Posts tagged ‘success’

What is the top?

Last week, Zig Ziglar who was one of the motivators that had the most influence on me past away. In particular, I highly “Over the Top” which I have read and re-read several times. In honor of Zig Ziglar, throughout the month of December I will share some thoughts, concept or perhaps experience that derive directly from this book. To start-off, here is the list given by Zig on how you might know if you are at the top.

You are at the top:

  1. You clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person; that yesterday ended last night, and today is your brand-new day.
  2. You have made friends with your past, are focused on the present, and optimistic about your future.
  3. You know that success (a win) doesn’t make you, and failure (a loss) doesn’t break you.
  4. You are filled with faith, hope, and love; and live without anger, greed, guilt, envy, or thoughts of revenge.
  5. You are mature enough to delay gratification and shift your focus from your rights to your responsibilities.
  6. You know that failure to stand for what is morally right is the prelude to being the victim of what is criminally wrong.
  7. You are secure in who you are, so you are at peace with God and in fellowship with man.
  8. You have made friends of your adversaries, and have gained the love and respect of those who know you best.
  9. You understand that others can give you pleasure, but genuine happiness comes when you do things for others.
  10. 10. You are pleasant to the grouch, courteous to the rude, and generous to the needy.
  11. 11. You love the unlovable, give hope to the hopeless, friendship to the friendless, and encouragement to the discouraged.
  12. 12. You can look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion, and up with gratitude.
  13. 13. You know that “he who would be the greatest among you must become the servant of all.”
  14. 14. You recognize, confess, develop, and use your God-given physical, mental, and spiritual abilities to the glory of God and for the benefit of mankind.
  15. 15. You stand in front of the Creator of the universe, and He says to you, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

I was first exposed to Zig Ziglar and another influential motivator Denis Waitley (“Seeds of Greatness”) when I was going through a tough time: pregnant wife and deciding if I should pursue graduate school or find a professional job or several odd jobs together to take care of my young family.

Zig Ziglar’s book gave me the fortitude to keep soldiering on and to dare to think big despite the present circumstances that I was facing. What I was able to get from the book was that I could go from survival to success. However, at that time I was not in a position to get the other part of his message that one should aim beyond success to significance.  He planted the seed for me to get the message at a later point in my life.

To Zig’s family thank you for sharing him with the world and with me personally.

December 4, 2012 at 2:25 am Leave a comment

May Certainty Be Ever in Your Favor


I recently watched the movie “Hunger Games” with my family. One of the catch phrase that is likely to become a classic in the movie is the saying: “May the odds be ever in your favor”.

For those who have not seen the movie without being a spoiler, this is a science fiction that takes place under a ruthless dictatorial regime that as part of maintaining control over the population organize a game with 2 participants from each of the 12 districts in the country where there is onl one survivor who is declared the winner. The chances of survival are minimal and through the course of the movie, it’s obvious that the the odds of winning is not really in the hands of the winner (or rather survivor). This helps explain the catch phrase used by the game organizers “May the odds be always in your favor”.

One of the messages of the movie is that even under the most desperate situations where destiny is controlled by a big brother, there is some hope that we have some control over our destiny (although not in totality).  See the clip below:

It saddens me that so many people go through life thinking that it is some kind of a hunger game where someone else: government, big brother, 1%, The Man, The Boss, mom, dad, boogeyman or whatever or whoever else controls their destiny. But the reality is that what appears to be based on probability can be turned into certainty when it comes to success.

While it is true that one may fail in a particular endeavor or venture (business or school), there is no doubt that a set of action that might include even repeated failures can lead to ultimate success. So what if you fail at a particular try at starting a business? Is it possible that repeating the experiment once, twice or three times could eventually lead to success?

If we’re flipping a fair coin, won’t we eventually get to a head? The reality is that many of our ventures in life are not hunger games and so they are not life and dead situations. No one dies by failing in business, school, trying a new skill or failing to get into graduate school. We do get more than one opportunity to try again (or to chart a path for success that is not dependent on achieving the goal that we may feel is essential to our success).

Because, we do have control over our destiny if we were to use the catch phrase in the movie as a well wish on anyone or greeting, I hope that it would be “May certainty be ever in your favor”.

How do we achieve that certainty?

We create goals and strategies that account for the possible failures along the way, so that the sum of our actions despite these failures do lead to success.


May 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm Leave a comment

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