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Growing up my grandfather was my example of success. He was a working man who took care of my grandmother and their seven children. He always had lots of money (keep in mind $20 dollars was a lot of money to a 7 year old), and every time I went to visit him he would give me his loose change and say, “don’t spend it all in one place.” He’d sit me on his lap and tell me stories about my mother and her siblings when they were my age. He’d tell me how the kids would walk home from school every day for the hot lunch that he prepared and then head back to school after eating.
When my grandfather died, he ensured that my grandmother was set up for life. He had all his policies, pensions, and plans in place for her to live a very comfortable life. Which only enhanced my perception of him as a success. I just wanted to earn a lot of money so that I could be successful just like him.
As I grew up, I began to learn more about my grandfather and his bad habits that eventually caused my grandmother to leave him. They remained married, but were separated for several years before my grandfather’s death. I remember receiving a call a few months after my grandmother died about my grandfather’s other wife. I was stunned, and all that I was learning about my grandfather began changing my perspective of success.
CHANGE YOUR PERSPECITVE
I no longer believed success was just about money, success for me was more about being a person of integrity. It’s like Jacqueline Briskin, a British-born American writer specializing in historical fiction once said, “Don’t take anybody else’s definition of success as your own.”
That’s what I love about success, it’s defined by you. Your definition of success may not be what someone deems successful, but most successful people are not concerned about what others think of them anyway. Seeing success differently has helped me significantly. I no measure success with money, but rather by the fulfillment of my purpose. The old saying is true, “You have to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather is.” What I saw as success through my grandfather was good at that time. It helped me on my journey of being successful. However, school, books, mentors and life experiences also helped me to map out my plan and strategies for success going forward.
OVERCOME YOUR BARRIERS
Truth is, there are so many barriers to success, the “how” is just as important as the “what” when becoming successful. How do I get there? How do I obtain success? Do you ask yourself these questions from time to time? One of my barriers was my limited perception from my grandfather’s example. I initially thought that I would be successful if I had a lot of money. Your barriers may be different, but they are barriers all the same. Here are a few ways that I overcame my barriers, and I believe they will help you as well:
- Be A Success – Believe You Can! Someone said, “Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. Life will give you back everything you have given to it.” Stop looking at where you are and focus on where you want to be. Think your way to being successful. If you allow your mind to go there, your words and actions will follow your thinking.
- Think as A Success – Be Authentic! I love the quote by Teddy Roosevelt, “Do what you can, with what YOU HAVE, where you are.” You have everything you need to be successful. Allow your uniqueness to provide a platform for your specific audience.
- Act Like A Success – Invest in You! Warren Buffet said, “The best investment you can make is in yourself.” Investing in yourself is an example of self-love. By investing in yourself you declare your value, worth and potential to the world.
GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO WIN
When I began implementing these three tips in my life, I saw myself as a success. I’m a successful wife, serving my husband and our home in unity. I’m a successful mom, engaged in all aspects of my son’s life. I’m a successful mompreneur, managing my home and my business while encourage other moms to do the same. The list of things that I believe that I am successful at goes on, and the journey of success is continuous.
Surround yourself with people who are adding value to your life and your success journey. One of the things that I am doing this year is attending Steve Harvey’s Act Like A Success Conference.
I’ve heard amazing things about this conference, and I am delighted that I have an opportunity to attend this year. I am looking forward to learning, connecting and growing through the instruction of bestselling authors, motivational speakers, and global thought leaders. It’s sold out, but you can join me by registering for the Live Stream powered by Green Dot – use promo code “jump” and save $40!
The Live Stream registration gives you access to All General Sessions and Keynote Speaker including Steve Harvey. You can watch online from anywhere!
I’d be delighted if you were able to virtually join me for the Act Like A Success Conference. It’ll be my first experience, but I can promise you this: When you invest in yourself, a world of opportunities will open to you.
Be, Think, and Act Like A Success! Become the best version of yourself by investing in you. If you haven’t already, join the Facebook Group and follow along using #ALAS2017! My grandfather was not a perfect man, and his actions towards my grandmother hurt my feelings. But my grandfather was my hero growing up, and that will never change. I think my grandfather would be proud that I learned not to base my success on money, as I am positive that it was never his intent but rather my perception.
© LaToyia Dennis ~ Motivated Mom