Can you really prepare for success?

Students in the MBA program at Harvard were asked, “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”  Only 3% had written goals and plans, the others had not.

Ten years later, the 3% who had goals and plans were earning, on average, twice as much as the others.  What then is the difference between those who accomplish a lot and those who accomplish a little?
The key is preparedness.  Everything you do is either moving you toward your goals or moving you away.  Nothing is neutral.  Everything counts.

“I will study and prepare myself, and someday my chance will come.” – Abraham Lincoln

Henry Ford, when asked how he accomplished so much, replied, “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success.”

All professionals are prepared.  The more prepared you are, the better your chance for success.  For instance, physicians ask lots of questions to better understand your health history before rolling you into the OR.  Can you imagine any health professional going about their daily routine without being prepared?  You would probably never go back.

There are a series of things that you can do to prepare for success.  

1. Education - the importance of an education cannot be overstated.  Become a continuous learner.
2. Skills Inventory  -  assess your strengths and areas that need improvement.
3. Develop a Plan  -  write down a plan for your success that includes goals.
4. Find Inspiration  - surround yourself with people who can help you reach your goals.
5. Exceed Expectations  -  be determined, dependable and responsible.
6. Set Realistic  Goals  - set  goals that will stretch your capabilities.
7. Use Your Time Wisely  -  manage your time or be mismanaged by it.
8. Offer Solutions - Don’t find fault; find a solution.
9. Maintain a Positive Attitude – Believe in yourself.

“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Success loves preparation.  It’s better to be ready and not have an opportunity, than to have an opportunity and not be ready.

If the perfect opportunity presented itself today, would you be ready?

Carl Whitley
General Education Instructor
Austin Campus