting others may land up amassing tremendous wealth and power and therefore perceived as highly successful by almost everyone. Such people have an uncanny grasp over even the media and the media paints them in that light for their own selfish reasons. Large numbers of such people don't even get caught for their misdeeds as they have the ways and means of silencing those who try to expose them. However in rare cases when few of these people get exposed for their misdeeds and brought to justice, they land up behind the bars or executed by the masses- they then turn from heroes to zeroes.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Another Definition of Success

How About this Definition of Success?

When ambition exceeds performance, the gap is called "frustration". But when performance exceeds ambition, the gap is called "success".

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Spirit of the Successful People Who Failed in Their Initial Efforts

Here are the stories, experiences, observations, expressions and comments of and about the people who became significantly successful but did fail in their initial efforts:

Abraham Lincoln

As a young man, Abraham Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private. Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer in Springfield, he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858. At about that time, he wrote in a letter to a friend, "I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth."

He had 12 major failures before he was elected the 16th President of the United States of America.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4 years old and did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was mentally retarded and one of his teachers described him as mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in foolish dreams. He was expelled from school and was refused admission to the Zurich Polytechnic School. He did eventually learn to speak and read. Even to do a little math.

He dropped out of school at age 15. In 1905, he published four research papers that outlined his theories on relativity, equivalence of mass and energy, Brownian motion and the photon theory of light. The theory of relativity was very controversial and although it was proven in 1919, the Nobel Prize committee did not mention it when bestowing the prize.He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect and for his services to Theoretical Physics.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

They are the co-authors of the world renowned Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.
They sold millions of copies.

However, New York’s 33 biggest publishing houses rejected them in the first month of their efforts to promote their book of stories. They were rejected by a total of 140 publishers. Their agent told them, “I can’t sell this book. I’m giving it back to you guys.” They finally found someone willing to take a risk on their project and their first books were published in June, 1993.

John Grisham

His first novel was rejected by sixteen agents and twelve publishing houses. He went on writing until he became best known as a novelist and author for his works of modern legal drama.

Ludwig van Beethoven

In his formative years, he was quite awkward on the violin. He was often so busy working on his own compositions that he neglected to practice. But his teachers felt he was hopeless at it and would never succeed with the violin or in composing. Beethoven went ahead with his efforts at music and composed some of the best symphonies of all time. He did five of them while he was completely deaf.

Michael Jordon

He is a great basketball player of all time.

He said, "Nearly 9000 times my throw have missed the basket, 300 times I have lost the match, 26 times when I could make winning score I have missed the throw and become cause of that my team have lost ! I failed again and again and yet I have raised up and that's why I am successful. "

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything." He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive." As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."

Vincent Van Gogh

During his lifetime, he could sell only one painting and this was to a friend and only for a very small amount of money. While Van Gogh was never a success during his life, he continued painting, sometimes starving to complete his over 800 known works. Today, his painting sell at exorbitant prices.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Successful People Who Failed in Their Initial Efforts

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Successful People Who Failed in Their Initial Efforts

Not everyone who is very successful today became one in his/her first attempts. Such well-known successful people faced many setbacks in their initial efforts. Perhaps that motivated them to work tirelessly till they met success.

The lesson to learn is: never give up, try try again.

Here is the list of some of the well-known people from different walks of life who failed at first, yet succeeded later.

Thinkers and Scientists

Albert Einstein
Charles Darwin
Isaac Newton
Robert Goddard
Robert Sternberg
Sigmund Freud


Orville and Wilbur Wright
Thomas Edison


Emily Dickinson
Jack London
J K Rowling
John Grisham
Leo Tolstoy
Louisa May Alcott
Stephen King
Stephenie Meyer
Theodor Seuss Giesel
Tim Ferris
Zane Grey


Charles Schultz
Vincent Van Gogh

Businessmen and Entrepreneurs

Akio Morita
Bill Gates
F W Woolworth
Harland David Sanders
Henry Ford
Mark Cuban
R H Macy
Richard Branson
Soichiro Honda
Walt Disney


Abraham Lincoln
Dick Cheney
Harry S Truman
Winston Churchill

Movie and TV People

Charlie Chaplin
Fred Astaire
Jeanne Moreau
Jerry Seinfeld
Harrison Ford
Lucille Ball
Marilyn Monroe
Oliver Stone
Oprah Winfrey
Sidney Poitier
Steven Spielberg
Woody Allen


Elvis Presley
Igor Stravinsky
Ludwig van Beethoven
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Players and Athletes

Babe Ruth
Michael Jordan
Stan Smith
Tom Landry

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Success: Daily Management

On this topic, you may also like to read at: (Daily Management)

(Refer our High Quality Management Encyclopedia “Management Universe” at:

We started with defining “success” or “success in life” (refer: or refer older posts) and then went on to discuss the steps one should take in order to achieve success. In previous posts we discussed the first three steps namely:

1. Effectiveness and efficiency (refer: or refer older posts)

2. Sharpen your HSoftware (human software) (refer: or refer older posts)

3. Paradigms and paradigm shift (Refer: or refer older posts)

4. Goal setting (target setting) (Refer: or refer older posts)

Next logical step to achieve success is “daily management”.

  • Important aspect is in daily management is that the management should be done on a day-to-day basis. This ensures that daily jobs and daily objectives are accomplished strictly on daily basis. There is a perfect control system built into daily management which does not ordinarily allow any slip up on daily plans, activities and results.
  • Business and life in general whether personal, family or professional, we know, are now so complex and difficult, the survival of firms and individuals so hazardous in an environment increasingly unpredictable, competitive and fraught with danger, that their continued existence depends on the day-to-day mobilization of every ounce of intelligence.
  • Daily plan is the set of tasks and activities to be executed during the day as per a decided sequence on a time line.
  • Daily plan should be derived from the goal setting exercise. In order to achieve the goals, one has to perform several activities. So one has to decide which activities need to be done today so that one can finally achieve one's goals well in time.
  • Day’s plan thus arrived at is then the basis for executing the daily tasks and activities.
  • These daily tasks/activities are slotted during the day’s available time- when to do which activity? Each activity thus decided must therefore be executed in accordance with the daily time sheet.
  • In doing so, continuous improvements will have to be effected to ensure that higher performance is achieved within the existing resources and with high productivity.
  • From time to during the day, you must keep a track of your actual accomplishment of activities/tasks as against your plan. This is the control aspect of daily management. If you do so, the slip-ups in the day will be minimum and you will easily glide towards achieving your goals or objectives.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Success: Goal Setting

On this topic, you may also like to read at: (Goal/Target Setting)

(Refer our High Quality Management EncyclopediaManagement Universe at:

We started with defining “success” or “success in life” (refer: or refer older posts) and then went on to discuss the steps one should take in order to achieve success. In previous posts we discussed the first three steps namely:

1. Effectiveness and efficiency (refer: or refer older posts)

2. Sharpen your HSoftware (human software) (refer: or refer older posts)

3. Paradigms and paradigm shift (Refer: or refer older posts)

Next logical step to achieve success is “goal setting” or “target setting”.

In each aspect of success i.e. success in professional field, success as a parent, success as a husband, success as a son, success as human being etc, you will have to define your goals or targets to achieve on a specified time line.

Goal setting exercise is very important. Purposes of goals are: to focus your attention, to give you a time frame to work and in which to plan, to help motivate yourself and others and to ensure everybody is clear about what is happening.

Goal or target setting is done on short term, medium term and long term basis. In the context of personal goals, one can even think of setting up life time goals.

When setting goals you should follow this sequence:

  • See it
  • Say it
  • Write it down
  • Do it
Goals should be SMART:

  • Goals should be specific (S)
  • Goals should measurable (M)
  • Goals should be agreed (by you and with others) (A)
  • Goals should be realistic (R) and
  • Goals should be timed (should be achieved in a specified time) (T)
If your goals do not meet the criteria listed above, they cannot be called goals. You will have to revisit them and redefine them in order to make sure that they stand true to the above-mentioned five criteria.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Success: Paradigm and Paradigm Shift

On this topic, you may also like to read (Paradigm and Paradigm Shift) at

In my earlier post “Success in Life (” I have discussed the broader dimensions of success and then I have started jotting down the ways to achieve such a success starting with the post “Success: Effectiveness and Efficiency” and “Sharpen Your HSoftware (Human Software)”

Another important next logical step one must take to achieve success in life (in personal, family, professional and social life) is “Paradigms and Paradigm Shift”.

In my earlier post, “Sharpen Your HSoftware (Human Software)” I mentioned about the need to sharpen one’s HSoftware (Human Software) which consists of values, knowledge, paradigms and will power (to do) and so, in fact, I had already covered “paradigms” there. So, why am I repeating it? It is because despite possessing great value structures and great knowledge, many people just cannot change their paradigms. I had given one example of this in my same post how people get stuck with these rigid paradigms and if these paradigms happen to be retrograde, then there is a huge problem ahead of them.

And it is due to “paradigms” that a person’s day to day actions and behavior are decided. So, questioning your paradigms whether they are effective or ineffective, right or wrong is an important aspect of your life if you wish to be successful. More correct paradigms will lead you to the path of success, the less correct ones or wrong ones will lead you another path which may not lead you to success.

For example, some people have a rigid paradigm of loving their own mother tongue and they start believing that it is not necessary to learn other languages to the extent they may even hate other languages. Loving one’s own mother tongue is a good paradigm but not learning other languages or hating them is a backward paradigm. So the people who get stuck with this paradigm will never attempt to learn a new language (say, English which is pretty much used language in the most places of the world these days). This will put them to disadvantage in many aspects of their personal, professional and social life.

So, the person having such a paradigm problem must question his paradigm, get more knowledge about the advantages of learning the popular languages of the world and use the will power to start learning them.

This is how one shifts from a rigid paradigm and becomes flexible and shifts to a more effective or advanced paradigm.

So, by questioning one’s existing paradigms which are hundreds of them in every one’s mind, one can know which paradigms to shift from so as to adopt a better new paradigm that can lead one to success.