What is the one thing that is essential in doing something extra ordinary?
Why are people who start from a worse situation that you and I more successful than we are at accomplishing their goals?
I think the answer can be found below in this speech given back in 1940.
Iâ€™ve edited the transcript down from the original 6 pages so that you can get the main points.
THE COMMON DENOMINATOR FOR SUCCESS by Albert E. N. Grey
The common denominator of success â€” the secret of success of every man who has ever been successful â€” lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures donâ€™t like to do.
Itâ€™s just as true as it sounds and itâ€™s just as simple as it seems. You can hold it up to the light, you can put it to the acid test, and you can kick it around until itâ€™s worn out, but when you are all through with it, it will still be the common denominator of success, whether you like it or not.
If the secret of success lies in forming the habit of doing things that failures donâ€™t like to do, letâ€™s start the boiling-down process by determining what are the things that failures donâ€™t like to do. The things that failures donâ€™t like to do are the very things that you and I and other human beings, including successful men, naturally donâ€™t like to do. In other words, weâ€™ve got to realize right from the start that success is something which is achieved by the minority of men, and is therefore unnatural and not to be achieved by following our natural likes and dislikes nor by being guided by our natural preferences and prejudices.
But if they donâ€™t like to do these things, then why do they do them? Because by doing the things they donâ€™t like to do, they can accomplish the things they want to accomplish. Successful men are influenced by the desire for pleasing results. Failures are influenced by the desire for pleasing methods and are inclined to be satisfied with such results as can be obtained by doing things they like to do.
Why are successful men able to do things they donâ€™t like to do while failures are not? Because successful men have a purpose strong enough to make them form the habit of doing things they donâ€™t like to do in order to accomplish the purpose they want to accomplish.
Many men with whom I have discussed this common denominator of success have said at this point, â€œBut I have a family to support and I have to have a living for my family and myself. Isnâ€™t that enough of a purpose?â€
No, it isnâ€™t. It isnâ€™t a sufficiently strong purpose to make you form the habit of doing the things you donâ€™t like to do for the very simple reasons that it is easier to adjust ourselves to the hardships of a poor living than it is to adjust ourselves to the hardships of making a better one. If you doubt me, just think of all the things you are willing to go without in order to avoid doing the things you donâ€™t like to do.
All of which seems to prove that the strength which holds you to your purpose is not your own strength but the strength of the purpose itself.
Wow!!!Â Let me know what you think about it.Â Lets discuss it below.