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5 Steps to Success

5 Steps to Success

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Published by Delbert Waggoner
The 5 steps to succeed in your goal of professional success. Straight forward with no filler.
The 5 steps to succeed in your goal of professional success. Straight forward with no filler.

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Published by: Delbert Waggoner on Sep 20, 2008
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Success in 5 Steps
Del Waggoner
IntroductionThis document* contains the 5 steps for a person with the desireand drive to become a success. Some who do not currently considerthemselves a success will follow the steps and succeed. Otherswill not try and remain where they are.
1.First, you must have a desire to succeed.2.Second, you need to have a specific goal.3Third, you need to have a written, flexible plan.4Fourth, You need to discover how to acquire the knowledge youneed.5Fifth and most important, you need to “read” people. Thisskill greatly affects the speed and level of difficulty youwill have in reaching your goal. This is a skill you mustdevelop.
1. What is the Desire to succeed?
You must have that burning desire, that drive, to succeed. Want anddrive are not the same.If you have the choice of watching television or spending an extra 30minutes on efforts to succeed and you choose the television – then youwill accept failure. If you need night school to succeed and you choosenot to go because it takes too much time out of your social or familylife you have just accepted failure.You must be willing to do whatever is required to succeed. If you giveup at the first major obstacle you face, you will fail, not only onthis plan but all future plans. No one else can make you a success. Itis up to you. You decide success or failure.*
The size of this document is short enough to be an effectivetool rather than a lengthy textbook.
2.Your specific Goal
If you don’t know where you are going, you won’t know how toget there and worse yet, you won’t know when and if you do getthere.You must have a specific goal!Vague goals like “I want to be a millionaire” will lead tonowhere. They are the comments that precede failure.It must be an attainable goal. I want to fly like ‘Superman’is not even close to being realistic or attainable. I want topilot a supersonic aircraft is.Your goal in life should make you reasonably happy. For some,success is being the owner of a hardware store in a small townin Tennessee by age 30. Another person would consider successowning a chain of hardware stores in 5 states in the Midwestby age 50.You must set a reasonable time frame to attain your goal. Somegoals require youth, some don’t. If your goal is to be the CEOof Morgan Chase and you are fifty years of age, you still maybe on track. If you are fifty years old and your goal is to bea U.S. Air Force pilot, you have exceeded a reasonable timeframe.Your goal must be measurable. If your goal is to be the ownerof 5 hardware stores by age 50 and you have acquired a storeevery 5 years for the last 20 and you are age 45 – you are ontract. That is measurable.Use your goal to create a plan that is specific, attainable,and measurable, within a reasonable time frame and can beadjusted to handle unforeseen events.When should you start your plan for the future? Now! It isnever too early to start planning. Junior High School is nottoo soon to start thinking about your future. The key word isnow. 
3. You need to have a flexible Plan
You need to have a detailed plan for making your goal a reality.Your plan is a map of the project to make you a success.Your written plan provides you with the following:
You have a reasonable, attainable goal.
You have a specific reasonable timeframes.
You have a plan that you can make minor adjustments to in caseOf unexpected events, disasters or emergencies
You understand how you can learn what you need to know.
You know how to measure your progress.
4. How to learn what you need to Know
You need to determine what you need to know and more importanthow to learn it. Do your research. It will pay big dividends.In the 1700’s, if your goal was to be a silversmith, youapprenticed yourself to a master silversmith, like Paul Revere.You spent several years learning from him and then opened yourown shop.In the early 1900’s, if your goal were to be a farmer, you wouldspend years learning through practical experience (apprentice)from an older farmer (father or grandfather), buy or inherit asmall farm and hopefully become self-sufficient. Today, thesuccessful (only job) farmer is a businessman. He starts with acollege degree and a large investment.Today, if you want to be a physician, you attend college andbecome a resident (apprentice) for several years to gainpractical experience to supplement your formal education.Is your goal to be Chief of Police in Los Angeles? A reasonableplan might be: Bachelors Degree in Criminology from NorthwesternUniversity, attend the Los Angeles Police Academy, pass theadvancement exams as you go up through the ranks of the LosAngeles police department, and years of experience “on thestreet”.

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