It would be unfortunate for you to go throughout life and never experience the success you deserve.  Success is a learned skill and requires continued focus to leverage it in your life.

I enjoy seeing people who love doing what they do when it comes to work.  Usually, not only are these individuals the happiest people, but also they are usually the most successful.

Have you ever thought about what makes them successful?  Have you put any thought into what would make you more successful?

I was reading a blog from Brian Tracy.  He wrote about how to become a self-made millionaire.  In his blog, he shared an interesting idea that I would like to share with you.  He used two words in his blog, “force multiplier.”  He explained that force multiplier is an expression used in military parlance.  He continued by saying, “A force multiplier is what enables a smaller force to defeat a larger force.”

Please allow me to use a baseball analogy.  Many times we want to hit a home run every time we step up to the plate, but the key is just hitting the ball and getting on base.  We increase our chances of scoring or making it back to home plate with increasing the amount of single or double base hits.  In other words, a succession of small victories is more important than one big victory.  The smaller victories will help with sustaining your success and significance.  This is what Brian Tracy describes as “force multipliers.”

After reading this, I started thinking of all the ways to develop force multipliers in my life.  Some of similar to what he explained, but I would like to give my take on what force multipliers are needed to leverage success and significance in your life.

6 Ways To Become A Person of Success And Significance

In order to become a person of success and significance, you must follow these 6 ways to leverage your success.

1.    Check Your Attitude.

One of the most important leveraging factors when it comes to your is checking your attitude.  One of the Founding Fathers of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson said, “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

So attitude is the most important way to leverage success.  And it all starts with you.  No one can make you feel positive or negative.  This is an inside job that has to be managed by you and you only.

2.    Work Harder.

Most people work hard, but the most successful people leverage success by working harder.  American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States Booker T. Washington said, “Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.”

When you think you are working hard, you must find a way to work harder.  You’ll be surprised how much time many people waste.  The most successful enjoy success because they out work their competitors.  So on your journey to success and significance, make sure you are working harder.

3.    Work Smarter.

It’s not enough to work harder; you also have to work smarter.  Working smart consist of prioritizing your work.  Someone who knows a lot about prioritization is American educator, author, and businessman Stephen Convey.  One of his most popular books is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Convey said this about prioritizing, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

In other words, we must control our schedules.  We should never allow our schedules to control us.  On the contrary, we should be compelled to get those things that matter the most completed before we do anything else.  

4.    Work Faster.

There is plenty of research that supports making faster decisions are more important than making the right decision.  Yes, I know what you are thinking.  And yes, you are right.  We need to make the right decision.  However, when you are practicing these 6 ways of leveraging success, the chances of you making a fast decision and the right decision increases exponentially because of your experience.  The faster you work the quicker you will learn from your successes and failures.  Just because people are successful doesn’t mean they fail less.  The fact of the matter is that the most successful people fail more.  But they learn faster because they learn from their mistakes while working faster.   You have to work faster to enjoy success.

5.    Work Longer.

Work a little harder, work a little smarter, work a little faster, but also work a little longer.  Coming in a little earlier, working a few minutes during your lunch, or working after a little will help with your productivity if you are prioritizing your time.  You will double or triple your productivity by just working a little longer, which will cause others to take notice of your work ethic.

6.    Work Together.

One great way to leverage success and significance in your life is by working with the right people.  The is a great “force multiplier.”  Bringing in the strengths and skills of people that don’t like you, but they have the same common morals and values will lead to great successes.  In last week’s tip of the week on Friday, I shared a thought from leadership expert John Maxwell.  He said, “One is too small of a number to achieve greatness.”

I also discussed this in a recent blog, How To Position Yourself For Success.  I talk about teamwork so much because it is that important.  You will not experience true success without teamwork.  You can do a lot by yourself, but you can do much more with the right people on your team.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article about managing yourself to leverage the success and significance you deserve.  These 6 tips have made many people successful.  I want to hear about how you are using these tips or how you will use these tips to leverage your success and significance.  Please leave a comment below or email me directly to share your thoughts.


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