In The Trenches
stockholders by manipulating the
books. Some politicians lie to get votes.
Sometimes it seems that there are no
honest people. Cheating is part of the
"cost" of success. Are you willing to risk
your reputation? Your health? Your freedom? How important is success to you?
Fundamentally, it makes little sense to
risk something big to get something
small. Cheaters view success as being
the most important thing. Or perhaps,
failure as the most unacceptable thing.
It is really just a matter of values.
Cheaters usually have low self-esteem.
No one can judge another person's
values. And society places ethics and
success in conflict. It's human nature to
want to win. It's also human nature to
be fair. This is just because we are
social beings and have empathy with
others. What is right and wrong
changes as society changes. But, it's
never been right to take advantage of
others (but it's done on a regular basis,
anyway). Whatever decisions you make
concerning ethics, you will be bound by
them. The saying that "nice guys finish
last" does have some truth. On the
other hand, there is usually a great satisfaction in seeing the bad guy get what
he deserves. And, if you do cheat, and
someone finds out, you've just given
that person power over you. Did you
factor that into your cost?
chances of success are greatly
enhanced. There's the old story about
Babe Ruth's first professional baseball
contract. Ruth was told, "It's $100.00
per game." The Babe sadly replied: "I
can't pay you that much."
The road to success is basically a
four-step process. If you are aware of
the steps, you will have a better chance
to succeed. Once you learn to succeed
you will find that it is very possible to
achieve much more than you ever
And regardless of what anyone else
thinks or says, if you think you have
reached your goals, then you are
Success as a Habit
Success breeds success. Why?
Actually, there are two basic reasons for
this. The first is that success builds self-confidence. That's because there is
always risk associated with success.
This is the "cost" part. If you risk something and succeed, you are more willing
to try again. The second point is that
you learn what works. Failures show
what doesn't work. Obviously, it's easier
to learn from what does work than what
doesn't. (Although, sometimes it's
extremely important to know what
doesn't work.) One other point: if you
like doing something, you will be much
more likely to succeed. It's synergistic.
You like it, so you do well. You do well,
so you like it more. If you can find a
career doing something you like, your