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Why Success Is No Accident

September 18, 2015

Sizzling Towards Sixty (6)‘Success is no accident. It is hard work, perserverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all love what you are doing’…..Pele


How do we measure success?

Is it how much money a person has?

Is it how popular someone is?

Is it how many material possessions they have?

Is it that they are just happy and contented?

Whatever your interpretation of success is, the word means the same “The accomplishment of an aim or purpose”

Success does not just happen and it doesn’t happen to everyone; although everyone can attain their version of success in life.

As Pele suggests, Success is made up of many components. We don’t necessarily need all of these but combined, we greatly improve our chance of success.

[bctt tweet=”The most important component of being successful is Passion.”]

The Oxford Dictionary describes Passion as ‘an intense desire or enthusiasm for something’; ‘a thing arousing great enthusiasm’.

Love what you do and it seems so much easier. How many times have you heard someone speaking passionately about what they do. They are infectious with their enthusiasm and they truly believe in what they are doing. The passion and belief keeps them going when times get tough. They may have several attempts and keep getting knocked down but the passion makes them get up and try again.

Passion, however, is not enough for success. Determination and a ‘never give up’ attitude are required and these are traits which successful people have.  Anything worthwhile achieving does not just happen.

I use the example of a successful athlete. An athlete who wants to succeed, does not appear at the Olympics and win gold just because they are a ‘natural’. Sure having the right physical attributes helps but that doesn’t guarantee success.

A successful athlete, puts in the effort and they work hard. The countless early mornings and hours spent training that are involved to win a race which can be over in a matter of seconds, requires preparation and effort but it is all worth it to attain the goal.

Successful athletes, keep learning and surround themselves with mentors and coaches who can help them achieve their goal. They devour as much information as they can to help them achieve their goals. They also learn from previous mistakes and try again until they have it right.

Successful athletes make sacrifices. They realise that if they want to achieve their goal they must put all their efforts into attaining that goal. This means giving up free time, perhaps not having a social life, in the case of athletes, giving up favourite foods. They have the ability to stay focussed and look for the end goal.

Running a marathon before I was 55 was on my bucket list. I had started running at 50 and am certainly not a natural runner, however I DID run my marathon two weeks before my 55th birthday and in the time I wanted to.

So how could I achieve my dream?

 1. I set my goal
2. I was determined to achieve it
3. I sacrificed time with my husband and family to train
4. I never gave up
5. I had the passion and enthusiasm to keep my dream alive
6. I achieved my goal and have the medal to prove it!

Success comes in many forms

We don’t all aspire to be successful athletes or successful in business BUT we can be successful in what we want in life.

I used the example of a successful athlete, and there are successful people in business, however to me, a successful person is one who is happy and contented in their life. They have worked hard at discovering who they are and love their life. They live life to the full, have a passion for living and are brave enough not to conform to society’s general interpretation of success.

Being happy and contented is not really as easy as it sounds. Society is so focused on money and material possessions that if you don’t have these, you are not regarded as successful. This puts pressure on people to perform. They work in jobs they aren’t happy doing. They put up with relationships they aren’t happy in. They continually try to please other people in an attempt to be accepted. They battle through life and then at the end wonder what it was all for.

How often do people say I’ll be happy when……

  [bctt tweet=”If you are happy and contented in your life then you have achieved a success “]

This type of success eludes so many people.  Yes, they may have more money or material possessions than you, but they still feel something is missing and go through life discontented and unhappy.

So whatever your benchmark of success is, know that is doesn’t happen by accident but by a combination of passion, determination, sacrifice, hard work and learning.

Let’s Keep Sizzling!


This article was first published at #FridayReflections

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  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill September 18, 2015 at 20:27

    It’s funny – I wrote about something similar yesterday in my short thought Thursday post. I agree that success is different for everyone and it really needs to revolve around what makes you happy and fulfilled – and that is often not what financial success achieves. It’s about love and sharing I think.

  • Reply Vinitha September 18, 2015 at 23:08

    That’s great that you set a goal and achieved it too. Yes, if you are happy, you are successful.

    • Reply sue September 20, 2015 at 13:45

      Thanks for stopping by Vinitha and yes I was very happy to achieve my goal. Happiness = success in my book! Have a lovely day.

  • Reply Mackenzie Glanville September 19, 2015 at 12:58

    This post just holds so much truth. It is wonderful hearing about how proud you are of achieving you goal and running you sound so alive and happy. I finished my novel recently (although not the editing yet) and I was so proud that I had finally done it, it took a lot of commitment but I stuck with it and am so happy I did. Thanks for always supporting #Fridayreflections

    • Reply sue September 20, 2015 at 13:55

      Oh I’d love to read your novel Mackenzie! I don’t think I have a novel in me. Achieving any goal is so satisfying but it isn’t without pain sometimes. I’m so glad I found you and #FridayReflections it is such a great group and I love the concept.

  • Reply Vidya Sury September 20, 2015 at 02:24

    I love your example, Sue – and you’re leading…no, sizzling…by example! Success is always a lot of hard work because no pain no gain, except when we are focused and enjoy ourselves, we don’t really feel the pain. The six steps you listed are spot on!

    Your website looks great! Love and hugs, Vidya

    • Reply sue September 20, 2015 at 13:58

      Oh thank you Vidya! I do try to be an example although I don’t put myself up to be an expert in anything. I just like to show my family and friends that anything is possible if you put in the effort. Have a great week Vidya!

  • Reply Kimberly Hilbert September 21, 2015 at 19:55

    Sometimes I think finding your dream is harder that achieving it. It took me a while to find that perfect career, but once I did I was able to come up with a plan to achieve it.

    • Reply sue September 23, 2015 at 09:37

      That is true Kimberly. Once we know what we really want we can work towards it. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a lovely day.

  • Reply Debbie September 22, 2015 at 01:59

    Incredible post, Sue!
    I love that you mention Passion. It’s so important indeed. There is no money in the world that pays the rewards granted by doing what we love.
    Thank you so much for sharing it!

    • Reply sue September 23, 2015 at 09:39

      Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it Deb. I hope you are feeling better because you really show the passion in your blog and that is why you are successful. Take care my friend.!

  • Reply Tracey Abrahams September 28, 2015 at 20:10

    I agree sucess comes in many forms, in life, family, sport and business. I think you do need to have the right skills to start with in order to be sucessful. A sucessful mother, sports person or business person will have an innate set of skills within them to start with that can then be enhanced with passion, dedication, and effort. Without the raw ingredients the rest will not work. #AnythingGoes

    • Reply sue September 29, 2015 at 16:32

      Thanks for stopping by Tracey and appreciate your comments. Sometimes though we need the passion even though we have the talent. Great to see you linking up at #AnythingGoes

  • Reply christina September 29, 2015 at 08:28

    Congratulations on running the marathon! You have inspired me, I had hoped to do a half marathon this fall, but got off track. Tomorrow is a new day!!

    • Reply sue September 29, 2015 at 16:37

      Oh how lovely of you Christina. Tomorrow is a new day! Don’t give up. Sometimes life gets in the way but I’m sure you will do it! Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment and good luck with the training 🙂

  • Reply Kaitlyn September 30, 2015 at 11:47


    I am no where near 60. I’m freeking 27 years old. BUT, I absolutely LOVE reading your writing. Its inspiring, even to us young folk 😉

    • Reply sue September 30, 2015 at 11:53

      Oh thank you Kaitlyn you have made my day! I’m so pleased you can relate to my posts and just think you will definitely be Sizzling Towards 60 when you reach 50!!! Thanks for your lovely words and have a great day.

  • Reply Sandy Sandmeyer October 4, 2015 at 10:50

    My husband and I were just discussing this today. For me, it’s not about money, it’s about what I can do for others. I find that I’m really satisfied with what I do.

    • Reply sue October 5, 2015 at 11:32

      Yes it is so rewarding Sandy when you do something for someone and make them feel happy. Have a lovely day!

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