The process of success

Today is the last day of the Screw Work Let’s Play 30 Day Challenge. Right now, 300 people are scrambling to get the results of their 30 day projects ready to show to all us on the Challenge – they are unveiling blogs, online shops, new business websites, photos of products, artworks, events and workshops, and even finished books posted on Amazon for sale.

For some it’s just a rough prototype or the beginnings of something, for others it’s a complete offering that can be sold.

It’s a delight for us to see their project launches coming in – people who often started with no idea at all, worked through all the uncertainty and doubts and kept playing, and now they’ve finished something they can share

And the challengers understand something else: that their dreams don’t live or die on this idea. In fact, this idea is just a starting point, a seed for what will come next.

While I love seeing what they’ve produced, I know that it isn’t what really matters. What matters is not this single idea or even how well they’ve executed it. It’s the process they’ve learned. A process for generating ideas and then making them happen.

And when you know that process, you can do anything.

We’re led to believe that finding the right idea, achieving a certain goal, winning a certain job, getting a book deal, or making a certain turnover will mean we’ve arrived. So we focus on what that goal is and how we can get there so we can be done. And when we can’t see how to get there we think it might not be possible for us.

But the people who have succeeded in getting paid to do what they love know that that’s not true. There is a process to success and it can be learned and then followed.

So if you catch yourself asking, “Can I get what I want?”, STOP.

Instead ask yourself a better question: “Am I willing to learn how to get what I want?”


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