Do You Succeed? Or Just Not Fail?


Reasons why will succeed

Dad's say the darndest things.

I told my Dad recently that I'd read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and as the book suggested, made a list of reasons why I will fail.

He looked perplexed.

He asked, "Why don't you make a list of reasons why you will succeed?"


Why not, indeed?

Why am I so glass half empty about things?

Perhaps it's my grandmother's motto, "Expect the worst, and you're never disappointed."

Perhaps it's just that I've been in my own way so many times, that history feels doomed to repeat itself?#

Perhaps I think all my successes are down to good fortune, not hard work?

So I tore up my list of reasons I'll fail - right there and then.

In front of God and my Dad.

And instead turned them into a list of reasons why I will succeed.

Here they are:

  • Self-discipline
  • Self-mastery
  • Willingness
  • Optimism
  • Spending wisely
  • Moderation
  • Consistency

Thanks Dad. Thanks Napoleon Hill.

What are the reasons you'll succeed?

Warwick Brown asks the reasons why you will succeed

About the author 

Warwick Brown

Warwick Brown has led business development and account management teams in Australia and Europe for more than 15 years and worked with some of the world's most prestigious firms, including Merck & Co, Deutsche Bank, McKinsey & Company and Vodafone. His mission is to help account managers everywhere who are short on time and big on ambition get results.